Registration is currently open for 2022.
Date: June 18, 2022
Start Time: 7:45 a.m.
Location: Two Harbors to Duluth, MN
Race Capacity: 9,000
Pricing Structure (In-Person)
October 1-October 15 — $120
October 16-December 31 — $130
January 1-March 31 — $140
April 1-June 1 — $150
Pricing Structure (Virtual)
October 1-June 1 — $110
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.
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Since our inaugural race in 1977, Grandma’s Marathon has grown into something much bigger than just a 26.2-mile race along the scenic North Shore of Minnesota.
It’s now become a “can’t-miss” weekend in June, a moment when participants of all calibers come together to celebrate the vigor of the human spirit.
It’s a day the word “impossible” ceases to exist, a day 9,000 people become your best running buddy.
So get ready to once again tie up your laces for another year of memories, miles, and human might.
The Grandma’s Marathon racecourse starts just south of Two Harbors, MN and runs along Scenic Highway 61 and the shores of Lake Superior before taking participants through the heart of downtown Duluth and finishing in historic Canal Park.
The Grandma’s Marathon racecourse is open for 7 hours (16-minute mile pace). To stay on pace, participants should arrive at Mile 19 by 1:30 p.m. (5 hours, 45 minutes into the race).
Participants choosing to continue the race after the 7-hour mark will do so at their own risk due to vehicular traffic and water/aid stations no longer being available. Anyone on the course after its official closing time will be asked to move to the sidewalk.
Every Grandma’s Marathon finisher will receive a finisher medal (pictured above, middle) and commemorative finisher shirt.
Each Grandma’s Marathon participant also has the option to purchase a limited edition, signature jacket and training shirt (sizes are limited). If you did not purchase at time of registration and would like to now, please call our office at (218) 727-0947.
Race packets are distributed on on race weekend at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center (DECC). Participants are also given the option at time of registration to have their race packet sent via mail.
Grandma’s Marathon water and aid stations will be located at Miles 3, 5, 7, 9, 11, 13, 15, 17, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, and 25. Water and Powerade Ion4 (Mountain Berry Blast) will be provided in cups at every station.
PURE FUEL, provided by Anderson's Maple Syrup, will be available at Mile 17, and fresh fruit will be available near Miles 19 and 23.5.
Grandma's Marathon has experienced pace teams to help keep you on track throughout your race. Pacers will be available for the following goal finish times: 3:00, 3:10, 3:20, 3:30, 3:40, 3:50, 4:00, 4:05, 4:20, 4:35, 4:50, 5:00, 5:30, 6:00.
You will receive an official, clear plastic gear bag at race packet pickup. A label with your race number will be provided in your race packet envelope and must be placed on the desginated space on your gear bag.
IMPORTANT: Unofficial gear bags (including backpacks) are not permitted and will not be accepted. Do not leave valuables in your gear bag. Race officials are not responsible for any lost or damaged items. All bags are subject to inspection and should not be left unattended.
Before your race, your gear bag must be dropped in the appropriately numbered containers near the start corral entrance. Gear bags are not permitted in the start corral. Please plan to wear layers that can be discarded in the start area - Goodwill will reuse or recycle all clothing left behind.
After your race, your gear bag may be picked up in the finish area tent.
Using official bus or train transportation is the ONLY allowable way for participants to get to the start line of Grandma’s Marathon or the Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon. For the safety of our participants, volunteers, and the public, individual drop-offs at the start line are strictly prohibited.
IMPORTANT: Details of our 2022 shuttle bus and train transportation plan are currently being finalized. Specific pickup and dropoff times and locations will be posted and emailed to participants when ready.
Grandma’s Marathon Award Categories
Open – 1st through 10th
Ages 12-18 – 1st
Ages 35-39 – 1st, 2nd, & 3rd
Ages 40-44 – 1st, 2nd, & 3rd
Ages 45-49 – 1st, 2nd, & 3rd
Ages 50-54 – 1st, 2nd, & 3rd
Ages 55-59 – 1st, 2nd, & 3rd
Ages 60-64 – 1st, 2nd, & 3rd
Ages 65-69 – 1st, 2nd, & 3rd
Ages 70-74 – 1st, 2nd, & 3rd
Ages 75-79 – 1st & 2nd
Age 80 & Over – 1st
Wheelers – 1st through 5th
Non-Binary – 1st
Local Runner – 1st
Minnesotan – 1st
Grandmother – 1st (Women Only)
19-34 age group awards are included in the Open category. Per USATF rules, gun time will be used to determine prize money and incentive bonuses. Chip time will be used to determine all age-group winners and other award recipients. Non-binary athletes are not eligible for overall men’s and women’s prize packages.
To access the full historical results database of Grandma's Marathon as well as learn more about how to order your official race photos, please click HERE. You can also read more about the Grandma's Marathon all-time event record holders, year-by-year winners, and age category record-holders.
Most of the best — and most fun! — places to watch Grandma’s Marathon come once the runners have reached Mile 19 and the outer city limits of Duluth. London Road, Superior Street, and Canal Park are the most convenient locations to watch the race(s). Parking in these areas can be limited, so please plan to arrive early or allow extra walking time to your viewing spot.
For answers to some of the most Frequently Asked Questions about Grandma’s Marathon and race weekend, please click HERE.
Grandma’s was voted the state’s top annual sports event or race in the inaugural Minnesota’s Best awards, a Star Tribune initiative to celebrate the many businesses, organizations, and individuals that make Minnesota a great place to live, work, and play.
More than 525,000 votes were cast for Minnesota’s Best, with 5,700 different entities across the state competing for the top three spots in 300+ award categories.
The BibRave 100
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 20 best marathons of the decade.
Grandma’s Marathon was also named by BibRave voters as one of the nation’s top 5 “Race-Cations,” which is described as a premier race combined with weekend experiences to make potential extra travel and logistics worth the time.
MN Signature Event
Grandma’s Marathon was named a signature event by Explore Minnesota Tourism for its contributions to the state’s $15 billion travel industry.
In a 2019 economic study, it was reported that Grandma’s Marathon brings nearly $21 million to the region each year.
The organization aimed to highlight Minnesota-based, world-class events that produce substantial media exposure and generate significant travel dollars for the state of Minnesota.
Olympic Trials Qualifier
In 2019, there were 64 participants of Grandma’s Marathon that qualified for the 2020 U.S. Olympic Team Trials, according to the USATF Qualifying Standards. In 2018, there were 32 marathoners that qualified.
The 2022 and 2023 Grandma’s Marathons will also be Olympic Trials qualifiers.
Boston Marathon Qualifier
In 2021, there were 482 participants (17.3% of finishers) of Grandma’s Marathon that qualified for the 2022 Boston Marathon, based on the B.A.A. Qualifying Standards.
Since 2010, Grandma’s Marathon has produced 9,120 qualifying times for the Boston Marathon. On average, nearly 15% of Grandma’s Marathon finishers qualify to run in Boston.
Grandma’s Marathon is part of the Abbott World Marathon Majors (AbbottWMM) 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.