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
SUBJECT: Duluth Natural Surface Trails Temporarily Closed to Users
BY: Phil Jents, Communications and Policy Officer
Duluth Natural Surface Trails Temporarily Closed to Users
[Duluth, MN] – The City of Duluth Parks and Recreation division is advising the public that all natural surface trails are closed due to annual Spring thaw, presenting wet soil conditions, until further notice. Continued use by any method (foot or bike) will result in damage to these important assets. The City anticipates reopening the trails once surface conditions improve.
The Lakewalk, Cross City Trail, and Western Waterfront Trail are paved/hard-surfaced trails that are open for use year round.
To learn more about the City’s trails, please visit http://www.duluthmn.gov/parks/trails-bikeways/
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 may need to be altered to accommodate passage through this area, or address mileage should we need to route around it. It will take a little time to bring you the best re-route, with the final result possibly not available until spring. We will continue to update as this firms up!
This year we had 346 finishers. Congratulations to our overall winners:
- M: Ben Cogger – 06:40:34 A new course record!!!
- W: Lila Planavsky – 09:12:40
The following also reached finish milestones. Congratulations, all!
15 Year Club
- Herb Byun
- Jeff Goldstein
- Allan Holtz
10 Year Club
5 Year Club
- Kari Gibbons
- Stephanie Hoff
- B.J. Knight
- Mike Koppy
- Seth Korhonen
- Bob McGrath
- Todd Millenacker
- Nicholas Olson
- Bob Skenzich
- Steve Sorenson
We’d like to thank Duluth Timing & Events for providing our timing services. Complete online results for the 2018 Eugene Curnow Trail Marathon can be found here:
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!