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Craig Braun | Race Director

The Superior Stage Races are born from a desire to push the limit with a small group of likeminded runners. The terrain here is as breathtaking as it is unforgiving. Take notice, if you're not ready to hurt, you're not ready to race. 

We have three stages to cover in two days, with four possible routes. You won't know what route you'll be running next until hours before the stage starts. You also don't know what time the stage starts - only adding to the unique experience you'll get at SSR. During our athlete briefing, you'll receive a "Schedule that means nothing" to sort of help you understand what lies ahead. Finally because you don't know the actual routes, you also don't know the actual distance you'll be running over the next two days. It's an extremely organized, small, ground roots event you'll fall in love with. 

Throw in the beer, the whiskey, the bonfires, the good food, the stories and the friends we haven't met... a perfect recipe for a brutal but invigorating weekend of running.

We'll see you when we see ya, 
 

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HOW TO REGISTER


CLICK HERE TO REGISTER
We're only allowing 30 runners into the 2021 edition.

Cost to Race
$160.00 (January - February) $175.00 (March - June) $190.00 (July - August) Refund Policy WE WANT YOU TO SIGNUP AND HAVE SOMETHING TO LOOK FORWARD TO. So, here's our policy. If we are unable, for any reason to hold the event(s). Here are the options:
Free deferral to ANY other Mammoth race, ANY year, NEVER expires. Basically you don't lose your money, can still race and use 100% of this registration towards any other race of ours. or Receive a 50% refund of your registration fee.




GENERAL INFORMATION


Race Date August 13 - 15, 2021 Race Location Lutsen, MN Travel Lutsen is located on Lake Superior in Minnesotas North Shore. Only about 1.5 hours from Duluth, and about 3.5 hours from Minneapolis. If flying in, we recommend flying into Minneapolis and driving north too Lutsen. Gear We recommend being prepared for all weather conditions. Rain or shine or wind or hail - we will race. A headlight or handheld light is a must. The weather can range from mid 50's to mid / high 70's. Animal encounters are rare while on the trail. However, you should be familiar with the steps to take in the case you do come across an animal. If you're worries about an animal encounter, a bear bell is a cheap and easy tool you can use to make your presence known while running. Crew We recommend you have a crew with you to help with logistics of each stage. Each stage is a point to point route. Meaning, you can not park a car at the start and expect to easily get back to your vehicle once the stage is over. Having a crew to help you get your pack ready, keep you moving forward and to spend the journey with makes things so much better. Crew is allowed to be on course at certain areas marked on the course maps. However, crew access is limited ONLY to those designated spots along the route. Anyone crewing or tagging along for the race is able to purchase meal tickets for the Friday, Saturday and Sunday meals provided. Pacers are not allowed for any stage taking place during the day. Runners are allowed one pacer to run alongside them if we do have a night stage. Please note, pacers are not allowed to carry hydration or fuel for the runner. Wristbands Each runner will receive a glow in the dark Mammoth Endurance wristband with a number on it. This wrist band must be worn all weekend. It serves as your bib number for timing, your emergency ID and helps us verify who is out on course. This wristband will be inside your kit. Timing We like doing things old school, and out timing system is no exception. We time by hand. We always have and we always will. When we say go, we start the watch. When you finish, we write down your time. It's easy, it's reliable and it hasn't failed us yet. Headphones Wearing headphones and listening to music is OK during the race. We always ask that you listen at a volume allowing you to hear other people around you. Its vitally important you can hear and are aware of your surroundings as the trail is open to everyone and there will be hikers, runners, families and campers on trail. Please be respectful to everyone enjoying their time on the trail. No Trace / No Waste Here's the deal. If you intentionally leave any trash or gear out on the trail, you're out. DQ'd, no refund, no nothing. Be respectful of this beautiful area. DO NOT litter and take everything you brought in, out. Countless volunteer hours are put into this trail to maintain and preserve it. It's absolutely unacceptable to leave any trace that we were ever there.




RACE FORMAT


The format of this event is quite unique. We're featuring 3 stages of running along the beautiful and unforgiving Superior Hiking Trail over 2 days. The race routes, distances and start times are all a mystery until 2 hours before each stage. At the athlete briefing, runners receive a kit that contains four possible courses and the details about them. Runners will receive a text message from race organizers telling them which course is next and when it starts. We will run 3 of the 4 stages over the course of the event. This means runners do not know the actual distance they will be running over the three stages. Whoever finishes the three stages with the fastest combined time wins. Along with the running, we will have a dinner each night, bonfire, drinks and games. This event is small, and we like it that way. It's about pushing your limit, telling your story, talking about your race and making friends. We'll cook you tasty food and give you something to talk about for years to come. As we like to say, if you're not ready to hurt, you're not ready to race. But lucky for you, the hurt is worth the reward.

