Schedule of Events & Maps

IMPORTANT: Due to circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, the schedule of events for the 2021 Grandma’s Marathon weekend is tentative and subject to change at any time.

The below schedule is being updated as necessary ahead of the 2021 race weekend. Changes will be communicated to registered participants and the public, but please also check back regularly as you make your weekend plans.


The Grandma’s Marathon Weekend Activity Guide is a useful resource for first-timers and veterans alike during race weekend.

The guide is usually published in May has tips and tricks on where to eat, drink, shop, and visit during your time in the Duluth area.


Thursday, June 17, 2021

Essentia Health Fitness Expo
DECC – Arena
4:00pm-8:00pm, FREE
Open to the Public
Parking – $5/day at DECC

Race Packet Pickup
DECC – Paulucci Hall
4:00pm-8:00pm


Friday, June 18, 2021

Essentia Health and Fitness Expo
DECC – Arena
10:00am-9:00pm, FREE
Open to the Public
Parking – $5/day at DECC

Race Packet Pickup
DECC – Paulucci Hall
10:00pm-11:00pm

Michelina’s All-You-Can-Eat Spaghetti Dinner
DECC – Pioneer Hall
Open to the Public
11:00am-9:00pm

Whipper Snapper Races
for Kids
Bayfront Festival Park, FREE
Ages 14 and Under
Registration @ 12:00pm
Mascot & Kids Races @ 2:00pm

27th Annual William A. Irvin 5K
Start & Finish Line — Bayfront Festival Park
6:00pm


Saturday, June 19, 2021

31st Annual Garry Bjorklund
Half Marathon
Start Line — Scenic Hwy. 61
Finish Line — Canal Park
6:00am

45th Annual Grandma’s Marathon
Start Line — Two Harbors, MN
Finish Line — Canal Park
7:45am



The status of the 2021 Grandma’s Marathon weekend is subject to change at any time. 
We realize that the COVID-19 pandemic is a dynamic situation, and we will continue to monitor all updates from the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). If the status of the event changes, we will notify participants via email as soon as possible.