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A few words about Grandma's Marathon

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Grandma’s Marathon, Saturday, June 16 – Duluth, Minnesota

What started as a 150-person race in 1977, when a local running club called the North Shore Striders partnered with Grandma’s Restaurant to host a marathon, has grown to become the area’s largest annual event – generating millions of dollars in economic impact.


One of the country’s 11 largest marathons, Grandma’s is the biggest located in a non-metropolitan area. Grandma’s Marathon’s course is ideal for first-timers and veteran marathoners alike. With a net elevation drop of about 130 feet, the point-to-point trek is relatively flat and features some of the most gorgeous views of Lake Superior you’ll ever witness.


A unique aspect separating Grandma’s from the rest is that race day lands on Saturday. Unlike many other major marathons which run on Sunday, Grandma’s scheduling allows an extra day to rejoice and recover.


Marathon weekend in Duluth is an annual tradition which highlights the very best of what the area has to offer including breathtaking scenery, unmatched hospitality and passionate community spirit. Other events such as the Whipper Snapper Races for Kids, the Michelina’s All-You-Can-Eat Spaghetti Dinner, the Essentia Health Fitness and Health Expo, guest speaking presentations and live music help make for a weekend experience that participants, family members and race fans will remember forever!


Grandma's Marathon weekend also features the Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon and the William A. Irvin 5K. The Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon is Saturday, June 16 at 6:15 a.m. and the William A. Irvin 5K is Friday, June 15 at 6 p.m. Registration for all three events opened in October.


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