The Curnow Marathon and Voyageur 50 mile races are cup-free races! 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/electrolyte/etc. at aid stations. There are lots of great options out there!
Runners’ crews and spectators are not allowed at Skyline, Grand Portage or Peterson’s aid stations! Failure to adhere to this will result in runner disqualification! As a runner participant you are responsible for your crew and spectators understanding this limitation.
Ignoring this request creates challenges for ensuring runner safety, race permitting and the ability for emergency services to reach these stations. Our course spans 25 miles over multiple jurisdictions. Managing access to a course that length and complexity has always been a balance, and the logistics have only increased as the race has become more popular. Most of our runners do abide by requests to not have crews and spectators go to these closed aid stations. However, we have had instances where this was not the case.
Runners… Your crew is an extension of you. Please make sure they are informed of this access limitation and its ramifications. Crews… Don’t jeopardize your runner’s finish.
As race participants we run as a community, sharing a common experience – of trail, weather, course setup… First or last, we’re all in this together.
This year we had 239 finishers. Congratulations to our overall winners:
M: Adam Doe – 07:14:39
W: Margaret Ho – 08:23:26
We’d like to thank Duluth Timing & Events for providing our timing services. Complete online results for the 2019 Minnesota Voyageur 50 Mile Ultramarathon can be found here:
And on UltraSignup:
Race number pickup happens Friday evening from 4 pm – 7 pm and Saturday morning before the race. On Friday we’ll be inside the Four Seasons Sports Complex in Carlton – 90 Chestnut Avenue. The Carlton Daze 5K starts at 6:00 so expect some road closures in the area around that time. There will be a spaghetti dinner (with tasty homemade dessert) in the sports complex as well and Voyageur runners get $1 off so go ahead and plan your dinner and pickup in one go! You’ll get your bib, pins if you need them, reusable cup, and shirt at that time.
Saturday morning we’ll be inside the gym before the race start, Carlton High School – 405 School Avenue. You can get your number and start milling around starting at 5 am. Magnolia Cafe will also be open before the race for your (or your crew’s) coffee needs!
If you pick up your number on Friday, we ask that you still check in with us on race morning so that we know you’re starting.
Race start is Saturday, July 26 at 6:00 am.
Drop bags should be brought to the start on Saturday morning. Please have them labeled with your name and race number. There are two drop bag locations, which you’ll see four times (Peterson’s at mile 8.8 and 41.2 and Skyline at mile 21.6 and 28.4). We will have vehicles front and center at the high school for you to place your drop bags into. Please keep your bags as small as possible – we have 350 runners worth of bags to haul!
As you know, we have a race re-route this year due to being unable to use most of the Powerlines. You’ll run the normal course through Purgatory. Shortly after that, you’ll turn on the Superior Hiking Trail (SHT) to connect you with Zapp’s Loop. You’ll then run the loop “backwards” for those of you who are used to the normal course and head towards the Fond du Lac aid station. This eliminates the three in succession crossings of Mission Creek, though you will still be crossing at Fond du Lac.
After going through Beck’s and heading up Skyline you’ll be turning RIGHT off of Skyline instead of left. You’ll see some new to you Magney ski trail before joining a newly finished SHT loop. You can wave at Jarrow’s Beach as you cross it (sorry peeps, no actual Beach time for you this year), before you eventually are brought to the other side of the Magney trails and back to our usual course. This is our longest section between aid stations (6 miles).
The course will be well marked but you will need to pay attention – especially those of you who are used to running the normal course! There are several sharp turns taking you on and off the SHT. All turns are marked with more frequent ribbon than the rest of the course so if you are suddenly seeing several ribbons close together, pay attention!
Worth mentioning is that due to this being a temporary re-route, any potential course record that were to happen would come with an asterisk and exist next to the “normal” course record.
Please also remember that this is not a closed course. Anytime you are on or crossing a road – it is open to traffic. Our more busy road crossings will have volunteers posted and they are instructed to stop YOU and not vehicles. Please do not try to race a semi coming at you at 45 miles an hour – shaving the extra five second off your time is not worth it.
Voyageur is a cupless race, starting this year. For this year only, you will receive a collapsible cup when you pick up your race number which you can use during the race. We will NOT have paper cups on the course. Zero. So don’t come through hoping to be the person to get a spare “hidden” cup as there won’t be any! Thanks for helping us dramatically reduce the race’s waste!
Speaking of Garbage…
Those of you who ran Voyageur while Kris was race director may remember that he would hire the services of a litterer eating bear. Sadly, reports after the Eugene Curnow Trail Marathon are that the bear’s services are needed yet again. Remember – anything you’ve carried out of an aid station you are able to carry to the next aid station! The sweepers are not there to pick up after you. Anyone who tosses their trash aside or drops their gel packet to the ground runs the risk of being eaten by the litterer eating bear! Don’t let it be you!
As of today, the weather is looking pretty ideal (I know, I know, way to jinx the day). But we all know how weather goes, especially around Duluth! Please be prepared for all sorts of weather, especially heat and humidity. While there are medically trained volunteers on the course, it could take a long time for anyone to get to you so make sure you plan to be carrying water with you on the course and know your body. While many of our aid stations look close together on paper, on a hot day it will take longer than expected.
In the unfortunate event that you find yourself needing to drop from the race for any reason, please make sure you alert an aid station or ham radio volunteer and make sure it is clear that you are dropping. Failure to do so puts our future races in jeopardy and you will not be welcome back in the future. If you need a ride to the start/finish after dropping, we’ll get you hooked up but know that it could take a few hours.
We’re excited to see every one of you cross that finish line back in Carlton! Please stick around after your finish – our traditional lasagna dinner will start serving around 4:30 pm and the party on the slope next to the finish is always a good time. Dinner is free for all runners (regardless of your finishing status) and crew/family can partake for $5. We’ll also have your normal aid station food/drinks at the finish and will be bringing drop bags back throughout the day as we’re able.
Remember that everyone you see working the race on Saturday is a volunteer. Thank the aid station workers as you go through, wave to the ham radio peeps, high five the road crossing volunteers. Above all – please be the amazing people we know you are. We do not tolerate volunteer abuse by runners or crew – if you need to vent, please do so to the Race Committee (preferably the Race Director). If we hear of a runner who continues to be inappropriate to our volunteers or crew who is showing up to closed-to-crew aid stations (Grand Portage and Petersons), that is cause for runner disqualification.
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?
This year we had 346 finishers. Congratulations to our overall winners:
- M: Ben Cogger – 06:40:34 A new course record!!!
- From the Duluth News Tribune: Cogger makes a bee line to Voyageur finish line
- 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
- April Anselmo
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 position “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.
- Voyageur Results – UltraSignup
- Our Results page includes many years of results and participant tallies (Finishes By Entrant), updated with this year’s results.
- Voyageur Results – Northland Runner
- 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: