Grandma’s Blog

Grandma’s Blog

COVID-19 Update/Cancellation

9/8/20: Today, we have announced our plans to move forward with opening registration for the 2021 Grandma’s Marathon Weekend along with our Cancellation Contingency Plan. For more information, please click on the buttons below: 2021 REGISTRATION & CANCELLATION PLAN 2021 REGISTRATION & CANCELLATION NEWS RELEASE 4/7/20: Hello again from Duluth, MN – Based on some […]

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Official Statement

3/24/20: At this time, Grandma’s Marathon is still on as scheduled for June 19-20, 2020. However, due to the rapidly changing circumstances surrounding COVID-19, it is important to understand that scheduling changes could still occur, including canceling the event. Registration for Grandma’s Marathon will remain open until June 1, unless a change occurs. Entry fees […]

2019 Grandma’s Marathon Registration

2019 GRANDMA’S MARATHON REGISTRATION (Duluth, MN): Registration for the 2019 Grandma’s Marathon Weekend, which includes Grandma’s Marathon, the Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon and the William A. Irvin 5K, will open on October 1, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. CST. This is the third year that registration for all three races will open on the same day, […]

Race Course Reroute Confirmed for Grandma’s Marathon

(Duluth, MN) – Participants in the 42nd annual Grandma’s Marathon weekend will have the first opportunity to experience a modified race course for both the Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon and Grandma’s Marathon due to a construction project that is underway to transform downtown Duluth. Historically, the Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon follows the same course as […]

Return to Racing with the Young Athletes Foundation

Over the past three months, Grandma’s Marathon has been fortunate to host three modified in-person YAF race events (Park Point 5-Miler, Minnesota Mile, and Fitger’s 5K) by utilizing a comprehensive COVID-19 Preparedness Plan + Safety Precautions, developed in partnership with local and state health officials and the City of Duluth. We asked a few of our participants […]


For Immediate Release Contact: Shane Bauer Executive Director (218) 727-0947 (Duluth, Minn.) – Grandma’s Marathon was one of the first event organizations in the country to formulate an approved COVID-19 Preparedness Plan to allow participants to run races in person, as safely as possible during the pandemic. The organization is now planning to couple […]


GRANDMA’S MARATHON HAS BEEN CANCELLED Race Weekend was scheduled for June 19-20, 2020 (Duluth, Minn.): Grandma’s Marathon–Duluth, Inc. has cancelled their 2020 race weekend of events scheduled for June 19-20, 2020, due to the unpredictability of the COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus) pandemic. The decision comes after careful deliberation by the Grandma’s Marathon staff and board of directors […]

Guaranteed Entry into the 2021 Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon

INTRODUCING A NEW FEATURE OF THE KP CHALLENGE! Guaranteed Entry into the 2021 Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon (Duluth, Minn.) – Organizers announced today, a new, exciting feature of the KP Challenge that will allow participants ages 12 and older that complete the challenge to qualify for a guaranteed entry into the 2021 Garry Bjorklund Half […]