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.
The Cloquet Pine Journal did a nice write-up about the Eugene Curnow Trail Marathon we hope you will enjoy. Includes some fun pictures, including a classic of the “ropes course”. Many thanks to Anja Maijala for putting it together.
“It was 6 a.m. Saturday, July 16, and a large crowd of runners was gathered in the parking lot at Lake Superior Zoo, waiting for the start of a 26.2-mile trail marathon. Clouds of breath floated in the 55-degree air. The sun sprinkled through the trees as colorful shoes of spectators and racers trampled the dewcrested grass.” (Credit: Anja Maijala, read more at the link below.)
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 (two separate albums):
There were 2-3 other photographers on the race course as well. Their albums will be posted on our Facebook page in the coming days.
In your race bags you received a Clif Energy Food pouch. Give it a try and see what you think. If you have any feedback, e-mail us using our Contact Us page, and we will pass your comments on to Clif.
If you have any other feedback in general, 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.
Our sweepers reported that the trail was almost spotless. They only found 5 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.
Have a relaxing, restful week!
-Kris Glesener and the Curnow Marathon Race Committee
The Finishes by Entrant tally lists for the Eugene Curnow Marathon are now up-to-date. This is the first year we’ve published these milestone clubs for the Eugene Curnow Trail Marathon, and we want to give a shout out to the many folks who have been returning to our race year after year.
We’ve had 1669 runners post 3499 finishes over 25 years – 637 have multiple finishes and 152 runners have accumulated 5 finishes or more, led by the intrepid Dick Hogan with a count of 24. We encourage you to amble through the Finishes By Entrant lists on our Results page. It can be quite a trip, some great names in there.
Congratulations to those that hit milestones in 2016. New members of the:
15 Year Club
10 Year Club
- Ryan Flynn
- Jay Johnson
- Jonas Ryttie
- Shelly Thompson
5 Year Club
- Jan Cassidy
- Scott Hoberg
- Seth Korhonen
- Jay Sykes
Whether you run 20 times, or make one solid finish your bucket list goal – we enjoy having each and every one of you! Good luck to everyone as they take their journey through the Eugene Curnow Trail Marathon in years to come.
Results for the 2016 Eugene Curnow Marathon are now available. This year we had 339 finishers. Wow!
- M: Adam Doe – 03:28:52
- W: Dakotah Bullen – 04:01:56
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!