10 Highlights of Grandma’s Marathon Weekend


Bring your friends, family and the whole crew – we’ve got everything you need for an extraordinary weekend experience June 15-17, 2017 in Duluth, MN.

1. A great race on a great lake

Experience the greatest of all the world’s Great Lakes in running shoes along the same path as some of the best runners in the world. Grandma’s Marathon features a scenic point-to-point course that runs along the north shore of Lake Superior, over 32 rivers, creeks and streams, and boasts stunning views along Scenic Highway 61. When runners get to the finish take a quick dip in the lake to cool off! Register here!

2. Fast, rolling flat course

The course has a net downhill elevation and is home to many PR’s and is a top Boston qualifier race each year. With a cool, northeast tailwind off Lake Superior, it can make for some for speedy times. See the full course map here. 

3. World class event

With a rich history since our initial race in 1977, Grandma’s Marathon continues to discover new ways to ensure runners have one of the most memorable running experiences. Whether runners are running their first marathon or their 41st, our community takes care of the runners from start to finish.

4. Small town charm

Experience the finest hospitality in road racing! As the smallest town (by far) listed in the top 20 largest marathons, runners experience hospitality like none other when the region comes together for marathon weekend. Generations of residents look forward to hosting the marathon each year with over 6,000 volunteers and thousands of spectators out there to cheer on runners!

5. Family friendly activities

Bring the whole family! For many, Grandma’s Marathon has become a multi-generational race. We believe in empowering kids to lead healthy, active lives. Kicking off marathon weekend, sign up kids for the Whipper Snapper Races on Friday night and then come together for the best carbo load in the Midwest, the Michelina’s All-You-Can-Eat Spaghetti Dinner.

6. Come for the race, stay for the party!

After running a marathon, finishers deserve to celebrate! “Rock the Big Top” with live music as everyone revels in their achievement under the big tent with their finisher medals and finisher shirts.

7. Closer than you think

Runners come from all 50 states and over 30 countries each year. Located on the tip of Lake Superior, Duluth is easy to get to by car, bus or plane. The Duluth (DLH) Airport has direct flights to Minneapolis/St. Paul and Chicago, connecting it to the whole world.

8. Outdoor city 

In 2014, Duluth was voted Outside Magazine’s “Best Outdoor Town.” The city makes investing in our trails and parks a top priority, making it a year-round destination for outdoor enthusiasts and their families. Stay awhile and visit the unique places throughout the city and region.

9. Time of year

Make Grandma’s Marathon race weekend an experience! One of the few Saturday marathons, the race is the third weekend in June allowing runners to enjoy spring training runs and recover during the summer months or train for an upcoming Fall marathon. Take it easy on Sunday and make convenient travel plans back home.

10. Runner friendly experience

From registration to training to race day, Grandma’s Marathon wants to help every participant be confident, happy and stress-free. We understand life happens and allow bib transfers up until a few months before the race and are always willing to take a moment to chat — just give us a call or email us.

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