• YAF Races
    • YAF Youth Races
          • Our kids. Our community. Our future.

            A central pillar of the Young Athletes Foundation is providing free and accessible programming for our area’s kids throughout the year. These programs are focused on our mission of building and providing pathways to the community’s children in their pursuit of active and healthy lifestyles.

          • Wednesday Night at the Races
          • Saturday Morning at the Races
          • Whipper Snapper Races
    • YAF Programs
          • Our kids. Our community. Our future.

            Since its inception in 1990, the Young Athletes Foundation has worked to support the organizations and individuals of its five-county region through a series of kids’ events, grants, scholarships, and other programs that are focused on promoting and providing pathways for kids to live healthy and active lifestyles.

          • Grant Program
          • Running Shoe Program
          • Scholarship Program
          • Fit-n-Fun Run
          • Winter Challenge
    • YAF Volunteer
          • Our kids. Our community. Our future.

            Our tremendous community of volunteers plays a significant role in helping the Young Athletes Foundation to create memorable and successful events for our runners. More than 1,000 volunteers are needed throughout the year to support our fundraising race events for the YAF.

    • YAF Sponsors
          • Our kids. Our community. Our future.

            The Young Athletes Foundation was created to serve the community, and for more than three decades we have done that with the help of our local and regional business partners. With events throughout the year, our sponsors assist greatly in our mission of  providing pathways of opportunity to youth in athletic programs and encouraging healthy lifestyles.

    • What to See & Do
          • Authentic Duluth

            Don’t miss out on the authentic Duluth experience! Grandma’s Marathon falls during one of the most beautiful times of the year in northern Minnesota, and there’s no shortage of outdoor adventures or fun activities for you to enjoy with your family and friends on race weekend!

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    • Where to Stay
          • Authentic Duluth

            There’s nothing more important before the race or more welcome after the race than the perfect place to rest, relax, and recharge. With the help of our many lodging and hospitality partners in the area, Grandma’s Marathon is committed to making sure each of our 20,000+ runners, not to mention our volunteers and spectators, have a place to stay on race weekend!

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    • Where to Eat & Drink
          • Authentic Duluth

            Every year since 1977, our community has thrown open its doors to runners and spectators in town for Grandma’s Marathon. As the race has grown, the service industry has always been there with a smile to welcome tens of thousands of runners along with their families and friends as they descend on Duluth for race weekend.

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    • How to Get Around
          • Authentic Duluth

            There is so much to see and do in Duluth and along the North Shore of Minnesota! Getting there couldn’t be easier with our transportation partners. Whether you need to know where to find parking nearby on race day or you are looking for a way to get around town, we are here to help.

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    • Sponsors
          • It Takes a Village

            At Grandma’s Marathon, we specialize in bringing people together for an unparalleled running experience. Over four decades of careful attention to detail has earned us the reputation as one of the most highly organized races in the country. More than 20,000 participants travel from more than 50 countries and all 50 states to join us each June on the scenic shores of Lake Superior, and your message can be waiting for all of them when they get here.

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    • Volunteer
          • It Takes a Village

            We agree with our runners — we have the most compassionate and energizing community of volunteers. Every year, we host close to 20,000 participants and we couldn’t take care of them without your help. Grandma’s Marathon is a world-class event with small-town charm because of our volunteers!

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    • Donation Campaign
          • It Takes a Village

            We couldn’t do it without you, and we wouldn’t want to! The passion our community has for Grandma’s Marathon is what gives our race its small town charm, and the contributions you’ve made over the years are what allow us to keep improving the world class experience for our participants, volunteers, and spectators.

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    • The Marathon
    • Annual Races
    • Young Athletes Foundation
    • When You Visit
    • Support Us

Rules of Competition

Entry Confirmation

Entries will be confirmed via email immediately after registering. Official confirmation will be emailed to all registrants prior to the race.

Official Race Bibs & Transfers

You must be officially registered and have an official race bib to participate in any of the Grandma’s Marathon weekend events. Running under another person’s name is strictly prohibited and will result in your disqualification and jeopardize your participation in future Grandma’s Marathon events.

If you become injured or are no longer able to join us for Grandma’s Marathon weekend, you may transfer your bib to another person. This action comes with a $26.95 transaction fee, which is to be paid by the person receiving the transferred entry. No transfers are allowed after May 1.

To transfer your entry, please use your Race Roster account. Once logged in, select the “Transfer” button on the left side dashboard and follow the prompts. This is the ONLY authorized way to transfer your entry to another person. You are responsible for setting the cost of your bib and arranging payment for the entry with the person you are transferring it to.

All entry fees for Grandma’s Marathon weekend events are non-refundable.

Early Starts

Absolutely no early starters are allowed on the racecourse(s). Individuals in violation of this rule will be disqualified and asked to leave the course. No automobiles, bicycles, baby joggers, roller skis, inline skates, handcycles, hand-cranked wheelchairs, pets, or unofficial participants are allowed on the racecourse.