For any questions, please reach out to Craig - craig@mammothendurance.com




RUNNER KIT


What's Inside Your Kit - Long Sleeve 1/4 zip Superior Stage Races shirt. - Course Packet & Schedule - Participant Wrist Band - SSR sticker - Tailwind Nutrition pack - All ordered SSR Merchandise You'll receive your kit at the athlete briefing / spaghetti dinner on Friday night. You'll be asked to confirm medical contacts, medical history and meal selections.




HISTORY OF THE EVENT


Come race. Be part of the history we're writing.




LODGING


The North Shore has an abundance of beautiful hotels, lodges and camping opportunities for you and your crew / family. We recommend staying at the Caribou Highlands resort. Or, anywhere in-between Silver Bay and Lutsen will do great. Grand Marias is Ok as well, just be prepared to make a longer drive to get to some stages




COURSE DETAILS


Course 1 - 11.1 miles Course 2 - 16.1 miles Course 3 - 4.9 miles Course 4 - 11.0 miles *please remember, we do not publish complete course details. If this is confusing to you, please read the Race Format tab above and familiarize yourself with the procedures used during the event. The lack of course details is by design. Trail Conditions / Technicality The sections were running along the Superior Hiking Trail are almost all single track with a few stretches opening up into double wide trails. This trail is technical and you should be prepared for steep climbs and technical decent. You'll find yourself mostly running along covered sections. However, there are a few areas you'll be exposed and up on ridges or rock faces. Trekking Poles can be used but are not necessary. Crew / Pacers / Spectators We recommend you have a crew with you to help with logistics of each stage. Each stage is a point to point route. Meaning, you can not park a car at the start and expect to easily get back to your vehicle once the stage is over. Having a crew to help you get your pack ready, keep you moving forward and to spend the journey with makes things so much better. Crew is allowed to be on course at certain areas marked on the course maps. However, crew access is limited ONLY to those designated spots along the route. Anyone crewing or tagging along for the race is able to purchase meal tickets for the Friday, Saturday and Sunday meals provided. Pacers are not allowed for any stage taking place during the day. Runners are allowed one pacer to run alongside them if we do have a night stage. Please note, pacers are not allowed to carry hydration or fuel for the runner.




SCHEDULE OF EVENTS


Athlete briefing takes place Friday evening on August 13th. Make sure you are there - if you are absent, you can not race. Stages begin sometime on Saturday Morning and run through Sunday around noon. We will be wrapped up with our races by Sunday at 1pm. There is no formal Schedule of Events. Show up, run hard, enjoy the adventure. You will receive a text message from race organizers 2 hours before each stage identifying which route you’re running next. You race packet will have al the course details necessary to prepare for that stage.




AWARDS


We have overall awards for the top three Male and Female finishers.

Hand made Finisher Medals are given to all finishers upon completing the final stage.




MEDICAL


Our race director and many of the crew are certified in CPR, and have been through general first aid classes. This is an endurance event. Please be smart. Push your limits, but know when your body is telling you no more. When on trail, it can be difficult in sections to get medical help out to you quickly. We do have access to medical personal if needed. During registration, make sure you accurately complete the medical questionnaire so we are prepared in case something comes up during your race. We do also have basic medical supplies at the trailhead of each stage.




ATHLETE GUIDE


There is no formal Athlete Guide for this event. Simply make sure you are at the Athlete Briefing on time and you'll receive all necessary race information then. Please do make sure you take the time to read through the details on this website as they will help you prepare for a weekend of running and having fun with friends.





 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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HAND MADE FINISHER AWARD

After handing out thousands upon thousands of finisher medals made in a factory somewhere, I had had enough. They just didn't mean anything. I would cut open the box at the finish line, grab a handful of medals I had no part of and hand them to runners who put countless hours of training into my event. I hated it, so we changed it. 

In 2020, we began designing, cutting, painting and assembling all our finisher medals by hand. We spend our evenings gluing all the tiny pieces together. I'll be honest, it's a lot of work... But, so is the training you're doing for this race. So, in the end, when we get to hand you your bad ass finisher medal, it's so worth it.

Each person running has a story behind them. The journey you've made to get to  get here is usually one of perseverance and growth. It means a whole lot that you've supported my family by racing one of our events. I hope you enjoy the award and find meaning in your training and your race with us. 
 

OFFICIAL S.S.R. GEAR COMING SOON

carefully selected gear that goes the extra mile

FRIDAY NIGHT
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Spaghetti Dinner & Athlete Briefing

Italian Herb Penne Pasta with Marinara

Drink (water, soda, juice)

Garlic Bread
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Fresh mixed green salad

*GF pasta & bread, a well as vegan meatballs are

 available upon request. Please let us know of any 
food allergies during registration.

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SATURDAY NIGHT

Our signature potato tacos!

soft shell potato & chickpea tacos

Drink (water, soda, juice)

Pickle & choice of chips
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Fresh fruit salad

*Tacos are made vegan, gluten free tortillas

are available upon request. Please let us know

of any food allergies during registration.

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AWARDS PRESENTATION

WE WILL HAVE PIZZA - BUT PLEASE DO BRING A DISH TO SHARE IF YOU'D LIKE. WE ALL WILL BE HUNGRY!

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