Photo Credit: Tone Coughlin

Photo Credit: Tone Coughlin

The NMTC Western Waterfront Run has become the traditional season opener for the NMTC Spring Series. Like a grizzled, veteran starting pitcher, the solid surface of the course provides a reliable option for the first race of the year, unflinching in the temperamental Duluth spring weather.

The course is an out-and-back, run on a 2.4-ish mile section of the trail starting in the trailhead lot behind the Willard Munger Inn. The easy-to-follow course traverses west, staying on the Western Waterfront Trail to Spring Street, where it turns-around and returns from whence it came.

If you’re still shaking the rust out of those those early season legs, the trail’s non-technical nature and flat profile will let you ease on in. On the other hand, if your engine is already revving, the wide trail allows you to grip it and rip it. As for what you’ll see, the Duluth Trails web site’s simple description tells it well:

As you amble about this 8-foot wide level, graveled pathway, you will likely note some of the 270+ bird species or aquatic mammals along the banks of the St. Louis River estuary. Several marsh habitats along nine miles of shoreline make this a gem in the park system of Duluth. This trail was designed specifically to provide non-motorized access on an old railroad right-of-way, on a route that provided service between Duluth and St Paul in the late 1800′s.

Excerpted from: http://duluthtrails.com/western-waterfront/

Photo Credit: Tone Coughlin

Photo Credit: Tone Coughlin