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Media coverage is very important to the success of Grandma’s Marathon and its supporting events and has helped us prosper and grow since day one.
For all of your media needs, please read the following information.
Media contact information:
Zach Schneider, PR and Marketing Director
Address: PO Box 16234, Duluth, MN 55816
Gearing up for Grandma’s Podcast
Nell Rojas was the 2019 Grandma’s Marathon champion, running a time of 2:28:06 in just her second-ever marathon. That time qualified her for the 2020 US Olympic Trials, where she finished ninth.
Now, Rojas has her sights set firmly on again qualifying for the Trials and earning a spot on the US Olympic Team. She talks about those career plans as well as an affinity she’s developed for the coaching side of running.
Rojas also talks about her relationship with her father, who has been her coach for most of her professional running career, and she speaks to the effects the COVID-19 pandemic has had on her life and career.
Now a two-year defending champion of Grandma’s Marathon (due to 2020’s cancellation), Rojas also touches on her winning moment in 2019 and what makes the Duluth-based race a destination for so many professional and amateur runners alike.
Media credentials are available to allow media representatives access to key areas during race weekend including press conferences, finish line, the media center, and other media activities. To obtain credentials for Grandma’s Marathon race weekend, contact Grandma’s Marathon prior to May 31 (see above).
A digital version of the upcoming Media Guide will be available for download in June. The Media Guide will provide media with information essential to covering the 45th annual Grandma’s Marathon weekend.
The media center is located in the Comfort Suites (St. Croix Room) adjacent to the finish line in Canal Park. Access to the media center is through the main entrance of the Comfort Suites or through the gazebo entrance. A media credential, media vehicle credential, or photo bridge credential is required to enter the media center.
The media center will be open on Saturday, June 19 from 6 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Pan-O-Gold Baking Company/Country Hearth is the exclusive sponsor of the media center.
Top finisher post-race interviews
All post-race interviews are to be conducted in the Media Center. Absolutely no interviews are allowed in the finish line area. Volunteer escorts will bring the top athletes into the media center as soon as possible after they finish their race, and your patience is greatly appreciated while waiting for the athletes to arrive.
The Marathon has authorized representatives of our sponsor stations to have the first interviews with the top finishers. When these interviews are completed all other media representatives will be allowed to interview the top finishers in the media center at the Comfort Suites.
Race results for the William A. Irvin 5K, the Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon, and Grandma’s Marathon will be posted on our website as soon as possible on race day.
Lists of top finishers in the open, master, and wheeler divisions will be available in the media center shortly after they are recorded. Age group and open division results will be announced at the awards ceremony beginning at 4 p.m. at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center (DECC).
All results posted immediately after the event are unofficial until further notice.