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.

Eugene Curnow Trail Marathon

  • Date: Saturday, July 12th, 2014
  • Time: 6:00 AM
  • Location: Lake Superior Zoo – Duluth, MN
Entry Fee

  • $35, through May 31st.
  • $45, through July 11th.
  • $55, race day.
Cost is only $10 if you volunteer at the Minnesota Voyageur Trail Ultra, on July 26th, 2014. For more information, go to:

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We are looking to get back to the more traditional course this year, as repair of the flood damage from 2012 is nearing completion. That being said, there are still a few aspects that are not 100% back in order quite yet, and we will need to evaluate these areas as we move toward summer. The stated construction / repair deadlines look promising, but are out of our control. We do have contingency options should the need arise, and will keep you posted as confirmation of the course falls into place.