• YAF Races
    • YAF Youth Races
          • Our kids. Our community. Our future.

            A central pillar of the Young Athletes Foundation is providing free and accessible programming for our area’s kids throughout the year. These programs are focused on our mission of building and providing pathways to the community’s children in their pursuit of active and healthy lifestyles.

          • Wednesday Night at the Races
          • Saturday Morning at the Races
          • Whipper Snapper Races
    • YAF Programs
          • Our kids. Our community. Our future.

            Since its inception in 1990, the Young Athletes Foundation has worked to support the organizations and individuals of its five-county region through a series of kids’ events, grants, scholarships, and other programs that are focused on promoting and providing pathways for kids to live healthy and active lifestyles.

          • Grant Program
          • Running Shoe Program
          • Scholarship Program
          • Fit-n-Fun Run
          • Winter Challenge
    • YAF Volunteer
          • Our kids. Our community. Our future.

            Our tremendous community of volunteers plays a significant role in helping the Young Athletes Foundation to create memorable and successful events for our runners. More than 1,000 volunteers are needed throughout the year to support our fundraising race events for the YAF.

    • YAF Sponsors
          • Our kids. Our community. Our future.

            The Young Athletes Foundation was created to serve the community, and for more than three decades we have done that with the help of our local and regional business partners. With events throughout the year, our sponsors assist greatly in our mission of  providing pathways of opportunity to youth in athletic programs and encouraging healthy lifestyles.

    • What to See & Do
          • Authentic Duluth

            Don’t miss out on the authentic Duluth experience! Grandma’s Marathon falls during one of the most beautiful times of the year in northern Minnesota, and there’s no shortage of outdoor adventures or fun activities for you to enjoy with your family and friends on race weekend!

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    • Where to Stay
          • Authentic Duluth

            There’s nothing more important before the race or more welcome after the race than the perfect place to rest, relax, and recharge. With the help of our many lodging and hospitality partners in the area, Grandma’s Marathon is committed to making sure each of our 20,000+ runners, not to mention our volunteers and spectators, have a place to stay on race weekend!

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    • Where to Eat & Drink
          • Authentic Duluth

            Every year since 1977, our community has thrown open its doors to runners and spectators in town for Grandma’s Marathon. As the race has grown, the service industry has always been there with a smile to welcome tens of thousands of runners along with their families and friends as they descend on Duluth for race weekend.

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    • How to Get Around
          • Authentic Duluth

            There is so much to see and do in Duluth and along the North Shore of Minnesota! Getting there couldn’t be easier with our transportation partners. Whether you need to know where to find parking nearby on race day or you are looking for a way to get around town, we are here to help.

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    • Sponsors
          • It Takes a Village

            At Grandma’s Marathon, we specialize in bringing people together for an unparalleled running experience. Over four decades of careful attention to detail has earned us the reputation as one of the most highly organized races in the country. More than 20,000 participants travel from more than 50 countries and all 50 states to join us each June on the scenic shores of Lake Superior, and your message can be waiting for all of them when they get here.

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    • Volunteer
          • It Takes a Village

            We agree with our runners — we have the most compassionate and energizing community of volunteers. Every year, we host close to 20,000 participants and we couldn’t take care of them without your help. Grandma’s Marathon is a world-class event with small-town charm because of our volunteers!

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    • Donation Campaign
          • It Takes a Village

            We couldn’t do it without you, and we wouldn’t want to! The passion our community has for Grandma’s Marathon is what gives our race its small town charm, and the contributions you’ve made over the years are what allow us to keep improving the world class experience for our participants, volunteers, and spectators.

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    • The Marathon
    • Annual Races
    • Young Athletes Foundation
    • When You Visit
    • Support Us

Great Gifts for a Runner in Your Life

 

Our 2022 Grambassadors are sharing their favorite running-related gifts that they have received for you to buy for yourself #treatyoself or for the runner in your life.

Gift Entry into Grandma’s Marathon
$130
Okay, maybe we are a little biased, but we really can’t think of a better gift for the runner in your life than an entry into the 2022 Grandma’s Marathon. What other gift combines a trip to the North Shore of Lake Superior, a goal to work towards and a free banana at the end?

