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. Official confirmation emails for Grandma's Marathon, the Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon and the William A. Irvin 5K will be emailed in early June.


There is an error on my confirmation email. What should I do?
Please call the Grandma's Marathon office at (218) 727-0947 or email us at 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 email. What do I do?
Confirmations will only be emailed once. If you have lost your confirmation, 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).


I am not able to make it to Race Packet Pick-Up. What are my options?
1. For a $25 per person fee (within the United States) 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, 2015. 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 authorization (to be found at the bottom of your official confirmation email coming in early June), and have your “friend” bring the printed, authorized confirmation 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.


What is the Race Cancellation/Alteration Policy?
It is the primary goal of Grandma’s Marathon to ensure a safe event for all involved. We will not expose participants or the community as a whole to undue risk as a result of staging our event. There may be times when we feel it is unsafe to continue with the race. While we recognize the aspirations and commitment of those that have entered the race we will make decisions about the race based on the participation population as a whole. Furthermore, if the community resources are threatened we will act to protect them from unnecessary stress.

Specifically, when weather or other physical conditions present a danger to participants as a whole, we will maintain the right to cancel the race. Less threatening conditions could result in an alteration of the course or race length to promote a more safe result for the participants. These conditions will be recognized as “an act of God” and will not result in the refunding of race entry fees or future race credits. The staging of a race of this magnitude results in substantial expense prior to the actual race itself. Thus, in the event of a forced cancellation of the event, it is very likely that the financial impact on the race would not be any different than if the race was held without compromise.

The Medical Director, Executive Director, and Chairperson of the Board of Directors (by majority vote) will make the decision regarding the cancellation or alteration of the race. Prior to the race the Medical Director will apprise the runners of weather conditions and advise on how to adjust to them. The Executive Director will describe any course modifications. In the event of a course evacuation, marathon personnel or city of Duluth police will direct runners to designated shelter areas to await transport to the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center (DECC).

Severe thunderstorms with the threat of lightning that are forecasted to continue throughout the day of the event may result in cancellation of the event for all participants.

In case of the severe heat and humidity, the Medical Director, Executive Director, and Board of Directors Chairperson will have the authority to either cancel Grandma's Marathon or shorten the length of the race to the half marathon distance. The Executive Director, Medical Director and Board of Directors Chairperson will make the decision no later than 4:30 p.m. on Thursday of race-week, to change the distance of the race.

In the event that a cancellation or alteration will take place, Grandma's Marathon will advise participants through various traditional and non-traditional media channels on a timely basis.