• Grandma's Marathon
    • Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon
    • William A. Irvin 5K
          • 2023 Registration Opens on October 1, 2022

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          • The kickoff event to Grandma’s Marathon weekend, this 3.1-mile race starts and finishes near the historic William A. Irvin ore boat in Duluth’s Canal Park. A new racecourse offers a scenic tour of the city, making this the perfect race for beginning and experienced runners alike.

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    • Great Grandma’s Challenge
          • 2023 Registration Opens on October 1, 2022

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          • It’s certainly not for the faint of heart, but the Great Grandma’s Challenge is the best way for runners to experience everything our event has to offer, starting with the 5K on Friday night and continuing with either the full or half marathon on Saturday morning!

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    • KP Challenge
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          • The KP Challenge is a series of three great, local races — Saint Fennessy 4K, Fitger’s 5K, and Park Point 5-Miler — that are strategically placed throughout the year to help participants build their endurance and stick to a regular training schedule.

    • Saint Fennessy 4K
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          • Get your green on for the Saint Fennessy 4K, a festive fun run perfect for runners of all ages and abilities. Whether you’re a first-timer or looking to jump start your spring training, this is the race for you!

    • Fitger's 5K
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          • A perfect challenge for new runners or a good training race for veterans, the Fitger’s 5K has grown into one of the area’s premier spring races and now welcomes more than 2,000 participants each year.

    • Park Point 5-Miler
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          • Come enjoy the height of a northern Minnesota summer at the Park Point 5-Miler, which holds the crown as northern Minnesota’s oldest road race and features a racecourse sandwiched between the open waters of Lake Superior and the Duluth Harbor.

    • Minnesota Mile
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          • The Minnesota Mile takes you on a scenic, 5,280-foot journey around Duluth’s Enger Park, treating participants to some of the best views in the entire city during the peak of fall’s color season.

    • North End Nightmare 5K
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          • A spooky end to our local racing calendar, the North End Nightmare 5K brings with it plenty of scary surprises and haunted attractions to the North End of Superior.

    • YAF Youth Races
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          • Our kids. Our community. Our future.

            A central pillar of the Young Athletes Foundation is providing free and accessible programming for our area’s kids throughout the year. These programs are focused on our mission of building and providing pathways to the community’s children in their pursuit of active and healthy lifestyles.

          • Wednesday Night at the Races
          • Saturday Morning at the Races
          • Whipper Snapper Races
    • YAF Programs
          • Our kids. Our community. Our future.

            Since its inception in 1990, the Young Athletes Foundation has worked to support the organizations and individuals of its five-county region through a series of kids’ events, grants, scholarships, and other programs that are focused on promoting and providing pathways for kids to live healthy and active lifestyles.

          • Grant Program
          • Running Shoe Program
          • Scholarship Program
          • Fit-n-Fun Run
          • Winter Challenge
    • YAF Volunteer
          • Our kids. Our community. Our future.

            Our tremendous community of volunteers plays a significant role in helping the Young Athletes Foundation to create memorable and successful events for our runners. More than 1,000 volunteers are needed throughout the year to support our fundraising race events for the YAF.

    • YAF Sponsors
          • Our kids. Our community. Our future.

            The Young Athletes Foundation was created to serve the community, and for more than three decades we have done that with the help of our local and regional business partners. With events throughout the year, our sponsors assist greatly in our mission of  providing pathways of opportunity to youth in athletic programs and encouraging healthy lifestyles.

    • What to See & Do
          • Authentic Duluth

            Don’t miss out on the authentic Duluth experience! Grandma’s Marathon falls during one of the most beautiful times of the year in northern Minnesota, and there’s no shortage of outdoor adventures or fun activities for you to enjoy with your family and friends on race weekend!

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    • Where to Stay
          • Authentic Duluth

            There’s nothing more important before the race or more welcome after the race than the perfect place to rest, relax, and recharge. With the help of our many lodging and hospitality partners in the area, Grandma’s Marathon is committed to making sure each of our 20,000+ runners, not to mention our volunteers and spectators, have a place to stay on race weekend!

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    • Where to Eat & Drink
          • Authentic Duluth

            Every year since 1977, our community has thrown open its doors to runners and spectators in town for Grandma’s Marathon. As the race has grown, the service industry has always been there with a smile to welcome tens of thousands of runners along with their families and friends as they descend on Duluth for race weekend.

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    • How to Get Around
          • Authentic Duluth

            There is so much to see and do in Duluth and along the North Shore of Minnesota! Getting there couldn’t be easier with our transportation partners. Whether you need to know where to find parking nearby on race day or you are looking for a way to get around town, we are here to help.

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    • Sponsors
          • It Takes a Village

            At Grandma’s Marathon, we specialize in bringing people together for an unparalleled running experience. Over four decades of careful attention to detail has earned us the reputation as one of the most highly organized races in the country. More than 20,000 participants travel from more than 50 countries and all 50 states to join us each June on the scenic shores of Lake Superior, and your message can be waiting for all of them when they get here.

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    • Volunteer
          • It Takes a Village

            We agree with our runners — we have the most compassionate and energizing community of volunteers. Every year, we host close to 20,000 participants and we couldn’t take care of them without your help. Grandma’s Marathon is a world-class event with small-town charm because of our volunteers!

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    • Donation Campaign
          • It Takes a Village

            We couldn’t do it without you, and we wouldn’t want to! The passion our community has for Grandma’s Marathon is what gives our race its small town charm, and the contributions you’ve made over the years are what allow us to keep improving the world class experience for our participants, volunteers, and spectators.

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    • The Marathon
    • Annual Races
    • Young Athletes Foundation
    • When You Visit
    • Support Us

New Years Resolutions from our Grambassadors

The start of a new year usually gives us an opportunity to reflect on our goals and aspirations. New Year’s Resolutions have mixed reviews though. Setting goals and achieving them are separate things. Our 2022 Grambassadors share some of their New Year’s Resolutions and their thoughts.

