Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon

Half marathon. Full spirits.

The Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon takes you from the edge of the city limits all the way to the heart of Duluth. Along the way you’ll experience the empowerment of thousands of people cheering you on—beside you and on the sidelines. Wind your way along the beautiful North Shore and let this race invigorate you and your love for running.

The finish line is calling. Answer it.

Elite Athletes


2017 Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon

Date: Saturday, June 17, 2017
Start Time: 6:15 a.m.
Location: Duluth, Minnesota
Entry Fee (non-refundable): $95

Course Records:
Meb Keflezighi holds the men’s course record— 1 hour, 1 minutes, 22 seconds, set in 2013
Kara Goucher holds the women’s course record— 1 hour, 9 minutes, 46 seconds, set in 2012.


Race Limit: 7,000 registrants selected in the lottery

Lottery Registration: 10 a.m. CDT, October 1 – 11:59 p.m. CDT, October 31, 2016

Lottery Drawing & Notification:

Registration for the Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon is conducted via a lottery system where 7,000 participants are randomly selected. The lottery drawing will be conducted during the week of November 4. An email notification will be sent to you by 5 p.m. on November 4 stating whether or not you were selected in the lottery, and providing further instructions on how to redeem and pay for your entry.

Entering the lottery with others

Runners may enter the lottery as a group. This group feature allows registration for up to six friends/family members who only want to run the race if certain other people are allowed to run. Everyone in that group is either all in if selected, or all out, if not selected. Your average likelihood of being selected will not be affected by being part of a group.

Follow these steps to register as a group:

1. Choose one person in your group to register first. This person is the captain of your group.

2. The captain will select the option “Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon Lottery Registration – Groups”, enter his or her information and select “Create a new team and add this participant”. Follow the remaining prompts.

3. Once the captain’s entry is complete, he or she needs to share the group name and password with the other group members.

4. The remaining members of the group will select “Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon Lottery Registration – Groups”. Complete the registration form, and when prompted, select “Add this participant to a team created by someone else.” Search for and select the appropriate group name, and follow the remaining prompts.

Time requirement policy

The policy requires participants to maintain a fourteen-minute-per-mile pace (finish in 3:03:40). Those unable to maintain this pace along the course will be bused back to the DECC parking lot.


Course information

The Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon is a point-to-point course on scenic Highway 61 along the beautiful north shore of Lake Superior. It begins approximately three blocks north of Clearwater Grille on Lake Superior and finishes in Duluth’s Canal Park. The course is run on the second half of the Grandma’s Marathon course.

Race Course Map