Participants are allowed to use headphones and similar devices during Grandma’s Marathon weekend events, but they do so at their own risk.

To enjoy all that our racecourses have to offer and for the safety of all participants, we strongly encourage a headphone-free environment while running in either Grandma’s Marathon, the Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon, or the William A. Irvin 5K.

We believe your race experience will be greatly enhanced by having complete use of all of your senses. Running headphone-free allows opportunities to develop camaraderie with your fellow runners and to enjoy the various entertainment acts lining the course. Plus, thousands of enthusiastic volunteers and spectators will be cheering you on, helping to get you to the finish line.

Racecourse Courtesy

Please be considerate of your surroundings during Grandma’s Marathon weekend. Use the portable toilets provided at the start and along the course at the aid stations rather than private yards or gardens.

IMPORTANT: Emergency vehicles have the right-of-way at all times during the race. The police and traffic control volunteers have everyone’s safety in mind and deserve to be treated respectfully by runners and spectators alike.

Runners who have finished the race need to avoid interference with runners approaching the finish line.

Runner safety has always been, and will continue to be, a priority for all of our events. Please be mindful of the other participants and race personnel to ensure a safe and enjoyable race for everyone.

Drug Policy

Grandma’s Marathon supports USA Track and Field (USATF) Zero Tolerance Action Plan to catch cheating athletes and coaches that are using or supplying performance-enhancing drugs. Grandma’s Marathon will work closely with and will encourage the USATF to perform drug testing annually druring Grandma’s Marathon weekend and other prize money events hosted by our organization.

Furthermore, we are committed to assisting the USATF with their efforts to educate coaches and athletes that drug use is morally and ethically wrong, dangerous to one’s health, and detrimental to the sport of running.

Grandma’s Marathon will immediately disqualify any athlete that has tested positive for using performance-enhancing drug(s) at any race hosted by Grandma’s Marathon and will no longer recruit that athlete for future races. Prize money and incentive bonuses will not be awarded to athletes that have tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs at Grandma’s Marathon races.

Furthermore, when an athlete returns to competition after serving a USATF and/or IAAF suspension for using performance-enhancing drugs at Grandma’s Marathon or another race, Grandma’s Marathon will no longer actively recruit that athlete and will not provide food, lodging and/or travel assistance to any future Grandma’s Marathon events.

In addition, Grandma’s Marathon will terminate any agreement that has been made between the race and an athlete regarding complimentary entries, food, lodging and/or travel assistance should the athlete be found guilty of using performance-enhancing drugs after the agreement was made. Grandma’s Marathon will also terminate said agreement(s) should race organizers gain knowledge of an athlete’s prior drug use suspension after the agreement was made.

As a result of any of the above scenarios, Grandma’s Marathon will immediately cease all business relationships with the athlete’s coach and/or agent.

Prior to competing, it will be mandatory for each elite athlete in Grandma’s Marathon and the Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon to sign an affidavit stating that he/she is not using any performance-enhancing drugs and that he/she is familiar with the Grandma’s Marathon Drug Use and Recruitment Policies (sections 1 and 2 above).

If you have any questions concerning our rules, call our office at (218) 727-0947 or email us at [email protected].

Fitger's 5K History

The Fitger’s 5K began in 1990 and over more than three decades has now become Duluth’s premier spring running event.

The 3.1-mile race traditionally starts and finishes in front of the historic Fitger’s building. The scenic race course takes participants through downtown Duluth and Canal Park.

Below are the all-time Fitger’s 5K race records and winners from each year. NOTE: Some early records are incomplete and our staff is working to retrieve those dating back to 1990.

2022 Fitger's 5K Parking Info

The Fitger’s 5K course starts and finishes just outside the historic Fitger’s Lakefront Hotel in downtown Duluth. They travel eastward toward 23rd Avenue East on Superior Street, London Road, and South Street.

2022 Fitger's 5K Parking Info

The Fitger’s 5K course starts and finishes just outside the historic Fitger’s Lakefront Hotel in downtown Duluth. They travel eastward toward 23rd Avenue East on Superior Street, London Road, and South Street.

2022 Fitger's 5K Parking Info

Free parking for the event is available in the parking ramp located next to Fitger’s.

Fitger’s Complex
600 E. Superior Street
Duluth, MN 55802

2022 Fitger's 5K Race Packet Pickup Info

The Fitger’s 5K course starts and finishes just outside the historic Fitger’s Lakefront Hotel in downtown Duluth. They travel eastward toward 23rd Avenue East on Superior Street, London Road, and South Street.

2022 Fitger's 5K Swag Items

The Fitger’s 5K course starts and finishes just outside the historic Fitger’s Lakefront Hotel in downtown Duluth. They travel eastward toward 23rd Avenue East on Superior Street, London Road, and South Street.