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

Minnesota Voyageur is cancelled!

Hello fabulous Curnow and Voyageur runners.

We know many of you have received several of these kinds of emails and you know what’s coming next. We are so sad to announce that in light of the ongoing COVID-19 health crisis, we are cancelling the 2020 Eugene Curnow Trail Marathon and Minnesota Voyageur Trail Ultra.

Your race committee has been watching the situation carefully all spring and consulting with our permit issuers, as well as our volunteer base, and have come to the difficult conclusion that there is not a way to safely hold our races this year. While restrictions are starting to lift in Minnesota via planned stages, we are not at the point where it is okay for 350+ people to congregate and likely will not be there by mid-July. We all miss your faces, smiles, grimaces, and sweaty finish line hugs. We miss gathering and running together but we are not willing to put you or our volunteers at risk.

What does this mean for your 2020 registration? While we do have a no-refund policy due to the fact that many of our costs are incurred well before the race, we have crunched numbers and decided to make an exception for these exceptional times – we are able to offer a 75% refund or credit to our runners. Runners on the wait list have not and will not be charged so you do not need to do anything. Registered runners have three choices and will need to make a decision before their race’s deadline, three days before race day.

1. Donation – Take no action before the deadline and we’ll consider your 2020 registration a donation towards helping us continue to put on quality races and support sustainable trail preservation for the future.

2. Race Credit – Log on to UltraSignup and head to your Registration History, pick Curnow or Voyageur (whichever you’re registered for), Registration Edit, and then click Cancel. This will bring up a pop-up; pick the Credit option and Process to receive a 75% credit towards a future Curnow or Voyageur, based on what you paid at registration. You will get a confirmation of your success. You can use your credit toward either race in the future, regardless of which race you originally registered for, and it will be automatically applied when you go to register for a future year. Note that this does not guarantee entry into your chosen race, you will need to register as usual before the race fills.

3. Refund – Log on to UltraSignup and head to your Registration History, pick Curnow or Voyageur (whichever you’re registered for), Registration Edit, and then click Cancel. This will bring up a pop-up; pick the Refund option and Process to receive a 75% refund, based on what you paid at registration. You will get a confirmation of your success. Please note that credit cards all have different timelines for when they’ll accept a purchase refund and your card may reject the attempt. If that happens, we will mail you a check once the deadline to respond has passed.

We will send another email once everything is ready to go with UltraSignup. At that point, you will need to log in and make your choice by three days prior to race day – July 8 for Curnow and July 22 for Voyageur. If you have questions, please respond to this email, which will go to the Race Director at nmtc.samantha@gmail.com.

Thank you for your support and we can’t wait until we can see everyone again! Registration for 2021 will open on March 1.

Your Race Committee – Sam, Mae, Ron, Marcus, Leslie, Haley, Jaron, Barb, Eric, Jarrow, Shelly, and Tina

Curnow and Voyageur are cup-free races!

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!

Skyline, Grand Portage and Peterson’s Closed to Crews/Spectators! No Exceptions!

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.

2019 Minnesota Voyageur – Race Results

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:


Powerlines Trail Remediation

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 will be altered to accommodate this change.

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!