Expo & Packet Pickup –

Essentia Health Fitness Expo

The Essentia Health Fitness Expo is one of the largest in the nation! This annual pre-race event allows participants, their family and friends, and the community a chance to view over 100 booths showcasing the latest products and services available in the athletic industry.

Admission: FREE

Thursday, June 17, 2021 | 4:00pm to 8:00pm
Friday, June, 18, 2021 | 10:00am to 9:00pm

Location: Duluth Entertainment & Convention Center (DECC) Arena & Pioneer Hall
350 Harbor Drive, Duluth, MN, 55802

The public is welcome to attend the 2021 Essentia Health Fitness Expo.  In an effort to keep our guests, volunteers, and staff as safe as possible, we will be following any state guidelines that are in effect at the time of the event.

A reduced number of vendors and a reconfigured floor layout allows adequate spacing for social distancing throughout the event. By using both the DECC Arena and Pioneer Hall for this year’s expo, the square footage of the event increases from approximately 24,000 to over 53,000.

A virtual expo option with access to participating vendors will also be on option on race week for participants and the general public. Please check back closer to the event for more information.

NOTE: While not required under the state’s current public health guidelines, all visitors and volunteers are strongly encouraged to wear a mask or face covering and to maintain appropriate social distance throughout the event.


If you’re interested in more information on becoming an exhibitor at the 2021 Essentia Health Fitness Expo, please click the button to the left.

If you have any other questions, please contact our Registration & Expo Director Laura Bergen via email at laura@grandmasmarathon.com or call our office at (218) 727-0947.


Packet Pickup

Thursday, June 17, 2021 | 4:00pm to 8:00pm
Friday, June, 18, 2021 | 10:00am to 11:00pm

Location: Duluth Entertainment & Convention Center (DECC) Arena & Paulucci Hall
350 Harbor Drive, Duluth, MN, 55802

⭐️ Beat the rush by picking up your packet on Thursday! Or Friday before 3:00pm and after 7:00pm!

NOTE: If you are participating in the William A. Irvin 5K, you must pick up your packet by 5:30pm on Friday afternoon.

IMPORTANT:  Gear and race packets will not be available for Virtual Participants during race packet pick-up at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center on June 17 and June 18.  

By using the DECC Arena for this year’s packet pickup, the square footage of the event increases from approximately 8,000 to over 25,000.

NOTE: While not required under the state’s current public health guidelines, all visitors and volunteers are strongly encouraged to wear a mask or face covering and to maintain appropriate social distance throughout the event.


Important Changes (for 2021 Race Weekend)

Gear bags will be distributed to participants at the time of packet pickup. These bags must be dropped off either Thursday or Friday. Participants will not be allowed to bring gear bags to the start line in 2021.

Finisher shirts will be distributed to participants at the time of packet pickup. This will be a change for one year only to reduce the number of touchpoints in the finish line
area following the race.


NOTE: There is absolutely no race packet pickup on race morning. All runners must show a photo ID to pick up their race packet.

Daily parking in the DECC lot costs $5.00. Expect traffic delays between 5:00pm and 7:00pm on Friday, June 18 during the running of the William A. Irvin 5K.


If you are not able to pick your packet up in person, you have the following options:

  • You may have someone else pick up your packet. To do this, complete the authorization (found at the bottom of your official bib number email coming in June), and have someone else bring the printed, authorized confirmation to race packet pickup.
  • For a $25.00 fee (within the United States), you can have your packet mailed to you a week prior to the race.
    • If you did not select this option when registering, please call us at (218) 727-0947 with a credit card number or mail a check to us at the following address. Please include the address to which you would like your race packet sent.

Grandma’s Marathon
PO Box 16234
Duluth, MN 55816

NOTE: The last day to request to have your packet mailed to you is May 20, 2021.