Expert Training. College Credit. Grandma’s Marathon and Lake Superior College

By Mat Gilderman

Imagine it: You show up for the final day of your favorite class. You take your final exam – and pass. But before you’re able to see your final score, you’re greeted by thousands of cheering fans, throngs of photographers – and a medal is placed around your neck.

Sound like your kind of class?

Then we have good news – Lake Superior College will again offer its unique online marathon training course this spring. It’s an opportunity to train for and run Grandma’s Marathon or the Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon for college credit – fanfare and sense of accomplishment included.

The course provides race training and nutritional information in addition to history, etiquette, and basic skills. Course work is presented online through Lake Superior College’s e-Campus, making it easily accessible to students at a distance. Enrolled students are guaranteed entry into the marathon or half marathon. They may also arrange to compete in a comparable race to meet course requirements.

Instructor Katie McGee is an elite runner who regularly places in local and national road races. She qualified for and competed in three U.S. Women's Olympic Trials Marathons and many National Championship races. Her running accomplishments include three top ten finishes at Grandma's Marathon, and she was the fifth place female finisher in the Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon in 2008.

The option to take the class as a non-credit course is also available for those who would benefit from the course content, but don’t need college credit. The cost of non-credit classes is also offered at a discounted rate.

For more information, call (218) 733-2030,, or visit