If you are looking to set a New Year’s Resolution to help build some mileage in the new year, consider taking the KP Challenge. Three great local races throughout the spring and summer and a chance to get a guaranteed entry into the 2023 Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon. All proceeds from the KP Challenge races benefit the Young Athletes Foundation, Grandma’s Marathon’s charity that has donated more than $1.4 million to the community’s youth and recreational athletic organizations through our shoe program, grants, scholarships, and free youth events.

Carrie Alajoki A New Year’s Resolution is an opportunity to set and achieve a goal.  Many people decide this is the chance to start doing something or stop doing something.  Resolutions often include broad goals like exercise more, lose weight, save money, or sleep more hours at night.  Sometimes the goals are more specific like exercise five days a week, lose 50 pounds, or stop smoking.  For us runners, we might pick a certain race, distance, or time we are trying to beat.  Too often, the New Year’s resolution is a large goal that can be challenging to accomplish.  If you can’t run five miles on December 31st, you won’t wake up on January 1st being able to sail through those five miles.   Weight loss, smoking cessation, better diets – these are all things that can be accomplished – but if they were easy to do, we wouldn’t need a New Year’s resolution to accomplish them.

For me, New Year’s is a chance to refresh my goals and look at challenges that get in my way.   If I had to pick the big goal for 2022, it would be to PR my half marathon time.  The risk of saying my New Year’s resolution is to PR my time means I either accomplished my goal or I failed.  If I have a great half marathon but am one minute short of a PR, did I fail?  Setting the goal to PR takes many other steps to get there.  Training, stretching, nutrition, etc.   It is important to set yourself up for success.  It’s no lie, I want to PR my half marathon – but this is not my resolution.  My 2022 resolution is to plan more.  Simple as that.  I do better when I look at the week ahead and plan my workouts and nutrition.  Like most of you, we are a busy family.  Always on the go.  I do better when I plan.  This takes work.  Grocery shopping, meal prepping, packing lunches, and having a gym bag always ready to go.  Even though planning helps me stay on track towards my goals, it is important not to confuse planning for inflexibility.  There will be weeks I don’t make every work out.  There will be days I don’t eat my planned lunch.  And that is ok.  But with planning, I am more likely to reach that bigger goal.

Your life will never really be less busy.  Don’t wait until the “right time” to work on your goals.  Start now.  But be realistic.  If you goal is to lose weight in 2022, make your New Year’s resolution something that will help get you there.  Don’t get hung up on unrealistic numbers.  Make small changes that add up to big changes.  So, stop smoking, lose the weight, exercise more – but pick a resolution that will help get you there!

Shawn Jarvis- I used to make resolutions every year on New Year’s Day and like many of us, I would typically fail within a month or so. Out of frustration, I tried setting intentions and goals that are realistic and achievable with a little reach. After setting mine, I work hard to revisit and evaluate my progress throughout the year.

  • Participate and complete 3 Half Marathons and 2 Ten Milers. I’m already registered for two – Great Grandma’s Half Marathon Challenge and G’Eau Big Half Marathon & 5K
  • Increase my annual running mileage over 2021 (592 miles as of 12/28)
  • Increase my Yoga practice (1 class/wk or 2 classes/mo) and continue focusing regaining strength
  • Read a minimum of 6 books (3 Personal Growth topics and 3 Fiction)
  • Return to playing my Saxophone at least once a week

Michelle Ziebarth – My new years resolution is to find more opportunities to be brave. Anyone who knows me knows I do not like to step outside of my comfort zone and this year I want to push myself more to “get comfortable in the uncomfortable”. For my running this means pushing my pace a little bit and trying out some new training ideas. I am very much a slow and steady wins the race and never have a goal time just a finish kind of person and I am ready to start pushing myself a little more.

Darius Moore Quality for the Boston Marathon at Grandma’s! I need 3:00 to get in.

Caitlin Wachsmuth- To practice more mindfulness and gratitude. I caught myself going through the motions in 2021 and I want to do things with more intention in 2022.

Fitger's 5K History

The Fitger’s 5K began in 1990 and over more than three decades has now become Duluth’s premier spring running event.

The 3.1-mile race traditionally starts and finishes in front of the historic Fitger’s building. The scenic race course takes participants through downtown Duluth and Canal Park.

Below are the all-time Fitger’s 5K race records and winners from each year. NOTE: Some early records are incomplete and our staff is working to retrieve those dating back to 1990.

2022 Fitger's 5K Parking Info

The Fitger’s 5K course starts and finishes just outside the historic Fitger’s Lakefront Hotel in downtown Duluth. They travel eastward toward 23rd Avenue East on Superior Street, London Road, and South Street.

2022 Fitger's 5K Parking Info

The Fitger’s 5K course starts and finishes just outside the historic Fitger’s Lakefront Hotel in downtown Duluth. They travel eastward toward 23rd Avenue East on Superior Street, London Road, and South Street.

2022 Fitger's 5K Parking Info

Free parking for the event is available in the parking ramp located next to Fitger’s.

Fitger’s Complex
600 E. Superior Street
Duluth, MN 55802

2022 Fitger's 5K Race Packet Pickup Info

The Fitger’s 5K course starts and finishes just outside the historic Fitger’s Lakefront Hotel in downtown Duluth. They travel eastward toward 23rd Avenue East on Superior Street, London Road, and South Street.

2022 Fitger's 5K Swag Items

The Fitger’s 5K course starts and finishes just outside the historic Fitger’s Lakefront Hotel in downtown Duluth. They travel eastward toward 23rd Avenue East on Superior Street, London Road, and South Street.