Shuttle Departure and Start Times:
Saturday- Check-In and Start:
5:00AM to 8:30AM. At this time in the morning only the front doors, Superior Street Entrance, will be open. Fitger’s is located at 600 E Superior Street.
Check-in: It is required that everyone registered for the Grand Traverse check-in at the registration table before boarding the bus Saturday morning.
Shuttle Departure Times:
27 Miles: 6:00AM
21 Miles: 6:00AM
16 Miles: 7:30AM
10 Miles: 8;30AM
Please arrive at least 30 minutes prior to your departure time to allow plenty of time for parking, registration check-in, gear organizing and loading the shuttle. See above for specific shuttle departure times.
If you provide your own transportation to the starting locations you are responsible for your car and transportation to your car after you are finished. We do not provide a shuttle service from Fitger’s back to trailhead starting points. Parking at Grand Portage, Becks Road, Magney - Snively and Highland/Getchell trailheads are limited. We are not responsible for towed vehicles. Please park respectfully.
We strongly encourage you to ride the bus to the start points. If you are interested in meeting the bus at a specific start location, please indicate that to the event coordinator prior to the event morning and plan to arrive 10 minutes prior to estimated start time. All participants who are providing their own transportation must check-in with Grand Traverse staff at starting point locations before heading down the trail.
FREE all day in the Fitger’s Ramp, located off Superior Street. Please be courteous to daily patrons of the complex and park in the blue line areas. The blue lines can be found anywhere away from the entrances to Fitger’s and on the top level. Parking is also available at surrounding meters, which are not enforced on Saturday and at the 1st parking ramp located on 1st Street behind the Sheraton.
You can drop off your drop-bags at check-in time Saturday morning. There will be bins labeled with each aid station number and location. All gear must be placed in a bag and labeled with name and rest stop. Bags, markers and tape will be available Friday and Saturday morning. White trash bags and ziplock bags will be provided for use. Personal bags, properly marked, are allowed. The bus will also have a drop box to discard clothing, mugs, water bottles, or anything you do not want to carry along the way.
We will try our best to have the bags back at Fitger’s before you finish. All unclaimed and late gear bags will be at Recognition Ceremony at 5:30pm.
Start and Timer:
New this year will be a chip based timing. The start time for each distance will be based on the arrival of the bus and the official start proclaimed by the Grand Traverse official. If you are driving to the trailhead, please wait for the bus to start, check-in is required.
Aid Stations and Check-in:
All participants must check-in with Grand Traverse staff at each rest stop.
Four aid stations are located the points along the course: 21.5 miles, 16.5 miles, 10.2 and at 4.5 miles from the end. Each aid station has water and sports drink.
Rest stops will provided the following items:
Heed, Fluid replacement drink
GU's and Gels
Power Bars and Clif Bars
Cheese and Salami
Homemade baked goods
Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwiches
Follow only the BLUE superior hiking trail blazes. If you have not seen one in a long time, check your map!!! Superior Hiking Trail is marked with Blue Blazes. Spur Trails are marked with White Blazes. If you find yourself not seeing Blue Blazes or White Blazes just backtrack until you see Blue again (then make sure to head EAST, up the shore, towards downtown Duluth!). Maps will be provided and are available on the Superior Hiking Trail website:
Safety is important because of the rugged nature of the Superior Hiking Trail. Each aid station is also a check in spot for hikers/runners. We do this to ensure participants are progressing in a timely manner and to ensure no one is lost. Each station is stocked with everything you need for minor bumps, bruises and of course blisters. We also will have a sweeper and first aid officials hiking along the course to ensure safety.
Time Check Cutoffs:
Participants doing the two longer treks are expected to maintain a 3 mph pace throughout the course. If a participant has not arrived at an Aid Station prior to the cutoff times below they will be shuttled to Fitger’s or shuttled ahead on the course.
21 Miles: 9:00AM
16 Miles: 11:30AM
10 Miles: 2:30PM
5 Miles: 4:15PM
The Finish of the Grand Traverse will be in the courtyard, on the Lake Superior side of Fitger’s. Please finish using the STAIRS from the Lakewalk to the observation deck and Fitger’s. All finishers received a 2016 Grand Traverse Dry-Zone t-shirt, men’s and women’s styles.
5:30 pm at The Rex (Fitger’s Basement). All the Grand Traverse (27.5 Mile) and 21 mile finishers will be awarded a special finisher rock. This ceremony is for everyone to attend. Door prizes will be drawn after the Recognition Ceremony. You must be present to win. It is a great way to end the day on the trail, celebrating all that was accomplished.
Participants are required to check in at each aid station, checking their name and entering their arrival time in the aid station registry.
At registration each participant is encouraged to give the event officials the cell phone number of the cell phone they will be carrying during the trek or an emergency contact.
Wear bright colored clothing for your safety in the woods.
In the event of an emergency use your cell phone to call 911, and then notify the event officials at 218 590-5851. This number will be on a mailing label on your Trail Map.
Trail running, hiking, or light hiking shoes
Fanny pack or backpack
Appropriate clothing, changes of clothing, and clothing options
Hydration system or 2 water bottles
Hiking/Nordic walking poles
Small first aid kit
Friday- Late Registration and Information Table:
4PM to 7PM. Fitger’s Complex.
This is a time to pick up maps and get answers about the event, transportation and the trail. Gear bags and markers will be available. T-shirts will be handed out at the finish.
Late registration is available: Cash, Check and CC. No day of event registration.
Fitger’s is located at 600 E Superior Street. The information and registration table will be located inside the Superior Street entrance doors, between the Brewhouse Resturant and Fitger’s Wine Cellars.