Founded in 1982, the Minnesota Voyageur 50 Mile Trail Ultramarathon is one of the oldest trail ultras in the nation. The race follows a rugged, varied, out-and-back course that takes runners on a journey from Carlton, MN through Jay Cooke State Park and heads northeast over difficult, rough woodland trails to Duluth, MN and back. Enjoy scenic overlooks of Duluth, MN and Lake Superior, the iconic Swinging Bridge over the St. Louis River, and the infamous Power Lines.
The start, finish, and all race day festivities will be at Carlton High School. Weather for the MN Voyageur can be extreme. There have been several years when it was hot and humid, including 2003 when it was brutally hot with 90% humidity. In other years it has been cool, in the mid-50’s, and wet. Plan for everything except snow – at least not so far!!
The Minnesota Voyageur is proudly managed by the Northern Minnesota Track Club (NMTC). For more information, see our web site at: nmtc.run
Aid Stations closed to crews and spectators – Runners’ crews and spectators are not allowed at Grand Portage or Peterson’s aid stations! Failure to adhere to this will result in runner disqualification! As a runner participant you are responsible for your crew and spectators understanding this limitation.
The Voyageur course spans 25 miles over multiple jurisdictions. Managing access to a course that length and complexity has always been a balance, and the logistics have only increased as the race has become more popular. Most of our runners do abide by requests to not have crews and spectators go to these closed aid stations. However, we have had instances where this was not the case. Ignoring this request creates challenges for ensuring runner safety, race permitting and the ability for emergency services to reach these stations.
Runners… Your crew is an extension of you. Please make sure they are informed of this access limitation and its ramifications. Crews… Don’t jeopardize your runner’s finish.
As race participants we run as a community, sharing a common experience – of trail, weather, course setup… First or last, we’re all in this together.
We have exciting news! Starting this year, both Curnow and Voyageur will be cup-free!
This means that we will not have paper cups at aid stations – runners will need to carry their own collapsible cups with them for pop/Sqwincher/etc. at aid stations. There are lots of great options out there and we are currently looking at the possibility of having a cup as part of the race swag for this first year of being cup-free. We will keep you updated!
Hello, trail community! As you may be aware, there have been some recent dramatic looking changes to the Powerlines. NMTC has been working with the City of Duluth regarding the MN Power remediation that is occurring. The City of Duluth and NMTC do have plans to re-evaluate a trail corridor together once the remediation process has been completed but in the meantime, all trail users are asked to refrain from using the former trails through the Powerlines. Please be patient as it could potentially take a few years for the Powerlines to be fully healed and ready to go.
We ask that all trail runners respect this temporary closure while the remediation takes place and that you pass the word along. Continuing to use these closed trails will reflect poorly on the trail running community as a whole and may jeopardize our ability to return to them.
What does this mean in the interim?
The race courses for the Eugene Curnow Trail Marathon and the Minnesota Voyageur Trail Ultra will be altered to accommodate this change.
It’s never too early to start thinking about the Minnesota Voyageur, even if you are not lacing up the trail shoes in late July. The Minnesota Voyageur Trail Ultra and the Eugene Curnow Trail Marathon are always in need of dedicated people who are willing to give up a few hours of their time.
Stop on in to our Volunteering area for more details, or drop us a line on our Contact Us page! There are many ways to help out – we’d love to have you on the team!
Keep in mind, volunteering at the Voyageur gets you a discounted entry to the Eugene Curnow Trail Marathon, and vice versa. Come on out and see the races from both sides of the aid station table!