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:
To protect our fabulous trails from being loved to death, the Eugene Curnow / Minnesota Voyageur race committee has implemented a race cap of 350 runners for each race.
In the event that a race reaches the cap, we will have a wait list – viewable on UltraSignup. We will continue pulling from the wait list through the usual pre-race cut-off on the Wednesday prior to the race. Please let us know promptly if you have registered, but are certain you will be unable to start.
Here are a few FAQs to start:
- How do I get put on the wait list?
Use the normal registration button on UltraSignup, which you can reach using the link on the front page of our web site, or by searching for our race in UltraSignup. The registration will walk you through and collect enough information to place you on the wait list.
- How do I know my position on the wait list?
A WAITLIST link is available on the race page on UltraSignup. We will also provide a link to this page on the front page of our web site.
- Is my credit card charged if I am on the wait list?
From UltraSignup, regarding the waitlist / charges:
Wait listers are not charged. If the director decides to let people in from the waitlist, each participant will be sent an email asking if they are still interested. If you answer yes, your card on file will be charged and you will be added. If you do not wish to participate, click no and you will not be charged.
- What if I am entered and can’t make it to the race?
While we’d love to have you join us, we greatly appreciate your help if you cannot. Please let us know promptly if you have registered, but will be unable to start.
- What are my chances of getting in if I am on the wait list?
This, of course, is the magic question. Unfortunately, it is extremely difficult to predict from year-to-year how many entrants will withdraw from their race registration, or accept invitations off the waitlist when they are offered.
As long-distance trail runners ourselves, we understand that the uncertainty of being on a waitlist can make dedicating the requisite training time and effort a difficult decision. However, providing (what would only be) a guess as to whether someone at postion “X” would make it in would not reduce that uncertainty. We do not wish to unintentionally misrepresent the odds, so cannot provide such an assessment. Thank you for understanding.
Contact us if you have any additional questions.
Results from the 2017 Minnesota Voyageur 50 Mile are available at the links below. This year we had 289 amazing finishers.
- 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:
Some local news wrap-ups on the Minnesota Voyageur 50 Mile Ultramarathon:
Streak stopper: Collick a surprise winner at Voyageur Trail Ultramarathon
There 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.