Volunteer Jobs

Please review all of the information provided for the job(s) that you have been assigned to and print what you think you may need.  We also ask that you review rest of the general information on the website so you can be the best resource possible for participants and fellow volunteers.  A list of volunteer assignments can be found HERE.  Thank you!

Medical Support - Finish Line

Day: Saturday Start: 6:00 AM Finish: 5:00 PM

Report To: Caribou Highlands / Race Director

Description: Medial personnel to staff finish line and be on-call for medial incidents at finish line or ready to be dispatched elsewhere on the course if required.  We will have a medial room adjacent to the finish line and will be available for the medical team throughout the event and medical incidents / triage.

Responsibilities: Provide medical support, advice and triage for the Superior Spring Trail Race.  Assist in making determinations weather additional medical personnel  or emergency services need to be called in.

Related Information:
For Emergencies Dial 911

Cook County North Shore Hospital and Care Center
515 5th Ave West
Grand Marais MN 55604
218-387-3040

Cook County Sheriffs Office
Cook County Law Enforcement Center
143 Gunflint Trl
Grand Marais, MN 55604
(218)387-3030

Medical Support - Roving

Day: Saturday Start: Saturday 6:00 AM Finish: Saturday 4:00 PM

Report To: Caribou Highlands / Race Director

Description: Medial personell to staff finish line and be on-call for medial incidents at finish line or ready to be dispatched elsewhere on the course if required.  We will have a medial room adjacent to the finish line and will be available for the medical team throughout the event and medical incidents / triage.

Responsibilities: Provide medical support, advice and triage for the Superior Spring Trail Race.  Assist in making derterminations weather additional medical personell  or emergency services need to be called in.

Related Information:
For Emergencies Dial 911

Cook County North Shore Hospital and Care Center
515 5th Ave West
Grand Marais MN 55604
218-387-3040

Cook County Sheriffs Office
Cook County Law Enforcement Center
143 Gunflint Trl
Grand Marais, MN 55604
(218)387-3030

HAM Radio - Communications

Day: Saturday Start: Saturday 6:00 AM Finish: Saturday 4:00 PM

Report To: Ham Radio Coordinator Rick J.

Description: Provide communications for race – a team will be stationed at each aid station.  Assignments / times will be provided and emailed to HAM Radio team by HAM Radio Coordinator.  http://boreal.org/bwarc/

Responsibilities: Communications

Related Information: NA

Equipment / Supply

Day: Saturday Start: Saturday 5:30 AM Finish: Saturday 5:30 PM

Report To:
Caribou Highlands – Race Director

Description:
Aid statiion supplies distribution.

Responsibilities:
Distribute supplies to each aid station and pick up supplies when aid stations close.  Bring additional supplies out to aid staions and refill water as needed.  Bring lunch from the finish line out to the aid station workers at some point during the race.

Related Information:
https://www.superiorspringtrailrace.com/maps-and-data/

Course Marking

Day: Friday Start: Friday 6:00 AM Finish: Friday 5:00 PM

Report To:
Caribou Highlands Volunteer Townhouse – Race Director and Marking and Sweeping coordinator, Donald C.

Description:
Course Marking

Responsibilities:
Mark trail.  Assignments and times to be made by Donald C.

Related Information:
https://www.superiorspringtrailrace.com/maps-and-data/

IMPORTANT NOTE:
This volunteer position is for those that are looking to make a long term volunteer commitment, i.e. marking (and sweeping) trails for several years and while it is one of the funnest jobs it is also one with the steepest learning curve and its execution is imperative to the success of the event.  Please email us if you have interest in learning our trail marking system and would like to become a trail marker for us!

Course Sweeping

Day: Saturday Start: Saturday 6:00 AM Finish: Saturday 4:00 PM

Report To: Caribou Highlands – Race Director and Marking and Sweeping coordinator, Donald C.

Description: Course Sweeping

Responsibilities: Follow last runner picking up flags, looking for runners in distress and enforce cutoffs (to be done by Sweeping Coordinator Donald C. –  Assignments and times to be made by Donald C.

Related Information:
https://www.superiorspringtrailrace.com/maps-and-data/

IMPORTANT NOTE:
This volunteer position is for those that are looking to make a long term volunteer commitment, i.e. sweeping (and marking) trails for several years and while it is one of the funnest jobs it is also one with the steepest learning curve and its execution is imperative to the success of the event.  Please email us if you have interest in learning our trail marking system and would like to become a trail marker / sweeper for us!

