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May 19, 2013

Registration for the 37th running of Grandma's Marathon will remain open through Friday, May 31.


Mar 10, 2013

Registration for the 20th annual William A. Irvin 5K opened Thursday, March 14. The field limit for the 2013 race is 1,900.


Mar 1, 2013

Pre-race training seminar to feature Michelle Frey



Feb 20, 2013

Lottery participants can submit their registration through Friday, February 22 at 11:59 p.m. (CST).



Feb 8, 2013

Registration for June’s Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon begins Monday, Feb. 11.



Jan 29, 2013

Beginning Feb. 1, the current entry fee of $90 increases to $95 for two months.



Dec 26, 2012

How about this gift as a great way to ring in the new year? To become eligible for a chance to win complimentary lodging during the 2013 Grandma’s Marathon weekend, simply complete your registration for the 26.2-mile race before the end of 2012!



Nov 14, 2012

Registration is now open for the 2013 Fitger’s 5K Run & Walk, scheduled for Saturday, April 20. http://bit.ly/ZJCNku


Oct 26, 2012

As a fundraiser for the Young Athletes Foundation (YAF), Grandma's Marathon is offering an opportunity for 100 individuals to be guaranteed an entry into the Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon on June 22, 2013 and June 21, 2014.

For more information about this offer, click here.



Aug 13, 2012

Registration is now available for the Grandma’s Minnesota Mile road race in downtown Duluth. This one-mile event on Sunday, Sept. 9 is open to runners of all skill levels.


Jun 17, 2012

Kara Goucher’s first time racing in her hometown as a professional turned into a victory party as the former Duluth resident won the women’s race at the 2012 USA Half Marathon Championships.

Goucher, 33, ran the fastest ever women’s time on the Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon course – 1 hour, 9 minutes and 46 seconds. Headed for the Summer Olympics in London to race in the Aug. 5 marathon, she captured the national title and $14,000 in prize money – $12,000 for first place and an additional $2,000 bonus for a time under 1:10:00.



May 15, 2012

Registration for the 36th running of Grandma's Marathon will remain open through Friday, June 1.



May 10, 2012

If you have always wanted to experience Grandma’s Marathon but running just isn’t for you, then volunteering is the perfect solution.



Apr 30, 2012

Registration for the 19th annual William A. Irvin 5K is now closed, Grandma’s Marathon announced today.



Apr 26, 2012

Goucher, Abdirahman Join Field for June 16 National Title Event

The road to London will soon take a journey through Duluth for a pair of U.S. Olympians.

Kara Goucher and Abdi Abdirahman officially have registered for the USA Half Marathon Championships to be held June 16 in Duluth as part of Grandma’s Marathon weekend.



Apr 2, 2012

Time is running out if you hope to run in Duluth's June 15 William A. Irvin 5K. Click here to register.



Mar 22, 2012

Register before the April 1 price increase to take advantage of the current $90 registration fee for the event’s 36th running from Two Harbors to Duluth.


Mar 20, 2012

The field for the 2012 Fitger’s 5K Run & Walk has reached its capacity and registration is now closed.



Mar 12, 2012

Registration for the 19th annual William A. Irvin 5K is open.

Click Here to Register.


Feb 25, 2012

The half-marathon lottery registration is now closed. Those who registered will be notified via email during the week of Feb. 27 if they were or were not selected. Thank you and good luck!


Feb 20, 2012

Friday, February 24 is the LAST DAY to register for the 2012 Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon! Don't Miss Out - Sign Up Today.


Feb 16, 2012

Pre-race training seminar to feature Andrew Carlson

(Duluth, Minn.) If you are training for a race during June’s Grandma's Marathon weekend, then you won’t want to miss the annual Gearing Up for Grandma's pre-race seminar on Saturday, March 10. This free event from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Essentia Health’s First Street Building is a valuable training resource for both first-timers and veteran runners.



