• Grandma's Marathon
    • Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon
    • William A. Irvin 5K
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          • The kickoff event to Grandma’s Marathon weekend, this 3.1-mile race starts and finishes near the historic William A. Irvin ore boat in Duluth’s Canal Park. A new racecourse offers a scenic tour of the city, making this the perfect race for beginning and experienced runners alike.

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    • Great Grandma’s Challenge
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          • It’s certainly not for the faint of heart, but the Great Grandma’s Challenge is the best way for runners to experience everything our event has to offer, starting with the 5K on Friday night and continuing with either the full or half marathon on Saturday morning!

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    • KP Challenge
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          • The KP Challenge is a series of three great, local races — Saint Fennessy 4K, Fitger’s 5K, and Park Point 5-Miler — that are strategically placed throughout the year to help participants build their endurance and stick to a regular training schedule.

    • Saint Fennessy 4K
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          • Get your green on for the Saint Fennessy 4K, a festive fun run perfect for runners of all ages and abilities. Whether you’re a first-timer or looking to jump start your spring training, this is the race for you!

    • Fitger's 5K
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          • A perfect challenge for new runners or a good training race for veterans, the Fitger’s 5K has grown into one of the area’s premier spring races and now welcomes more than 2,000 participants each year.

    • Park Point 5-Miler
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          • Come enjoy the height of a northern Minnesota summer at the Park Point 5-Miler, which holds the crown as northern Minnesota’s oldest road race and features a racecourse sandwiched between the open waters of Lake Superior and the Duluth Harbor.

    • Minnesota Mile
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          • The Minnesota Mile takes you on a scenic, 5,280-foot journey around Duluth’s Enger Park, treating participants to some of the best views in the entire city during the peak of fall’s color season.

    • North End Nightmare 5K
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          • A spooky end to our local racing calendar, the North End Nightmare 5K brings with it plenty of scary surprises and haunted attractions to the North End of Superior.

    • YAF Youth Races
    • YAF Races
    • YAF Youth Races
          • Our kids. Our community. Our future.

            A central pillar of the Young Athletes Foundation is providing free and accessible programming for our area’s kids throughout the year. These programs are focused on our mission of building and providing pathways to the community’s children in their pursuit of active and healthy lifestyles.

          • Wednesday Night at the Races
          • Saturday Morning at the Races
          • Whipper Snapper Races
    • YAF Programs
          • Our kids. Our community. Our future.

            Since its inception in 1990, the Young Athletes Foundation has worked to support the organizations and individuals of its five-county region through a series of kids’ events, grants, scholarships, and other programs that are focused on promoting and providing pathways for kids to live healthy and active lifestyles.

          • Grant Program
          • Running Shoe Program
          • Scholarship Program
          • Fit-n-Fun Run
          • Winter Challenge
    • YAF Volunteer
          • Our kids. Our community. Our future.

            Our tremendous community of volunteers plays a significant role in helping the Young Athletes Foundation to create memorable and successful events for our runners. More than 1,000 volunteers are needed throughout the year to support our fundraising race events for the YAF.

    • YAF Sponsors
          • Our kids. Our community. Our future.

            The Young Athletes Foundation was created to serve the community, and for more than three decades we have done that with the help of our local and regional business partners. With events throughout the year, our sponsors assist greatly in our mission of  providing pathways of opportunity to youth in athletic programs and encouraging healthy lifestyles.

    • What to See & Do
          • Authentic Duluth

            Don’t miss out on the authentic Duluth experience! Grandma’s Marathon falls during one of the most beautiful times of the year in northern Minnesota, and there’s no shortage of outdoor adventures or fun activities for you to enjoy with your family and friends on race weekend!

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    • Where to Stay
          • Authentic Duluth

            There’s nothing more important before the race or more welcome after the race than the perfect place to rest, relax, and recharge. With the help of our many lodging and hospitality partners in the area, Grandma’s Marathon is committed to making sure each of our 20,000+ runners, not to mention our volunteers and spectators, have a place to stay on race weekend!

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    • Where to Eat & Drink
          • Authentic Duluth

            Every year since 1977, our community has thrown open its doors to runners and spectators in town for Grandma’s Marathon. As the race has grown, the service industry has always been there with a smile to welcome tens of thousands of runners along with their families and friends as they descend on Duluth for race weekend.

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    • How to Get Around
          • Authentic Duluth

            There is so much to see and do in Duluth and along the North Shore of Minnesota! Getting there couldn’t be easier with our transportation partners. Whether you need to know where to find parking nearby on race day or you are looking for a way to get around town, we are here to help.

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    • Sponsors
          • It Takes a Village

            At Grandma’s Marathon, we specialize in bringing people together for an unparalleled running experience. Over four decades of careful attention to detail has earned us the reputation as one of the most highly organized races in the country. More than 20,000 participants travel from more than 50 countries and all 50 states to join us each June on the scenic shores of Lake Superior, and your message can be waiting for all of them when they get here.

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    • Volunteer
          • It Takes a Village

            We agree with our runners — we have the most compassionate and energizing community of volunteers. Every year, we host close to 20,000 participants and we couldn’t take care of them without your help. Grandma’s Marathon is a world-class event with small-town charm because of our volunteers!

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    • Donation Campaign
          • It Takes a Village

            We couldn’t do it without you, and we wouldn’t want to! The passion our community has for Grandma’s Marathon is what gives our race its small town charm, and the contributions you’ve made over the years are what allow us to keep improving the world class experience for our participants, volunteers, and spectators.