Friday Setup

Day: Friday Start: Approx 9:00 AM Finish: Approx 1:00 PM

Report To: Race Director or Cheri Storkamp or John Pitera @ Mountain View Conference Room – Caribou Highlands

Description: Help get setup!  This may go quicker than what is listed, if it does… well, go get in a run!

Responsibilities: Help setup packet pickup and the race in general.

Related Information:
Caribou Highlands Layout Map

Friday Packet Pickup

Day: Friday Start: 3:00 PM Finish: 8:00 PM

Report To: Race Director or Cheri Storkamp @ Mountain View Conference Room – Caribou Highlands

Description: Packet pickup lasts from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM.

Responsibilities: Arrive early to help setup packet pickup. Help with packet pickup for both the 25KM and 50KM race – getting runners their numbers, shirts, etc., answering questions etc. Help with tearing down and picking up packet pickup.

Related Information: NA

Race Start

Day: Friday Start: 6:00 AM Finish: 9:30 AM

Report To: Race Director @ Caribou Highlands

Description: Help Check in runners and facilitate the start of the race.

Responsibilities: Unload equipment, make coffee, check in runners,  clean-up, pack-up.  Morning Packet pickup starts at 5:30 AM.  50KM starts at 7:00AM and 25KM starts at 9:00AM

Related Information: NA

Finish Line

Day: Saturday Start: 9:00 AM Finish: 5:00 PM

Report To: Race Director or Cheri Storkamp @ Caribou Highlands Patio (adjacent to pool)

Description: Work finish line area.

Responsibilities: Help with timing, tracking runners, collecting chips, handing out medals, assisting runners, keep food and drink replenished, clean-up and tear-down.

Related Information:  NA

Final Cleanup - Saturday Night

Day: Saturday  Start: 3:00 PM Finish: 7:00 PM

Report To:
Race Director @ Finish Line / Caribou Highlands Patio / Pool Area

Description:
Final Clean-Up, Tear Down and Haul-Out

Responsibilities:
Help us hit it home!  Everyone is tired at the end of a long race day but we need to make one final push until every last piece of equipment is in the trailer and the area is cleaned up – if you can stay and help – that is just huge!

Related Information: NA

Floater

Day: Friday – Sunday Start: Friday AM Finish:  Sunday AM

Report To: Race Director

Description: Shadow / Assist Race Director

Responsibilities: Stay with race director to act as right-hand

Related Information: NA

Turnaround / Carlton Peak

Day: Saturday Start: Saturday 8:30 AM Finish:  Saturday 11:30 AM

Report To: Carlton Peak

Description: Work 50KM Turnaround

Responsibilities: Minimum two individuals.  The summit of Carlton Peak is the Half-Way point in the 50KM race. One indivdual works the intersection where the Carlton Peak “Summit” Spur Trail intersects the Superior Hiking Trail – volunteer directs runners up the spur trail.  Second indivdual (Charlie H.!) positions themselves at the summit of Carlton Peak and sends runners back the way they came.

Related Information:
https://www.superiorspringtrailrace.com/maps-and-data/

IMPORTANT NOTE:
The Carlton Peak Summit position is permanently held by Charlie / Chuck Hubbard (former Superior 50K Course Record Holder) – you may join him or work the spur trail just below.

Course Marshall / Spur to Carlton Peak

Day: Saturday Start: Saturday 8:30 AM Finish:  Saturday 11:30 AM

Report To: Carlton Peak

Description: Work hairpin turn just before 50KM Turnaround

Responsibilities: Minimum two individuals.  The summit of Carlton Peak is the Half-Way point in the 50KM race. One individual works the intersection where the Carlton Peak “Summit” Spur Trail intersects the Superior Hiking Trail – volunteer directs runners up the spur trail.  Second individual (Charlie H.!) positions themselves at the summit of Carlton Peak and sends runners back the way they came. – this is a great position for someone who likes to shoot photos.

