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.

The Eugene Curnow Trail Marathon is proudly managed by the Northern Minnesota Track Club (NMTC). For more information, see our web site at: nmtc.run

Race Date / Registration

Race Date

  • Mid-July – 2018 race date is pending approval of our requisite permits. Will keep you posted!
  • Date: Saturday, July 15th, 2017
  • Time: 6:00 AM
  • Location: Lake Superior Zoo – Duluth, MN

Entry Fee

  • 2018 race details are pending.
  • $35, through April 30th.
  • $45, through July 12th.
  • $55, race day.

Cost is only $10 if you volunteer at the Minnesota Voyageur Trail Ultra.
For more information, go to: http://www.voyageur50.com/volunteering/


  • Available online:

    (Online registration closes Wednesday, July 12th, 2017)

  • Or, by mail: Eugene Curnow Trail Marathon Entry Form
    • Mail-in entries will not make it to us on time at this point.
    • Please use online registration (preferred) or register on race day.
  • Race Day: Registrations will be accepted at the start area. (Directions)

    We will have registration forms available there, but you are welcome to print the entry form below, fill it out, and bring it to the start to save time. (Online and mail-in registration is now closed.)

    Eugene Curnow Trail Marathon Entry Form

  • Please review our Refund Policy before registering.
  • See who’s joining you at the starting line: Current Entrants


2017 Euguene Curnow Marathon – Race Wrap Up

Hello Curnow Marathon Participants,

Congrats on a successful race on Saturday! Our committee had a lot of fun putting this race on – I hope you had just as much fun participating!

Results are now available on the race website:

And at UltraSignup:

Tone Coughlin’s pictures are now available:

We do have other pictures that should be posted to our Facebook page this week.

If you have any feedback, we’d be happy to hear it. Every year we compile suggestions from participants and our race committee and decide what to tweak for next year. In particular, please let us know how your race experience was with the number of participants (455 people started the race, which was a record for us). We are considering a cap for next year. Let us know if you think we should allow fewer or more participants.

Our sweepers reported that the trail was almost spotless. They only found a few pieces of litter over the entire 26.2 miles, some of which may not have been ours. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Thank you for a great day on Saturday! If you can’t get enough of the course, the Minnesota Voyageur Trail Ultra (50 miles) is in two weeks on almost the same route. We would love to see you there either as a participant or volunteer.

Both the Curnow and Voyageur are put on by the Northern Minnesota Track Club. We are a nonprofit based in the Duluth area; we also put on a series of free trail races in the spring and fall. Check out our website for more information about our group: http://nmtc.run/

Have a relaxing, restful week!

-Kris Glesener and the Curnow Marathon Race Committee

2017 Eugene Curnow Marathon – Race Results

Results for the 2017 Eugene Curnow Trail Marathon are now available. This year we had 440 finishers. Wow!

Overall winners:

  • M: Matthew Eidenschink – 03:23:33
  • W: Gretchen Metsa – 04:05:42 – A new Triangle Trail course record!

Historical tallies are now updated. Congratulations to those that hit milestones in 2017. New members of the:

25 Year Club

  • Dick Hogan

20 Year Club

  • Brian Landstrom

10 Year Club

  • Rick Bothwell
  • John Storkamp

5 Year Club

  • Barb Bengtson
  • Haley Bengtson
  • Michael Bunda
  • Mitch Ernst
  • Chad Johnson
  • Kym Kemi
  • Aaron Kennedy
  • Darrell Patterson
  • Molly Pennings
  • Marcus Taintor

Ride the bus! Make new friends!!

The Eugene Curnow Trail Marathon is a point-to-point race that begins at the Lake Superior Zoo in Duluth, MN and ends at the Munger Trail trailhead in Carlton, MN. Yup. That could be a long walk home. Fortunately, we have a solution for you! Park your car at the finish before the race, and take a bus to the starting line.*

We will be providing bus service from Carlton to the Lake Superior Zoo prior to the race start on Saturday morning. We strongly encourage using this option, 1) to avoid dealing with the rather limited parking available at the start, and 2) to have your car within easy walking / waddling distance once you finish. Bus leaves at 4:45 AM, and costs you nothing but a smile!

See our Directions page for where to catch the bus (including an address and GPS coordinates).

She ain't sexy, but she'll get you there.

* Note: There is no bus from the finish line back to the start after the race.

Traffic Notes – Road Construction

ConstructionThere are a few road construction related items that will affect those running and crewing the Eugene Curnow Trail Marathon and Minnesota Voyageur 50 Mile Ultramarathon. Please keep these in mind for race day and plan accordingly!

MN Hwy 23 / Grand Avenue / Commonwealth Ave. (Same road, many names…)
This is the road that provides access to the Fond du Lac Aid Station. The road will be open. However, road construction and lane closures will be in place in Fond du Lac. This requires a slight (unmarked) detour for crew members / spectators wishing to visit this aid station, which is described on our Directions page – see the Course Guide for Spectators and Crew.

MN Hwy 210
This is the road that provides access to the Grand Portage Aid Station, coming up from Fond du Lac. The road will be closed. Similar to last year, spectators and crew are not to go to the Grand Portage AS – no exceptions!

Only aid station volunteers and race committee members may access this Aid Station. Please respect this, as we get special permission to be in this construction area for the race. Abuse of this can result in our losing access in similar cases going forward. Thank you.

1.2 Miles of Tradition

As most of you know, the Eugene Curnow Trail Marathon course is composed of one 25 mile leg of the Minnesota Voyageur Ultramarathon, plus an extra 1.2 mile section added in to arrive at its total 26.2 mile full marathon length. Traditionally, in even-numbered years that 1.2 miles runs through the venerable Jarrow’s Beach. “But what does that have to do with this year?”, you ask. It is 2017, after all – not a Beach year. Well, you may not need as much ankle tape and Bactine in your drop bag, for one. But more to the point, this year the race committee decided to return to another tradition – started by Eugene Curnow, himself, 20+ years ago.

The backstory… For the past decade, the odd-numbered years have been making use of a loop around the back side of the Magney-Snively ski trails for the 1.2 mile add-on. However, if you look back into Eugene Curnow (formerly Half-Voyageur) Trail Marathon history, you will note that other add-on options are present, representing their locations – Grand Portage, Elys Peak, Swinging Bridge, Triangle, to name a few. When he was Race Director, Eugene liked to mix things up a bit in the odd-numbered years. This year, the race committee decided to return to that philosophy.

For 2017, we are adding the extra 1.2 miles in the Jay Cooke Triangle Trail area, leveraging the Lower Triangle Trail. This bit lies between the Peterson’s and the Forbay aid stations, after emerging from the Gill Creek Trail. You can see it on our Course Maps page. It has been used once previously for the marathon, way back in 1999.

Because these add-ons differ in difficulty, we do keep separate course records for each. So, for the speedsters out there, the Triangle Trail women’s course record is held by Lee Ann Eastman at 04:15:35, and for the men it is held by Bill Barthen at 03:15:38. But no matter what pace you run, we think you’ll like the rolling, wooded ski trail that makes up this year’s 1.2 mile addition. And we hope you’ll appreciate some of the others that will drop in going forward.

But, hey. Don’t you worry Jarrow’s Beach fans. The Beach will remain steady as the even-numbered year course. So, go ahead and set your calendars for 2018… and 2020… and 2022…

Volunteering – It’s good for the soul…

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 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 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!