Founded in 1981, 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 the 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 the 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!!
Official results from the 2013 Minnesota Voyageur 50 Mile are available on our Results page and at the link below:
You can pick up your packet on Friday night or Saturday morning.
On Friday night we will be at the Four Seasons Athletic Complex in Carlton from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM.
On Saturday morning, you can pick up your packet between 5:00 AM and 6:00 AM at the starting line (Carlton High School).
A copy of the participant e-mail is located at the following link, in case you missed it or would like to review. It contains a quick overview on parking, course, aid stations, hydration, etc. – most things you need to know to have a safe and enjoyable race.
Documents outlining volunteer assignments, directions to aid stations and aid station instructions are available at:
Information regarding available drop bag locations, cut-off times and aid station hours for the 2013 Minnesota Voyageur has been added to the Aid Stations table on the Course Info page.
Official results from the 2013 Eugene Curnow Trail Marathon are available on our Results page and at the link below:
Hwy 23 Exits from I-35
If your crew / spectators are accessing Hwy 23 from I-35, to reach the aid stations out toward Gary / New Duluth and Fond du Lac, please note that there is construction going on that has closed the Grand Ave. / Hwy 23 exits. Information on reroutes to access Hwy 23 can be found here:
Midway Rd. Exits from I-35
The ramps onto Midway Rd. from I-35 are also under construction, which crew / spectators may be using to access the Becks Rd. aid stations. Information on reroutes to access Midway Rd. can be found here:
In 2012 the course was altered to accommodate trail and infrastructure damage due to the June flooding. In 2013, we have returned to an out-and-back route between Carlton and Duluth, MN. The course is still modified from its traditional route due to ongoing bridge and trail re-construction, but does return to the Carlton High School start / finish line and encompass most aspects of the Voyageur we know and love.
This year’s route offers a nice run through Jay Cooke State Park on the south side of the St. Louis River, a trip across the ridge above Fond du Lac, all the Powerlines goodness you’ve been hoping for – and not one, but two trips through the infamous Jarrow’s Beach section over on Elys Peak. (What goes up, must come down.) The loops are gone from last year and we believe you will find the 2013 course challenging and enjoyable. We’re looking forward to seeing all of you out there!