• Fresh. It Comes naturally.

  • A GREAT PR AND BQ COURSE

  • LET THE CROWD BRING YOU IN

  • SPECTACULAR FINISH AND VIEW

  • HOMETOWN PRIDE

  • A WEEKEND FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY

Our Races

Pick your distance. There is no wrong choice.

26.2 | Grandma’s Marathon

June 20, 2015

“What else could you want in a marathon? Grandma’s Marathon starts in the middle of the woods, runs along the beautiful shores of Lake Superior and finishes at a pub.” – Garry Bjorklund

13.1 | Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon

June 20, 2015

Named after the Duluth-area native, 1976 Olympian and first-ever Grandma’s Marathon Champion in 1977. Half the distance – just as fun! Run on the second half of the beautiful Grandma’s Marathon racecourse.

3.1 | William A. Irvin 5K

June 19, 2015

The William A. Irvin 5Krace kicks off the running events of Grandma’s Marathon weekend. The 3.1-mile course starts and finishes near the William A. Irvin Ore Boat located next to the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center (DECC).

2.48 | St. Fennessy 4K

March 2015

The Saint Fennessy 4K was created in honor of longtime Grandma’s Marathon friend, Don Fennessy, who passed away of Pancreatic Cancer in 2011. We will raise our heels, then raise a toast.

3.1 | Fitger’s 5K

April 2015

There’s no better time to start spring training than at the Fitger’s 5K Run & Walk. The Fitger’s 5K is the Young Athletes Foundation’s largest fundraiser.

5 | Park Point 5-Miler & 2-Mile Walk

July 2015

Enjoy a summer evening on the beautiful Park Point at Northern Minnesota’s oldest road race! All net proceeds from the Park Point 5-Miler & 2-Mile Walk benefit the Young Athletes Foundation.

1 | Minnesota Mile

September 2015

Home of Minnesota’s fastest open mile times! There’s a race for everyone! The event features five separate divisions – Grandma’s Minnesota Mile (Elite), Duluth Mile (Semi-Elite), All City Mile (Recreational), Wheelchair Race and the Verizon Kids Mile.

3.1 | Park Point Beach Run 5K for Pancreatic Cancer

September 20, 2014

Enjoy a fun run on the beautiful Park Point beach for a good cause! Show your beach spirit, and support the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network.

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UPPER MIDWEST ENDURANCE CHALLENGE

UPPER MIDWEST ENDURANCE CHALLENGE

We have a challenge for you: conquer Grandma's Marathon, the Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon and the American Birkebeiner in sequence!

GREAT LAKES MARATHON SERIES

GREAT LAKES MARATHON SERIES

The Great Lakes Marathon Series is for runners who are interested in experiencing a variety of marathons along the Great Lakes!

With marathons in the United States, Grandma's Marathon is the 16th largest and is recognized internationally for being one of the most organized and friendliest marathons. It is one of the only marathons in the top twenty that is not held in a large metropolitan venue.

The race got its name from the Duluth-based group of famous Grandma's Restaurants, the first major sponsor of the Marathon. Over time, the level of sponsorship with the restaurants changed, but the name stayed the same. Grandma's Marathon-Duluth, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt nonprofit organization with a 17-member Board of Directors and a small, nine-person staff.

Runners from all over the world travel to Duluth to participate in the weekend festivities. In fact, 44 countries and all 50 states were represented in the 38th annual Grandma's Marathon on June 21, 2014.

A huge post-race party featuring live musical entertainment is just one of the elements that provide the festive "Mardi Gras" atmosphere for which Grandma's Marathon is recognized.

History was made at the 38th annual Grandma's Marathon when Kenya's Dominic Ondoro ran the fastest time ever run on the Grandma's Marathon course - 2 hours, 9 minutes and 6 seconds, breaking the previous mark of 2:09:37 set in 1981 by Minnesota's Dick Beardsley.

Sarah Kiptoo, of Kenya holds the women's Grandma's Marathon course record - 2 hours, 26 minutes and 32 seconds, set in 2013.

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