April 15, 2019. Runners are encouraged to apply early to secure a spot on the team!
Experience the beauty and difficulty of the Superior Trail on Venture’s first ever trail running tour! Home to some of the most difficult ultramarathons in the country, this tour is going to be EPIC.
You and your team will log 110 miles, beginning with the start of the trail at the Minnesota/Wisconsin border. From there, you’ll follow the wooded trail into Duluth where you’ll pound some pavement as the trail takes on the urban landscape. Exiting Duluth, the trail takes back its rugged state and you’ll have nothing but nature between you and the finish in Two Harbors. With a mixture of staying at host churches, and camping you’ll truly get to experience the “great outdoors” while engaging in biblical justice with your teammates.
If you have questions or would like to chat with the tour director, please connect with Jeremy at firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Taking a break from the ‘real world’ and finding Venture in the middle of life’s daily chaos reminded me of what Christ promises us: a place to belong, a place to be loved, a place to grow, and a place to give Him glory. It was really touching to be invited into so many homes, to share prayers and meals with strangers, and to leave as friends.”
Day 1: Arrival
Day 2: Training-Jay Cooke State park: 7.8 miles
Day 3: Magney-Snively Park (Duluth) : 17.8 miles
Day 4: Rose Garden (Duluth): 19.6 miles
Day 5: Normanna Rd. Trailhead: 21.4
Day 6: Rosinni Rd. Trailhead: 20.4 miles
Day 7: Silver Cliff (Two Harbors): 23.3 miles
Day 8: Debrief
Day 9: Departure
Everyone Deserves Food
The Superior Trail Run will specifically raise money to fund Venture’s feeding programs in Southeast Asia, which is home to the world’s longest-running civil war. This war that began in 1948, has displaced over 4 million people from their homes. Hundreds of thousands remain stateless and have no citizenship or land of their own. Many still live in Internally Displaced Person (IDP) and refugee camps.
Venture works within the most remote and hardest-struck areas in Southeast Asia to provide nutritious food for displaced people and orphans. Through a partnership with Feed My Starving Children, we provide 15,000 meals every day.
Venture partners with local communities to bring food security, education, discipleship, and the Gospel to the least reached and most vulnerable people in the world.Learn More
Stories From Participants
“I thought a Venture tour would be about conquering all my weaknesses, overcoming the mental blocks that whispered failure, and physical constraints on my muscle, but the tour ended up being a reminder of my ability to be vulnerable and joyful, honest and reflective.”
I came to the Venture Running Tour with a limited amount of running experience, and I knew that it would be quite the physical challenge for me. What I didn’t realize was that I would be challenged mentally and emotionally more than I had anticipated.
But my teammates were amazing, and I gained so much joy from them every day. Because of them, my spirit was strong and my faith grew every day. I was so humbled by those around me, and I was encouraged by the stories each of us brought to the table. We were able to be ourselves without any judgement, and we only had genuine love, inspiration, and praise for everyone else.
And while we had so much fun along the way, I was most impacted by how much my prayer life shifted because of the tour.
One of my favorite moments was when we were running a 5 mile stretch on a gravel road with no houses or cars for miles. As we were running, a herd of horses appeared and began running in the field next to us. My heart was beating so fast, and we didn’t know what to expect.
There were no fences, just us and the horses in the middle of nowhere. As they continued to run, they would stop from time to time and just watch us. They were as curious about us as we were about them! This happened a few more times before they decided to run off towards the mountains. It was so beautiful and calming, and it felt as if time was standing still.
All you could hear were our feet on the gravel road and the distant pounding of their hooves as they trailed away.
It was such a wonderful reminder of how precious life is and how vast this world is. We can impact others in more ways than we’ll ever know.I knew in that moment that I was in the exact place at the exact time that God had laid out. I love these moments and appreciate the little reminders that present themselves every day.
I was able to reflect on my life and faith journey more when I came back from tour. I honestly thought the reflection would happen during the journey, but most of it happened in the weeks following. It made me want to live differently. I’m so appreciative of my teammates, leaders and those who supported me on this experience. I am absolutely looking forward to the next tour!