Starting Line

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Grandma’s Marathon starting line

The race starts at 7:45 a.m. just outside of Two Harbors, Minnesota. The wheelchair participants will start at 7:40 a.m. Runners will not be allowed to start early. There will be no facilities at the start for dressing.

All other runners should line up according to their projected finishing times. Walkers and slower runners must start in the back rows.


Garry Bjorklund starting line

The Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon begins at 6:15 a.m., approximately three blocks north of Clearwater Grille on Lake Superior and Hotel on Scenic Old Highway 61. There are no facilities at the start for dressing.

Faster runners should line up on the front starting line. All other runners should line up according to their projected finishing times behind the faster runners. Walkers must start in the back.

Please note: It is essential that all participants enter the starting gate before 6:05 a.m. You must have your race number visible to enter. Absolutely no unofficial participants will be allowed in this area.


Gear bags

You will receive a goodie bag at race packet pickup. This is your gear bag. A label is provided in your race packet. Please place the label on the bottom right hand corner of the bag. Your gear bag can be dropped off in one of the trucks near the starting gate.

The bags will be brought to the finish line where they will be arranged in the front parking lot of Grandma’s Restaurant in lanes according to your race number. Volunteers will be on duty to assist you in locating your bag.

Please do not leave valuables in your bag and make sure it is closed and tied. Race officials are not responsible for any lost items.


Transportation to the starting lines

Shuttle Buses 

Riding the shuttle buses to the starting line guarantees that you will arrive at the starting line in time for the official start. No other vehicles are allowed near the starting line and there is no access to the start for drop-offs.

Transportation to the Grandma’s Marathon and the Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon starting line is for marathon/half marathon runners only. You must have your official race number visible to board.

Train to FULL marathon start only (1000 capacity)

If you’re an early-riser looking for the true northland experience, find your zen as you ride up the north shore by train.  Take time to clear your mind, get in the zone and channel your inner power.  Did we mention the restrooms?

The train loads in front of the DECC parking ramp on Railroad Street starting at 4:30 a.m. and departs promptly at 5:45 a.m.

Train Schedule
4:30 a.m. Train arrives at the DECC, loading in front of the parking ramp on railroad street
5:40 a.m. Whistle blows to alert riders of departure in 5 minutes
5:45 a.m. Train Departs for the starting line of Grandma’s Marathon
7:10 a.m. Train arrives at starting line
7:45 a.m. Grandma’s Marathon Start Time

Northshore-Scenic-Train-Ride


Grandma’s Marathon starting line shuttle times & locations:

Duluth Entertainment Convention Center-Railroad Street Entrance
Train Loading: 5:20 a.m. – 5:45 a.m.
Buses: 5:45 a.m. – 6:15 a.m.

Fitger’s Inn
5:45 a.m. – 6:15 a.m.

The Edgewater Hotel & Waterpark
5:45 a.m. – 6:15 a.m.

Comfort Inn – West (I-35 at 40th Ave. W.)
5:45 a.m. – 6:15 a.m.

Miller Hill Mall (behind Perkins, near Sears)
5:45 a.m. – 6:15 a.m.

Duluth Spirit Mountain Inn – America’s Best Value Inn
5:45 a.m. – 6:15 a.m.

AmericInn Hotel & Suites – Proctor
5:45 a.m. – 6:15 a.m.

Best Western Plus Spirit Mountain
5:45 a.m. – 6:15 a.m.

University of Minnesota Duluth (Kirby Circle)
5:45 a.m. – 6:15 a.m.

College of St. Scholastica (Somers Hall)
5:45 a.m. – 6:15 a.m.

Best Western Bridgeview – Superior, WI
5:45 a.m. – 6:15 a.m.

Holiday Inn Express – Superior, WI
5:45 a.m. – 6:15 a.m.

Barker’s Island Inn – Superior, WI
5:45 a.m. – 6:15 a.m.

University of Wisconsin-Superior (Curran-McNeill & Ostrander Hall)
5:45 a.m. – 6:15 a.m.

Super One Foods – Two Harbors, MN
6:15 a.m. – 7:00 a.m.

AmericInn Hotel & Suites – Two Harbors, MN
6:15 a.m. – 7:00 a.m.

***Buses will be marked Marathon

Return Buses

Grandma’s Marathon will provide free return bus service from the DECC to the all starting line departure locations. Runners can board these return buses at the DECC main entrance from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Please, no bikes or large strollers!

Buses marked “UMD/CSS” return to: UMD, College of St. Scholastica

Buses marked “SUPERIOR” return to: UWS, Best Western Bridgeview, Superior Inn, Superior Bayfront Inn, Holiday Inn Express, Barker’s Island Inn

Buses marked “WEST DULUTH/PROCTOR/SPIRIT MOUNTAIN” return to: Motel 6, Comfort Inn-West, Super 8, AmericInn, Best Western Plus – Spirit Mt., Duluth Spirit Mountain Inn – America’s Best Value Inn

Buses marked “MILLER HILL MALL” return to: Miller Hill Mall

Buses marked “EDGEWATER/FITGER’S” return to: Edgewater Hotel & Waterpark, Fitger’s Inn, Voyageur Lakewalk Inn, Sheraton Hotel Duluth

Buses marked “TWO HARBORS” (Two Harbors buses return on the hour) return to: Super One Foods, Superior Shores Resort, Country Inn, Larsmont Cottages, AmericInn


The Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon starting line shuttle times & locations:

Duluth Entertainment Convention Center (Railroad Street entrance)
4:45 a.m. – 5:15 a.m.

Fitger’s Inn
4:45 a.m. – 5:15 a.m.

Miller Hill Mall (behind Perkins, near Sears)
4:45 a.m. – 5:15 a.m.

The Edgewater Hotel & Waterpark
4:45 a.m. – 5:15 a.m.

University of Minnesota Duluth (Kirby Circle)
4:45 a.m. – 5:15 a.m.

AmericInn- Two Harbors, MN
4:30-5:15 a.m.

Super One Foods – Two Harbors, MN
4:30 a.m. – 5:15 a.m.

***Buses will be marked Half Marathon.

Return Buses

Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon will provide free return bus service from the DECC to the all starting line departure locations. Runners can board these return buses at the DECC main entrance from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Please, no bikes or large strollers!

Buses marked “UMD/CSS” return to: UMD, College of St. Scholastica

Buses marked “SUPERIOR” return to: UWS, Best Western Bridgeview, Superior Inn, Superior Bayfront Inn, Holiday Inn Express, Barker’s Island Inn

Buses marked “WEST DULUTH/PROCTOR/SPIRIT MOUNTAIN” return to: Motel 6, Comfort Inn-West, Super 8, AmericInn, Country Inn & Suites, Duluth Spirit Mountain Inn – America’s Best Value Inn

Buses marked “MILLER HILL MALL” return to: Miller Hill Mall

Buses marked “EDGEWATER/FITGER’S” return to: Edgewater Hotel & Waterpark, Fitger’s Inn, Voyageur Lakewalk Inn, Sheraton Hotel Duluth

Buses marked “TWO HARBORS” (Two Harbors buses return on the hour) return to: Super One Foods, Superior Shores Resort, Country Inn, Larsmont Cottages, AmericInn