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    • The Marathon
    • Annual Races
    • Young Athletes Foundation
    • When You Visit
    • Support Us

Fall Races Recap

Grandma’s Marathon may be our favorite race, but it only comes once a year. So many races moved to the fall this year it was hard not to have something on your racing calendar. Our 2022 Grambassadors share their fall racing memories from this year.

Lindsay Walters- This past year for me has been about running ultras after all of the marathon cancellations in 2020. I have truly enjoyed it so much and have fallen in love with running even more. I am just coming off my 3rd 100 miler of the year this past weekend and it was most definitely my favorite. The course was tough with some steep elevation gain and downhills that made a challenge in itself at night and colder temperatures. But, ultrarunning is so great. I have really been able to just enjoy running and take all of the pressure off as it is not about pace, speed days, tempo runs, etc. like marathon and half marathon training is. There is such a huge mental task to staying strong for 100 miles, making adjustments as you go, the hydration/fueling strategy that goes into it, running overnight. It’s a mental battle because the miles do get tough, you hit the pain cave but to push yourself to keep going and come out on the other side is such an incredible feeling. I am shifting back to marathons and halfs now, but will definitely go another 100 and more ultra running in my future.

Shannon Hogan On October 16th I did something crazy…I ran a 100k! The Wild Duluth 100k was an amazingly beautiful, incredibly difficult race. The race started at 6:00 a.m. in Bayfront with a headlamp and a lot of nervous energy. Over the next 17 hours, I ran the Superior Hiking Trail past Enger Tower, up Spirit Mountain, over Ely’s Peak, all the way to Oldenberg Point in Jay Cooke State Park and back. It was an incredible experience, that I still can’t believe I did. I never would have gotten into trail running or ultra running without having run Grandma’s Marathon. That first marathon put me on a path to see what else is out there and what I might be capable of doing.

I have loved running for quite a while now and ever since my daughter was born six years ago I have dreamed of the day she would run with me. The North End Nightmare was her first 5k…and she did amazing! The North End Nightmare has been a race we’ve run since it started three years ago and is such a well-organized, fun, exciting race, that we knew it would be a perfect first full-length race experience. Dot loved cheering on the other runners, sprinting past the terrifying creatures on the course, and high-fiving our support guy. The best part is that she wants to keep racing and maybe run even further, with her mom! The experience definitely was the “cat’s meow”!

Michelle Ziebarth– My marathon training partner and I did the Friday Night Freight 5k which was part of the Halloween run series with the Fargo marathon. The best/worst part was it happened at dusk on trails by the red river and they had people dressed up and jumping out at us. It was so fun and scary that I ripped my fitbelt and dropped my car keys. Everyone was very dressed up and it was so much fun!!

Carrie Alajoki If you’re looking for a fall race to end your racing season, Whistlestop in Ashland, WI is the place to be!   The mid-October race weekend includes a full marathon, half marathon, 10K, and 5K.  The fall scenery along the course is stunning.   The course is a flat gravel trail that’s designed to be easier on the knees and joints than ordinary road races.  The finish line is at the historic Soo Line Depot.   It’s a fantastic, well-run race that supports our local community. This year my closest running buddies and I had the pleasure of helping our late friend Wendy’s daughter Emma cross the finish line.   There are two weekends I look forward to every year – Grandma’s and Whistlestop!

Read here the whole recap here!

Rachel Barger – The Rocky Run- Philadelphia, PA: This race is a “bucket list race” for anyone who is a fan of Rocky Balboa. There is a 5K and 10-mile option, as well as the “Italian Stallion Challenge”, where you run both races. The racecourse takes you in the footsteps of Rocky, travels along many of the routes that he took in the movies, and finishes right at the bottom of the Rocky steps. There is not one point in the race where you won’t hear one of the Rocky soundtracks playing over the speakers.

My friend and I chose to run the 5K this year, and it was absolutely amazing. Perfect weather for a fall race, an exciting starting line, a lively course, and an electric finish line. Many of the runners dressed in different Rocky costumes, yelled out Rocky quotes as they ran, and went right from the finish line to run the Rocky steps. It was an incredible atmosphere, a beautiful racecourse, and an unforgettable experience!

Fitger's 5K History

The Fitger’s 5K began in 1990 and over more than three decades has now become Duluth’s premier spring running event.

The 3.1-mile race traditionally starts and finishes in front of the historic Fitger’s building. The scenic race course takes participants through downtown Duluth and Canal Park.

Below are the all-time Fitger’s 5K race records and winners from each year. NOTE: Some early records are incomplete and our staff is working to retrieve those dating back to 1990.

2022 Fitger's 5K Parking Info

The Fitger’s 5K course starts and finishes just outside the historic Fitger’s Lakefront Hotel in downtown Duluth. They travel eastward toward 23rd Avenue East on Superior Street, London Road, and South Street.

2022 Fitger's 5K Parking Info

The Fitger’s 5K course starts and finishes just outside the historic Fitger’s Lakefront Hotel in downtown Duluth. They travel eastward toward 23rd Avenue East on Superior Street, London Road, and South Street.

2022 Fitger's 5K Parking Info

Free parking for the event is available in the parking ramp located next to Fitger’s.

Fitger’s Complex
600 E. Superior Street
Duluth, MN 55802

2022 Fitger's 5K Race Packet Pickup Info

The Fitger’s 5K course starts and finishes just outside the historic Fitger’s Lakefront Hotel in downtown Duluth. They travel eastward toward 23rd Avenue East on Superior Street, London Road, and South Street.

2022 Fitger's 5K Swag Items

The Fitger’s 5K course starts and finishes just outside the historic Fitger’s Lakefront Hotel in downtown Duluth. They travel eastward toward 23rd Avenue East on Superior Street, London Road, and South Street.