Accolades & Awards

Olympic Qualifiers 

At the 2019 Grandma’s Marathon, there were 64 marathoners and nine Garry Bjorklund Half marathoners that qualified for the 2020 U.S. Olympic Team Trials – according to the USATF Qualifying Standards.

In 2018 there were 32 marathoners that qualified.

Top Boston Marathon Qualifier 

Our fast, flat course makes Grandma’s Marathon a top Boston Marathon qualifier with many PRs set each year!

In 2019, over 17% of Grandma’s Marathon finishers qualified for the Boston Marathon.


Top five best marathons in the United States Award

Grandma’s Marathon was named by BibRave to The BibRave 100 : A Definitive List of the Best Races in America and identified as one of the top five best marathons in the country in the runner-nominated categories: Exceptional Race Management, and Beautiful On-Course Scenery.

The Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon was ranked as a top 20 Half Marathons in the country.

The 2018 Best Races in America awards are determined through runner nominations, running industry surveys, and runner votes.

Top marathon in Minnesota Award

Grandma’s Marathon was named by RaceRaves in its “Best Marathons in the U.S.” in the 2018 poll.

The Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon was named “Runners Choice: Best Half Marathons in the U.S.” in the 2019 poll.

The winning themes 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.

Winners are selected based on votes from thousands of runners across the country, along with online reviews and ratings.


Abbott World Marathon Majors Wanda Age Group Qualifiers

Grandma’s Marathon qualified as a race in the Abbott World Marathon Majors Wanda Age Group Qualifier series. The AbbottWMM Wanda Age Group World Rankings comprise a one-year qualifying period during which athletes in nine separate age groups can compete in over 50 marathons across the world to earn ranking points. At the end of the qualifying period, the top ranked runners in each age group will be invited to the AbbottWMM Wanda Age Group World Championships.

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2018 Minnesota Signature Event Award 

Grandma’s Marathon was recognized by Explore Minnesota Tourism for their contributions to the state’s $15 billion travel industry.

Explore MN highlighted Minnesota-based, world-class events that bring strong coalitions together, produce substantial media exposure and generate significant travel dollars to and for the State of Minnesota.

2018 Constant Contact All Star

We were named a Constant Contact All Star for 2018. Thanks to our subscribers for reading and responding to our emails.