The Don Fennessy Volunteer of the Year Award is given annually to an individual or group of individuals who have donated a tremendous amount of time volunteering for Grandma’s Marathon and in doing so have assisted in the smooth and successful operation of the event.
1985 - Ray Paavola, Captain of the 17-mile water station since 1977
1986 - John Leppi, Founding Father of Grandma's Marathon and Captain of the 5-mile water station
1987 - Taire Lind, Captain of the 23-mile water station since 1983
1988 - Candy Furo, Runner Registration Packets and helps out at the finish line
1989 - Eric & Amy Kaiser, finish line first aid team
1990 - Seitz Family, Co-captains of the 8-mile water station
1990 - Dr. Jerry Church, Grandma's Marathon starting line director
1991 - Ken Docteur, Captain of the 3-mile water station
1992 - Herb Dillion, Medical Team Captain
1993 - Ken and Mona Rae Cich, Water Station Captain and Race Course Services
1994 - Arrowhead Radio Amateur Club
1995 - Jan DeRoche, Hospitality Committee Member
1996 - Bruce & Colleen Hasforth, Race Course Volunteers
1997 - Don & Ella Fennessy, Board member and volunteers at all Grandma's Marathon events.
1998 - Proctor Community Band and Mr. Moody’s Marching Band
1999 - Durbin Keeney, Coordinator of the sweat-bag pick up area.
2000 - Chelly Ferguson, Chute captain and chip recovery captain.
2001 - Buck Mc Donald, Traffic control on the racecourse (6-mile mark).
2002 - David and Jill Hisdahl, Traffic control on the racecourse (19-mile mark).
2003 - Sue Bussa, Medical Team Captain
2004 - Carol Gallinger, Hospitality Committee Member
2005 - Barb and Terry Davis, Finish Line Information Tent Captains
2006 - Lyle Johnson, Traffic control on the racecourse
2007 - Steve & Joyce Lent, Finish Line
2008 - Brock Pelzel, Water Station Volunteer Recruiter
2009 - Woodland Hills
2010 - John Herbertz, Racecourse Entertainer
2011 - Jock Glendenning, Raceourse Entertainer
2012 - College of St. Scholastica, Traffic control on the racecourse