Minnesota Voyageur 50 Mile Trail Ultramarathon - Swinging BridgeFounded 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!!

Official results from the 2015 Minnesota Voyageur 50 Mile are available at the links below. This year we had 256 starters, with 213 intrepid finishers.

Overall winners:

  • M: Jake Hegge – 06:49:33
  • W: Leslie Semler – 08:56:10

This was the second overall win for each of them.

Other interesting notes…

Bob Frawley logged his 25th Minnesota Voyageur finish, the current (and growing) record!

Despite the heat, we had 5 new entries jump into the list of Top 25 Times (over the event’s history) on the Men’s side:

Jake Hegge – 06:49:33
Nick Nygaard – 07:02:10
Adam Dohm – 07:06:26
Erik Elmstrand – 07:20:25
Michael Borst – 07:22:28

Scott Jurek’s course record (06:41:16) has now stood for 17 years. But the horses appear to be out there…

Hello All,

Leslie Semler - Women's ChampionCongratulations on your performance on Saturday! Whether you got a personal record or whether you made it halfway, I hope you’re happy with your performance in some tough temperatures!

Results are available here:

The sweeps reported that there was very little litter leftover on the trail – thank you for making a special effort to keep track of it. Great work, everyone!

Clif is interested to know what you thought of the energy food we had available. If you have comments (good or bad), send them to us at info@voyageur50.com, and we will forward them on to Clif. If you didn’t try any during the race but end up using some later on in your training, you can send us comments later as well.

If you have any other comments about the race, we would love to hear them. Each year our committee sits down and goes through ideas of things to try differently next year. Feel free to let us know if you have feedback (good or bad) about a particular aspect of the race.

The Voyageur is run by the Northern Minnesota Track Club (a committee of 16 people), and each of us would like to thank you for participating in our race. This is a labor of love for us – we enjoy putting the race on, and we enjoy seeing you and cheering for you on race day. Thank you for putting the Voyageur on your race calendar this year. We hope to see you again next year!

If you live in the Duluth/Superior area, you may be interested in our next NMTC event. Our Fall Trail Series starts on September 2nd and consists of 9 weekly races on different trails in the Twin Ports. All races are free, and two of them are run on sections of the Voyageur course (including the Powerlines). More information is available here:

Thanks everyone! See you next year!

Voyageur Race Committee

Pictures are available here:

While everyone is recovering from this past weekend’s 50 miler, others of you may be thinking; did I leave my…?

There were a few loose items left at the race on Saturday. If you are missing one of the items posted below and would like it back, please send an email to info@voyageur50.com

Lost Items include:

  • Kuhl beige adjustable hat
  • Gander Mountain blaze orange hat with embroidered detail
  • Cool-Off desert camo handkerchief with ice pocket
  • North Face black shorts men’s small
  • Hydrorlo plastic water bottle
  • Salomon soft-sided 8-oz water bottle

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: volunteer@voyageur50.com. 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!