• 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

Just What Did I Get Myself Into?

What a strangely exciting time to join Grandma’s Marathon.

Hi there, Zach Schneider here. I’m the new Marketing & Public Relations Director, and my first three months on the job have sure been a whirlwind.

There’s been both excitement and anxiety. Anticipation and worry. Enthusiasm and apprehension.

The one thing my mind keeps turning to, though, is possibility.

Despite still dealing with the effects of a troubled 2020 and an uncertain future in 2021, my head and my heart tell me the best times are yet to come for Grandma’s Marathon.

I see that in the staff, who were forced into an unwinnable spot that ended with the first cancellation in the event’s history due to the novel coronavirus pandemic. Their passion not just for Grandma’s Marathon but the people that make it special — participants, volunteers, spectators, community leaders, etc. — is unlike anything I’ve ever seen.

I see that in the running community, which continues to be the proverbial heartbeat of our organization. Even as the world faces an unclear path forward, our half capacity field was full before Christmas and proved that people, from all around the world, want our race to go and want to be here when it does.

I see that in the city of Duluth and surrounding areas, which have shown in so many new and creative ways a strong desire to return the experience of Grandma’s Marathon weekend in June 2021 and bring the event to even new heights.

All of this to say, I feel there is hope. Hope that the events and feelings of 2020 are fleeting. Hope that there are better days ahead. Hope that we can grow stronger together through the toughest of times.

They say working this race gets in your blood. That it grows to be part of your soul.

After just three months, I see what they mean.

Get to know the staff

Name: Zach Schneider

Years at Grandma’s Marathon: < 1

Favorite Grandma’s Marathon Memory: Despite growing up in Duluth, the first time I ran on Grandma’s Marathon weekend was in 2019. My wife, Megan, and I ran the Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon. The adrenaline from start to finish was unlike anything I’d ever experienced before, and that includes being at the finish line for lots of the race’s big moments in my former role as sports director at KBJR-TV.

Favorite Food: Tacos or Buffalo Wings

Favorite Movie: Remember the Titans

Favorite Music Genre: I’m a sucker for country music, especially in the summer.

Best Odd Job: I’m entering my fourth season as the television play-by-play voice of the UMD men’s and women’s hockey teams. Growing up, going to games was one of my very favorite things to do with my dad and friends, so this opportunity has been a dream come true (if I couldn’t be a Bulldog myself, that is!).

Favorite Hobby: In the summer, you’ll find me on the golf course 3-4 times a week, and Megan has been teaching me how to ski in the winter. We also spend lots of time playing with our dog, Hobey.

Best Concert You’ve Ever Seen: Megan and I went to Brad Paisley in Bemidji, and that was the weekend I decided to marry her. (We were married in August 2020, smack dab in the middle of the pandemic!)

Favorite State: Minnesota. Despite the cold, there’s nowhere I’d rather call home.

New Year’s Resolution: Megan and I want to have our first child in 2021. We are so very excited, and of course a little nervous, to be parents!

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.