The Curnow Marathon and Voyageur 50 mile races are cup-free races! This means that we will not have paper cups at aid stations – runners will need to carry their own collapsible cups with them for pop/electrolyte/etc. at aid stations. There are lots of great options out there!
To protect our fabulous trails from being loved to death, the Eugene Curnow / Minnesota Voyageur race committee has implemented a race cap of 350 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.
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).
* Note: There is no bus from the finish line back to the start after the race.
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:
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
There 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.
For those planning to enter the Eugene Curnow Trail Marathon – online registration at the $45 level closes this Wednesday, July 13th!! Head on over to Ultra Signup and join the party!
(Mail-in forms are not recommended at this point, as it is likely they will not make it to us in time.)
Race day registrations will be accepted, at the $55 race day rate.
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.
Sent to all participants via e-mail, but just in case you missed it:
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
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!