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

  • Date: Saturday, July 13th, 2019
  • Time: 6:00 AM
  • Location: Lake Superior Zoo – Duluth, MN

Entry Fee


  • Available online:

  • Registration closes Wednesday, July 10th, 2019! There will be NO race day registration!
  • There will be a field limit of 350 entrants. A wait list will be maintained.
    More Information | Current Waitlist Status
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    Current Entrants
  • Please review our Refund Policy before registering.


Duluth Natural Surface Trails Temporarily Closed

From: http://duluthmn.gov/web-subscriptions/View-press-release/?prid=5291

DATE: 4/5/2019
SUBJECT: Duluth Natural Surface Trails Temporarily Closed to Users
BY: Phil Jents, Communications and Policy Officer

Duluth Natural Surface Trails Temporarily Closed to Users

[Duluth, MN] – The City of Duluth Parks and Recreation division is advising the public that all natural surface trails are closed due to annual Spring thaw, presenting wet soil conditions, until further notice. Continued use by any method (foot or bike) will result in damage to these important assets. The City anticipates reopening the trails once surface conditions improve.

The Lakewalk, Cross City Trail, and Western Waterfront Trail are paved/hard-surfaced trails that are open for use year round.

To learn more about the City’s trails, please visit http://www.duluthmn.gov/parks/trails-bikeways/

Curnow and Voyageur will be cup-free!

We have exciting news! Starting this year, both Curnow and Voyageur will be cup-free!

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/Sqwincher/etc. at aid stations. There are lots of great options out there and we are currently looking at the possibility of having a cup as part of the race swag for this first year of being cup-free. We will keep you updated!

Powerlines Trail Remediation

Hello, trail community! As you may be aware, there have been some recent dramatic looking changes to the Powerlines. NMTC has been working with the City of Duluth regarding the MN Power remediation that is occurring. The City of Duluth and NMTC do have plans to re-evaluate a trail corridor together once the remediation process has been completed but in the meantime, all trail users are asked to refrain from using the former trails through the Powerlines. Please be patient as it could potentially take a few years for the Powerlines to be fully healed and ready to go.

We ask that all trail runners respect this temporary closure while the remediation takes place and that you pass the word along. Continuing to use these closed trails will reflect poorly on the trail running community as a whole and may jeopardize our ability to return to them.

What does this mean in the interim?

The race courses for the Eugene Curnow Trail Marathon and the Minnesota Voyageur Trail Ultra may need to be altered to accommodate passage through this area, or address mileage should we need to route around it. It will take a little time to bring you the best re-route, with the final result possibly not available until spring. We will continue to update as this firms up!

2018 Eugene Curnow – Race Results

This year we had 416 finishers. Congratulations to our overall winners:

  • M: Dan Laplante – 03:33:45
  • W: Kaelyn Williams – 04:12:52

We also had the following individuals hit finish milestones. Congratulations to all! With an extra tip of the hat to Mark Ahlers, who has reached the rarefied air of the 20 Year Club!!

20 Year Club

  • Mark Ahlers

15 Year Club

  • Matt Long
  • Dave Sunnarborg

10 Year Club

  • Matt Aro
  • Wendy Borchardt
  • Dan Doty
  • Greg Geiger
  • Les Martisko
  • Jim Maslowski
  • Shari Olson
  • Fabio Rozo

5 Year Club

  • Amy Broadmoore
  • Kurt Decker
  • Janet Gray
  • Kristopher Hartwig
  • Lane Johnson
  • Jeff Leno
  • Elizabeth Olson
  • Ryan Schaefer

We’d like to thank Duluth Timing & Events for providing our timing services. Complete online results for the 2018 Eugene Curnow Trail Marathon can be found here:


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!