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 need to be altered until we can return to the Powerlines. It will take a little time to bring you the best re-route so please don’t expect a new course description to be posted before the end of the year. We will update you as soon as we know the plan!

Again – the Powerlines are temporarily closed to all trail users until remediation is completed and a new route can be made. Thanks for your help in spreading the word.

Race Cap and Wait List Information

To protect our fabulous trails from being loved to death, the Eugene Curnow / Minnesota Voyageur race committee has implemented a race cap of 500 runners for each race, starting in 2018.

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 (July 11 for the Eugene Curnow Marathon and July 25 for the Minnesota Voyageur). Please let us know promptly if you have registered, but are certain you will be unable to start.

Contact us if you have any questions. See you in July!

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.

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

2017 Eugene Curnow Marathon – Race Results

Results for the 2017 Eugene Curnow Trail Marathon are now available. This year we had 440 finishers. Wow!

Overall winners:

  • M: Matthew Eidenschink – 03:23:33
  • W: Gretchen Metsa – 04:05:42 – A new Triangle Trail course record!

Historical tallies are now updated. Congratulations to those that hit milestones in 2017. New members of the:

25 Year Club

  • Dick Hogan

20 Year Club

  • Brian Landstrom

10 Year Club

  • Rick Bothwell
  • John Storkamp

5 Year Club

  • Barb Bengtson
  • Haley Bengtson
  • Michael Bunda
  • Mitch Ernst
  • Chad Johnson
  • Kym Kemi
  • Aaron Kennedy
  • Darrell Patterson
  • Molly Pennings
  • Marcus Taintor

1.2 Miles of Tradition

As most of you know, the Eugene Curnow Trail Marathon course is composed of one 25 mile leg of the Minnesota Voyageur Ultramarathon, plus an extra 1.2 mile section added in to arrive at its total 26.2 mile full marathon length. Traditionally, in even-numbered years that 1.2 miles runs through the venerable Jarrow’s Beach. “But what does that have to do with this year?”, you ask. It is 2017, after all – not a Beach year. Well, you may not need as much ankle tape and Bactine in your drop bag, for one. But more to the point, this year the race committee decided to return to another tradition – started by Eugene Curnow, himself, 20+ years ago.

The backstory… For the past decade, the odd-numbered years have been making use of a loop around the back side of the Magney-Snively ski trails for the 1.2 mile add-on. However, if you look back into Eugene Curnow (formerly Half-Voyageur) Trail Marathon history, you will note that other add-on options are present, representing their locations – Grand Portage, Elys Peak, Swinging Bridge, Triangle, to name a few. When he was Race Director, Eugene liked to mix things up a bit in the odd-numbered years. This year, the race committee decided to return to that philosophy.

For 2017, we are adding the extra 1.2 miles in the Jay Cooke Triangle Trail area, leveraging the Lower Triangle Trail. This bit lies between the Peterson’s and the Forbay aid stations, after emerging from the Gill Creek Trail. You can see it on our Course Maps page. It has been used once previously for the marathon, way back in 1999.

Because these add-ons differ in difficulty, we do keep separate course records for each. So, for the speedsters out there, the Triangle Trail women’s course record is held by Lee Ann Eastman at 04:15:35, and for the men it is held by Bill Barthen at 03:15:38. But no matter what pace you run, we think you’ll like the rolling, wooded ski trail that makes up this year’s 1.2 mile addition. And we hope you’ll appreciate some of the others that will drop in going forward.

But, hey. Don’t you worry Jarrow’s Beach fans. The Beach will remain steady as the even-numbered year course. So, go ahead and set your calendars for 2018… and 2020… and 2022…

Cloquet Pine Journal: Runners race through the woods…

cloquet-pine-journal-logoThe 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.)

Link: http://www.pinejournal.com/sports/4079325-runners-race-through-woods-and-hills-carlton

2016 Eugene 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:

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

2016 Eugene Curnow Marathon – Finishes By Entrant

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

  • Chris Hanson

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.