Media Schedule

The following is the 2021 schedule of events to assist in media planning and coverage of Grandma’s Marathon weekend. All events, times, and locations are subject to change.

Thursday, June 17, 2021

RUDY PERPICH PUBLIC SERVICE AWARD BREAKFAST
Canceled

ESSENTIA HEALTH FITNESS EXPO
4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. – DECC Arena & Pioneer Hall (350 Harbor Drive, Duluth, MN, 55802)


Friday, June 18, 2021

ESSENTIA HEALTH FITNESS EXPO
10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. – DECC Arena & Pioneer Hall (350 Harbor Drive, Duluth, MN, 55802)

MICHELINA’S ALL-YOU-CAN-EAT SPAGHETTI DINNER
11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. – DECC Lake Superior Ballroom (350 Harbor Drive, Duluth, MN, 55802)

WHIPPER SNAPPER RACES FOR KIDS
11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Bayfront Festival Park (350 Harbor Drive, Duluth, MN, 55802)

MARSH NELSON MEDIA LUNCHEON & AWARD CEREMONY
Canceled

MEDIA CREDENTIAL PICKUP
12:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. – The Garden Event Center (425 S. Lake Avenue, Duluth, MN 55802)

GRANDMA’S MARATHON ELITE WOMEN’S PRE-RACE MEDIA CONFERENCE
1:00 p.m. – The Garden Event Center (425 S. Lake Avenue, Duluth, MN 55802)

GRANDMA’S MARATHON ELITE MEN’S PRE-RACE MEDIA CONFERENCE
1:45 p.m. – The Garden Event Center (425 S. Lake Avenue, Duluth, MN 55802)

GRANDMA’S MARATHON TALK SHOW (FEAT. DICK BEARDSLEY & CARRIE TOLLEFSON)
4:00 p.m. – Essentia Health Virtual Expo

START OF THE 28TH ANNUAL WILLIAM A. IRVIN 5K
6:00 p.m. – Bayfront Festival Park (350 Harbor Drive, Duluth, MN, 55802)

NOTE: Due to the rolling start process, the 2021 William A. Irvin 5K will be chip-timed and winners will be announced after all participants have crossed the finish line.


Saturday, June 19, 2021

MEDIA CENTER OPEN
5:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – The Garden Event Center (425 S. Lake Avenue, Duluth, MN 55802)

START OF THE 31ST ANNUAL GARRY BJORKLUND HALF MARATHON
6:00 a.m.

APPROXIMATE TIME OF FIRST MEN’S FINISHER IN GARRY BJORKLUND HALF MARATHON
7:00 a.m.

APPROXIMATE TIME OF FIRST WOMEN’S FINISHER IN GARRY BJORKLUND HALF MARATHON
7:10 a.m.

NOTE: Due to the rolling start process, the 2021 Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon will be chip-timed and winners will be announced after all participants have crossed the finish line.

START OF THE GRANDMA’S MARATHON WHEELCHAIR DIVISION
7:40 a.m.

START OF THE 45TH ANNUAL GRANDMA’S MARATHON
7:45 a.m.

APPROXIMATE FINISH TIME OF THE MEN’S WHEELCHAIR CHAMPION
9:05 a.m.

APPROXIMATE FINISH TIME OF THE WOMEN’S WHEELCHAIR CHAMPION
9:20 a.m.

POST-RACE INTERVIEWS (WHEELCHAIR WINNERS)
9:30 a.m. – Wheelchair Hospitality Tent, Comfort Suites (408 Canal Park Drive, Duluth, MN 55802)

Men’s and women’s wheelchair athletes will be available for interviews outside the hospitality tent in the Comfort Suites parking lot. No interviews are allowed at the finish line.

APPROXIMATE FINISH TIME OF THE GRANDMA’S MARATHON MEN’S CHAMPION
9:55 a.m.

APPROXIMATE FINISH TIME OF THE GRANDMA’S MARATHON WOMEN’S CHAMPION
10:15 a.m.

POST-RACE MEDIA CONFERENCE (MEN’S TOP THREE)
10:30 a.m. – The Garden Event Center (425 S. Lake Avenue, Duluth, MN 55802)

The top three men’s finishers and the men’s wheelchair champion will be available in a media conference setting inside the Media Center. Other elite athletes, including the men’s master champion, may be made available upon request. No interviews are allowed at the finish line.

POST-RACE MEDIA CONFERENCE (WOMEN’S TOP THREE)
11:00 a.m. – The Garden Event Center (425 S. Lake Avenue, Duluth, MN 55802)

The top three women’s finishers and the women’s wheelchair champion will be available in a media conference setting inside the Media Center. Other elite athletes, including the women’s master champion, may be made available upon request. No interviews are allowed at the finish line.