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Summit North Trail Runs

Fri August 23 - Sun August 25, 2024 Duluth, MN 55802 US



Hill Climb | Descent - Open

$27 Price increases after August 18, 2024 at 11:59pm CDT
Open to ages 17+.

Hill Climb | Descent - Juniors

$20 **Juniors Race**
Open to ages 12 - 16.

Mountain Lap | 5K

$39 Price increases after July 31, 2024 at 11:59pm CDT
Open to ages 13+.

The Creeks | 8-Mile

$56 Price increases after July 31, 2024 at 11:59pm CDT
Open to ages 15+.

Forest Track | Heavy 1/2 Marathon

$80 Price increases after July 31, 2024 at 11:59pm CDT
Open to ages 17+.

Kids Trail Adventure (Ages 7-12)

36 spots left. Registration ends August 24, 2024 at 9:30am CDT
Open to ages 7 - 12.

Guided Hike (Beginner)

$0 $15.00 - Suggested donation to the Superior Hiking Trail Association
Open to ages 12+.

Guided Hike (Intermediate)

$0 $15.00 - Suggested donation to the Superior Hiking Trail Association
Open to ages 12+.


Welcome to Summit North! An event that brings people together for a weekend of races on some of the Midwest's most beautiful trails. 

Friday kicks off with the Juniors & Open Hill Climb where runners will test their lungs and legs on Spirit Mountain. Saturday's race distances include the Mountain Lap | 5k, The Creeks | 8 Mile, and the Forest Track | 13.7-Mile - quintessential Duluth trail running that includes rocky and rooty climbs, creek crossings, and a plunge through Ely's Tunnel in the Forest Track.
We have worked hard to bring this race to life. Runners of all levels will get a premium trail experience with fun and challenging courses, great views, and good vibes. Join us this August for what we hope will become classic summer races!




Registration Information

Registration: All registration is online through this site. There is no in person registration.
Registration includes a well-organized race, finisher's award, and access to the finish line festivities. Not all folx want a race shirt so apparel is not included in the registration. This allows us to offer high-quality apparel as an add-on purchase.

Registration Opens: April 7, 2024 at 12:00 AM
Registration Closes: August 23, 2024 Juniors & Open Hill Climb
                                      August 24, 2024 (Mountain Lap, The Creeks, Forest Track)

Juniors Registration & Pricing:

  - Open Hill Climb - Ages 17+ (age-based discount for 17-21) - $20.00 + signup fee (no increases)
  - Juniors Hill Climb - Ages 12 to 16 (age-based discount for 15-19) - $20.00 + signup fee (no increases)
  - Mountain Lap | 5K - Ages 13+ (age-based discount for 13-19) - $35.00 + signup fee (no increases)
  - The Creeks | 8-Mile - Ages 15+ (age-based discount for 15-19) - $47.00 + signup fee (no increases)
  - Forest Track | Heavy Half Marathon - Ages 17+ (age-based discount for 17-21) - $60.00 + signup (no increases)

Race Field Caps:
(we will expand the fields of Saturday races if permits and conditions allow)
 - Juniors Hill Climb: 125
 - Open Hill Climb: 300
 - Mountain Lap | 5k: 250
 - The Creeks | 8-Mile: 300
 - Forest Track | Heavy Half: 225

Team Competition:
You can register and create (or join an existing) team to compete against other teams for the Summit Trophy!
   - 3-5 person teams (the first 4 members get a discount after the 5th member joins)
   - Team registration info, scoring details and rules can be found below.
   - You can CLICK HERE to look up a team

*team and juniors discounts cannot be applied together. For junior athletes the junior prices will be applied.

Run Friday & Saturday!

Sign Up for the Hill Climb & Get 10% OFF a Saturday Race at Checkout.


Apparel Add-ons!

Performance men's & women's tee | Fleece waffle jackets | Limited quantity available - get it now!

