• Grandma's Marathon
    • Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon
    • William A. Irvin 5K
          • The kickoff event to Grandma’s Marathon weekend, this 3.1-mile race starts and finishes near the historic William A. Irvin ore boat in Duluth’s Canal Park. A new racecourse offers a scenic tour of the city, making this the perfect race for beginning and experienced runners alike.

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    • Great Grandma’s Challenge
          • It’s certainly not for the faint of heart, but the Great Grandma’s Challenge is the best way for runners to experience everything our event has to offer, starting with the 5K on Friday night and continuing with either the full or half marathon on Saturday morning!

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    • KP Challenge
          • The KP Challenge is a series of three great, local races — Saint Fennessy 4K, Fitger’s 5K, and Park Point 5-Miler — that are strategically placed throughout the year to help participants build their endurance and stick to a regular training schedule.

    • Saint Fennessy 4K
          • Get your green on for the Saint Fennessy 4K, a festive fun run perfect for runners of all ages and abilities. Whether you’re a first-timer or looking to jump start your spring training, this is the race for you!

    • Fitger's 5K
          • A perfect challenge for new runners or a good training race for veterans, the Fitger’s 5K has grown into one of the area’s premier spring races and now welcomes more than 2,000 participants each year.

    • Park Point 5-Miler
          • Come enjoy the height of a northern Minnesota summer at the Park Point 5-Miler, which holds the crown as northern Minnesota’s oldest road race and features a racecourse sandwiched between the open waters of Lake Superior and the Duluth Harbor.

    • Minnesota Mile
          • The Minnesota Mile takes you on a scenic, 5,280-foot journey around Duluth’s Enger Park, treating participants to some of the best views in the entire city during the peak of fall’s color season.

    • North End Nightmare 5K
          • A spooky end to our local racing calendar, the North End Nightmare 5K brings with it plenty of scary surprises and haunted attractions to the North End of Superior.

    • YAF Youth Races
    • YAF Races
    • YAF Youth Races
          • Our kids. Our community. Our future.

            A central pillar of the Young Athletes Foundation is providing free and accessible programming for our area’s kids throughout the year. These programs are focused on our mission of building and providing pathways to the community’s children in their pursuit of active and healthy lifestyles.

          • Wednesday Night at the Races
          • Saturday Morning at the Races
          • Whipper Snapper Races
    • YAF Programs
          • Our kids. Our community. Our future.

            Since its inception in 1990, the Young Athletes Foundation has worked to support the organizations and individuals of its five-county region through a series of kids’ events, grants, scholarships, and other programs that are focused on promoting and providing pathways for kids to live healthy and active lifestyles.

          • Grant Program
          • Running Shoe Program
          • Scholarship Program
          • Fit-n-Fun Run
          • Winter Challenge
    • YAF Volunteer
          • Our kids. Our community. Our future.

            Our tremendous community of volunteers plays a significant role in helping the Young Athletes Foundation to create memorable and successful events for our runners. More than 1,000 volunteers are needed throughout the year to support our fundraising race events for the YAF.

    • YAF Sponsors
          • Our kids. Our community. Our future.

            The Young Athletes Foundation was created to serve the community, and for more than three decades we have done that with the help of our local and regional business partners. With events throughout the year, our sponsors assist greatly in our mission of  providing pathways of opportunity to youth in athletic programs and encouraging healthy lifestyles.

    • What to See & Do
          • Authentic Duluth

            Don’t miss out on the authentic Duluth experience! Grandma’s Marathon falls during one of the most beautiful times of the year in northern Minnesota, and there’s no shortage of outdoor adventures or fun activities for you to enjoy with your family and friends on race weekend!

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    • Where to Stay
          • Authentic Duluth

            There’s nothing more important before the race or more welcome after the race than the perfect place to rest, relax, and recharge. With the help of our many lodging and hospitality partners in the area, Grandma’s Marathon is committed to making sure each of our 20,000+ runners, not to mention our volunteers and spectators, have a place to stay on race weekend!

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    • Where to Eat & Drink
          • Authentic Duluth

            Every year since 1977, our community has thrown open its doors to runners and spectators in town for Grandma’s Marathon. As the race has grown, the service industry has always been there with a smile to welcome tens of thousands of runners along with their families and friends as they descend on Duluth for race weekend.

