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/
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:
Some local news wrap-ups on the Minnesota Voyageur 50 Mile Ultramarathon:
Streak stopper: Collick a surprise winner at Voyageur Trail Ultramarathon
Results from the 2016 Minnesota Voyageur 50 Mile are available at the links below. This year we had 271 intrepid finishers.
- M: Michael Borst – 06:47:23
- W: Stacey Buckley – 09:12:51
Scott Jurek’s course record (06:41:16) has now stood for 18 years. But the dogs are getting closer…
The Duluth News Tribune did a write-up about the Voyageur Trail Ultramarathon we hope you will enjoy. Many thanks to Jon Nowacki for putting it together.
“Michael Borst crossed the finish line first at the 35th annual Voyageur Trail Ultramarathon and took an immediate left turn, finding a shady spot near the finish-line tent outside Carlton High School. He laid down in the grass with his hands behind his back and said, ‘Frigging Scott!!!'” (Credit: Jon Nowacki, read more at the link below.)
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!