Running to Common Ground
Through our Running to Common Ground initiative, Grandma’s Marathon is committed to ensuring our event be accessible, safe, and welcoming to all people, especially runners from underrepresented communities or cultures. This includes, but is not limited to, communities of color, athletes with disabilities, non-binary athletes, and LGBTQ+ athletes.
Beginning in 2023, Grandma’s Marathon is excited to offer 500 discounted entries into one of our race weekend events to groups and individuals who are part of an underrepresented community or culture. In helping with the cost of registration, our organization hopes to open our arms to runners in those communities and to help them feel a sense of belonging within our race, our city, and our sport.
While financial support is not the only barrier to a race of our size, we are hopeful it can help lead to a more inclusive and positive experience for runners from these underrepresented communities.
To apply for the 2023 Running to Common Ground intiative, please click the button to the right. If you have questions, please call our office at (218) 727-0947 or email us at [email protected].
Run Minnesota is excited to provide support to Grandma’s Running to Common Ground initiative. Full and sliding scale scholarships are available to our training programs for Garry Bjorklund and Grandma’s Marathon to all those accepted into the program. Learn more about our training programs and apply for a training scholarship here.
Non-Binary Race Category
For the first time, the 2022 Grandma’s Marathon weekend offered an opportunity for runners to register in an official non-binary category. This change was necessary and long overdue, and it came after months of extensive talks with runners and other experts in the field.
Awards are available to the top non-binary runners in each of our weekend races, though due to the size of the field and our current financial limitations, there is no cash prize for the non-binary category at this time.
NOTE: To help protect the privacy and safety or our runners, anyone who registers for the non-binary category will have the option of removing their result from the online, public forum. Our staff will reach out to you prior to race weekend to ask your preference on that item.
Keynote Speakers & Panel
As part of our continued commitment to provide a platform for our underrepresented runners throughout our race weekend, we will be again be hosting a Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion panel as part of our 2023 Essentia Health Fitness Expo.
Here, some of our most trusted and experienced partners in this space can speak directly to our participants and give life to the personal experiences, successes, and challenges they’ve had in the sport of road racing.
If you or your organization would like to be part of our live content schedule for the 2023 race weekend, please contact our Marketing & Public Relations Director Zach Schneider via phone at (218) 727-0947 or via email at [email protected].