Eugene CurnowThe Eugene Curnow Trail Marathon is run over rough woodland trails on a point-to-point course from the Spirit Mt. Ski Area near Duluth, MN to Carlton. The course encompasses one leg of the Minnesota Voyageur Trail Ultramarathon, plus a bit extra to equal 26.2 miles. Initially, it was developed as support for the Voyageur 50 Mile; offered as a thank you to Voyageur volunteers and an introduction to the course for those not ready for a full fifty miles. It has become a wildly popular race in its own right.

Formerly known as the Half-Voyageur Trail Marathon, the race was renamed in 2013 in honor of its irrepressible founder – area trail and ultramarathon running legend, Eugene Curnow. Gene’s energy, enthusiasm and volunteer spirit played a significant role in the success and growth of the Minnesota Voyageur 50 Mile, the sport of trail and ultra-running, and the northland running community.

Official results from the 2015 Eugene Curnow Trail Marathon are available on our Results page and at the link below:

Hello Curnow Participants,

I hope this e-mail finds you rested and recovered, and I hope you had a great race on Saturday! Results are now posted on our website:

Pictures are available here:

I’d like to thank each and every one of you for being extra careful about litter this year. I saw several people picking litter up off the trail, and the sweepers reported that there was almost none to speak of by the time they came by. After having a record amount last year, I believe we had a record least amount this year. Thank you!!! I’m also happy to report that not a single person died from a litter-related bear attack.

I hope you had as much fun participating in the Curnow Marathon as we did putting it on. These trails are some of our race committee’s favorites, and I hope you had a great experience out there on Saturday. If you have any comments or suggestions, feel free to e-mail us at

As many of you know, we have another race on the same course in two weeks. The Minnesota Voyageur Trail Ultra is 50 miles long and takes place on July 25th. The Voyageur course starts in Carlton and runs to the Duluth Zoo and back on almost exactly the same route as the Curnow. If you’re up for another challenge, perhaps we’ll see you there! More information can be found at

If you don’t feel up to running the Voyageur, we would love to have you participate as a volunteer. Over 50 people volunteered at the Curnow and were essential in making the race successful. Even more are required for the Voyageur, and we would love to have you join us if you are available. In return for volunteering, you get a snazzy t-shirt and the undying gratitude of 300 runners – what could be better! If you are interested, please e-mail Jamie at

Both the Curnow and the Voyageur are organized by the Northern Minnesota Track Club, a group of trail runners in the Duluth/Superior area. Besides the marathon and 50 miler, we also put on a free weekly trail series of shorter races in the spring and fall. Whether you are local or from out of town, we would love to have you join us at our trail series. More information can be found here:

It was great to see all of you on Saturday! Have a happy, healthy summer of running!

-Kris Glesener

It’s never too early to start thinking about the Eugene Curnow Trail Marathon, even if you are not lacing up the trail shoes in mid-July. The Eugene Curnow Trail Marathon and the Minnesota Voyageur Trail Ultra are always in need of dedicated people who are willing to give up a few hours of their time.

Stop on in to our Volunteer Opportunities area for more details, or contact us at: There are many ways to help out – we’d love to have you on the team!

Keep in mind, volunteering at the Eugene Curnow Trail Marathon gets you a discounted entry to the Minnesota Voyageur, and vice versa. Come on out and see the races from both sides of the aid station table!