Grandma’s Marathon Swag
$25-$40
If the runner in your life is training for #GMAS22 or if they have run the race in the past, this is the perfect gift.

Yaktrax
$39.99
“I absolutely love my Yaktrax for running in the winter. Especially this past year with gyms closed and no at-home treadmill I definitely put these to use training for Grandma’s Marathon through late winter and spring! It takes a few runs to get used to them on your feet but it outweighs the risk of falling by far”- Emily Buie

Naked Running Band
$49.99
“I absolutely love the Naked Running Band! It is simple, so comfortable you forget you are wearing it and can hold a ton! I can easily wear this belt to hold all I need for a long run whether it’s twenty miles on the road or several hours on the trail”.- Shannon Hogan

Goodr Sunglasses
$25
“I have spent WAY too much money on running sunglasses over the years. It wasn’t until my mother-in-law gifted me with these running sunglasses that I had never heard of for Christmas that I found a pair that I loved. I now have four pairs of Goodr’s in my running sunglasses rotation. They don’t slip, bounce, or slide at all during any of my runs. Be like my mother-in-law, buy these for a runner in your life and they will be VERY happy!”- Rachel Barger

AfterShockz
$79.95- $159.95
“Oh, man! My runs got so much better once I bought the headphones I kept hearing about on Instagram! The Aftershokz headphones are bone-conducting, so you can literally keep an open ear on your runs to be more aware of your surroundings. The very first time I wore these, I was blown away that I did not have to touch them once during my run! They stay in place, don’t irritate my ears, and definitely live up to the hype!”- Rachel Barger

Fitsoks
$10-$25
“Do you want to gift someone socks without everyone giving you a hard time? Fitsoks are the best! I didn’t realize how important the socks you wore under your running shoes were until I found the right ones! Now I don’t even like running without wearing a pair of Fitsoks. I would be ecstatic to unwrap a pair of these socks!”- Rachel Barger

Runner’s World Magazine Subscription
$20 (+)
“It’s the gift that keeps giving! You can pay for the 6 months, 1 year, or 2 years upfront and your runner gets a new magazine every 2 months! For a little extra you can get runners world plus and have access to tons of online resources and exclusives as well. Plus every 2 months your runner with think of you when they get their new magazine in the mail”- Michelle Ziebarth

Gift Certificate to a Local Running Store
Varies
Supporting local businesses is important and we all know how much our local running stores mean to us. They are always there when we have questions, need new apparel, and to support other events in the community.

Fitger's 5K History

The Fitger’s 5K began in 1990 and over more than three decades has now become Duluth’s premier spring running event.

The 3.1-mile race traditionally starts and finishes in front of the historic Fitger’s building. The scenic race course takes participants through downtown Duluth and Canal Park.

Below are the all-time Fitger’s 5K race records and winners from each year. NOTE: Some early records are incomplete and our staff is working to retrieve those dating back to 1990.

2022 Fitger's 5K Parking Info

The Fitger’s 5K course starts and finishes just outside the historic Fitger’s Lakefront Hotel in downtown Duluth. They travel eastward toward 23rd Avenue East on Superior Street, London Road, and South Street.

2022 Fitger's 5K Parking Info

The Fitger’s 5K course starts and finishes just outside the historic Fitger’s Lakefront Hotel in downtown Duluth. They travel eastward toward 23rd Avenue East on Superior Street, London Road, and South Street.

2022 Fitger's 5K Parking Info

Free parking for the event is available in the parking ramp located next to Fitger’s.

Fitger’s Complex
600 E. Superior Street
Duluth, MN 55802

2022 Fitger's 5K Race Packet Pickup Info

The Fitger’s 5K course starts and finishes just outside the historic Fitger’s Lakefront Hotel in downtown Duluth. They travel eastward toward 23rd Avenue East on Superior Street, London Road, and South Street.

2022 Fitger's 5K Swag Items

The Fitger’s 5K course starts and finishes just outside the historic Fitger’s Lakefront Hotel in downtown Duluth. They travel eastward toward 23rd Avenue East on Superior Street, London Road, and South Street.