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    • How to Get Around
          • Authentic Duluth

            There is so much to see and do in Duluth and along the North Shore of Minnesota! Getting there couldn’t be easier with our transportation partners. Whether you need to know where to find parking nearby on race day or you are looking for a way to get around town, we are here to help.

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    • Sponsors
          • It Takes a Village

            At Grandma’s Marathon, we specialize in bringing people together for an unparalleled running experience. Over four decades of careful attention to detail has earned us the reputation as one of the most highly organized races in the country. More than 20,000 participants travel from more than 50 countries and all 50 states to join us each June on the scenic shores of Lake Superior, and your message can be waiting for all of them when they get here.

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    • Volunteer
          • It Takes a Village

            We agree with our runners — we have the most compassionate and energizing community of volunteers. Every year, we host close to 20,000 participants and we couldn’t take care of them without your help. Grandma’s Marathon is a world-class event with small-town charm because of our volunteers!

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    • Donation Campaign
          • It Takes a Village

            We couldn’t do it without you, and we wouldn’t want to! The passion our community has for Grandma’s Marathon is what gives our race its small town charm, and the contributions you’ve made over the years are what allow us to keep improving the world class experience for our participants, volunteers, and spectators.

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    • The Marathon
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    • Annual Races
    • Young Athletes Foundation
    • When You Visit
    • Support Us


Grandma's Marathon Weekend 2024
June 20-June 22 2024

We agree with our runners—we have the most compassionate and energizing community of volunteers. We couldn’t take care of our 20,000 runners without the help of our community. Grandma’s Marathon is a world-class event with small-town charm because of our volunteers.

If you have questions please contact Alivia Nelson via email at alivia@grandmasmarathon.com or calling 218-727-0947.

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Knowingly and at my own risk, I hereby waive and release any and all claims for damages, including negligence claims, that I may incur as a result of my participation in the event against Grandma's Marathon-Duluth, Inc., USATF, Grandma's Inc., State of Minnesota, City of Duluth, St. Louis County, City of Two Harbors, Lake County, Town of Duluth, 477th Medical Company, DECC, Voyageur Bus Company, all sponsors or any employee, volunteer, official or elected official of these organizations for said injuries.

I further hereby certify that I have full knowledge of the risks involved with the event, and I am physically fit and sufficiently trained to participate. However, if as a result of my participation volunteering during Grandma’s Marathon race weekend I require medical attention, I hereby give my consent to authorized medical personnel of Grandma's Marathon to provide such medical care as is deemed necessary by such authorized personnel. I understand that events are held over public roads and facilities open to the public upon which hazards are to be expected. Participation carries with it certain inherent risks that cannot be eliminated completely, ranging from minor injuries to catastrophic injuries including death. I agree to abide by any decision of an appointed medical official relative to my ability to safely continue or complete the event. I further assume and will pay my own medical & emergency expenses in the event of an accident, illness, or other incapacity regardless of whether I have authorized such expense. I hereby authorize the disclosure of medically related information concerning my health, injuries, incapacity or medical emergency that may occur in the course of participating in this event and to allow that information to be provided to a family member, friend, or event official of Grandma’s Marathon. I further understand that due to the time of year that this event is held there is the possibility of extreme heat, cold and possibility of lightning during the running of Grandma's Marathon race weekend and I do assume all weather related risks with my participation in this event.

If you are registering third parties, you represent and warrant that you have been duly authorized to act as agent on behalf of such parties in performing this event registration. By proceeding with this event registration, you agree that the terms of this Volunteer Agreement and Waiver shall apply equally to you and to any third parties for whom you are acting as agent. You represent and warrant that, in compliance with COPPA, you are over thirteen (13) years of age, and that if you are registering a child under fourteen (14) years of age you are the parent or guardian of such child, and do hereby consent to the collection of such child's personal information by Race Roster.

I hereby grant full permission to Grandma's Marathon-Duluth, Inc. and/or agents authorized by them, to use any photographs, videotapes, motion pictures, recordings or any other record of this event for any legitimate purpose at any time without compensation. I understand that my use of an MP3 player, iPod, cell phone, or other electronic device while volunteering creates an added risk to my safety and I agree that my use of an MP3 player, iPod, cell phone, or other electronic device while on the course will be done so in a reasonable manner using common sense.

I also understand the event may be cancelled due to any of the following reasons, among others, including weather conditions, natural disasters, or threats to local and/or national security including suspected terrorist activity. I have read this waiver carefully & understand it.