Grandma's Marathon

Grandma's Marathon

Grandma's Marathon

( 82 reviews )
100% of reviewers recommend this race
  • Duluth,
    United States
  • June
  • 3 miles/5K, 13.1 miles/Half Marathon, 26.2 miles/Marathon, Virtual Race
  • Road Race
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Grandma’s Marathon began in 1977 when a group of local runners planned a scenic road race from Two Harbors to Duluth, Minnesota. There were just 150 participants that year, but organizers knew they had discovered something special. Grandma’s Marathon is now a self-governed nonprofit organization with a 17-member board of directors. Grandma’s Marathon weekend draws more than 18,000 participants for its three-race event each June: Grandma's Marathon, the Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon, and the William A. Irvin 5k.

Runners from all over the world travel to Duluth to participate in the weekend festivities. There were 39 countries and all 50 states represented in the 40th annual Grandma’s Marathon in 2016. Grandma’s Marathon has now grown bigger than just a 26.2 mile race along the scenic North Shore of Minnesota. It’s a moment where runners of all calibers come together to celebrate the vigor of the human spirit. Tie up your laces for the 42nd year of memories and miles!


Michigan, United States
3 5
"Chilly but awesome!"
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Melissa 's thoughts:

First marathon ever and loved this race. Hypothermia warnings on the course made racing a bit challenging, but I'll take cool over hot any day. Great volunteers, amazing pacers, beautiful scenery. GREAT first marathon experience! Duluth is beautiful and lots of fun post-race things to do! Hotels are pretty pricey, but we stayed in a suburb for a fraction of the cost and didn't regret it as travel to the busses in the morning was seamless!

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