Feb 10, 2012

Click here to register for the half marathon lottery. February 24 is the last day to sign up!



Feb 9, 2012

Registration for June’s Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon begins Monday, Feb. 13. The race entry process is conducted through a lottery in which 6,300 participants will be randomly selected.


Feb 1, 2012

Registration is now open for the 2012 Fitger’s 5K Run & Walk, scheduled for Saturday, April 21.

The Fitger’s 5K field is limited to the first 1,800 registrants, an increase of 100 from the 2011 race which reached its entry limit one month prior to the race.



Jan 31, 2012

TODAY IS THE LAST DAY to register for the 2012 Grandma’s Marathon at the $85 entry fee price. So, if you haven’t already entered and want to save before the increase, sign up by the end of today at www.grandmasmarathon.com. Beginning tomorrow the entry fee increases to $90, where it will remain until April 1.



Jan 24, 2012

Congratulations to Natalie Workman of Hopkins, Minnesota! She is the winner of two 2012 Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon entries! Natalie's name was chosen at random from all those who have registered for the 2012 Grandma's Marathon.



Dec 28, 2011

Check this out! Everyone who registers for the 2012 Grandma’s Marathon (26.2 miles) before Monday, January 16 will be entered into a drawing for two (2) complimentary 2012 half-marathon entries to pass along to friends or family members. Talk about a fantastic post-holiday gift!



Dec 14, 2011

(Duluth, Minn.) The Young Athletes Foundation (YAF) recently awarded $6,070 in grants to five area nonprofit youth organizations. Grants were awarded to: Duluth Salvation Army Rookie Basketball Association ($3,000), Encounter Youth Center ($1,000), Positive Energy Outdoors ($570), Piedmont Youth Hockey Association ($1,100) and Two Harbors Kayak Festival ($400).



Nov 2, 2011

Registration is now open for the 2012 Fitger’s 5K Run & Walk, scheduled for Saturday, April 21.

The Fitger’s 5K field is limited to the first 1,800 registrants, an increase of 100 from the 2011 race which reached its entry limit one month prior to the race.



Oct 27, 2011

THANK YOU to everyone who participated in our 25th annual Young Athletes Foundation Live & Silent Auction! We appreciate the generosity of all of the businesses and individuals who contributed to this year's fundraiser! All net proceeds from the event will benefit young athletes in the Northland.

 

 



Oct 26, 2011

We're looking forward to our 25th annual Young Athletes Foundation live and silent auction tonight. Thanks to all of the generous businesses and individuals who donated items to this fundraiser. The YAF supports youth programs throughout a five-county region. Thank YOU!



Oct 5, 2011

GREAT NEWS!!! We have extended the $80 entry fee discount for the 2012 Grandma's Marathon. Now through October 19 you can sign up for the 2012 race for just $80. On October 20, the fee will increase to $85 (see complete fee structure below). Get signed up today!


Aug 3, 2011

Garry Bjorklund 2012 Half Marathon Entries to 250 Finishers

Registration is now available for next month’s Grandma’s Minnesota Mile road races in downtown Duluth. This one-mile event on Sunday, Sept. 11 is open to runners of all skill levels.



Jul 25, 2011

Free Youth Races Presented By the Young Athletes Foundation

The Young Athletes Foundation and Grandma's Marathon invite children 14 and under to lace up their shoes and take part in the 2011 Wednesday Night at the Races. This free race series begins Wednesday at Duluth Central High School and continues every Wednesday evening until August 31 (locations vary weekly, see schedule below). Registration is between 5:00 p.m. and 5:50 p.m. each race night, and the races begin at 6 p.m.



Jul 1, 2011

Registration for the 36th annual Grandma's Marathon is now open. The first 10,000 to register will be accepted into the Two Harbors-to-Duluth race, currently the 17th largest marathon in the U.S. Visit www.grandmasmarathon.com/site/index.php?page=alias to register for the event’s 36th running, which is set for Saturday, June 16, 2012 at 7:30 a.m.



