Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon

Half marathon. Full spirits. No Lottery.

The Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon takes you from the edge of the city limits all the way to the heart of Duluth. Along the way you’ll experience the empowerment of thousands of people cheering you on—beside you and on the sidelines. Wind your way along the beautiful North Shore and let this race invigorate you and your love for running.
The finish line is calling. Answer it.


While Grandma’s Marathon Weekend won’t be happening in real-time this year, we invite you to complete your marathon, half marathon, and 5K goals by running with us virtually!

Virtual Race Info


2020 Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon – 30th Anniversary

Date: Saturday, June 20, 2020
Start Time: 6:15 a.m.
Location: Duluth, Minnesota
Swag: All finishers will receive a tech finisher shirt and a medal
Race Capacity: 7,500 registrants
Entry Fee (non-refundable): $100
Registration: Registration will open for 2021 on October 1, 2020, at 7:00 p.m. (Central Time).

Course Records:
Meb Keflezighi (men’s record) — 1 hour, 1 minutes, 22 seconds — set in 2013
Kara Goucher (women’s record) — 1 hour, 9 minutes, 46 seconds — set in 2012.


Course Time Limit: Time requirement policy
The policy requires participants to maintain a fourteen-minute-per-mile pace (finish in 3:03:40). Those unable to maintain this pace along the course may be bused back to the DECC parking lot.

Future Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon dates: 
June 20, 2020
June 19, 2021
June 18, 2022
June 17, 2023
June 22, 2024
June 21, 2025
June 20, 2026
June 19, 2027
June 17, 2028
June 16, 2029
June 22, 2030
June 21, 2031
June 19, 2032
June 18, 2033
June 17, 2034
June 16, 2035
June 21, 2036
June 20, 2037
June 19, 2038
June 18, 2039
June 16, 2040

Course information

The Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon is a point-to-point course on scenic Highway 61 along the beautiful north shore of Lake Superior. It begins approximately three blocks north of Clearwater Grille on Lake Superior and finishes in Duluth’s Canal Park. The course is run on the second half of the Grandma’s Marathon course.

Full Course Map   Course Reroute Map