I just want to thank you for an awesome experience from start to finish. The aid stations that you coordinate are amazing & were a very large part of my finishing my first ever 100 mile race. Thank you again. – Ron B.
THANK YOU again for an amazing weekend up north. You, Cheri, and the army of people you have behind you are incredible. John H.
Had a great time this past weekend. I need to spend more time on real trails and not just farm roads – specificity in training takes on new meaning on obstacle course trails like that, but it was a blast and much more fun than a “tame” trail. Tame is easy to find, not so much a beautiful wildish single-track like that. Just need to learn to pick my feet up (Rock… steady… run some more, repeat). Thanks for the opportunity. Organization was top-notch, volunteers fantastic, artwork world-class! – Robert N.
Thank you so much for putting on an excellent event! First trail race in MN and I’ll definitely keep your races on my radar; and I’ll need to try this marathon again (or the 50). – Ken
John Storkamp is the best race director in the world! And the SHT races have the best volunteers in the world! They are “saints”… They helped me achieve my successful journey across the MMM course… I will remember this forever…. THANK YOU ! – Fred W.
Not much else can be said but I’ll repeat. My first 50, Awesome experience. Awesome volunteers. Awesome well run race. Phenomenally brutal and rewarding trail. An experience I’ll never forget. – Steven S.
I wanted to just say thank you to everyone that help in any way to put this event on. I was told by a friend that has run with you before that everyone in this race is treated like family, and I have to say he was understating it. This was my first for both a trail race and a marathon, and I have to say after this experience it will not be my last. – Chris W.
I don’t know how to express how AWESOME of an experience I had at this race. My “lows” were nothing I could ever have imagined and the “highs” can’t be described by words. Thank You John and your crew!! Thank You volunteers!!! Please tell the 3 dudes that were sweeping up to Finland (I think that’s right) THANK YOU!! They were awesome and I Frickin turned it around from there and finished 63rd!! YEAH!!! What a weekend!! THANK YOU!!!!!! – Shane P.
Big thanks to all the volunteers, especially the 3 sweepers, Pat, Seth, and Eve(? I think that was the nice lady’s name) who put me back together when I was crashed and were nice enough to impart some of their experience and wisdom to me on the walk out. Didn’t accomplish what I set out to, but met some fantastic people and maybe learned enough to get it next year. Thanks guys, really appreciate it. Also the folks at the aid station where my wife was waiting (and waiting …) for me. She said you were great. First class folks all around. – Ben B.
John and all your many, many friends and family (blood, marriage, trail) who showed up to volunteer, crew, pace, run: thank you thank you, thank you for such a wonderful weekend. It’s so fun to be a part of such a great communal happening and it’s hard to think of a more happening happening than this one. The blisters, bruises and toenails will be gone soon enough but the memories last a lifetime. I’m the guy who says Woo! I had such a blast. – Kevin L.
Thank you to all the staff and volunteers who work so hard to put on this race and take such amazing care of all the runners. Thank you to my friends and family who changed my socks, cooked me food, and supported me throughout the day. I met more than a few amazing people on the trail who made me laugh, gave me advice, cured my cramps, and helped me to my feet when I could barely stand. I was unable to make the time cutoff at Country Road 6 after roughly 15 hours of trudging through the heat. I’m already counting down the days until next year to avenge my DNF. Congratulations to all runners! – Jake H.
Thanks to all you amazing volunteers who made the race possible, fun and encouraged every runner along the way! It was awesome to see so many familiar faces volunteering at each aid station. We runners couldn’t have done it without you on a tough hot day (or two for those 100 milers)! – Jay S.
Dear John and all amazing race volunteers, I just wanted to write a quick note to thank you for putting on such a wonderful event. Your passion, positive energy, and sincerity are without equal. I’ve never been to a race so well organized and where the volunteers did such an amazing job of taking care of the runners. Their efforts were nothing less than heroic. Although the race didn’t turn out for me the way that I had hoped, I can\’t say enough great things about all of you. I hope to give it another try in the future! I wish you all the best and a great fall and winter. Best Wishes, Guy C.
