2022 (and beyond) Course Updates

After a period of pandemic and trail-routing disruptions over the past few years, the NMTC is looking forward to a return to stability regarding our course and setup for the Voyageur 50M and Eugene Curnow Marathon. In 2022, we will be returning to a permanent course that is approx. 75% identical to our historical route. The remaining 25% includes a few adjustments, some of which were beyond our control.

Updates

Valley West

The Powerlines
The Powerlines section will no longer be part of the Voyageur 50M or Curnow Marathon races. Was this section friend, or foe? A personal opinion to be certain, which often depended on where the mercury stood on the thermometer. You’re welcome to honor its memory as you wish, whether that be a moment of silence, or by cracking open a celebratory beer (or 10).

Duluth Traverse (DT) / Valley West
We’ll be connecting Mission Creek to Jay Cooke SP (at Grand Portage) using a section of the Duluth Traverse (DT) / Valley West trail. This is winding single-track that includes a mix of rolling elevation change that’ll keep your legs honest.

NOTE: This is a multi-use trail. Probability is high that you will encounter bikes. If you use them, we recommend that you remove ear buds through this section. Bikes are quiet (as are runners), please stay engaged.

Ely’s Spur / Loop

Ely’s Peak Loop Trail (Voyageur only)
We have been using the Ely’s Peak (Spur) Loop for the past couple of years. It’s relatively new, and it is awesome single track with remarkable views. We are smitten, and it will now be a permanent part of the Voyageur course.

The DWP Trail
The DWP (formerly the Duluth, Winnipeg and Pacific railway) is a wooded, gravel rails-to-trails path we will be leveraging in 2 sections – one east of Becks AS (connecting to Ely’s Peak Loop) and another further east near Spirit Mt (heading in toward the Zoo Aid Station). Using this trail will eliminate approximately 2 to 3 miles of road/asphalt.

Wrap-Up

While the retirement of the Powerlines is unfortunate, and had some ripple effects down course, we hope you will agree that we have made some tasty lemonade out of our lemon. We look forward to all of you finding challenge and enjoyment on this course for the foreseeable future.

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!