Event Information



Online registration is open! Time to start thinking about the summer.

Entrance Fees:

27 Mile and 21 Mile - $65

17 Mile and 10 Mile -  $45

Add $10 after September 1st

All registration fees are non refundable. Thank you!

Download and Print registration available. 

Print Registration Form

Bib Pick - Up

Friday, September 27th: 4PM to 7PM

Come see us, pick up your bib and get questions answered about the trail and the event.

This is a great time to pick up the timing bib, avoid the lines! Collect a maps and get answers to questions about the event, trailhead locations, driving directions, what food will be at the rest stop…any question you have we can answer it. 

Representatives from the Superior Hiking Trail will be at Trailfitters to answer questions about the trail, future SHT events, volunteer opportunities, memberships and more.

Drop bags and markers will be available. Shirts will be handed out at the finish.

Saturday, September 28th: 5:15AM 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.

Trailfitters is located in the Fitger's Complex at 600 E Superior Street. 

Shuttle Departure Times

27 Miles:   6:00AM

21 Miles:    6:30AM

17 Miles:    7:30AM

10 Miles:    8:30AM

Shuttles to all distances depart by the Pickwick Resturant, located next to the Fitger's Complex.  Please arrive at least 30 minutes prior to your departure time to allow plenty of time for parking, registration check-in, bib pick-up, gear organizing and loading the shuttle. See above for specific shuttle departure times.


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.

Drop Bags

Need something along the way?  All participants, all distances can use  drop bags.  

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 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 for the 27, 21 ad 17 mile. Your finish time will be recorded by timing chip. If you are driving to the any trailhead, please wait for the bus to start and remember to check-in. The 10 mile official start is when the participant crosses over the timing mat, known as a rolling start. Your start time will then be recorded. 10 mile participants will be allowed to cross the start line starting at 8:50AM.

Your Day on the Trail


Aid Stations

Four aid stations are located the points along the course: 21.5 miles, 17 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



Halloween Candy

Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwiches



Course Markings

Follow only the BLUE Superior Hiking Trail blazes and SHT markers for "Main Trail". Spur or Loop Trails are marked with White Blazes. If you find yourself not seeing Blue Blazes, 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.

Superior Hiking Trail

Navigating Through Canal Park

The last 1.5 miles of all distances weave through Canal Park and Lakewalk.  This is not a closed course so there will be walkers, runners, tourist and dogs.   We will do our best to help you navigate through Canal Park, on to the Lakewalk and to the finish line located in the Fitger's Complex courtyard.


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 2017 Grand Traverse Dry-Zone t-shirt, men’s and women’s styles.

First Aid and Safety

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, pain medication and of course blisters. We also will have a sweeper and first aid officials hiking along the course to ensure safety.  

Time Cutoffs

Participants who are doing the  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 the aid station will not close until contact has been made.  The participant will be given the option to be shuttled to the finish/Fitger’s or shuttled ahead on the course.

21 Miles     9:00AM

17 Miles     11:30AM

10 Miles      2:30PM

5  Miles      4:15PM