Thanks for putting on a great race! It is a spectacular course both for its athletic challenge and for its scenery. The volunteers are very helpful and encouraging. It obviously takes a lot to put on such a race and to mark it. Then, the trail has to be swept for trash, removing trail markings, and of course looking for straggling runners if need be. It was a tear jerker for me dropping at 20 miles this year. I was a top 20 sub 32 hour finisher in my last race in 2008. But, I know without a doubt that I made the right call in dropping due to illness. It would’ve been a physically painful exercise in futility and suffering. However, this allowed me the opportunity to help out at an aid station. It was my first time at an aid station other than as a runner. It was neat to be able to encourage runners, to help them resupply, to offer my own headlamp that I no longer needed when someone else’s crew accidentally took his headlamp, and to give a ride to the finish to an injured runner who had to drop. I’ll be in your races again. – Pete
Thanks for the great race John. Very impressive. Nailed my first buckle. Love the swag. Volunteers were the best. Brought a pacer with from Omaha who was very impressed and has this on his list. Developed a mantra throughout. We love Rocks, We love hills. We love Rocky Hills. Havent figured out a positive spin for the mud though. Uffdah! – Steve S.
Thank you for the opportunity to give this run a crack. Although it didn’t turn out as I planned, the experience will be unforgettable.
I completed your race last saturday (marathon), and I just have to say that it was the most unique, and one of the most challenging event I have ever done. This is coming from a guy, who has completed over 50 marathons, 250 triathlons, including 3 Hawaii Ironman Finishes and numerous World championships, all over the county and the world. I was a bit out of my element, especially climbing up Carlton Peak, and my overall time wasn’t very fast, but I had a blast and hope to do your event again next year.Keep up the great work. – Michael M.
Thank you for the most amazing race experience . My last two years running Afton and now Superior have me hooked on your trail events. Your team makes the experience so special. It felt so free to run and walk along the superior trails in what was an amazing day this year… A little water and mud for sure, but that just added to what is a really technical course not for the faint of heart. My previous road running days of marathons can’t come close to the experience I felt this weekend. The resort was awesome and looked after us so well like your team and massive group of passionate and dedicated volunteers. They really rock. The runners are all class and band together afterwards to celebrate a really special occasion.The very best and will be back for future races. – David L.
Thanks for what I can only describe as a world class event this past weekend. From start to finish, that’s hands down the best run event I’ve ever been a part of. For my first 50, I couldn’t possibly have had a better experience. Registration was a breeze, the aid stations were top notch, and I can’t tell you the number of times I wondered to myself if I had managed to stay on course, only for a flag to pop up on my left hand side just seconds later. I would imagine I speak on behalf of all the runners, crew, and spectators in thanking you for the countless hours you put in to organizing and operating such an awesome event. Catch up on your rest, you’ve earned it, and we’ll see you next summer. – Neil J.
Wanted to thank you guys for an incredible weekend at the Superior 100, it was my first attempt at the distance and I had an amazing experience and can’t thank you guys enough. – John F.
For the past 24 hours I’ve been trying to compose the perfect email in my head, to thank you and the incredible volunteers that I encountered at this years ST100. But the truth is that it’s difficult to put in to words how grateful I am to you and your team. I’m a first time finisher, it took 3 tries, spread over 15 years to get to this point. The feeling of accomplishment has been worth the wait. John, you have surrounded yourself and drawn into your circle an incredible group of people that are united in their dedication to try and get every racer to the finish line. It really doesn’t need to be said that the backbone of an event like ST100 is the strength of the volunteer group, but what I want to say is that without them, I couldn’t hold my head so high today.Thank you to you and to your team for helping me achieve my 15 year dream. – Greg B.
Volunteering at Silver Bay was a good time (the crew was exceptional; the women serving the food did a wonderful job, as did the chief), the race was very enjoyable, and the communal lodging (I got a bed Friday night) was a God-send, for which I was very thankful. The Lord willing, would like to do all of it again next year. – Stephen B.
