Awards: Top five best marathons in the country & top marathon in Minnesota


(Duluth, MN) Grandma’s Marathon was named by BibRave to The BibRave 100: A Definitive List of the Best Races in America. Grandma’s Marathon was identified as one of the top five best marathons in the country, and was also included as one of the top 10 finalists in the runner-nominated categories: Exceptional Race Management, and Beautiful On-Course Scenery. The Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon was listed among the Top 20 Half Marathons in the country. The Best Races in America awards are determined through runner nominations, running industry surveys, and runner votes.

“All of the races listed on The BibRave 100 are shining examples of how to put on a great event, and we couldn’t be more pleased with the list,” said Tim Murphy, Co-Founder of BibRave. “Runners put a lot of time and research into planning their race calendars, and we hope The BibRave 100 is a helpful tool highlighting some truly wonderful races.”

BibRave is a race review site where runners can learn about a race before signing up, and leave feedback after the event. The complete list of awards is available on

Grandma’s Marathon has also been recognized as the top marathon in Minnesota by RaceRaves in its “Best Marathons in the U.S.” poll. The top race in each state was selected based on votes from thousands of runners across the country, along with online reviews and ratings. Common themes among the winning events included exceptional production and on-course support, strong community involvement, and a scenic marathon course that showcases the beauty and attractions of the local region.

“This initiative was born out of our passion and commitment to help runners discover the best races across the country,” said RaceRaves Co-founder Mike Sohaskey. “We’re thrilled at the enthusiastic response from runners nationwide, and we congratulate each of these first-class events on this well-deserved recognition.”

RaceRaves is an online race finder and collection of race reviews created for the racing community. The website is designed to help first-time marathoners and seasoned marathoners alike build their ideal marathon wish list. The complete list of winning marathons by state is available on

“These accolades are attributed to our supportive community and the runners that are a part of marathon weekend,” states Shane Bauer, executive director at Grandma’s Marathon. “With close to 800 marathons in the U.S., a ranking at the very top is a testament to the memorable experience that the community provides to thousands of participants every June. That experience is what inspires people to spread the word about what makes Grandma’s Marathon unique.”

The 43rd running of Grandma’s Marathon will take place in Duluth, Minnesota on June 22, 2019. The iconic race attracts runners from all 50 states and nearly 50 countries each year, bringing the race to prominence as one of the largest marathons in the United States. Grandma’s Marathon is presented by Toyota and Members Cooperative Credit Union. For more information or to register, please visit


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