A bit shorter than usual, but we will have 3 races for the Spring Series. The 2021 NMTC Spring Series races have staggered starts and are self-timing, so you will need a timing device.
You will need to sign up for each race you wish to enter. You will receive an email link to submit your time after the race. Links for the signup to each race are included below. Start times vary based on your registration time.
There is no check-in on race day. Runners can start up to 10 minutes after their chosen wave. For example, if your wave is at 10am, then you can start anytime between 10 and 10:10am. Show up at the starting line within 10 minutes of when you are scheduled to run.
Due to COVID, we won’t provide water or a place for jackets, car keys, etc. There will not be a potluck or awards after the last race.
Our races are still free, but donations will be accepted. Thank you for working with us as we navigate holding races during COVID!
Dates / Signup:
Please check in at the individual race sites for more information:
The Challenge is for you to run in each of the trail locations that our Fall Series races are held on. Distance doesn’t matter. Neither does speed. We aren’t even requiring that you run the exact race courses. The NMTC trail series in the fall (and the spring) purposely positions races in various uber-runnable locations throughout the Twin Ports area. Introducing runners to these parks and trail systems, and keeping them coming back, is a key part of our mission.
We want you to take some time to enjoy these trail areas on your own. So, let’s get out there, and visit each one! And because we know runners love to log runs almost as much as they love to actually run them, we offer you… the NMTC Trail Challenge!
How it works:
- Starts: September 2nd
- Ends: November 1st
- Do a run in each of the 9 locations (in any order), using a route of your choice.
- Log each of your runs using our handy-dandy Google Form!
- Be one of the first 125 people to complete the Challenge and you will receive a prize!
The Challenge locations:
Some suggested trail options to get you started in these 9 areas are available on our Race Schedules page. GPS coordinates are also included.
- Lester Park
- Zapp’s Loop (Mission Creek Area)
- Hartley Nature Area
- Ely’s Peak
- Rolling Stone (Spirit Mountain)
- Brown’s Point (Superior Municipal Forest)
- Woodland Run
- Bull Run (Jay Cooke State Park)
- Hawk Ridge
The NMTC Committee, after much deliberation, has made the tough decision to cancel the entire Spring Series. With so much uncertainty as to the spread and duration of the COVID-19 pandemic in our area, we believe that it is our duty to our runners and volunteers, as well as our broader community to do our part to keep everyone healthy and safe.
We are still moving forward with plans for the Eugene Curnow Trail Marathon and the Minnesota Voyageur 50 Mile Trail Ultramarathon, as well as the NMTC Fall Series. Unless we have to cancel more races, the Fennessy Award can still be earned by those who participate in or volunteer at, all of our remaining races in 2020.
This pandemic will not last forever. We will get back to running our races and participating in activities with our friends and family. In the meantime, please continue to take care of yourself and stay in touch with your loved ones.
The NMTC Trail Series season 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.
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.
Work is being done in and around the Mission Creek stream channel in Fond du Lac by the South St. Louis Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD). Contractors are beginning work on a Mission Creek tributary, Wednesday Oct. 30th. This affects the SHT spur trail, as it crosses this work area and they are planning to remove one of the wooden bridges (temporarily). Work should take a week to ten days, and during that time SWCD is asking that hikers and runners stay away from the area for safety. Heavy equipment will be operating and many large trees will be coming down.
We’re looking forward to seeing the Mission Creek stream channel return to a more natural meander as a result of this project, as well as having work on the tributaries re-establish sustainability. Thank you for all of your hard work, SWCD – and thank you trail users for your patience and understanding.
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.
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.
Following is a release from the South St. Louis Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD), who will be doing some work in and around Mission Creek in Fond du Lac. This is in the area where the Superior Hiking Trail trailhead is located. From Ann Thompson:
Hello Trail Users,
The South St. Louis Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) is about to begin restoration of Mission Creek. Our work will be contained in the stream corridor, and we won’t be closing any trails. But we do want to make sure you are safe.
Construction will be taking place in the Fond du Lac neighborhood near the SHT spur trail, Indigenous Land bike trail and 131st Avenue West. Please be aware of your surroundings and stay away from equipment and the construction zone. Keep pets on-leash for their safety.
Please call Ann at the SWCD office with any questions or concerns (218-723-4867).
Mission Trail User Letter