I wanted to once again extend a very sincere thank you to you and most certainly the volunteers for all the hard work and dedication that was put into the race. The markings were easy to follow, the volunteers were energetic, eager to help, and motivational. They were constantly asking “what can I do for you” and making suggestions. I came into Temperance having a mental breakdown and the volunteers had a huge role in getting me back into my game and to 103. Another volunteer once offered me the socks off her feet (Sonju maybe?) when I had bled through a pair of my own as well. Also, shoutout to the couple who drove me back to temperance for the car. That was much appeciated. The post race atmosphere, food, and drinks were great (chilli was spot on). Designs on ALL race swag were jawdroppingly badass. The course lived up to the rugged and relentless expectations. Personally, I’d call it a “beautiful hell”, and one I will happily return to. – Brandon Y.
Is this where I thank the volunteers? I need to thank the volunteers. Each and every one of you made my day. The aid stations were fantastic, staffed with cheerful, helpful people willing to deal with my nonsense UD hydration bladder and well-stocked with supplies. The course markings were spot-on, even in the darkest hours of the night. The pre-race meeting, finish line accommodations, and road crossings were run to perfection. The extra work that went into race tracking this year helped me share my experience with so many people who could not make the trip up north. Thank you so much. – Adam I.
Thank you and the volunteers so much for a great race this last weekend! I had a wonderful time suffering through 50 miles on the beautiful trail. A trail I was slightly unprepared for, I might add. Running in Boulder, CO, I am quite used to rough trails. However, we don’t have nearly as many roots and our rocks are angular, knobbly, textured granite on which one can hold footing at an angle. Out there, especially in combination with the mud and moss, the smooth, rounded rocks were something different entirely! But that’s why we run the trails: to have new experiences, see new sights, and tackle new terrain. Thank you for all your hard work putting this great race on; I’m sure that a point-to-point race is about the toughest, logistically. It was done perfectly! I look forward to being out there again in coming years! – Ben B.
Thanks to all the Superior 100 volunteers you definitely inspired me. Coming into the Sugarloaf, Cramer and Temperance aid stations I was in tough shape and certain my race was over but your energy, enthusiasm and selfless assistance got me right again each time and back on the trail. By Sawbill and Oberg I was smelling the finish line and was feeling great. I even ran like a crazy person full tilt during the last 1/2 mile once the lodge was in sight. I think I passed a few people in that final leg which wasn’t really my intent all I saw was the finish where I knew my loved ones were cheering. – Peter H.
Thank you John and all the volunteers who truly made this day so incredible. This really was a life-altering race and I enjoyed being part of the Superior100 community. I met some great runners yesterday and had a blast meeting all the volunteers and all the other crew members. What a special day. – Frayah B.
Thank you to race director John and all of the amazing volunteers for making this race a huge success. Every aid station I came into made me feel like I had my own personal crew out there. Amazing views and tough gnarly course made this well worth it. I will be back again! – Mike D.
Thank you and the volunteers so much for a great race this last weekend! I had a wonderful time suffering through 50 miles on the beautiful trail. A trail I was slightly unprepared for, I might add. Running in Boulder, CO, I am quite used to rough trails. However, we don’t have nearly as many roots and our rocks are angular, knobbly, textured granite on which one can hold footing at an angle. Out there, especially in combination with the mud and moss, the smooth, rounded rocks were something different entirely! But that’s why we run the trails: to have new experiences, see new sights, and tackle new terrain. Thank you for all your hard work putting this great race on; I’m sure that a point-to-point race is about the toughest, logistically. It was done perfectly! I look forward to being out there again in coming years! Thank you, Ben B.
Hi, I just wanted to thank you and all the volunteers for the great races you put on in the fall on the Superior Trail. The volunteers go out of their way to help, the race is well organized, and the food/hydration choices are great. Pancakes! I had pancakes! Also, even though I’m a slow marathoner, it is awesome finally crossing the finish line to hear you guys cheering for me. And I know my sister feels the same. So thanks again. We hope to make it an annual thing.
On a more personal note, I want to thank you for doing what you do. These evens are so incredible to take part in. My visions of saying something profound to you and the finish line crew were thwarted by the 50 miles that had sufficiently fried my brain and body and the fact that my kids were jumping all over me before I even got to the finish line. Anyway, I just wanted you to know that these events have a profound effect on a lot of people and I would love to be a part of helping that continue. Thanks for your time and I hope things are well with you. Take care.
