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.

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 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

2015 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
This is the road that provides access to the Lake Superior (Duluth) Zoo, home of the Eugene Curnow starting line and the Minnesota Voyageur turn-around / aid station. The road will be open, though significant road construction and lane closures will be in place.

As stated by MNDOT:

  • Single lane near the Duluth Zoo. The length of the single lane section will be expanded as work progresses. By mid-June traffic will be in a single lane from I-35 to 85th Avenue West. Traffic delays can be expected and will be longer during morning and afternoon peak travel times.
  • The single lane traffic configuration will be in place for most of the summer.
  • Motorists may also encounter occasional, temporary lane closures controlled by flaggers.

For more information see: http://www.dot.state.mn.us/d1/projects/Hwy23grand/

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, crews are not to go to the Grand Portage AS.

As stated by MNDOT:

  • A two-mile-long section of Hwy 210, which serves as the east entrance to Jay Cooke State Park is closed due to significant damage from severe flooding that occurred in June 2012. MnDOT is rebuilding the closed section of Hwy 210. Work began in late-May 2015 and will be completed in October 2016.
  • The highway will remain closed until the work in completed.

For more information see: http://www.dot.state.mn.us/d1/projects/Hwy210future/

Race Update – 2013 Eugene Curnow Course

In 2012 the course was altered to accommodate trail and infrastructure damage due to the June flooding. In 2013, we have returned to a route between Duluth and Carlton, MN. The course is still modified from its traditional route due to ongoing bridge and trail re-construction, but does return to the Carlton High School finish line and encompass most aspects of the course we know and love.

This year’s route offers a nice run through Jay Cooke State Park on the south side of the St. Louis River, a trip across the ridge above Fond du Lac, all the Powerlines goodness you’ve been hoping for – and a trip through the infamous Jarrow’s Beach section over on Elys Peak. The loops are gone from last year and we believe you will find the 2013 course challenging and enjoyable. We’re looking forward to seeing all of you out there!