• 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

Volunteer FAQ

Thank you for your interest in volunteering for Grandma’s Marathon race weekend. Grandma’s Marathon is truly a community event, and it wouldn’t be possible to care for our runners without your help.

If you have any questions or questions specific to your volunteer position, please contact our Program Director Alivia Nelson via email at [email protected] or call our office at (218) 727-0947.

Having volunteers sign up online helps Grandma’s Marathon gather the necessary information to best serve our volunteers. We are able to gather contact information, emergency contacts, and see how long people have been volunteering.

If you have any issues signing up online, please reach out so we can assist you. Contact our Program Director Alivia Nelson via email at [email protected] or call our office at (218) 727-0947.

In a typical year, it takes up to 5,000 people from our community to help support the approximately 20,000 participants that come for Grandma’s Marathon weekend.

Volunteer Registration for Grandma's Marathon Weekend 2023 will open on January 1, 2023.

If you have questions, please contact our Program Director Alivia Nelson via email at [email protected] or call our office at (218) 727-0947.

A variety of different roles are needed to help make our race weekend happen. A full list of available positions is visible during registration.

Different roles require different skills and commitments from volunteers. If you have any questions, please contact our Program Director Alivia Nelson via email at [email protected] so she can help find a volunteer position that best fits your skills.

If you have any special considerations please list those during the registration process.

A Grandma’s Marathon’s staff member and/or your volunteer captain will communicate final information, including check-in location, parking and transportation options, preparation tips, and more to you in early June. All volunteer training takes place onsite.

Group leaders are encouraged to follow up with their volunteers after receiving the official email to reiterate final details and share any instructions specific to your group.

All volunteers will receive their required attire and any required credentials for their area in their volunteer packet. The volunteer attire must be the outermost layer and any volunteer credentials should be visible at all times.

While we appreciate groups and organizations wanting to represent themselves, it is vital for race officials, runners, and participants to be able to identify volunteers and for a consistent look across all areas of the event weekend.

IMPORTANT: The weather in northern Minnesota can be unpredictable. Please dress according to your job duty, and make sure you will be comfortable for the duration of your shift.

Volunteer packets start assembly in May and volunteers will receive a call when their packet is ready for pickup. 

Volunteers coming from out of town or state can arrange for their packet pickup by contacting our Program Director Alivia Nelson via email at [email protected] or by calling our office at (218) 727-0947.

NOTE: Some volunteer areas distribute shirts and volunteer packets on-site the day of the race. If you are placed in one of those areas, we will let you know.

Volunteers should not bring any personal items or valuables with them while they are volunteering. However, volunteers should bring what they need to take care of themselves for their shift (ie: extra snacks, jackets/layers, sunscreen etc).

Please check with your Volunteer Captain for any additional items they may suggest bringing with as each role and location has different needs or resources.

When arriving at your volunteer location, please check with your Captain for the designated area to store these items.

If you are no longer able to fulfill your volunteer shift, please immediately contact our Program Director Alivia Nelson via email at [email protected] or call our office at (218) 727-0947.

It takes up to 5,000 volunteers to support the runners throughout the event weekend, so if you are able to find a replacement or help spread the word to others who may volunteer, we and the weekend’s participants would appreciate every helping hand we can get!

Yes! Families, teens, and youth are welcome to join the excitement that comes along with race weekend. HOWEVER, all children must register as volunteers and for the most enjoyable experience, we encourage that children be at least 14.

NOTE: Some jobs allow children ages 10+ with the supervision of a parent or guardian. Please see job descriptions for age guidelines in those roles.

Groups of children should have supervision throughout their volunteering by a parent/guardian at an adult to child ratio of 10:1, respectively.

If your volunteer hours need to be counted towards school, work, or another organization—you must bring a copy of your program’s volunteer tracking sheet and will need to check-in and check-out with your designated Volunteer Captain to sign off on hours volunteered.

Grandma’s Marathon does not provide a tracking sheet and is unable to confirm volunteer hours after the shift.

If you are part of a group, please indicate that during the volunteer registration process. If you are a group leader and do not see your group listed on volunteer registration, please reach out to [email protected] so she can add your group. 

If you are registering a group of more than 20 people, please contact our Program Director Alivia Nelson via email at [email protected] or call our office at (218) 727-0947.

Because of the scope of Grandma’s Marathon, it is helpful to know who is volunteering for our event and to know if those who signed up showed up for their shifts. It’s also a liability concern, as we need to know who is where and for whom we are responsible throughout the day.

Having volunteers sign up online helps Grandma’s Marathon gather the necessary information to best serve our volunteers. We are able to gather contact information, emergency contacts, and see how long people have been volunteering.

