Spectator Information

IMPORTANT: Due to circumstances and public health concerns surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, spectators are discouraged from attending the 2021 Grandma’s Marathon weekend.

In addition to participants, volunteers, and staff, anyone who does choose to be involved with the marathon must follow the existing and current Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) guidelines. These include, but are not limited to, wearing a mask or face covering and keeping appropriate social distance.

There will be several race-controlled areas that are off-limits to spectators. Most usual sightlines of the finish line from the sidewalk and surrounding businesses in Canal Park will be obstructed and unavailable.

NOTE: Though gatherings to watch this year’s event is discouraged, family or friends of participants will be allowed and encouraged to pick them up following their race. More information will be released ahead of race weekend to help you
plan a safe pickup location.


While the public is welcome to participate in several parts of the 2021 Grandma’s Marathon weekend, the current MDH guidance discourages any large gatherings along the racecourse. Those interested in watching the races or showing support for participants are encouraged to utilize our other viewing options, outlined below.

Runner Tracking System

For those interested in tracking a participant’s real-time progress on race day, check out the tracker on our Grandma’s Marathon application!

The live runner tracker for Grandma’s Marathon is provided by ASICS. Available on Apple and Android.

NOTE: The runner tracking will go live on the morning of race day.

Because of limited communication coverage in some remote areas of the course, there might be a significant delay or no tracking data available during portions of the race. Please be patient as information is updated and coverage improves at different points on the course. 


How to Watch & Listen

WDIO-TV will be providing a free, live video stream of the 2021 Grandma’s Marathon and Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon.

Sports director Chelsie Brown will anchor the broadcast from the finish line in Canal Park, including the exclusive and first television interviews with the race winners.

WDIO will also have reporters throughout the racecourse to provide live updates as well as to share some of the many fantastic stories of Grandma’s Marathon weekend.

Web Link: wdio.com
Broadcast Start: 6:00am
Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon Start: 6:00am
Grandma’s Marathon Start: 7:45am

Townsquare Radio will be providing a free, live radion broadcast of the 2021 Grandma’s Marathon and Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon.

Longtime and popular race announcers Dick Bearsdley and Charlie Mahler will be back to cover the men’s marathon, while Carrie Tollefson will do the same for the women’s marathon.

Chris Allen will provide coverage from the finish line in Canal Park, including the exclusive and first radio interviews with the race winners.

Local Radio Stations: 106.5 FM & 560 AM
Web Link: northlandfan.com
Broadcast Start: 6:00am
Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon Start: 6:00am
Grandma’s Marathon Start: 7:15am


Weekend Activity Guide

We want all of our participants, volunteers, and spectators to have an enjoyable experience in Duluth and at Grandma’s Marathon.

To help with that, we print an annual edition of the Weekend Activity Guide. This is your official guide to race weekend and can answer many of the questions you may have about where to go, eat, drink, shop, sightsee, or do just about anything else while you’re here.

NOTE: Due to health concerns surrounding the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, spectators are discouraged from attending the 2021 Grandma’s Marathon. Please use caution and follow all current local health guidelines if you will be in Duluth for race weekend.


Helpful Tips & Tricks

  • No vehicles are allowed on Old Scenic Highway 61 (the racecourse) at anytime during the running of Grandma’s Marathon or the Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon.
  • The expressway, which runs parallel to Old Scenic Highway 61 between Duluth and Two Harbors, will be open. Traffic on the expressway is very congested on race day, so please allow for extra travel time.
  • If you plan to watch part of the race from a spot on Old Scenic Highway 61, please keep in mind that travel to the finish line will be very difficult due to traffic delays.
  • Parking on the expressway is absolutely prohibited. Limited parking will be available on the access roads connecting the expressway to the racecourse.
  • London Road, Superior Street, and Canal Park are the most convenient places to watch the race. Parking in these areas is limited, so please plan to arrive early or allow extra time for walking to your viewing spot.

NOTE: Due to public health concerns surrounding the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, spectators are discouraged from attending the 2021 Grandma’s Marathon weekend.

We encourage those interested to utilize either the WDIO webcast or Townsquare radio broadcast to follow along with the race in June.

To the left is a map of available parking and spectator viewing locations used in the past. If you do plan on being in Duluth for the race, please use caution and follow all current local health guidelines.


For more information on how to follow the 2021 race or on the modified plan for spectators, please contact us via email at grandmas@grandmasmarathon.com or call our office at (218) 727-0947.


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.