LAST RUNNER STANDING Race Information
WHEN: Saturday June 10, 2023
LAST RUNNER STANDING:
First Race Starts at 12:00 p.m.
Each race thereafter will start every hour on the hour (2nd race 1:00 p.m., 3rd race 2:00 p.m., 4th race 3:00 p.m. and on and on...) until there is only ONE RUNNER STANDING!
LAST RUNNER STARTING:
Assigned waves starting every minute after that until the last wave at 9:25 a.m. Your starting time will be assigned to you after you register.
Two Laps of Last Runner Standing Course - 8.2 miles
Minimum Age: 8 years old* (see Rules page)
LAST RUNNER LEAVING:
One Lap of Last Runner Standing Course - 4.2 miles
Minimum Age: 8 years old* (runners 8-14 years old should have a companion runner with them, also registered for the race, who will stay with them for the duration of the race)
Spirit Mountain Grand Avenue Chalet and Parking Lot at the base of Spirit Mountain
8551 Grand Ave, Duluth, MN 55808
Directions to Grand Avenue Chalet:
From the North Follow I-35 S to MN-23 W/Grand Ave. Take exit 251B from I-35 S
Use the left lane to take exit 251B for MN-23 S/Grand Ave
Continue onto MN-23 W/Grand Ave
Turn right onto Warwick St
From the South Follow I-35 N to Cody St in Duluth. Take exit 251A from I-35 N
Merge onto Cody St; Continue straight to stay on Cody St
Turn right onto N 63rd Ave W, Follow N 63rd to Grand Avenue
Turn right onto Grand Ave, Follow Grand Ave to Warwick Street
Turn right onto Warwick St
Race parking in lower parking lot of Spirit Mountain at Grand Avenue Chalet
Start/Finish tent and base area at Grand Avenue Chalet parking lot
Last Runner Standing: $95.00 by May 15, 2023 – $105.00 May 16 to June 9
Last Runner Starting: $45 by May 15, 2023 - $55 May 16 to June 9
Youth Age 8-17 only $15
Last Runner Leaving: $25 by May 15, 2023 - $35 May 16 to June 9
Youth Age 8-17 only $10
No race day registration.
Race registration fees are not refundable. Please consider this prior to registering.
Visit our Race Registration page to register!
The Last Runner Standing is a unique event for runners of all abilities, but only the strongest among them will be the LAST RUNNER STANDING. The race will be begin at 12:00 p.m. and each runner will have exactly one hour to complete the 4.2 mile loop course. If a runner fails to return within the hour, they are eliminated from the race. Runners can complete the course at whatever pace they choose, but they MUST finish the race and be at the starting line to start the next race within 60 minutes. A new 4.2 mile race will begin every hour on the hour (12:00 p.m., 1:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m. and so on…) until only one runner is left standing. If a runner fails to make it to the start line at the top of the hour before the gate is closed, that runner is eliminated. What will your strategy be? Will you run the loop hard and reserve time for rest, or take your time, conserve your energy on the trail and only take a few minutes to rest before the next race begins? This race may not favor the speedster, but the runner who is slow and steady.
The LAST RUNNER STANDING provides a great opportunity to challenge yourself in a unique event unlike others you may have participated in before. It's also a great opportunity to get in a long training run with support, cover a marathon or 50 mile or even, if you have what it takes.....be the LAST RUNNER STANDING.
There are no cutoffs! Race will continue until there is only one LAST RUNNER STANDING!
LAST RUNNER STARTING Race Details:
The Last Runner Starting is an age graded race with staggered starts depending on your age. Like the famous Dipsea Race in California, we will place you in a starting position based on your age. We will utilize The Dipsea's headstart times based on years of historical data from previous Dipsea races. Once you register you will be given a starting time determining your headstart time over the "scratch" runners, the LAST RUNNERS to start. Starting at 9:00 a.m., runners will start every minute until the "scratch" runners start 25 minutes later. If everything is timed right, runners should be coming together for an immensely exciting and chaotic finish! Passing runners ahead of you will be a challenge and you'll have to be strategic where and when you pass. This race will be fast, fun and exciting with just about anyone having a shot at winning! Join us and see if you can hold off the LAST RUNNERS STARTING!
For more details and Race Rules visit RULES PAGE
Start/Finish Line Area:
SATURDAY June 10, 2023
AID STATIONS/DROP BAGS:
The race headquarters tent will provide typical ultra snacks and drinks and warm food and soup as the day turns to evening. Along with race results, headquarters will provide a chance to mingle and share stories from the trail with your running friends and also a chance to catch up on rest between races. Runners will have access to aid after each 4.2 mile race.
At the start/finish are there will be a "Runners Village". You may set up a tent or canopy for your runner and crew. Please keep your total footprint to 10'x10' so there is room for everyone's crew and tent.
