Minnesota Voyageur 50 Mile Trail Ultramarathon - Swinging BridgeFounded in 1981, 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!!

Minnesota Voyageur 50 Mile Ultramaration

  • Date: Saturday, July 26th, 2014
  • Time: 6:00 AM
  • Location: Carlton High School – Carlton, MN
Entry Fee

  • $50, through April 30th.
  • $60, through July 25th.
  • $75, race day.
Cost is only $25 if you volunteer at the Eugene Curnow Trail Marathon, on July 12th, 2014. For more information, go to: http://www.curnowmarathon.com/volunteer-opportunities/

Contact Us

Please note that online registration will close for the MN Voyageur 50 Mile at midnight on Thursday, July 24th.

Registration using a mail-in (paper) form will be accepted through race day. Please allow ample delivery time should you mail in the form. The USPS estimates delivery takes 2 to 3 business days for such correspondance.

In-person registration on race day with the paper form is $75. To get in for the current $60 entry, we do recommend you register online on or before Thursday, July 24th – or mail in your form by the end of the week preceding the race.

A couple of important course access items for runners, and especially their crew and spectators:

  • Crew and spectators, please do not drive to or access the Grand Portage Aid Station.

    This includes accessing from Fond du Lac, or from Forbay – and is due to limited road access on Hwy 210, which is not fully recovered from the 2012 flood. The Forbay, Seven Bridges and Fond du Lac Aid Stations are relatively nearby, and are great places to meet your runner before and after Grand Portage. Runners, Grand Portage is the drop bag location this year. So, you can be self-supplied if needed.

    We have special permission that allows limited access for volunteers / aid station personnel only.

  • Crew and spectators, please do not park or access the course from the Oak Trail trailhead on Palkie Rd.

    Those that have run the race in the past know this as the Peterson’s Aid Station access point. You will note from the course information that this aid station will not be available this year. This is due in part to a land dispute regarding the dirt parking area and part of the Oak Trail trailhead on Palkie Rd. This is currently being resolved by Jay Cooke State Park, but is still in process. The Forbay Aid Station is only a couple miles up the course, and makes a good alternate.

Jay Cooke State Park is an important partner that has a long history of support for the Eugene Curnow Marathon and MN Voyageur races, including special accommodations for our course and aid station access. Please help us in maintaining this important relationship.

We are getting back to the traditional course this year!

There were still a few outstanding course issues, so there will be some minor tweaks – but, by and large, we will be back on the course that has been beloved for years. Course information on this site has been updated to reflect the traditional course. However, do stop back, as information will be updated to indicate where changes have been made. These changes will likely result in alterations to a couple of the aid station locations.