Related Information:
https://www.superiorspringtrailrace.com/maps-and-data/ 

Aid Station - Sawbill

Important: Note that the aid station open and close times listed below are projections based on current course record times – you should  plan to arrive at least 1 hour before the listed open time to allow ample time to setup your aid station and be ready for the first runner.  That being said, it is best to arrive as early as possible as this is an art not a science – bring a book, enjoy the woods and wait for the first runner!

Day: Saturday

Open: 8:00 AM Saturday (First expected runner approximately 8:30 AM – Arrive early for time to setup)

Close:  1:00 PM Saturday (laster runner expected around 12:00 Noon – add time for cleanup and teardown)

Cutoff: 12:00 Noon Saturday – Cutoffs to be enforced by Sweeping Coordinator / Donald C. only.

Report To: Sawbill / Britton Peak Aid Station / Aid Station Captain – Dale Immerfal

Description:  The Britton Peak aid station is located 5.7 miles from the Oberg Mountain aid station. 50 KM runners reach the Britton Peak aid station at mile 13.3 on their outbound leg, and again at mile 17.7 on their return leg. The 50 KM turnaround is 2.2 miles from the Britton Peak aid station, at Carlton Peak. There is no aid station at the turnaround, and crew access at the tunraround on Carlton Peak is prohibited.  First expected 50K runner in to this aid station around 8:30 AM.  The Sawbill / Britton Peak Aid Station Cutoff is 12:00 noon (17:00 minute miles or 3.5 MPH average)

Driving Directions:
Turn off of Hwy. 61 at milepost 82.8 (Cook Co. Rd. 2, Sawbill Trail Rd.) Go 2.7 miles north on Sawbill Trail. This road is curvy and has a lot of blind spots. There is not much parking available, so please be courteous to others.

Responsibilities:
Work the aid station see Aid Stations 101!

Parking / Traffic Control:
The USFS asks that the Sawbill-Britton Trailhead parking lot be used only for non-race-related parking.  All race related parking should be routed per THIS Parking and Traffic Control Plan – volunteers helping with parking and traffic control should politely communicate with those entering the parking area to determine if they are folks that are “with the race” (i.e. spectators, volunteers, crew etc.) if so, those folks should park on the “road” per the attachment – all other trail users should be allowed into the lot to park.  The Ham Radio volunteers and aid station captains may have their vehicles in the parking lot if desired, additionally, race supply / resupply should be allowed into the lot along with folks from our medical staff and the Race Director!  Questions about any of this?  Please ask!  This is a very critical task and it is critical that we interface well with the public / those not associated with our race!  Thank you!

Related Information:
Maps and Directions
Aid station Supplies Provided
Aid Stations 101

Aid Station - Oberg

Important: Note that the aid station open and close times listed below are projections based on current course record times – you should  plan to arrive at least 1 hour before the earliest projected arrival time of the first runner to allow ample time to setup your aid station and be ready for the first runner.  That being said, it is best to arrive as early as possible as this is an art not a science – bring a book, enjoy the woods and wait for the first runner!

Day: Saturday

Open: 7:15 AM Saturday (First expected runner approximately 7:50 AM – Arrive early for time to setup)

Close:  2:00 PM Saturday (laste runner expected around 1:30PM – add time for cleanup and teardown)

Cutoff: 1:30PM Saturday – Cutoffs to be enforced by Sweeping Coordinator / Donald C. only.

Report To: Oberg Mountain Aid Station / Aid Station Captain TBD

Description:
The Oberg Mountain aid station is located at mile 7.6 of the 25 KM, where it also serves as the turnaround point for that race. 50 KM runners likewise reach the Oberg Mountain aid station at mile 7.6, and revisit it at mile 23.4 on their return trip.  First expected 50K runner in to this aid station around 7:50 AM.  The Oberg Aid Station Cutoff is 1:30 PM (17:00 minute miles or 3.5 MPG average for 50K runners)

Driving Directions:
Turn off of Hwy. 61 at mile post 87.5 (Forest Rd. 336 or Onion River Rd.) Go north approximately 2.2 miles to parking area on left side of road.

Responsibilities:
Work the aid station see Aid Stations 101!

