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 Finishes by Entrant tally lists for the Minnesota Voyageur are now up-to-date.
We’ve had 1439 runners post 3277 finishes over 35 years – 567 have multiple finishes and 181 runners have accumulated 5 finishes or more, led by the incomparable Bob Frawley who notched his 26th finish this year. Enjoy perusing the Finishes By Entrant lists on our Results page.
Congratulations to those that hit milestones in 2016. New members of the:
10 Year Club
5 Year Club
- Michael Borst
- Tony Cesario
- Greg Geiger
- Shelly Groenke
- Steve Hagedorn
- Aaron Hansen
- Jake Hegge
- Kate Leis
- Dan Lindberg
- Shaun Lynch
- Wayne Nelson
- Dusty Olson
- Misty Swanson
- Nathan Ziemski
Whether you run 20 times, or make one solid finish your bucket list goal – we enjoy having each and every one of you! Good luck to everyone as they take their journey through the Minnesota Voyageur in years to come.
Results from the 2016 Minnesota Voyageur 50 Mile are available at the links below. This year we had 271 intrepid finishers.
- M: Michael Borst – 06:47:23
- W: Stacey Buckley – 09:12:51
Scott Jurek’s course record (06:41:16) has now stood for 18 years. But the dogs are getting closer…
The Duluth News Tribune did a write-up about the Voyageur Trail Ultramarathon we hope you will enjoy. Many thanks to Jon Nowacki for putting it together.
“Michael Borst crossed the finish line first at the 35th annual Voyageur Trail Ultramarathon and took an immediate left turn, finding a shady spot near the finish-line tent outside Carlton High School. He laid down in the grass with his hands behind his back and said, ‘Frigging Scott!!!'” (Credit: Jon Nowacki, read more at the link below.)
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!
Last year around race date, Matt Flaherty from Runners World wrote a nice article about the Minnesota Voyageur 50 Mile as part of a series detailing some of the oldest 50-mile races in the country. It is a nice piece that talks a bit about last year’s race, and also covers some of the Voyageur’s history. Whether you’re new to the race or a grizzled vet, it is a nice read. Thank you, Matt!