2015 Eugene Curnow Marathon – Race Information Letter

Sent to all participants via e-mail, but just in case you missed it:


Hello Marathoners,

We’re just a day-and-a-half away from the Eugene Curnow Trail Marathon on Saturday! I hope you’re all doing well and enjoying the best part of marathon training – the taper! I wanted to mention a couple things:

Registration – if you are receiving this e-mail, you are registered! We’re glad to have you join us! If for some reason you will not be participating on Saturday, please respond to this e-mail and let us know.

Transportation – as usual, we will provide transportation from the finish line to the starting line BEFORE the race. Shuttles will be leaving the finish line area (the Munger Bike Trail Pavilion) in Carlton between 4:45am and 5:15am. There is extremely limited parking in the pavilion parking lot, but you can park on the any of the surrounding city streets. Do NOT park in the small firefighter parking lot across from the fire hall (those spaces are marked).

Fairmont Park – we do not recommend parking at Fairmont Park (behind the zoo). Due to road construction on Grand Avenue, you will have an extremely difficult time getting out. The zoo has informed us that the wait to get out of the parking lot during the day has been about a half hour. Also, please note that we do not provide any shuttles after the race back to the start. If you choose to park in the Fairmont Park lot, please note that you may NOT park in the paved area (that is the zoo’s lot). You may park in the gravel area and the surrounding city streets.

Course – we are back to our normal rotation for Jarrow’s Beach. We will do Jarrow’s Beach on even years, which means it is NOT a part of the course this year. The rope section is part of the course again this year, perhaps for the last time. The city is planning on building a new trail in that area, so hopefully we will have a permanent, sustainable trail as soon as next year. For the first time since the 2012 flood, Gill Creek is back – woohoo! The Peterson’s aid station is back this year as well. If none of these names mean anything to you, don’t worry.

Litter – last year a record number of runners participated in this race. Unfortunately, last year was also a record for the most amount of litter we found on the trail. Please be aware of your trash items at all times so they do not accidentally fall on the trail. If you choose to leave an aid station with a cup or wrapper, you will have to carry it with you until you can throw it away at the next aid station. Our event is not a road race with a street sweeper at the end of it. Our trail is maintained by a dedicated crew of local volunteers. We have chosen to share this trail with you in the hope that you will enjoy it as much as we do. Please respect our hard work and take care of our trail!

Drop Bags – This year our drop bag location is Peterson’s aid station. There is about 9 miles left in the race at this point. You will have an opportunity at the starting line to leave a bag with items you would like to access at this location. Many people use drop bags, and many people don’t – it’s up to you if you would like to utilize one. Some people put special food items or spare clothes in theirs. The aid stations will be well-stocked, so you shouldn’t have to worry about running out of hydration or calories, but you may want to use a drop bag if you have something special you want use during the race. New this year – we will also provide a drop bag service to bring bags directly to the finish line. Many people mentioned last year that they would like to put their warmup sweats in a drop bag and have it go directly to the finish line. We are providing that service this year. For both the Peterson’s and finish line drop bags, you will need to supply your own bag, but we will provide stickers and markers you can use to identify them. One further note – if you choose to use a drop bag, please make it as small as possible. This helps us transport it easily.

Aid Stations – the aid stations will be well-stocked. This year’s energy drink is Powerade. The aid stations will also have water and pop (Coke, Ginger Ale, and Sprite). There will also be many food options, including fruit, cookies, pretzels, chips, etc. The will be a few Hammer gels, but most of the energy gels will be Clif Shots, many of which have caffeine.

Air Quality – last week and earlier this week Duluth experienced a lot of hazy air pollution from wildfires in Canada. Those pollution levels were very high earlier this week but have dropped steadily since then. We do not anticipate that this pollution will impact our race. I have been out on the trail all week, even during the high-level days, and I did not notice it. However, if you know you are especially sensitive to air pollution, you may want to adjust your level of effort on Saturday or choose not to participate. More info is available here:
http://www.duluthnewstribune.com/news/3781347-air-pollution-and-your-health-minnesota-allergist-explains

After the Race – there will be one final aid station at the finish line to help replenish calories and water. There are limited amenities available (no showers), but there is a hose available to help you get most of the mud off. The Streetcar restaurant is just a block from the finish line and will be offering a pasta special again this year.

Questions – feel free to reply to this e-mail at Contact Us or call 218-390-4784 if you have any questions. Also, look for people on race day wearing yellow shirts – they are our race committee members and can help answer any questions you may have.

We are excited to have you join us and are looking forward to seeing you on Saturday!

-Kris Glesener and the Curnow Race Committee