Drop bags may be left in the race headquarters tent, at your crew site, or in your vehicle at the Start/Finish area
You may have a crew assist you after each race at the Start/Finish HQ Aid Station. Crews may only assist runners at the Start/Finish line aid station. Runners may not receive assistance from outside crews anywhere else on the course. You may use a 10’x10’ footprint for your Runner Village camp set up. Please keep your footprint to this size so we can accommodate all runners. Each runners camp should be 6 feet from the next group to maintain physical distancing.
The race is Classic Duluth! A scenic loop including very runnable stretches, singletrack climbing along lovely Kingsbury creek and its many waterfalls, and a traverse across the slope of Spirit Mountain providing tremendous views of the City of Duluth, Lake Superior and its harbor and the St. Louis River. Even though you may complete multiple 4.2 mile races, you won’t tire of this scenic course. Carefully review the COURSE DESCRIPTION HERE.
COURSE MARKING: The course will be marked well at all intersections. The course is essentially self contained within the Spirit Mountain Recreation Area so road crossings will be minimal. The trail will be marked with pink flagging and we will have flagging with reflective tape for those pushing on into the night. Trail markers will be CLIPS pinned to trees, bushes, posts, etc. Some pin flags in the ground may also mark the course where trees or bushes aren't available. We will have arrows at some of the turns and intersections.
CHECK IN: Packet pickup will be from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Friday June 9 at Grand Avenue Chalet. If you cannot make the packet pick up on Friday night, you can pick up your packet on Saturday morning before the race. RACE NUMBER AND T SHIRT PICK UP WILL BE RACE DAY MORNING ONLY.
Late registrants will have no guarantee of finishers award or shirt.
Race course briefing will occur 15 minutes before the race. Arrive at the start line early for the briefing. RACES MUST START ON TIME.
Friday, June 9
5:00 to 7:00 p.m. – race packet pick up at Grand Avenue Chalet at the base of Spirit Mountain.
Saturday, June 10
8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. – pick up race number and t-shirt prior to race.
9:00 a.m. Last Runner Starting starts PROMPTLY at the top of the hour
Groups will start every minute thereafter until the last group at 9:25 a.m.
9:30 a.m. Last Runner Leaving starts
12:00 p.m. Last Runner Standing starts PROMPTLY at the top of the hour
Subesequent races start every hour on the hour until there is only one LAST RUNNER STANDING
Sunday, June 5
Race will continue until only one runner left and will continue as many hours and days are necessary to determine the Last Runner Standing
10:00 a.m. – 24 races complete in 24 hours and 100 miles
There will be only ONE LAST RUNNER STANDING!
There will be only one Champion, only one Last Runner Standing. Unique awards and accolades will go to the Last Runner Standing.
While you may not end up the LAST RUNNER STANDING, unique intermediate awards will be presented to runners who complete at least one race.
Finisher awards will indicate the number of races completed for all participants
Every runner in all races will receive a race t-shirt.
Can you be one of the select few to complete 100 miles on this scenic, challenging course? How many races can YOU complete before you can continue no longer? The race itself will continue as long as it takes to determine the LAST RUNNER STANDING.
You may not be the only LAST RUNNER STANDING, but can you be the LAST MAN STANDING? THE LAST WOMAN STANDING?
Intermediate Awards will be given to the Last Man Standing and/or the Last Woman Standing depending on the gender of the LAST RUNNER STANDING. There will be no duplicate awards.
Can you be the LAST 30 YEAR OLD STANDING? The LAST 40 YEAR OLD STANDING?
Mens and Womens Awards will be given to the:
LAST TEEN STANDING (19 and Under)
LAST 20 YEAR OLD STANDING (20-29)
LAST 30 YEAR OLD STANDING (30-39)
LAST 40 YEAR OLD STANDING (40-49)
LAST 50 YEAR OLD STANDING (50-59)
LAST 60 YEAR OLD STANDING (60-69)
LAST REALLY OLD RUNNER STANDING(70+)
There will also be "premes" sponsored by race partners for example Fastest First Race presented by Frost River, etc.
LAST RUNNER STARTING Awards:
OVERALL RACE WINNER
Men's Winner - Overall
Women's Winner - Overall
FASTEST TIME AWARD - To the runner with the fastest time
TOP 10 FINISHERS will receive a BROWN SHIRT with the finish place on the back of the shirt. (not enough runners for Brown Shirts in 2023)
LAST RUNNER LEAVING awards will go to the overall MENS and WOMENS winners.
WEATHER: Weather in early June is generally pretty nice. The average high for June 6 is 65 and the average low is 47. Record high temperature for the date is 89 and record low is 31. June is one of the wetter months in Duluth, so be prepared.
Sunrise on June 10 is 5:14 a.m. with sunset at 9:02 p.m. Can you make it to the next morning?
Race headquarters at the base of Spirit Mountain at Grand Avenue Chalet
Race start features "Easy Street", a section of wide access road to get the runners spread out and the legs warmed up!
Race headquarters at the base of Spirit Mountain at Grand Avenue Chalet