Our Rules

1. Be kind. This is an easy one.
2. Stay on course. Protect the trails and the land.
3. Bring your own cup. This is a cupless race.
4. If you don't finish and leave the course- Tell us.
5. Challenge yourself. This is hard one.
6. Say thank you. Volunteers and race staff work hard too.
7. Stick around and cheer on someone you don't know. 

If you want to see all the policies, rules, etiquette and FAQs- CLICK HERE


Getting Here

Summit North Trail Runs are held at Spirit Mountain Grand Avenue Chalet (8551 Grand Ave. Duluth, MN 55808) about 8 miles (15-minute drive) southwest of downtown Duluth.
A number of hotels are within a short drive of Spirit Mountain. Check back here soon for lodging discounts.
The Grand Ave. Chalet has two large parking lots for participant parking. Parking is not permitted on Grand Avenue or on the neighboring residential streets. 



Weekend Schedule

Friday, August 23

Check In & Bib Pick Up - Spirit Mountain, Grand Avenue Chalet
  - Open & Juniors Hill Climb: 4:00 to 7:00 PM
  - Heavy ½, 8M, 5K: 4:00 to 8:00 PM

All-Distance Pre-Race Briefing
(attendance encouraged but optional) - Spirit Mountain, Grand Avenue Chalet

  - Heavy ½, 8M, 5K - 5:30 PM
  - Hill Climb - 6:15 PM

Hill Climb - Spirit Mountain, Grand Avenue Chalet
  - Juniors Hill Climb - 6:30 PM
  - Open Hill Climb - 7:30 PM

Saturday, August 24

Check In & Bib Pick Up - Spirit Mountain, Grand Avenue Chalet
  - Heavy ½ Marathon - 6:30 to 7:15 AM
  - 8M - 6:30 to 7:45 AM
  - 5K - 6:30 to 8:00 AM 

Race Start Times
- Spirit Mountain, Grand Avenue Chalet

  - Heavy 1/2 Marathon - 7:30 AM
  - 8-Mile - 8:00 AM
  - 5-Kilometer - 8:15 AM


Weekend Festivities

The Grand Avenue chalet hosts our start and finish area. We have a bunch of other cool stuff planned around the races that includes our partners and supporters.
 NNormal - shoe & gear demos
 Skratch Labs - snacks & swag
 Duluth Foot Trail Alliance - trail education
 Superior Hiking Trail - support our charity partner!
 More to come!



This is going to be fun...we are introducing team scoring to our races and we are inviting teams of 3-5 individuals to sign up, create a team name, and compete for prizes and to get your names emblazoned on the Summit Trophy (we don't know what this looks like yet, but we'll find something cool).


Team Competition Rules:

1. Teams must be comprised of 3-5 individuals.
2. Teams are coed and must meet the minimum of 1 female, and 1 male participant. Non-binary participants will not be counted in either gender total but will count toward the overall team members.
3. Each team must have at least one member registered in each of the three distances on Saturday. (5k, 8-mile, heavy half)
4. Teams must have an appropriate (and creative) name.
Team Competition Scoring:
Coming Soon!



Why We Do What We Do...

Our team at Duluth Running Company has followed in the long Duluth tradition of producing great running events. 2005 was the first edition of the Gobble Gallop and we have had a blast creating races and learning a ton along the way. The Gobble Gallop has become one of Minnesota's biggest Thanksgiving Day races, Pike Lake is a spring classic, and The Duluth Women's Ten Mile has brought hundreds of women together to elevate and transform what a run can be.
We hold fast to our commitment of inspiring our active community through everything that we do and our events reflect this in so many ways. If you have raced around Pike Lake, witnessed the sunrise at Hawk Ridge at the start of the Duluth Women's Ten Mile, or donned a turkey hat for the Gobble Gallop, you are a vital part of that inspiration. We are going to continue to put on great events because you inspire us to do it... the Summit North Trail Runs are what's up next!



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Race Contact Info

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1026 E Superior St
Duluth Running Co.
Duluth, MN US 55802

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