Superior Fall Trail Races – Sawtooth 100 Mile

STR_Fall_Race_Intro_LogoI’ve dotted the i’s and crossed the final t in my 2014 racing plan.  I’ve registered for the Superior Trail Races Sawtooth 100 Mile in Northern Minnesota on September 5-6.  Registration opened this past weekend, and spots in all 3 distances are going fast.  The limited fields, and well known awesomeness of this race mean that you need to sign up early, or end up disappointed.  As of now the 50 and 100 Mile races are 1/3 full and the marathon is over ½ full.  If you want in, get on it!

I raced the 50 Mile last year, and knew I would be back.  It was definitely the hardest race I have ever done, and as soon as I crossed the finish line I wanted more.  I’ve had the March 15 registration opening date marked on my calendar since then and am stoked to have one of the 150 spots in this year’s big dance.

Lots of ups and downs

Lots of ups and downs

The highlights of last year are what make me excited to get back in 2014 for double the fun.  The organization is totally dialled in.  The entire 50 Mile (point to point) course was marked perfectly.  Everything from registration, to the start line, to the finish was smooth.  The volunteers were also really great, especially those working the aid stations.  I have a great memory of an aid station volunteer rubbing ice on the back of my neck while I rifled through my drop bag – now that is good service!  Another aid station had a shower set up if you wanted a mid-race rinse!  The course itself is spectacular.  I love the shore of Lake Superior and this route shows it off very well.  There aren’t too many places where you can have a 100 Mile, point to point course, where you spend almost the entire time on singletrack.  Superior gives you that.  Finally, the vibe around the finish area as evening arrived and all the finishers congregated to wait for the 10PM cut-off was stellar.  There was a campfire and everyone was just hanging out, having a good time, and cheering on the final runners.  The perfect way to end a race day.

The Finish Line at dusk

The Finish Line

So if this interests you, sign up now.  The remaining spots won’t last long.  For my Canadian readers, it is easy to get to this race by flying into Thunder Bay, Ontario and then driving down to Lutsen in Minnesota about 1.5 hours away.  I’ll share my progress over the summer, and definitely my experience at the race in September, stay tuned!

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