Minnesota Mile

5,280 feet of beauty 

Brisk autumn temperatures, breathtaking views and the joy of running can only mean one thing: Fall has arrived in Minnesota! Join us on the Minnesota Mile course on Friday, September 10, 2021.

Run a 1-mile loop on Minnesota’s scenic Skyline Parkway while enjoying spectacular views of Lake Superior, the St. Louis River Bay and Minnesota’s early fall foliage. Take in all the beauty Duluth has to offer during this majestic time of year.

All net proceeds from the Minnesota Mile benefit the Young Athletes Foundation (YAF). The YAF was developed by Grandma’s Marathon in 1990 to assist with the promotion and development of healthy and active lifestyles for youth throughout Carlton, Cook, Douglas, Lake and St. Louis Counties.

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Minnesota Mile

Date:  Friday, September 10, 2021

In-Person Race Start Time: TBD

Location: Along Skyline Parkway in Duluth, MN.

Entry Fee (non-refundable):
$20 pre-registration until September 8, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. CST,
$30 late registration, $10 youth ages 6-14.

Registration: TBD

Swag: All finishers receive a long-sleeve tech shirt.

Participation Options

With safety plans in place, we are excited to offer the following options for you to complete the 2021 Minnesota Mile!

  • IN-PERSON OPTION: We will be hosting a chip timed, in-person version of the Minnesota Mile on Friday, September 11, 2020. In order to do so safely and in accordance with the MDH Guidelines, we will be offering (2) time blocks that will each include 10 waves of up to 25 people. You will select a wave during registration.

  • VIRTUAL OPTION: With this option, you may complete the Minnesota Mile at a time and location of your choice during the timeframe of September 10 – 17. If you select this option, you will receive an email prior to September 10 with instructions on how to report your time.

Safety Measures & Procedures:

Grandma’s Marathon is committed to providing safe and healthy events at all times. During the COVID-19 pandemic we are implementing extra precautions, which will require full cooperation among our participants, volunteers and staff. We ask that you adhere to the following safety measures, requirements and guidelines during your participation to ensure the continuation of in-person running event options.

Plans from our event in 2020 are available for reference.

2020 Safety Measures

Race Packet Pick-up and Late Registration

Days/times: TBD

Make sure to bring your wallet so you can stock up on gear! We will be having a sale at race packet-pickup featuring past race apparel and merchandise at extremely low prices.

Home of the two fastest miles run in Minnesota:

3:52.7 Ben Blankenship – set in 2013
4:21.3 Gabriele (Anderson) Grunewald – set in 2013

The status of the Minnesota Mile is subject to change at any time. We realize that the COVID-19 pandemic is a dynamic situation, and we will continue to monitor all updates from the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and CDC. If the status of the event changes, we will notify participants via email as soon as possible.