Each year the Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon attracts elite athletes from near and far. The best way to be considered for elite athlete assistance in the Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon is to send us your complete running resume highlighting your best times during the past three years in distances from 5K to the Marathon. You can email your resume to firstname.lastname@example.org, fax it to (218) 727-7932, or mail it to P.O. Box 16234, Duluth, MN 55816.
Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon Zero Tolerance Drug PolicySection 1: Opening Statement
Grandma's Marathon supports the USATF Zero Tolerance Action Plan to catch cheating athletes and coaches that are using or supplying performance enhancing drugs. Grandma's Marathon will work closely with and will encourage the USATF to perform drug testing annually at Grandma's Marathon and other prize money events hosted by Grandma's Marathon-Duluth, Inc. Furthermore, we are committed to assisting the USATF with their efforts to educate coaches and athletes that drug use is morally and ethically wrong, dangerous to one’s health, and detrimental to the sport of running.Section 2: Recruitment Policy
Grandma's Marathon will immediately disqualify any athlete that has tested positive for using performance enhancing drug(s) at any race hosted by Grandma's Marathon, and will no longer recruit that athlete for future races. Prize money and incentive bonuses will not be awarded to athletes that have tested positive for performance enhancing drugs at Grandma's Marathon races.
Furthermore, when an athlete returns to competition after serving a USATF and/or IAAF suspension for using performance enhancing drugs at Grandma's Marathon or another race, Grandma's Marathon will no longer actively recruit that athlete and will not provide food, lodging and/or travel assistance to any future Grandma's Marathon events.
In addition, Grandma's Marathon will terminate any agreement that has been made between the race and an athlete regarding complimentary entries, food, lodging and/or travel assistance should the athlete be found guilty of using performance enhancing drugs after the agreement was made. Grandma's Marathon will also terminate said agreement(s) should race organizers gain knowledge of an athlete’s prior drug use suspension after the agreement was made.
As a result of any of the above scenarios, Grandma's Marathon will immediately cease all business relationships with the athlete’s coach and/or agent.Section 3: Athlete Affidavit
Prior to competing, it will be mandatory for each elite athlete in Grandma's Marathon and the Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon to sign an affidavit stating that he/she is not using any performance enhancing drugs, and that he/she is familiar with the Grandma's Marathon Drug Use and Recruitment Policies (sections 1 and 2 above).