Practice makes PRs.

Whether you’ve been running for years or are just getting started, there are several training programs available to get you all set for race day.

ASICS Runkeeper™ Training

Grandma’s Marathon is excited to partner with presenting sponsor, ASICS, to support your training journey as you prepare for the 2021 Grandma’s Marathon Weekend. More details will be available soon on how you can get customized weekly workouts, progress insights and more with a free training plan. Stay tuned!


Minnesota Distance Running spring training program- Twin Cities Metro

Cost: $130 MDRA members; $155 new members

Training program is led by certified coaches and includes MDRA gear, training plan, and supported runs. This class is geared toward the Grandma’s Marathon runners in the twin cities metro and will easily accommodate other spring races.

The Minnesota Distance Running Association Spring Marathon and Half Marathon Group Training Programs will tentatively kick off with the first group run on March 13th.  They have 20 guaranteed entries to the Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon for class registrants.

  • Suitable for runners of all levels and abilities.
  • A base of at least 25 miles per week is recommended.
  • Class meets Tuesdays & Saturdays at various running locations in the Twin Cities metro
  • Informational sessions on training topics such as injury prevention, nutrition, and different training methods and philosophies.

Registration will tentatively launch on February 15. Sign up here to get email notifications about registration for MDRA Spring Training Programs.

Duluth Running Co. Spring Marathon/Half Marathon Training Group

A Fun and Super Social Running Group in Duluth, MN!

The Duluth Running Co. training group is one of the largest store-based training groups in the state of Minnesota. You’ll connect with up to 150 others runners of varying abilities three times per week from January 18th to June 19th (race day). The size of the group and our attitude towards making each run a fun and social event will likely change the way you feel about running.

Get Expert Coaching – Alisha Bradley, a Certified Personal Trainer with an emphasis on endurance, will guide you through a 22-week training program. You’ll follow a training plan, gain advice, receive loads of information, and get to take advantage of a large, fun group to train with.

Here are some of the other group benefits:

    • 22-week training plan
    • 10% discount in-store during the group session plus additional in-store rewards
    • Training group T-shirt
    • 3 group runs per week
    • Saturday long runs supported with water and sports drink
    • Exclusive opportunities to participate in vendor-led product testing and access to MTG discounts
    • Individual coaching and advice upon request
    • Advice on strength and cross-training
    • A fun and encouraging atmosphere

Training group runs start at 5:30 pm during the week. The in-person training group has been split into two sessions to limit gathering size and also be more accessible to your schedule. Participants may select either the Monday/Wednesday option or the Tuesday/Thursday option during the week. Participants may choose between a 7:00 am or 8:00 am start time on Saturday mornings. 


  • $100 through November 28th
  • $120 through December 31st
  • $140 starting January 1st

Registration is available in-store (no service fee) and online.

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Tony Stensland Coaching

Tony Stensland provides a personal coaching experience in the Duluth area that can also include a training group leading up to Grandma’s Marathon weekend. Tony is a long-running ambassador of the local running community and a member of our Young Athletes Foundation committee who has significant experience with coaching runners and groups to reach their race goals.

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LightSpeed Lift

Based in Duluth, LightSpeed Lift excels in the design and manufacturing of affordable body weight support systems built to alleviate pain and stress on bones and joints.  Recognized by athletic trainers and physical therapists for their ability to increase performance speed, decrease impact force, and support natural movement and balance, these devices revolutionize the physical training process for beginning runners, elite runners and those challenged with physically debilitating conditions. Stop for a FREE consultation and trial at the LightSpeed Lift Movement Center located at 500 East 10th Street, or call (218) 481-7242.

Zilch to 5k – Training Resource

Doing your first 5k and need some help getting there safely? Is your goal to finish between 36 minutes and an hour and fifteen? Zilch to 5k can help you achieve your goal whether you are walking or running!


Other local running store partners and resources for expert advice: