Elite Athletes

Elite runners. Elite benefits.

Whether you’re running a mile or a marathon, prove your running chops and you could get elite support.

How to enter

Each year our races attract elite athletes from around the globe. The best way to be considered for an elite entry into Grandma’s Marathon, the Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon or William A. Irvin 5K and elite support (travel, lodging and/or food assistance) is to send us your complete running resume highlighting your best times during the past three years in distances from 5K to marathon.

Minnesota Mile athletes should send a resume including your best times and past races during the past two years in distances from 800m to the half marathon.

Please email your resume and race preference to sarah@grandmasmarathon.com, fax it to 218-727-7932, or mail it to PO Box 16234, Duluth, MN 55816.

Prize Money

Grandma’s Marathon

1st   Place   $10,000
2nd Place     $7,500
3rd  Place     $5,000
4th  Place     $4,000
5th  Place     $3,500
6th  Place     $3,000
7th  Place     $2,500
8th  Place     $2,000
9th  Place      $1,500
10th Place     $1,000
$40,000 men’s + $40,000 women’s
Total Prize Amount = $80,000
*Time-incentive bonuses available

40+ DIVISION

1st   Place   $2,500
2nd Place   $1,500
3rd  Place   $1,000
$5,000 men’s + $5,000 women’s
Total Prize Amount = $10,000
*Time-incentive bonuses available

WHEELCHAIR DIVISION

1st   Place   $2,000
2nd Place    $1,250
3rd  Place      $800
4th  Place      $600
5th  Place      $350
$5,000 men’s + $5,000 women’s
Total Prize Amount = $10,000
*Time-incentive bonuses available


Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon

1st    Place   $3,000
2nd  Place   $2,000
3rd   Place    $1,500
4th   Place    $1,000
5th   Place      $800
6th   Place      $700
7th   Place      $600
8th   Place      $500
9th   Place      $400
10th Place      $300
$10,800 men’s + $10,800 women’s
Total Prize Amount = $21,600

40+ DIVISION

1st   Place   $1,000
2nd Place      $750
3rd  Place      $500
$2,250 men’s + $2,250 women’s
Total Prize Amount = $4,500


William A. Irvin 5K

No prize money is offered for the William A. Irvin 5K.