Northern Minnesota Track Club


Photo Credit: Kris Glesener

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.

2021 Race Status – Voyageur 50M / Eugene Curnow Marathon

Greetings! I know we’re all chomping at the bit to get back to racing so it’s time for a few general updates:

COVID-19 and associated restrictions will be the guiding force again this year and so we are not opening registration until we are able to give you more details about what the 2021 editions of Curnow and Voyageur will look like.

What’s up in the air, you might ask? Pretty much everything! Be ready for potential changes to: date, course, format and distance, aid stations and crew rules, field limits, etc. We have several different potential plans and are working with our permitting bodies to determine what’s likely to fly under which conditions.

Know that we as a committee are working to bring you some sort of event this year. And that’s about all we can say for sure right now! We will update you as plans come together – look for something posted monthly, even if that posting is just to say we don’t have anything solid yet.

Powerlines Trail Remediation

This request remains in effect. While the powerline corridor work is complete, the remediation will take some time to gain a foothold.

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 have been altered to not use the Powerlines for the time being.

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.

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