Grandma’s Marathon

Run Superior. Run the North Shore. 

Since our initial race in 1977, Grandma’s Marathon has grown bigger than just a 26.2 mile race along the scenic North Shore of Minnesota.

It’s a moment where runners of all calibers come together to celebrate the vigor of the human spirit. Where the word “impossible” ceases to exist; a day where 9,000 people are your best running buddy.

Tie up your laces for the 43rd year of memories, miles and human might.

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2019 Grandma’s Marathon

Date: Saturday, June 22, 2019
Start Time: 7:45 a.m.; wheeler start at 7:40 a.m.
Location: Two Harbors to Duluth, Minnesota
Race Capacity: 9,000 registrants
Swag: All finishers will receive a tech finisher shirt and a medal.

*Register before December 31st to receive a commemorative full-zip, fleece-lined performance jacket included with your entry fee. 

Registration is open!

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Entry Fee (non-refundable):
$110 October 1 – 14
$125 October 15 – December 31
$135 January 1 – March 31
$145 April 1 – June 1

Course Records:
Dominic Ondoro (men’s record) — 2 hours, 9 minutes, 6 seconds — set in 2014
Sarah Kiptoo (women’s record) — 2 hours, 26 minutes, 32 seconds — set in 2013
Kellyn Taylor (women’s event record) — 2 hours, 24 minutes, 28 seconds — set in 2018

Course Time Limit: 7 hours (16 minute pace)


Future Grandma’s Marathon dates: 
June 22, 2019
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

Grandma’s Marathon is a point-to-point course run on scenic Highway 61 along the beautiful north shore of Lake Superior. The race begins just outside of Two Harbors, Minnesota, and finishes in Duluth’s Canal Park. Grandma’s Marathon is ideal for first time participants as the terrain is relatively flat with some gently rolling hills and a larger incline just before mile 22.

The course is USATF certified. Yellow balloons mark each mile and times are recorded for seven hours (until 2:45 p.m.).

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 Course Reroute Map