If you have any issues signing up online, please reach out so we can assist you. Contact our Program Director Alivia Nelson via email at [email protected] or call our office at (218) 727-0947.

In a typical year, it takes up to 5,000 people from our community to help support the approximately 20,000 participants that come for Grandma’s Marathon weekend.

Sign up online here.

If you have questions, please contact our Program Director Alivia Nelson via email at [email protected] or call our office at (218) 727-0947.

A variety of different roles are needed to help make our race weekend happen. A full list of available positions is visible during registration.

Different roles require different skills and commitments from volunteers. If you have any questions, please contact our Program Director Alivia Nelson via email at [email protected] so she can help find a volunteer position that best fits your skills.

If you have any special considerations please list those during the registration process.

A Grandma’s Marathon’s staff member and/or your volunteer captain will communicate final information, including check-in location, parking and transportation options, preparation tips, and more to you in early June. All volunteer training takes place onsite.

Group leaders are encouraged to follow up with their volunteers after receiving the official email to reiterate final details and share any instructions specific to your group.

In addition, all volunteers are encouraged to read and be familiar with the information included in the Weekend Activity Guide(Note: The 2022 version will be complete in May, and the link will be updated.)

All volunteers will receive their required attire and any required credentials for their area in their volunteer packet. The volunteer attire must be the outermost layer and any volunteer credentials should be visible at all times.

While we appreciate groups and organizations wanting to represent themselves, it is vital for race officials, runners, and participants to be able to identify volunteers and for a consistent look across all areas of the event weekend.

IMPORTANT: The weather in northern Minnesota can be unpredictable. Please dress according to your job duty, and make sure you will be comfortable for the duration of your shift.

Volunteer packets start assembly in May and volunteers will receive a call when their packet is ready for pickup. All local volunteers must pick up their packets by Friday, June 10.

Volunteers coming from out of town or state can arrange for their packet pickup by contacting our Program Director Alivia Nelson via email at [email protected] or by calling our office at (218) 727-0947.

NOTE: Some volunteer areas distribute shirts and volunteer packets on-site the day of the race. If you are placed in one of those areas, we will let you know.

Individuals and group leaders can pick up their volunteer packets at Grandma’s Marathon’s office, address listed below. Pickup hours are from Monday-Friday from 8:00 am-7:00 pm.

351 Canal Park Drive
Duluth, MN 55802

All local volunteers’ packets must be picked up by Friday, June 10.

Volunteers coming from out of town or state can arrange for their packet pickup by contacting our Program Director Alivia Nelson via email at [email protected] or by calling our office at (218) 727-0947.

Volunteers should not bring any personal items or valuables with them while they are volunteering. However, volunteers should bring what they need to take care of themselves for their shift (ie: extra snacks, jackets/layers, sunscreen etc).

Please check with your Volunteer Captain for any additional items they may suggest bringing with as each role and location has different needs or resources.

When arriving at your volunteer location, please check with your Captain for the designated area to store these items.

If you are no longer able to fulfill your volunteer shift, please immediately contact our Program Director Alivia Nelson via email at [email protected] or call our office at (218) 727-0947.

It takes up to 5,000 volunteers to support the runners throughout the event weekend, so if you are able to find a replacement or help spread the word to others who may volunteer, we and the weekend’s participants would appreciate every helping hand we can get!

Yes! Families, teens, and youth are welcome to join the excitement that comes along with race weekend. HOWEVER, all children must register as volunteers and for the most enjoyable experience, we encourage that children be at least 14.

NOTE: Some jobs allow children ages 10+ with the supervision of a parent or guardian. Please see job descriptions for age guidelines in those roles.

Groups of children should have supervision throughout their volunteering by a parent/guardian at an adult to child ratio of 10:1, respectively.

If your volunteer hours need to be counted towards school, work, or another organization—you must bring a copy of your program’s volunteer tracking sheet and will need to check-in and check-out with your designated Volunteer Captain to sign off on hours volunteered.

Grandma’s Marathon does not provide a tracking sheet and is unable to confirm volunteer hours after the shift.

If you are part of a group, please indicate that during the volunteer registration process. If you are a group leader and do not see your group listed on volunteer registration, please reach out to [email protected] so she can add your group. 

If you are registering a group of more than 20 people, please contact our Program Director Alivia Nelson via email at [email protected] or call our office at (218) 727-0947.

Because of the scope of Grandma’s Marathon, it is helpful to know who is volunteering for our event and to know if those who signed up showed up for their shifts. It’s also a liability concern, as we need to know who is where and for whom we are responsible throughout the day.

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.