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!!

The Minnesota Voyageur is proudly managed by the Northern Minnesota Track Club (NMTC). For more information, see our web site at: nmtc.run

Race Date / Registration

Race Date

  • Late-July – 2018 race date is pending approval of our requisite permits. Will keep you posted!
  • Date: Saturday, July 29th, 2017
  • Time: 6:00 AM
  • Location: Carlton High School – Carlton, MN

Entry Fee

  • 2018 race details are pending.
  • $50, through April 30th.
  • $60, through July 26th.
  • $75, race day.

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


  • Available online:

    (Online registration closes Wednesday, July 26th, 2017)

  • Or, by mail: Minnesota Voyageur Entry Form
    • Mail-in entries will not make it to us on time at this point.
    • Please use online registration (preferred) or register on race day.
  • Race Day: In-person registrations will be accepted at packet pickup (Fri) and the start area (Sat).

    We will have registration forms available there, but you are welcome to print the entry form below, fill it out, and bring it to the start to save time. (Online and mail-in registration is now closed.)Minnesota Voyageur Entry Form

  • Please review our Refund Policy before registering.
  • See who’s joining you at the starting line: Current Entrants


2017 Minnesota Voyageur – Race Results

Results from the 2017 Minnesota Voyageur 50 Mile are available at the links below. This year we had 289 amazing finishers.

Overall winners:

  • M: Neal Collick – 06:56:42
  • W: Ashley Nordell – 07:56:36

Ashley’s rockin’ finish represents a new Women’s course record – knocking off the previous mark that held up for 8 years. Scott Jurek’s course record (06:41:16) has now stood for 19 years.

Congratulations to those that hit milestones in 2017. New members of the:

15 Year Club

  • Chris Hanson
  • Brian Landstrom

10 Year Club

  • Greg Allen
  • Tim Potter
  • Daryl Saari
  • Jim Stocco

5 Year Club

  • Murray Arnason
  • Samantha Carlson
  • Jason Husveth
  • Travis McCathie
  • Zach Pierce
  • Chris Robbins
  • Sam Severson
  • Christina Stavig-Just
  • Scott Turi
  • Brian Van Beusekom
  • John Zerbe

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.

If you have any questions, please contact us at:

Traffic Notes – Road Construction

ConstructionThere 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 / Commonwealth Ave. (Same road, many names…)
This is the road that provides access to the Fond du Lac Aid Station. The road will be open. However, road construction and lane closures will be in place in Fond du Lac. This requires a slight (unmarked) detour for crew members / spectators wishing to visit this aid station, which is described on our Directions page – see the Course Guide for Spectators and Crew.

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, spectators and crew are not to go to the Grand Portage AS – no exceptions!

Only aid station volunteers and race committee members may access this Aid Station. Please respect this, as we get special permission to be in this construction area for the race. Abuse of this can result in our losing access in similar cases going forward. Thank you.

2017 Minnesota Voyageur – Race Information Letter

Hello Voyageur Runners,
Welcome to race week! We’re looking forward to seeing you in Carlton this weekend! Here are a few notes to keep in mind for race day.

If you will not be able to attend the race on Saturday, please reply to this email and let us know.

Friday Night
You may pick up your packets (containing your t-shirt and bib number) either on Friday night or race morning. On Friday night you can pick up your packets at the Four Seasons Athletic Complex in Carlton from 4pm to 7pm. The Carlton Daze spaghetti dinner also takes place at the Four Seasons.

Saturday Morning
On Saturday morning you can pick up your packets at Carlton High School starting at 5am (race starts at 6am). If you pick up your packet on Friday night, you do NOT need to check in on Saturday (new policy for this year). If for some reason you check in Friday and don’t plan to run on Saturday, let us know.

If you know someone who is not registered, he/she can register in person on Friday night or Saturday morning. Online registration is open through Wednesday night (closes at 11:59pm).

Early Starters
In the past we have offered early starts to slower folks who are worried about missing the cutoffs. Unfortunately, we are no longer offering early starts. All runners need to start at the same time: 6am.

Aid Stations
There are 9 aid stations along the course, and you will encounter them quite frequently. The longest stretch between aid stations is 3.4 miles, and the shortest stretch is 2 miles. The aid stations will be stocked with water, Powerade, pop, fruit, cookies, PB&J sandwiches, potato chips, and many other food items. There will also be some Clif gels available, but plan on carrying your own if you rely on them heavily. The aid station mileage chart is available here: http://www.voyageur50.com/course-information/course-description/

Water Bottles
We highly recommend you carry a water bottle or some sort of hydration system during the race. Even though the aid stations are close together, it may take you quite a while to get through the tough sections.

We are not supplying the Hammer Endurolyte product at our aid stations this year. Plan to supply your own if you like using a concentrated electrolyte supplement.

Drop Bag Procedure
Two aid stations are drop bag locations. They are Peterson’s, which you will encounter at miles 9 and 41, and Skyline, which you will reach at miles 22 and 28. It is your choice if you would like to use a drop bag. Some people use them if they have a specific food or beverage they would like to have access to on the course. Some people do not use them at all. If you would like to utilize the drop bag service, bring your bags to the starting line on race day. We will have a station where you can mark your bags with your bib number and the drop bag location. If you do use a drop bag, please keep it as small as possible. This is not the time to use the luggage your great aunt Edna gave you. :)

Crew Directions
If you have friends or family who would like to follow you along the course, they may drive to most of the aid stations to see you come through. The driving directions for each aid station are located here: http://www.voyageur50.com/course-information/directions/. Please note that there is no crew access to the Grand Portage aid station. The Seven Bridges aid station is walk-in access only.

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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!