Photo Credit: Kris Glesener
Founded in 1981, the NMTC is a grass roots running club, promoting trail running and managing races in the Duluth / Superior area.
Our goal is to provide trail-running events we can all participate in and have fun at. Many of our races take place on challenging courses, which is part of the fun. Everyone is welcome to participate regardless of ability. Our trail runs are places where you can test and improve your fitness, enjoy the outdoors, and mingle with fellow runners.
Due to the Powerlines remediation (described here), the Roughrider race on Sunday, 10/14 has been relocated to (an extended version of) the Bull Run course. IMPORTANT! The start for this run will be at the Spruce Loop trailhead on Hwy 23! This is just down the hill toward the St. Louis River from the traditional Bull Run start from years past.
The course will take in the full Spruce and Upper (Lost) Lake trails, totaling 10.5 KM (6.5 miles).
The (Really Full of) Bull Run
To get there, from Duluth:
- Head south on I-35.
- Take the Hwy 23 / Grand Ave. exit.
- Stay straight on Hwy 23 through Gary/New Duluth and Fond du Lac.
- After crossing the St. Louis River just after Fond du Lac, the trail head will be a ways (about 1.5 mi) up the hill on the right.
Please park safely, with your car as far on to the shoulder as possible. Or, an overlook is just up the hill on the right, with a small parking lot.
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?
More immediately: The Roughrider race scheduled for October 14 will not be happening. We are working on an alternate race location for that day and will keep you posted.
Next: 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.
We do require a waiver to be filled out for participation in the NMTC Spring and Fall race series. To speed up registration on race day, feel free to print one off and bring it with you on race day (NMTC Waiver Form). We will also have forms available at the race for you to sign. You only need to sign the waiver once for the entire year.
Waivers for the Eugene Curnow Marathon and Minnesota Voyageur are included in their online registration at their respective web sites.
The NMTC Fall Trail Series is upon us! Schedule and overall standings / results are available on the Race Schedules page.
If you need help finding the races, check out our maps here: Directions
Click on the markers for more detail.