The 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.
For those planning to enter the Eugene Curnow Trail Marathon – online & mail-in registration at the $45 level closes next Wednesday, July 8th!! Head on over to Ultra Signup and join the party! Old school folks planning to mail in their entries should place them in the mail as soon as possible to allow for delivery time.
Race day registrations will be accepted, at the $55 race day rate.
There 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
This is the road that provides access to the Lake Superior (Duluth) Zoo, home of the Eugene Curnow starting line and the Minnesota Voyageur turn-around / aid station. The road will be open, though significant road construction and lane closures will be in place.
As stated by MNDOT:
- Single lane near the Duluth Zoo. The length of the single lane section will be expanded as work progresses. By mid-June traffic will be in a single lane from I-35 to 85th Avenue West. Traffic delays can be expected and will be longer during morning and afternoon peak travel times.
- The single lane traffic configuration will be in place for most of the summer.
- Motorists may also encounter occasional, temporary lane closures controlled by flaggers.
For more information see: http://www.dot.state.mn.us/d1/projects/Hwy23grand/
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, crews are not to go to the Grand Portage AS.
As stated by MNDOT:
- A two-mile-long section of Hwy 210, which serves as the east entrance to Jay Cooke State Park is closed due to significant damage from severe flooding that occurred in June 2012. MnDOT is rebuilding the closed section of Hwy 210. Work began in late-May 2015 and will be completed in October 2016.
- The highway will remain closed until the work in completed.
For more information see: http://www.dot.state.mn.us/d1/projects/Hwy210future/
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: email@example.com. 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!