Before another day ‘escapes’ from under me, I wanted to take a minute and ‘thank you’ for all your hard work, relentless pursuits and unwavering dedication to this event. I have now run 2 Moose Mountain’s and can tell you (of all the races I have ever run in my life– and there are plenty for a late bloomer), THIS race is by far (hands down/no excuses/no parallel)… THE BEST.Obviously, the terrain has much to do with it, but above and beyond that, the ‘sprit’ of the race (which is largely set by you and the many wonderful volunteers, is what puts it at the TOP. I could go on and on, but suffice it to say, THANK YOU (again and again) for your work and love of this event. It SHOWS… and that (quite frankly) is the greatest compliment one can bestow on someone else. Take care of yourself, rest up (and rest up some more!) and (with some answered prayers!) I hope to see you next year.Blessings Tish Torchia (Rochester)
My husband who didn’t fully understand why anyone would want to run this long, is now inspired to give it a whirl after crewing and watching the whole scene. He couldn’t believe the atmosphere, kind people, and positivity. He enjoyed every minute. So thanks for putting on a race like that – can’t imagine how much work goes into it. We’ll be back!
Last, thank you so much for a great race! I’ve been glowing all week from my first 100mi finish, and I’m so glad I could score my first at your race. Seeing you at the finish was a dream. This is my third year running RSR races, and I’m so happy I could progress through the distances with you. Looking forward to next year and my second star!
I am late in writing this note for 2015, but it is more important than ever to thank you, Cheri, and all of the amazing volunteers for the wonderful race that you put on. The folks that man the aid stations and tend to the course put forth nothing less than a super human effort every year. They are truly a beacon of light and hope for runners in the darkest of hours on the course. Without them, there is no way that I would have had the fortitude to go on and finish this year. I hope to join them and help other runners next year for the 2016 edition. It would be my great honor to stand among their ranks. As you wisely wrote in one of your opening letters, finishing is a wonderful thing, but it is not the heart of the experience of this race—that is something that all of us who take part in this magical weekend in any way, shape, or form share together. I hope to join you out there next year helping others along as they have done for me over the last three years. Enjoy the fall!All the Best, Guy
Please accept my most sincere apologies for not sending this e-mail sooner. I have really been enjoying sleeping and eating since the race, but that’s no excuse for failing to give you the thanks you’re due for putting on such a great event. Thank you to you and all of your amazing volunteers for another fun and challenging race. Your event somehow manages to feel very professional in its level of organization, but at the same time so intimate and collegial. Now that I have done a couple more races, I have a whole new appreciation for how difficult it is to manage that balance. You have such friendly and helpful volunteers, and I appreciate all the little details that make the race stand out. I am finding that I am both in love with and afraid of this race. I have a healthy respect for the course, but the scenery and the challenge are just so compelling. Long story short, I’ll be seeing you next year. PS. One final thank-you: My dad crewed me this year and after the race he told me he wants to take up running so he can try the Moose Mountain Marathon next year. Your event is so good it convinces non-runners of the appeal of trail and ultra-running. Thanks again, Mallory
Once again, the Moose Mountain Marathon was a great race. The organization, the trail markings, the aid stations, and especially the volunteers – all were awesome. Thank you for all your hard work!! – Sally
I just wanted to send a belated thanks to you and everyone who helped put on the Superior 100 this year. I have wanted to do this race for a long time, and it did not disappoint! I greatly appreciated the friendly and helpful volunteers, the delicious aid station food (especially a lot of the hot food!), and the well marked and beautiful course. Thanks again, and I hope to be back one day! Gretchen
We would like to thank you for running such amazing events. I ran the Superior 25K in the spring & my husband & I ran our first marathon ever this fall. The organization, communication & concern for each & every runner was wonderful. The volunteers, every single one, was amazing. I don’t know how to say thank you to the bearded gentleman at Sawbill the helped me with my pack & fuel, but he made my day. I mentioned that this wasn’t the first time he had done this (he knew my pack better than I did), & all he said was “20 years.” Thank you for running a race that makes these volunteers come back year after year. It is a testament to you, the race & the runners making each volunteer fell appreciated that makes this all work so well. – Jennifer