This award, named after the late Minnesota governor who was a large supporter of the annual event, is given annually to up to three current or former public employees or elected officials.
In 2006, Grandma's Marathon created the Rudy Perpich Public Service Award to recognize the many current or former public employees and elected officials who have exhibited dedication and service to the event.
Bob Brandt, Lake County Highway Dept.
Richard Hansen, Minnesota Department of Transportation
Lenore Johnson, Lake County Board of Commissioners
Helene Abbott, Duluth Police Department
Roberta Dwyer, Minnesota Department of Transportation
Jim Gorny, City of Duluth
William Amberg, Minnesota Department of Transportation
Bob Troolin, City of Duluth
Mark Wick, Duluth Police Department
Sharon Montgomery, Duluth Police Department
Doug Nelson, City of Duluth
Jim Miles, Minnesota Department of Transportation
Ed Moroney, Duluth Police Department
Kent Lunda, St. Louis County
Al Goodman, Lake County