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Grandma’s Marathon Registration Opens October 1

(Duluth, MN:) Registration for the 41st Grandma’s Marathon Weekend, which includes Grandma’s Marathon, the Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon and William A. Irvin 5K, will open at 10 a.m. on October 1, 2016. This is the second year that registration for all three races will open on the same day. Entries for Grandma’s Marathon will be taken […]

Forward Motion

Forward Motion

Forward motion can be tricky.  We get tangled up in ideas of where we should be in our training by now.  Wheels start spinning, and that spark of motivation begins to flicker.  It’s easy to get stuck in frustration, but there is a way out . . . Dare to Play It starts with an […]


CLICK HERE to see if you were selected to receive a guaranteed entry into the 2017 Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon by finishing the Minnesota Mile. If you were selected in the drawing, you will receive instructions for registering for the Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon from Laura Bergen ( in November. You DO NOT need to […]

Grandma’s Marathon Names Race Director

(Duluth, Minn.) Grandma’s Marathon – Duluth, Inc. is pleased to announce that Greg Haapala has accepted the position of Race Director. Haapala has been a full-time employee with Twin Cities In Motion, the nonprofit organizer of the Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon, since 2012, serving as the Participant Services and Events Manager. He oversaw the Health […]

Father and Daughter Have Grandma’s Marathon Covered

While Grandma’s Marathon has enjoyed a lot of blanket news coverage over the years, it had never gotten quilt coverage. That is, until marathoner Linda Spencer gathered four decades of memories to sew a unique quilt for her father, longtime race volunteer Jim Greenfield. The two of them are pictured here, standing on hidden chairs […]

Grandma’s Marathon Weekend Registration Update

October 20, 2015 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Kellie Cloutier, Grandma’s Marathon, Public Relations Director Phone: (218) 727-0947 Email Address: Grandma’s Marathon 40th Anniversary Registration Initial Price Increase Approaching Duluth, Minn. – Grandma’s Marathon will remain at the lowest registration cost until 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, October 21. In only 21 days, over 4,000 runners […]