The Superior 100 Mile Endurance Run / Superior Trail Race “Hall of Fame” was established to recognize those founders, race directors, volunteers and runners who have made significant contributions to the Superior Trail Races over the years. Starting in 2011 we will be inducting a new person, group or organization into the Hall of Fame annually at the 100 mile pre-race meeting. We believe in always remembering and honoring those that have come before us – their tireless work created the foundation upon which we still hold one of the oldest / most historic 100 mile races in the country.
2013 – Eugene Curnow: Eugene Curnow was a fixture in the Northern Minnesota / Duluth Minnesota running scene for decades. Eugene found running later in life, embraced it and not only became an accomplished runner, but a leader and an ambassador for the sport. Eugene was the first person to achieve five Superior 100 Mile finishes and the first to hit 10 Superior 100 mile finishes (still only one of three individuals who has run 10 or more). Along with his own personal achievements as a runner, Eugene was always there to give back to the sport that he loved. Along with his wife Barb, for over two decades they tirelessly worked together to put on the Minnesota Voyageur Trail Ultra (one of the oldest running 50 mile races in the country) and founded the Half Voyageur Trail Marathon (renamed the Eugene Curnow Trail Marathon in 2013 in Gene’s honor). Gene (and Barb’s) contributions to the sport are clearly visible today in our local running community and his spirit will surely be kept alive by the multitude of Eugene’s “trail disciples” involved in Minnesota Trail and Ultrarunning. A few runners are chasing 10 Superior 100 Mile finishes but Gene will forever be the first to achieve this impressive milestone while always making time for others in our local running community. Eugene Curnow passed away in 2013 after a brave struggle with cancer.
2012 – Donald Clark: When Larry Pederson set out to revive the Superior 100 Mile Endurance Run / Superior Trail Races – he knew he could not do it alone and enlisted the best help available. When it comes to the trail, the route, course marking and course sweeping there was only one person he wanted heading up his team, Donald “Moxie Dog” Clark. Conceptualizing a new course together, Larry turned the trail over to Don and with help from Bonnie Riley and others, he went to work. Don and Bonnie not only measured the entire 103+ mile course with a measuring / surveyors wheel – they did it twice to make sure they got it right. From there Don spearheaded a group of volunteers each year Larry directed the race, to see to it that Superior was one of the best marked trails in the country (a legacy that lives on today). Once the runners started the race on Friday, Don and his small army took to sweeping the course, helping and pushing runners to achieve their goals or talking them through a difficult decision to drop or having to do the tough work of pulling runners who missed the cutoffs and counsuling them through those dark moments. Don himself is an accomplished ultrarunner finishing ultramarathons all over the world including the Superior 100 Mile Endurance Run three times (1997, 1999 and 2000) before he took up the post as one of the most important players in Superior Trail Race history.
2011 – Larry Pederson: Larry did not create the Superior Trail Race but came along at a critical point in the races evolution. After finishing the race in 1999 and 2000 and seeing the race struggle during a few subsequent years, Larry was struck with the urge to take up the reins and breathe some new life into the event. In 2005 Larry took over the race and decided it would be a rebuilding year, the 50 mile and Marathon were held but not 100 mile race (the only time it had not been since 1991). Larry wanted a year to plan, rebuild and re-launch the 100 in a big way. Working overtime throughout the following next year, Larry met with key volunteers to conceptualize the new 100 mile course, race logistics and set out to make it happen – Donald Clark and Bonnie Riley on the race course / marking and sweeping, Maria Barton organizing volunteers and John Storkamp, Scott Wagner and Joe Lovett on doing the heavy lifting / aid station equipment and supplies. In 2006 the 100 mile was reborn and went off without a hitch and the Superior 100 Mile Endurance Run was reborn. A labor of love, Larry and his wife Colleen along with his adult children and key volunteers worked tirelessly from 2005 to 2010 to rebuild the race and set it on a course for future success. In 2010 after the race, mission accomplished, Larry stepped down as Race Director handing it off to one of his key volunteers during that period John Storkamp.