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 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!!

Race Date / Registration

Race Date

  • Date: Saturday, July 30th, 2016
  • Time: 6:00 AM
  • Location: Carlton High School – Carlton, MN

Entry Fee

  • $50, through April 30th.
  • $60, through July 27th.
  • $75, race day.

Cost is only $25 if you volunteer at the Eugene Curnow Trail Marathon, on July 16th, 2016.
For more information, go to: http://www.curnowmarathon.com/volunteering/


2016 Minnesota Voyageur – Deadlines Draw Nigh…

clock-midnightPlease note that online registration at the $60 level will close for the MN Voyageur 50 Mile at midnight this coming Wednesday, July 27th! Head on over to Ultra Signup and join us!

Mail-in forms are not recommended at this point, it is likely they will not make it to us in time. In-person registration on race day with the paper form is $75, but we gotta say – registering in advance makes race director’s lives, oh, so much easier…
If you are opting for mail-in registration, we suggest you get it in the mail immediately. If it is not in the mail by this weekend, we strongly recommend opting for the online option.

Volunteering – It’s good for the soul…

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!

RT Trails: Modern Day Voyageurs

Runners World
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!

Link: http://www.runnersworld.com/rt-trails/modern-day-voyageurs