From the first steps of Grandma’s Marathon, the Duluth News Tribune has been on the scene with stories, photos and results. A Sunday headline, on June 26, 1977, following the inaugural race, read: 26 miles — just a snap for Bjorklund.
By 1983 the event was prominent enough to reach the front page of the News Tribune, in 1984 the finishing times of about 1,400 runners were published, with the help of Honeywell Information Systems, and, in 1985, the first marathon special section accompanied the Sunday News Tribune.
News Tribune photographers have been on airplanes, motorcycles, media trucks and along the course to capture color and drama. Photo galleries and video clips are available on the newspaper web site on race day.
Writers chronicle elite racers and citizen runners in anticipation of their run and when the racing is done.
All timed finishers in the marathon and the accompanying Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon are now published in the special section, as provided by Mtec Results. The comprehensive publication has won numerous state and national honors.
Staff writer contributors through the first 35-plus years have included Sam Cook, Joe Bissen, Mark Stodghill, Bruce Bennett, Mike Gill, Roman Augustoviz, Sylvia Wier, Craig Gustafson, Irv Mossberger, Rick Weegman, Jon Nowacki, Chris Miller, Jim Heffernan and Kevin Pates.
Photographers covering the race have included Charles Curtis, Joey McLeister, Bob King, Steve Stearns, John Rott, Dave Ballard, Clara Wu, Kathy Strauss, Dawn Villella, Josh Meltzer, Renee Knoeber, Derek Neas, Josh Biggs, Rick Scibelli, Justin Hayworth, Ingrid Young, Amanda Odeski, Clint Austin and Derek Montgomery.
As Duluth recognizes Grandma’s Marathon as the city’s largest single-day sporting event annually, the News Tribune pools its resources to provide start-to-finish coverage of a celebration of running in the Northland.
Runners can pre-purchase News Tribune commemorative copies of the Grandma’s Marathon race coverage on their online entry forms or by returning fliers in their race packets. News Tribune subscription inquiries can be directed to 800-456-8080. Participants and spectators can register for a free account online to view feature stories and race tips online before the event.
Visit www.duluthnewstribune.com for more information.