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 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!!
There are a few road construction related items that will affect those running and crewing the Eugene Curnow Trail Marathon and Minnesota Voyageur 50 Mile Ultramarathon. Please keep these in mind for race day and plan accordingly!
MN Hwy 23 / Grand Avenue
This is the road that provides access to the Lake Superior (Duluth) Zoo, home of the Eugene Curnow starting line and the Minnesota Voyageur turn-around / aid station. The road will be open, though significant road construction and lane closures will be in place.
As stated by MNDOT:
- Single lane near the Duluth Zoo. The length of the single lane section will be expanded as work progresses. By mid-June traffic will be in a single lane from I-35 to 85th Avenue West. Traffic delays can be expected and will be longer during morning and afternoon peak travel times.
- The single lane traffic configuration will be in place for most of the summer.
- Motorists may also encounter occasional, temporary lane closures controlled by flaggers.
For more information see: http://www.dot.state.mn.us/d1/projects/Hwy23grand/
MN Hwy 210
This is the road that provides access to the Grand Portage Aid Station, coming up from Fond du Lac. The road will be closed. Similar to last year, crews are not to go to the Grand Portage AS.
As stated by MNDOT:
- A two-mile-long section of Hwy 210, which serves as the east entrance to Jay Cooke State Park is closed due to significant damage from severe flooding that occurred in June 2012. MnDOT is rebuilding the closed section of Hwy 210. Work began in late-May 2015 and will be completed in October 2016.
- The highway will remain closed until the work in completed.
For more information see: http://www.dot.state.mn.us/d1/projects/Hwy210future/
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 contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org. 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!