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Grandma’s Marathon Weekend

Come experience the best of the Northland at the iconic Duluth tradition – the 46th annual event that celebrates breathtaking scenery, warm hospitality, and a lively community spirit. This event is not just for runners, but also for their families to enjoy with a variety of activities including an expo, kids races, 5K, half marathon, and the world-renowned marathon that takes place alongside the stunning Lake Superior. With all these exciting opportunities, it’s sure to be an unforgettable experience that you and your loved ones will cherish forever.

Date: June 17, 2023
Start Time: 7:45 a.m.
Location: Two Harbors to Duluth, MN
Entry Fee: $120-$150
Swag: Grandma’s Marathon Finisher Shirt, Finisher Medal

Our big event is Grandma’s Marathon, but we offer races throughout the year. From a marathon to a mile, from the North Shore to Downtown Duluth, from PRs to BQs, find the race that kicks your spirits into high gear. And no matter which route you take, we’ll be there cheering you on.

26.2 Grandma’s Marathon – Race Info»

Since its inaugural race in 1977, Grandma’s Marathon has grown into a much-anticipated weekend event in June that extends beyond a 26.2-mile race along the stunning North Shore of Minnesota. Participants of all skill levels come together to celebrate the indomitable spirit of humanity. It’s a day where the concept of “impossible” is abolished, and 9,000 people become your closest running companions. Participants can look forward to another year of creating unforgettable memories, conquering miles, and exhibiting human strength. So, get ready to lace up your shoes and join the excitement once again.

Future Grandma’s Marathon Dates

June 17, 2023
June 22, 2024
June 21, 2025
June 20, 2026
June 19, 2027
June 17, 2028
June 16, 2029
June 22, 2030

13.1 Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon – Race Info»

Garry Bjorklund, a native of Duluth, Minnesota, is famously known for winning the first-ever Grandma’s Marathon in 1977 and claiming the championship again in 1980. However, his accomplishments extend beyond this local feat. He also represented the United States in the 1976 Montreal Olympic Games, where he finished 13th in the 10,000-meters race. In honor of his significant contributions to the running community in the area and throughout Minnesota, the Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon was established in 1991. The race has since evolved into one of the largest half marathons in the country, attracting about 10,000 participants each year to the shores of Lake Superior.

3.1 William A. Irvin 5k – Race Info»

The William A. Irvin 5K has been a staple event of the Grandma’s Marathon weekend since its inception in 1994. This race has gained immense popularity over the years and has now become the perfect kickoff event to an exciting lineup of races and festivities. People of all ages and abilities participate in this 3.1-mile race, which was named after the William A. Irvin ore boat that is located adjacent to the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center (DECC). In 2016, a new course was introduced, which takes participants on a breathtaking tour of Duluth’s Lakewalk on the scenic shores of Lake Superior before looping back through Canal Park to the finish line.


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