• Grandma's Marathon
    • Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon
    • William A. Irvin 5K
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          • The kickoff event to Grandma’s Marathon weekend, this 3.1-mile race starts and finishes near the historic William A. Irvin ore boat in Duluth’s Canal Park. A new racecourse offers a scenic tour of the city, making this the perfect race for beginning and experienced runners alike.

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    • Great Grandma’s Challenge
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          • It’s certainly not for the faint of heart, but the Great Grandma’s Challenge is the best way for runners to experience everything our event has to offer, starting with the 5K on Friday night and continuing with either the full or half marathon on Saturday morning!

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    • KP Challenge
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          • The KP Challenge is a series of three great, local races — Saint Fennessy 4K, Fitger’s 5K, and Park Point 5-Miler — that are strategically placed throughout the year to help participants build their endurance and stick to a regular training schedule.

    • Saint Fennessy 4K
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          • Get your green on for the Saint Fennessy 4K, a festive fun run perfect for runners of all ages and abilities. Whether you’re a first-timer or looking to jump start your spring training, this is the race for you!

    • Fitger's 5K
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          • A perfect challenge for new runners or a good training race for veterans, the Fitger’s 5K has grown into one of the area’s premier spring races and now welcomes more than 2,000 participants each year.

    • Park Point 5-Miler
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          • Come enjoy the height of a northern Minnesota summer at the Park Point 5-Miler, which holds the crown as northern Minnesota’s oldest road race and features a racecourse sandwiched between the open waters of Lake Superior and the Duluth Harbor.

    • Minnesota Mile
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          • The Minnesota Mile takes you on a scenic, 5,280-foot journey around Duluth’s Enger Park, treating participants to some of the best views in the entire city during the peak of fall’s color season.

    • North End Nightmare 5K
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          • A spooky end to our local racing calendar, the North End Nightmare 5K brings with it plenty of scary surprises and haunted attractions to the North End of Superior.

    • YAF Youth Races
    • 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

Grandma’s Marathon Results

Grandma’s Marathon partners with Mtec Results for its race weekend timing and historical record-keeping.

Founded in 1998, Mtec Results offers innovative timing and scoring solutions for more than 100 national and international competitive athletic events each year.

Marathon Foto is the official photography partner of Grandma’s Marathon and can provide each of our participants with priceless keepsakes following their race in Duluth.

Whether it’s a smile at the finish line or exhaustion at Mile 20, Marathon Foto is there to capture the important moments of your journey and to help you remember your race day experience.

Men's Event Record Holder

Dominic Ondoro set the Grandma’s Marathon men’s event record in 2014 with a time of 2:09:06, breaking the longtime mark of Dick Beardsley that had stood since 1981.

It was just the second-ever US marathon for the Kenya native, who finished almost three full minutes ahead of the runner-up.

Beardsley, who is now part of the radio broadcast team for the race, was among the first at the finish line to greet and congratulate Ondoro. Ondoro also owns the event record at the Twin Cities Marathon, where he is a four-time champion.

Superior Street Course Best – Dominic Ondoro (2014), 2:09:06
Michigan Street Course Best – Elisha Barno (2018), 2:10:06

Women's Event Record Holder

Kellyn Taylor set the Grandma’s Marathon women’s event record in 2018 with a time of 2:24:28, breaking the previous mark by more than two minutes.

It was, at the time, a personal-best by more than four minutes for Taylor and the seventh-fastest marathon in history for an American woman.

A native of Sussex, Wis., Taylor narrowly missed making the 2016 US Olympic Team by finishing fourth in the 10,000m. She also more recently placed eighth at the 2020 Olympic Trials in the marathon.

Taylor is a mom to her daughter Kylyn, and she also became certified in 2016 to become a firefighter when she’s finished with her running career.

Superior Street Course Best – Sarah Kiptoo (2013), 2:26:32
Michigan Street Course Best – Kellyn Taylor (2018), 2:24:28

Open – Dominic Ondoro (2014), 2:09:06
12-18 – David House (1978), 2:32:25
19-34 – Dominic Ondoro (2014), 2:09:06
35-39 – Christopher Kipyego (2011), 2:12:17
40-44 – Christopher Kipyego (2014), 2:11:59
45-49 – Christopher Kipyego (2019), 2:17:03
50-54 – Fritz Mueller (1986), 2:30:27
55-59 – Alex Ratelle (1981), 2:30:40
60-64 – Tim Freeman (2014), 2:45:59
65-69 – Brent Smith (2021), 3:02:11
70+ – John Keston (1995), 3:07:30

Local – Todd Sperling (1981), 2:21:24
Minnesotan – Dick Beardsley (1981), 2:09:37

 – Kellyn Taylor (2018), 2:24:28
12-18 – Karlene Erickson (1982), 2:45:37
19-34 – Kellyn Taylor (2018), 2:24:28
35-39 – Halina Karnatsevich (2005), 2:28:43
40-44 – Fira Sultanova (2003), 2:27:05
45-49 – Ramilia Burangulova (2007), 2:38:55
50-54 – Gloria Jansen (1998), 3:03:57
55-59 – Susan Loken (2019), 2:52:09
60-64 – Amy Yanni (2014), 3:23:25
65-69 – Myra Rhodes (1999), 3:44:14
70+ – Toshiko d’Elia (2001), 4:04:03

Local – Katie Koski (2002), 2:42:33
Minnesotan – Dakotah Lindwurm (2021), 2:29:04
Grandma – Susan Loken (2019), 2:52:09

Men's Wheelchair Event Record Holder

Aaron Pike won his third consecutive Grandma’s Marathon men’s wheelchair title in 2019, setting a new event record in the process.

Pike finished with a time of 1:20:59, beating the old record held by Joshua George by nearly two minutes.

Both Pike and George hail from Champaign, Ill., and they are both three-time Grandma’s Marathon champions. They were also involved in the closest-ever finish in race history, with George edging Pike by hundredths of a second in 2012 to set the then-event record.

Superior Street Course Best – Joshua George (2012), 1:22:55
Michigan Street Course Best – Aaron Pike (2019), 1:20:59

Women's Wheelchair Event Record Holder

Susannah Scaroni shattered the Grandma’s Marathon women’s wheelchair event record in 2019, beating the old mark by nearly six minutes.

Scaroni raced across the finish line in a time of 1:30:42 for her second consecutive Grandma’s Marathon title. That time was also more than six minutes better than the official world record mark of Manuela Schaer at the 2018 Berlin Marathon.

Because Grandma’s Marathon is a point-to-point race with an elevation drop above the allowed standard, Scaroni’s blistering time is not considered for world standards. Schaer has a time of 1:28:17 at the 2017 Boston Marathon that fits that bill as well.

Superior Street Course Best – Amanda McGrory (2012), 1:36:39
Michigan Street Course Best – Susannah Scaroni (2019), 1:30:42

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.