Course Description

Eugene Curnow Marathon – Aid Stations

#Station NameMiles1st Runner *Cut-Off **Crew AccessDrop Bags
1Skyline Parkway3.5 | 3.56:20 AM7:20 AMYesNo
2Becks Road2.7 | 6.26:35 AM8:20 AMYesNo
3Fond du Lac3.3 | 9.57:00 AM9:30 AMYesNo
4Seven Bridges2.0 | 11.57:10 AM10:15 AMYesNo
5Grand Portage2.8 | 14.37:35 AM11:25 AMNoNo
6Peterson's2.0 | 16.37:55 AM12:15 PMYesYes
7Forbay Lake4.2 | 20.58:20 AM1:45 PMYesNo
8Jay Cooke2.4 | 22.98:35 AM2:40 PMYesNo
FinishMunger Trailhead3.3 | 26.29:05 AM4:00 PMYesYes
* 1st runner arrival time is purely an estimate. If your runner is lightning quick, please adjust accordingly.
** The mid-race and 10 hour finish cut-offs are new for 2017.

Aid Station Items

  • Drinks include water, an electrolyte drink, and various sodas.
  • Food items include PB & J sandwiches, fruit, cookies, potato chips, and many other sweet / salty options.
  • We do not supply electrolyte supplement capsules, such as Endurolytes or S-Caps.
  • We highly recommend you carry water during the race, e.g. bottle or other hydration system.

Drop Bags

  • One drop bag location will be available out on the course, as noted on the Aid Stations chart.
  • Please keep your drop bag reasonable in size.
  • Your drop bag must be labeled with your name and race number.
    • Having these labeled prior to arrival at the start is helpful – duct tape and Sharpie marker works well.
    • Unmarked drop bags will not be delivered to the aid station location.
  • Place your clearly marked bag by the appropriate sign at the race start and we will deliver it to the aid station.
  • We will return your drop bags to the finish.
  • Because this is a point-to-point race, an option for a finish line drop bag is also available.
    • Though we recommend using our bus service, allowing your car to be there waiting for you instead.

Trail Markings

  • Follow the hot orange ribbons — if you don’t see one in 200-300 yards you are off course!!
  • Use care while on the bike path and roads.
  • Watch footing on the bridges, they can be slippery and some may have boards missing.
  • Watch for washouts (both runners and drivers).
  • There are “horse holes” in the Magney section between the start and Becks Rd.
Course Brief for Runners

  • The elevation profile for the 26.2 miles of the Eugene Curnow Marathon has a bit over 2000′ of ascent and corresponding descent.
  • Please note, these are not turn-by-turn directions. They simply provide a feel for the course overall. The course is well marked on race day.
#SectionMilesDescription
1Zoo to Skyline3.5Depart Zoo up old gravel road, left across bridge onto Spirit Mt. access road. Right on paved road, then onto dirt / gravel and start long climb to top. Cross wooden bridge and travel across Spirit Mountain on flat trail to Skyline Parkway. Take Skyline to Magney-Snively Park area.
2Skyline to Becks2.7Up the Magney cross country ski trail access, following rolling trail to the Inner Loop intersection. Continue straight. You will pass intersections (on the left) with the Bardon's Peak Loop and the first leg Ely's Peak Loop - do not take these, continue straight. The Inner Loop will eventually make a T-intersection with the far leg of Ely's Peak Loop, take a left out to Skyline Parkway. Right on Skyline, downhill to the DWP bridge, up and right on the DWP briefly. Turn left and cross Becks Rd. to aid station.
3Becks to Fond du Lac3.3Long downhill on the dirt Mission Creek Road. Veer right at fork and then a moderate uphill and rolling single-track for a bit. Drop down an old hiking trail through a valley and across Mission Creek and into Fond du Lac.
4Fond du Lac to Seven Bridges 2.0Mostly uphill out of aid station on the Mission Creek Trail. Follows quick jog over to SHT, then back onto Mission Creek Trail up to the Munger Trail, turning left to aid station under the bridge.
5Seven Bridges to Grand Portage2.8Down the Munger a short bit, then left onto some rolling, rough-hewn single-track through the woods and onto the dreaded Power Lines. Very little shelter in this section. It can get HOT! Left off Power Lines into the woods, through some pine forest, then around and over the last two hills, known as Purgatory (save some energy for these).
6Grand Portage to Peterson's2.0Now in Jay Cooke State Park, a steady ascent up from Hwy 210. Right on the Oak Trail, and around to the aid station in the woods on the left.
7Peterson's to Forbay4.2Continue around the Oak Trails, then right on Gill Creek to Triangle Trail, turn left. Follow the outer loop of the (Lower) Triangle and then out for a short jaunt on the paved Munger bike trail, veer left on the Greeley Trail to Forbay.
8Forbay to Jay Cooke2.4Cross the dam and follow the top of the levy just a bit until trail turns left. Follow down to dirt maintenance road, turning right. Follow road, passing along the bottom of the levy, across the spillway and on to the Jay Cooke State Park CCC Trail. This is largely flat, grassy ski trails. Follow the CCC, crossing Hwy 210 and around to the back of the old ranger station near the Swinging Bridge.
FJay Cooke to Finish3.3Across the famous Swinging Bridge and right onto the Summer Trail, then dropping onto the Carlton Trail. This trail is narrow, rocky and rooty. Emerge onto the Munger Trail for the final sprint home to the Finish.