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!


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, 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

Traffic Notes – Road Construction

ConstructionThere 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 / Commonwealth Ave. (Same road, many names…)
This is the road that provides access to the Fond du Lac Aid Station. The road will be open. However, road construction and lane closures will be in place in Fond du Lac. This requires a slight (unmarked) detour for crew members / spectators wishing to visit this aid station, which is described on our Directions page – see the Course Guide for Spectators and Crew.

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, spectators and crew are not to go to the Grand Portage AS – no exceptions!

Only aid station volunteers and race committee members may access this Aid Station. Please respect this, as we get special permission to be in this construction area for the race. Abuse of this can result in our losing access in similar cases going forward. Thank you.

Early Entry Fee Discount – Ends April 30th!

Bargain hunters beware! The early entry fee rate of $35 expires at midnight on April 30th! On May 1, it goes up to $45. Register soon, and spend that ten dollars you saved on some extra gels… Also don’t forget, if you volunteer at our sister race, the Minnesota Voyageur 50 Mile Trail Ultramarathon on July 30th, entry to the Eugene Curnow Trail Marathon is only $10! Help is always welcome, see our Volunteering page for more details.

2015 Eugene Curnow Marathon – Race Wrap Up

Hello Curnow Participants,

I hope this e-mail finds you rested and recovered, and I hope you had a great race on Saturday! Results are now posted on our website:

Pictures are available here:

I’d like to thank each and every one of you for being extra careful about litter this year. I saw several people picking litter up off the trail, and the sweepers reported that there was almost none to speak of by the time they came by. After having a record amount last year, I believe we had a record least amount this year. Thank you!!! I’m also happy to report that not a single person died from a litter-related bear attack.

I hope you had as much fun participating in the Curnow Marathon as we did putting it on. These trails are some of our race committee’s favorites, and I hope you had a great experience out there on Saturday. If you have any comments or suggestions, feel free to e-mail us at Contact Us.

As many of you know, we have another race on the same course in two weeks. The Minnesota Voyageur Trail Ultra is 50 miles long and takes place on July 25th. The Voyageur course starts in Carlton and runs to the Duluth Zoo and back on almost exactly the same route as the Curnow. If you’re up for another challenge, perhaps we’ll see you there! More information can be found at www.voyageur50.com.

If you don’t feel up to running the Voyageur, we would love to have you participate as a volunteer. Over 50 people volunteered at the Curnow and were essential in making the race successful. Even more are required for the Voyageur, and we would love to have you join us if you are available. In return for volunteering, you get a snazzy t-shirt and the undying gratitude of 300 runners – what could be better! If you are interested, please e-mail Jamie at Contact Us.

Both the Curnow and the Voyageur are organized by the Northern Minnesota Track Club, a group of trail runners in the Duluth/Superior area. Besides the marathon and 50 miler, we also put on a free weekly trail series of shorter races in the spring and fall. Whether you are local or from out of town, we would love to have you join us at our trail series. More information can be found here:

It was great to see all of you on Saturday! Have a happy, healthy summer of running!

-Kris Glesener

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:

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

2014 Eugene Curnow Trail Marathon – Race Results

Congratulations to all of the participants in the Minnesota Voyageur! We saw lots of smiling faces out along the trail, enjoying the humidity and beautiful mud. Thanks, too, to all of our volunteers.

Results have now been posted to the Northland Runner website:


Results also now been posted to the Results area of this site: