The 2021 Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon in-person field is FULL. Interested participants still have the option of registering with one of our Charity Partners to join us in Duluth in June or utilizing the virtual option.
The status of the 2021 Grandma’s Marathon weekend is tentative and subject to change at any time. Our staff is working with state and local officials to develop a COVID-modified race plan to make the race and its surrounding events as safe as possible for our participants and volunteers.
Date: June 19, 2021
Start Time: 6:00 a.m.
Location: Scenic Highway 61 to Duluth, MN
In-Person Race Capacity: 4,000
In-Person Entry Fee (non-refundable)
$100 (October 1-11, 2020)
$115 (October 12-December 31, 2020)
$125 (January 1-March 31, 2021)
$135 (April 1-June 1, 2021)
Swag: Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon Finisher Shirt, Finisher Medal
NOTE: If you were registered for one of the 2020 Grandma’s Marathon weekend races and did not receive your promo code (sent via email on September 5, 2020), click here to find instructions on how to obtain your code.
Garry Bjorklund won the inaugural Grandma’s Marathon in 1977 and was again the champion in 1980.
While that may be his local claim to fame, the Duluth area native also represented the United States in the 1976 Montreal Olympic Games, placing 13th in the 10,000m.
In 1991, the Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon was created to recognize his lifelong contributions to running throughout the area and state of Minnesota.
The race has now grown to become one of the largest half marathons in the country, welcoming approximately 10,000 participants each year to the shores of Lake Superior.
2021 Cancellation Contingency Plan
If COVID-19 conditions do not improve, there’s a chance we will have to cancel the in-person version of the Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon for the second year in a row.
If that happens, all participants registered for an in-person race will be automatically switched to the virtual option and receive new instructions for completing their race.
Those registrants will also receive a 40% discount that can be used (3) times over the next (5) years on any Grandma’s Marathon weekend race.
NOTE: Participants registered for a 2021 virtual race DO NOT qualify for the cancellation discount plan.
Future Garry Bjorklund
Half Marathon Dates
June 18, 2022
June 17, 2023
June 22, 2024
June 21, 2025
June 20, 2026
June 19, 2027
June 17, 2028
June 16, 2029
June 22, 2030
The status of the 2021 Grandma’s Marathon weekend is subject to change at any time.
We realize that the COVID-19 pandemic is a dynamic situation, and we will continue to monitor all updates from the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). If the status of the event changes, we will notify participants via email as soon as possible.