Virtual Races

2020 showed us that virtual racing is here to stay. Participants can complete their marathon, half marathon, and 5K goals by running with us virtually. We know you’ve been training hard and working toward the goal of completing Grandma’s Marathon, the Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon, and/or the William A. Irvin 5K, and we’re excited to offer you the chance to accomplish your race goals through our Virtual Races!

All participants will be sent their personal results page links in June to submit their virtual results. 

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.  

How to Register & Complete Virtual Race

Date: Submit your time online from June 19-July 5, 2021
Race Capacity: None
Swag: Finisher shirt and medal
Registration: CLOSED ON JUNE 1, 2021

Please note that in the event that Grandma’s Marathon’s in-person events for 2021 are forced to move to a virtual format, the discount plan outlined only applied to those registered for an in-person event at the time of cancellation. 

Virtual Race Divisions

At the time of registration, participants are able to choose what division they would like to complete their race in. 

Competitive Division: proof of performance required (GPS, Strava, RunKeeper, etc.), included in Competitive virtual results & eligible for virtual age division awards

Recreational Division: completing their race all at once but not interested in being in Competitive virtual results. No awards. Rec results listed separately

Incremental Division: completing their race in segments and submitting cumulative time. No awards. Incremental results listed separately

Virtual Race Guidelines:

1. While there are no restrictions on where you complete your Virtual Race, please follow all safety measures and ordinances that have been laid out by government agencies regarding COVID-19.

2. We know running on the Grandma’s Marathon course is enticing, however for your safety we discourage you from doing so. The roads will not be closed, and a majority of the course does not have pedestrian lanes or sidewalks to run on.

3. You can run your race whenever you want! Times need to be submitted in the time frame of June 19, 2021 – July 5, 2021.

4. The virtual races are being conducted on an honor system! Please uphold the spirit of honest racing by running the full distance of your race, and reporting accurate times.

Access the Grandma’s Marathon Racecourse

You can experience the Grandma’s Marathon racecourse virtually on your treadmill! We have partnered with the RunBetter App to give you the opportunity to build your training run by selecting parts of the racecourse or the entire thing, and you will be prompted to change the incline on your treadmill as you proceed along the course. When you’ve finished your run, it will be saved in the app so you can refer back to it whenever you want.

To give it a try, download the Run Better App on your device and select Grandma’s Marathon. RUN THE WORLD’S TOP RACE COURSES ON ANY TREADMILL!

Submit Virtual Times

Results from the 2021 Grandma’s Marathon, Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon, and William A Irvin 5K can be submitted online from June 19, 2021- July 5, 2021. Participants will receive a link in their email by June 15, 2021.

If you have questions, please email our office at

Download Your Virtual Race Bib

Grandma’s Marathon

Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon

William A. Irvin 5K