Grandma’s Marathon

Run Superior. Run the North Shore. 

Motivation, inspiration and perspiration.

Since our initial race in 1977, Grandma’s Marathon has grown bigger than just a 26.2 mile race along the scenic North Shore of Minnesota.

It’s a moment where runners of all calibers come together to celebrate the vigor of the human spirit. Where the word “impossible” ceases to exist; a day where 9,000 people are your best running buddy.

So, tie up your laces and join us for the 41st year of memories, miles and human might.

Registration for the 2017 Grandma’s Marathon, Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon and William A. Irvin 5K opens at 10 a.m. October 1, 2016.

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2017 Grandma’s Marathon

Date: Saturday, June 17, 2017

Start Time: 7:45 a.m.; wheeler start at 7:40 a.m.

Location: Two Harbors to Duluth, Minnesota

Registration: Opens October 1, 2016

Race Limit: 9,000 registrants

Entry Fee (non-refundable): $110 October 1-31 (+ FREE jacket), $125 November 1 – December 31 (+ FREE jacket), $135 January 1 – March 31. Registration ends 11:59 p.m. CST on June 1, 2017.



Course information

Grandma’s Marathon is a point-to-point course run on scenic Highway 61 along the beautiful north shore of Lake Superior. The race begins just outside of Two Harbors, Minnesota, and finishes in Duluth’s Canal Park. Grandma’s Marathon is ideal for first time participants as the terrain is relatively flat with some gently rolling hills and a larger incline just before mile 22.

The course is USATF certified. Yellow balloons mark each mile and times are recorded for seven hours (until 2:45 p.m.).

Race Course Map