Frequently Asked Questions

How do I register?
For Grandma's Marathon Registration Information CLICK HERE

For Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon Registration Information CLICK HERE

For William A. Irvin 5K Registration Information CLICK HERE

For Fitger’s 5K Registration Information CLICK HERE

For Park Point 5-Miler Registration Information CLICK HERE

For Minnesota Mile Registration Information CLICK HERE

For Park Point Beach Run 5K for Pancreatic Cancer Registration Information CLICK HERE


How do I know if I am registered?
You will receive an e-mail confirming your acceptance into the race. Confirmation cards for Grandma's Marathon, the Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon and the William A. Irvin 5K will be mailed prior to the race.



There is an error on my confirmation card. What should I do?
Please call the Grandma's Marathon office at (218) 727-0947 or email us at prior to June 1, 2014 to report the error.



When and where do I pick up my race packet?
Race packet pick-up for Grandma's Marathon and the Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon is in Paulucci Hall at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center (DECC) on Thursday, June 19 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. and on Friday, June 20, 2014 from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. There is no race packet pick-up on race morning.

Race packet pick-up for the William A. Irvin 5K is held at the tent near the William A. Irvin ore boat at the DECC on Friday, June 20, 2014 from Noon to 5:45 p.m.



I lost my confirmation card. What do I do?
Confirmation cards will only be mailed once. If you have lost your confirmation card, bring a photo ID with you to race packet pick-up and present it to a race official at the “Race Packet Problem” table in the race packet pick-up area (Paulucci Hall at the DECC). A new confirmation card will be issued to you, and you’ll be on your way!



I am not able to make it to Race Packet Pick-Up. What are my options?
1. For a $25 per person fee ($30 USD for Canada) you can have your race packet delivered to you the week prior to the race. If you did not order this service on your entry form when you registered, mail a letter of request to Grandma's Marathon with your address and a check for $25.00 to be received no later than May 31, 2014. Requests received after May 31 will not be accepted – NO EXCEPTIONS.

2. You may have someone else pick up your packet for you by following a few simple steps – complete the race packet pickup authorization form, and have your “friend” bring the form along with a copy of your photo ID to the designated “Packet Problem Area” at race packet pickup.



I am injured, pregnant or no longer able to attend the race, can I get a refund?
Entry fees are non-refundable. The only exception that will be made to our “no refund policy” is for those who are on active military duty and are deployed for service (a copy of deployment orders is required).



Can I defer my entry to next year?
No. Entry deferments are not permitted under any circumstances.



Can I give/sell my number to another person?
No. Entries and race numbers are non-transferable from one person to another. Any person caught trying to sell his/her race number, allowing another person to wear his/her race number and/or running with somebody else’s race number may be banned from participating in future Grandma's Marathon events.



I was not officially accepted into the race. Can I run the marathon/half marathon/5K anyway?
No. Only officially registered participants, volunteers and race officials are allowed on the Grandma's Marathon, Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon and William A. Irvin 5K race courses. If you do not have an official race number, volunteer T-shirt or race official credential you will be asked to leave the course.



Can I switch from the marathon to the half marathon?
No. Switching between races is not allowed.



Can I drive to the starting line and leave my car there?
No. There is no parking at the starting lines of Grandma's Marathon or the Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon. The only way to ensure you get to the starting line in time for the official start of your race is to ride an official starting line shuttle bus. Buses to the starting line are for race participants only. You must have your race number visible to board the bus. For a complete list of shuttle bus departure locations and boarding times, along with information on return bus service, public transportation and shuttle bus service CLICK HERE.



Do you have any suggestions on finding lodging for Grandma's Marathon weekend?
For lodging information, CLICK HERE. We encourage you to begin looking for lodging as early as possible as room availability is limited.

In addition to hotels, comfortable lodging is available in the dormitories at the University of Minnesota Duluth, the College of St. Scholastica and the University of Wisconsin-Superior. Dorm rooms can be reserved starting in March.


For additional lodging information contact:

  • VisitDuluth – Duluth’s Convention and Visitors Bureau
    Phone: 1-800-4-DULUTH

  • Superior-Douglas County Chamber of Commerce and Convention & Visitors Bureau
    Phone: 1-800-942-5313

  • Two Harbors Area Chamber of Commerce
    Phone: 1-800-777-7384



I want to volunteer! Who do I contact?
Volunteers are crucial to the success of Grandma's Marathon. If you would like to lend a helping hand during marathon weekend, please call us at (218) 727-0947 or email us at



Is Grandma's Marathon a Boston qualifier?
Yes, Grandma's Marathon is a qualifier for the Boston Marathon. Please keep your official race result postcard (mailed to you within three weeks of the race) and your official race results magazine (mailed to you at the beginning of October) to verify your qualifying time with Boston Marathon race officials.