Jun 21, 2011

Did you run in the 35th anniversary race of Grandma's Marathon or the 21st annual Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon? We'd love to hear your feedback as it will help us prepare for future races.

Please take a moment to fill out a brief survey of your experience:

Click here for Grandma's Marathon.

Click here for the Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon.

Thank you again for joining us!
The Grandma's Marathon Staff and Board of Directors



Jun 19, 2011

Thanks to everyone involved with making our 35th annual celebration a huge success! We hope to see you next year...June 16, 2012.



Jun 8, 2011

Due to road construction projects on Interstate 35 from the Twin Cities to Duluth, please be aware that if you are driving to Duluth on I-35 you will potentially experience delays on race weekend.

If you plan to arrive in Duluth on Friday, June 17, we suggest leaving as early in the day as possible to avoid extended delays. We urge you to plan accordingly and give yourself extra travel time. Expect delays and heavy traffic Friday between 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. during the running of the William A. Irvin 5K.

For more information and maps related to the construction areas, click here: http://www.dot.state.mn.us/d1/projects/i35southofduluth/

For more detailed information specifically regarding the Duluth Mega Project click here: http://www.dot.state.mn.us/duluthmegaproject/

Thanks in advance for your patience – have a safe trip to Duluth!

 

Sincerely,

 

Grandma’s Marathon Staff and Board of Directors



Jun 6, 2011

To track a runner in Grandma's Marathon or the Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon, click here http://bit.ly/m70Euu

The tracking system, made possible through the support of Verizon Wireless, enables the progress of up to four Grandma’s Marathon and Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon participants to be tracked at numerous checkpoints along the racecourse, including the finish line.

 



May 26, 2011

(Duluth, Minn.) Grandma’s Marathon is a making a $6,000 contribution to assist Red Cross relief efforts in the southeastern United States and Japan, following the recent natural disasters in those areas.



May 23, 2011

(Duluth, Minn.) Registration for the 35th running of Grandma's Marathon will remain open through Wednesday, June 1, race officials announced today.



May 11, 2011

Grandma’s Marathon is pleased to welcome Jack Link’s Beef Jerky as a proud sponsor of the 2011 marathon.  Whether you’re in the race or cheering from the sidelines, Jack Link’s, the number one brand of jerky, will be on-site throughout the weekend festivities, joining in the celebration and helping to keep hungry racers and fans energized.

In celebration of the partnership, Grandma’s Marathon and Jack Link’s want to give you a chance to win an entry to either the 2011 or 2012 Garry Bjorklund Half-Marathon, along with a Jack Link’s Jerky gift pack.  Two winners will be selected at random!  It’s easy – just text PROTEIN2GO to 66937. Or, “Like” Grandma’s Marathon http://www.facebook.com/pages/Grandmas-Marathon-Duluth-Inc/137251173920 and Jack Link’s Beef Jerky www.facebook.com/jacklinksbeefjerky on Facebook to learn more! 



May 10, 2011

 1,000 Positions Still Available

(Duluth, Minn.) If you have always wanted to experience Grandma’s Marathon but running just isn’t for you, then volunteering is the perfect solution.



Apr 27, 2011

April 27 and 28 Fit-n-Fun Program to feature Suzy Favor Hamilton

Three-time Olympian and seven-time national champion Suzy Favor Hamilton will be the featured speaker at the Essentia Health Fit-n-Fun Middle School Assemblies.



Apr 23, 2011

Grandma’s Marathon-Duluth, Inc. and Twin Cities In Motion announced an incentive bonus for any runner winning both of Minnesota’s largest marathons in 2011. 

A $10,000 bonus will be awarded to anyone capturing the open division titles at this year’s Grandma’s Marathon and Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon.

 



Jan 10, 2011

http://www.runmdra.org

Check out the Minnesota Distance Running Association (MDRA) and its spring marathon and half marathon training programs!



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