2021 Race Status (6/11)

Our permits are in and race dates will be July 10 for Curnow and July 24 for Voyageur, our usual weekends.

Registration will open on Monday, June 14th at 9:00 AM CST.

Here are some important changes you’ll want to know, applicable to both races:

  • The race cap for both races this year is 250 each.
    • There will be no waitlist.
  • There will be fewer aid stations this year – at Forbay, Peterson’s, Becks.
  • Be prepared to be self sufficient this year.
    • There will be no crew of any kind allowed for either race.
    • Drop bags will be allowed at select aid stations, Peterson’s and Becks.
    • Aid stations themselves will be minimal – potentially with only water and Sqwincher.
    • Depending on permits, there is the possibility of a few options of pre-portioned/wrapped food as well but don’t count on that for now.
  • While we are preparing for a mass start, changing conditions or permitting could still push us to a wave format.
    • A question during registration will inquire what wave you would prefer in that case. Please don’t all sign up for the first wave. :-)
  • Number pickup on race morning only.
  • No post-race food or showers.

For ongoing updates, please continue to monitor our Facebook page and here on the website.

2021 Race Status (5/14)

Our permits are in and race dates will be July 10 for Curnow and July 24 for Voyageur, our usual weekends.

As many of you are aware from other local races, the DNR is not even looking at permits this year until 60 days from the event, which we’ve just hit for Curnow. We are not going to open registration until our permits have been approved. While we don’t have a date for that, based on other races we’re guessing that will be around a month from the race. We’ll give you a heads up at least the day before opening and may open each race separately.

Here are some important changes you’ll want to know, applicable to both races:

  • Be prepared to be self sufficient this year – there will be no crew allowed for either race. Drop bags will be allowed at select aid stations. Aid stations themselves will be minimal – potentially with only water and Sqwincher. Depending on permits, there is the possibility of a few options of pre-portioned/wrapped food as well but don’t count on that for now.
  • The race cap for both races this year is 250 each.
  • Both races will start in the wave format similar to what other races have been doing and you will be able to select your wave time at registration.

Again, we will open registration only once we get the green light from all permitting agencies and will give a heads-up on Facebook and on the website at least the day before.

2019 Eugene Curnow – Race Results

This year we had 306 finishers. Congratulations to our overall winners:

  • M: Wynn Davis – 03:25:52
  • W: Jennifer Lucarelli – 04:31:03

We’d like to thank Duluth Timing & Events for providing our timing services. Complete online results for the 2019 Eugene Curnow Trail Marathon can be found here:

https://www.mtecresults.com/race/show/8640/2019_Eugene_Curnow_Trail_Marathon-Marathon

And on UltraSignup:

https://ultrasignup.com/results_event.aspx?did=61491

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 will be altered to accommodate this change.

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:

https://www.mtecresults.com/race/show/6969/2018_Eugene_Curnow_Trail_Marathon-Marathon

Race Cap and Wait List Information

To protect our fabulous trails from being loved to death – and to account for 2021 COVID limits, the Eugene Curnow / Minnesota Voyageur race committee has implemented a race cap of 250 runners for each race.

In the event that a race reaches the cap, we will have a wait list – viewable on UltraSignup. We will continue pulling from the wait list through the usual pre-race cut-off on the Wednesday prior to the race. Please let us know promptly if you have registered, but are certain you will be unable to start.

Here are a few FAQs to start:

  • How do I get put on the wait list?Use the normal registration button on UltraSignup, which you can reach using the link on the front page of our web site, or by searching for our race in UltraSignup. The registration will walk you through and collect enough information to place you on the wait list.
  • How do I know my position on the wait list?A WAITLIST link is available on the race page on UltraSignup. We will also provide a link to this page on the front page of our web site.
  • Is my credit card charged if I am on the wait list?From UltraSignup, regarding the waitlist / charges:

    Wait listers are not charged. If the director decides to let people in from the waitlist, each participant will be sent an email asking if they are still interested. If you answer yes, your card on file will be charged and you will be added. If you do not wish to participate, click no and you will not be charged.

  • What if I am entered and can’t make it to the race?While we’d love to have you join us, we greatly appreciate your help if you cannot. Please let us know promptly if you have registered, but will be unable to start.
  • What are my chances of getting in if I am on the wait list?This, of course, is the magic question. Unfortunately, it is extremely difficult to predict from year-to-year how many entrants will withdraw from their race registration, or accept invitations off the waitlist when they are offered.

    As long-distance trail runners ourselves, we understand that the uncertainty of being on a waitlist can make dedicating the requisite training time and effort a difficult decision. However, providing (what would only be) a guess as to whether someone at postion “X” would make it in would not reduce that uncertainty. We do not wish to unintentionally misrepresent the odds, so cannot provide such an assessment. Thank you for understanding.

Contact us if you have any additional questions.

Ride the bus! Make new friends!!

The Eugene Curnow Trail Marathon is a point-to-point race that begins at the Lake Superior Zoo in Duluth, MN and ends at the Munger Trail trailhead in Carlton, MN. Yup. That could be a long walk home. Fortunately, we have a solution for you! Park your car at the finish before the race, and take a bus to the starting line.*

We will be providing bus service from Carlton to the Lake Superior Zoo prior to the race start on Saturday morning. We strongly encourage using this option, 1) to avoid dealing with the rather limited parking available at the start, and 2) to have your car within easy walking / waddling distance once you finish. Bus leaves at 4:45 AM, and costs you nothing but a smile!

See our Directions page for where to catch the bus (including an address and GPS coordinates).

She ain't sexy, but she'll get you there.

* Note: There is no bus from the finish line back to the start after the race.

2017 Euguene Curnow Marathon – Race Wrap Up

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:
http://www.curnowmarathon.com/results/

And at UltraSignup:
https://ultrasignup.com/results_event.aspx?did=41647

Tone Coughlin’s pictures are now available:
https://www.facebook.com/pg/tonecoughlinphotography/photos/?tab=album&album_id=682552625270071

We do have other pictures that should be posted to our Facebook page this week.

If you have any feedback, 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. In particular, please let us know how your race experience was with the number of participants (455 people started the race, which was a record for us). We are considering a cap for next year. Let us know if you think we should allow fewer or more participants.

Our sweepers reported that the trail was almost spotless. They only found a few 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.

Both the Curnow and Voyageur are put on by the Northern Minnesota Track Club. We are a nonprofit based in the Duluth area; we also put on a series of free trail races in the spring and fall. Check out our website for more information about our group: http://nmtc.run/

Have a relaxing, restful week!

-Kris Glesener and the Curnow Marathon Race Committee