Park Point 5-Miler

Run the point.

Enjoy a summer day running on Duluth’s beautiful Park Point in the oldest road race in Northern Minnesota.

Grandma’s Marathon, the City of Duluth, and our Medical Director have worked together to formulate a plan for the Park Point 5-Miler/2-Mile Walk that will allow the event to proceed safely and within the COVID-19 guidelines set forth by the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH).

Park Point 5-Miler

Date: Thursday, July 15, 2021

Start Time: TBD

Location: End of Park Point, Duluth, Minnesota

Entry Fee (non-refundable):  $30 entry fee; $10 for kids ages 6 to 14

Registration: Registration for the 2021 Park Point 5-miler opens on January 1, 2021. 


With safety plans now in place, we are excited to offer the following options for you to complete the 2021 Park Point 5-Miler/2-Mile Walk!

  • IN-PERSON OPTION: We will be hosting a chip timed, in-person version of the Park Point 5-Miler/2-Mile Walk on Thursday, July 15, 2021. Look for more information about the different waves times when registration opens. 
  • VIRTUAL OPTION: With this option, you may complete the Park Point 5-Miler/2-Mile Walk at the time and location of your choice during a timeframe that is TBD. 

Race Course Map   Map of Event Area    Map of Start Area


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

Participant Swag:

Participants in the 5-Miler/2-Mile Walk will receive a commemorative Park Point 5-Miler t-shirt.


Race packet pickup & late registration

Location: TBD

Days/ Times: TBD

  • The 50th annual Park Point 5-Miler starts near the Park Point Pavilion in Duluth and participants run down Minnesota Avenue before finishing back near the Pavilion. A 2-mile walk will accompany the 5-mile run. Welcome to the 3rd of 3 KP Challenge races!

    All net proceeds from the Park Point 5-Miler 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.

Traffic & Travel Time

There will be no road closures for the event this year and two-way vehicle traffic will be able to use Minnesota Avenue all day.

In past years, Minnesota Avenue beginning near the Sky Harbor Aiport up to 24th Street has been closed to traffic. This year, the new wave start plan will allow the participants to spread out in a way that traffic will not be affected and vehicles will be able to drive in and out of the park during the race.  Delineators & caution tape will be utilized for runner/vehicle separation, and participants will remain in the Northbound/Lakeside parking lane (bike lane) both inbound & outbound of the park for the event.

We encourage you to plan extra travel time into your schedule on race day due to the increased use of the Aerial Lift Bridge during the summer and traffic on Park Point. The Aerial Lift Bridge goes up on the hour and half hour.

Course Records

Steve Hoag (men’s record) — 24:15.5 — set in 1975
Jen Houck (women’s record) — 27:50 — set in 2010

The Park Point 5-Miler & 2-Mile Walk is still on as scheduled for July 16, 2020. However, due to the rapidly changing circumstances surrounding COVID-19, it is important to understand that scheduling changes could occur, including canceling the race. In the event we need to cancel, we will offer the opportunity for all registrants to complete the race Virtually – whenever and wherever they choose – and still earn their race swag!