Grandma’s Marathon Home

Date: June 18, 2022
Start Time: 7:45 a.m.
Location: Two Harbors to Duluth, MN
Race Capacity: 9,000
Swag: Grandma’s Marathon finisher shirt & finisher medal

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.


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.


Minnesota’s Best

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.


Grandma's Marathon runner high fiving child

Future Grandma’s Marathon Dates

June 17, 2023
June 22, 2024
June 21, 2025
June 20, 2026
June 19, 2027
June 17, 2028
June 16, 2029
June 22, 2030