Parking and Traffic Control:
The USFS asks that the Oberg Trailhead parking lot be used only for non-race-related parking.  All race related parking should be routed per THIS Parking and Traffic Control Plan – volunteers helping with parking and traffic control should politely communicate with those entering the parking area to determine if they are folks that are “with the race” (i.e. spectators, volunteers, crew etc.) if so, those folks should park on the “road” per the attachment – all other trail users should be allowed into the lot to park.  The Ham Radio volunteers and aid station captains may have their vehicles in the parking lot if desired, additionally, race supply / resupply should be allowed into the lot along with folks from our medical staff and the Race Director!  Questions about any of this?  Please ask!  This is a very critical task and it is critical that we interface well with the public / those not associated with our race!  Thank you!

Related Information:
Maps and Directions
Aid station Supplies Provided
Aid Stations 101

Photography

Photography!  Hopefully you have a DSLR or decent camera of some kind and can shoot pictures, either out on the course or at the finish line.  If you have hosting for your other photography work already that is great – if not, get the photos to us after the event and we will put them up on our website for runners to use / enjoy and download as desired – we do not sell the photos, we share them freely.  Examples of past years work can be found HERE https://www.superiorspringtrailrace.com/photos/

Post Race Cleanup - Monday After (Twin Cities Area)

Monday is the day all the equipment comes back out of the trailer and gets cleaned and put away, it is no small feat!  If you would like to help you are more than welcome, please email for more details / directions on where to go.  Takes place in the Twin Cities – 25 minutes South of St. Paul, MN.

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Superior Spring Trail Race
50KM & 25KM
Lutsen, Minnesota
Saturday May 20th, 2017
50KM 7:00AM
25KM 8:00AM

Registration / Lottery:
Opens Sunday January 1st, 2017 – 12:01AM CST
Closes Sunday January 15th, 2017 – 11:59PM CST
* Due to high demand, registration for the Superior “Spring” Trail Race is held via a lottery, more details about the lottery can be found HERE

Directions to Race Start:
Caribou Highlands Resort / Lodge
371 Ski Hill Road
Lutsen, MN 55612
Google Maps Directions HERE
Approx Travel Times
1:15 North of Two Harbors, MN
1:45 North of Duluth, MN
4:00 North of Minneapolis, MN

Terrain / Course Description:
The Superior 25KM and 50KM Trail Races are extremely hilly, rugged and technical out-and-back (100% trail) trail-races which traverses the Sawtooth Mountain Range on the Superior Hiking Trail in the far reaches northern Minnesota .  The course parallels Lake Superior, the greatest freshwater lake in the world, climbs to near 2000′ peaks with breath-taking vistas of the lake and inland forests and crosses whitewater rivers and serene streams while meandering through mystic Boreal forests.  The races start and finish at Caribou Highlands Resort in Lutsen Minnesota.

Superior 50KM
25KM Out & Back Course = 50KM (31MI)
Elevation Gain 4,200 FT
Elevation Loss 4,200 FT
NET Elevation Change 8,400 FT
4 Aid Stations
9 Hour Time Limit
Starts at 7:00AM Saturday
Compete 50KM Info HERE

Superior 25KM
7.5KM Out & Back Course = 25KM (15.1MI)
Elevation Gain 2,300 FT
Elevation Loss 2,300 FT
NET Elevation Change 4,600 FT
1 Aid Station
8 Hour Time Limit
Starts Saturday at 8:00AM
Complete 25KM Info HERE

More About the Area:
The North Shore of Lake Superior runs from Duluth, Minnesota at the Southwestern end of the lake, to Thunder Bay and Nipigon, Ontario, Canada, in the North to Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, in the east. The shore is characterized by alternating rocky cliffs and cobblestone beaches, with rolling hills and ridges covered in boreal forest inland from the lake, through which scenic rivers and waterfalls descend as they flow to Lake Superior. The shoreline between the city of Duluth to the international border at Grand Portage as the North Shore.  Lake Superior is considered the largest freshwater lake in the world by surface area. It is the world’s third-largest freshwater lake by volume and the largest by volume in North America.  The Superior Hiking Trail, also known as the SHT, is a 310-mile long distance hiking single-track hiking trail in Northeastern Minnesota that follows the ridgeline overlooking Lake Superior for most of its length. The trail travels through forests of birch, aspen, pine, fir, and cedar. Hikers and runners enjoy views of boreal forests, the Sawtooth Mountains, babbling brooks, rushing waterfalls, and abundant wildlife. The lowest point on the trail is 602 feet above sea level and the highest point is 1,829 feet above sea level.