Grandma’s Marathon

The countdown is on!

2023 Grandma’s Marathon registration opens on October 1, 2022 at 7:00 p.m. CT.
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The countdown is on!

Get to training! The 2023 Grandma’s Marathon is coming up fast, we’ll see you in June!
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The 2023 Grandma’s Marathon is officially sold out!

Those still interested in participating in the 2023 Grandma’s Marathon can explore any of the following options:

The 2023 Grandma’s Marathon is officially sold out!

Those still interested in participating in the 2023 Grandma’s Marathon can explore any of the following options:
  • Charity Partners Program — You raise the money, they pay for your race entry. Run for free, run for good!
  • Bib Transfer Portal — Connect with runners who can’t make it in June and are looking to sell their race entry.
  • Virtual Race — Can’t make it to Duluth? Run your race where it’s convenient for you, and we’ll ship your finisher shirt and medal to you!

Connect with other 2023 Grandma’s Marathon runners!

  • 2023 Participant Facebook Group — You’ve got questions about race weekend? Go straight to the source and connect with other runners!
  • 2023 Grambassadors — We’ve assembled a group of experienced and enthusiastic Grandma’s Marathon participants to offer help and encouragement!

Race Date: June 17, 2023
Race Location: Duluth, MN
Race Capacity: 9,000 (FULL)

Wheelchair & Adaptive Start: 7:35 a.m.
Men’s Elite & Sub-Elite Start: 7:40 a.m.
Women’s Elite & Sub-Elite Start: 7:45 a.m.
Citizen Start: 7:45 a.m.

IMPORTANT: If you are not entered in the elite, sub-elite, wheelchair, or duo categories, you will start at 7:45 a.m. immediately after the women’s elite and sub-elite runners.

Pricing Structure (In-Person)
October 1-October 15 — $120
October 16-December 31 — $130
January 1-March 31 — $140
April 1-June 1 — $150

Pricing Structure (Virtual)
October 1-June 1 — $110

Future Grandma’s
Marathon Dates

June 17, 2023
June 22, 2024
June 21, 2025
June 20, 2026
June 19, 2027
June 17, 2028
June 16, 2029
June 22, 2030

Since our inaugural race in 1977, Grandma’s Marathon has grown into something much bigger than just a 26.2-mile race along the scenic North Shore of Minnesota.

It’s now become a “can’t-miss” weekend in June, a moment when participants of all calibers come together to celebrate the vigor of the human spirit.

It’s a day the word “impossible” ceases to exist, a day 9,000 people become your best running buddy.

So get ready to once again tie up your laces for another year of memories, miles, and human might.


The Grandma’s Marathon is a picturesque, point-to-point 26.2-mile stretch along the beautiful shores of Lake Superior.


With rolling hills and a net downhill elevation, our racecourse starts north of Duluth, MN and runs along Scenic Highway 61 and the shores of Lake Superior before taking participants through the heart of downtown Duluth and finishing in historic Canal Park.

The Grandma’s Marathon racecourse is open for 7 hours (16-minute mile pace). To stay on pace, participants should arrive at Mile 19 by 1:30 p.m. (5 hours, 45 minutes into the race).

Participants choosing to continue the race after the 7-hour mark will do so at their own risk due to vehicular traffic and water/aid stations no longer being available. Anyone on the course after its official closing time will be asked to move to the sidewalk.


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Elevations are approximate.


Grandma’s Marathon water and aid stations will be located at Miles 3, 5, 7, 9, 11, 13, 15, 17, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, and 25. Water and Powerade Ion4 (Mountain Berry Blast) will be provided in cups at every station.


Hiccup Earth will again be providing reusable cups for two of our Grandma's Marathon water stations, in partnership with Coca Cola. Be on the lookout for these blue, silicone cups at Miles 9 & 25. Please remember two important things --- DO NOT take the cups with you, and TOSS your used cups to the side of the road or in one of the marked collection bins.


Anderson's Maple Syrup will provide PURE FULE (100% organic maple syrup packets) as on-course energy at Mile 17, and Super One Foods will provide fresh fruit near Miles 19 and 23.5.


Participants may pick up their race packets during the Essentia Health Fitness Expo. Extended hours for packet pickup are available on Friday night for those arriving late to Duluth.


Thursday, June 15, 2022 | 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Friday, June 16, 2022 | 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.


Click HERE for more information on the specifics of your race packet pickup.


Using official bus or train transportation is the ONLY allowable way for participants to get to the start line of Grandma’s Marathon. For the safety of our participants, volunteers, and the public, individual drop-offs at the start line are strictly prohibited.

Please click HERE for more information on available transportation to the start line and throughout race day.


The Grandma’s Marathon start line is located just south of Two Harbors, MN on Old Scenic Highway 61.  For a map and more information on the start line, including more of what to expect for participants, please click HERE.


The Grandma's Marathon finish line is located in the heart of Duluth's Canal Park and is a short walk from the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center (DECC) and Bayfront Festival Park. For a map and more information on the finish line, including more of what to expect for participants, please click HERE.


You will receive an official, clear plastic gear bag at race packet pick-up. A label with your race number is provided in your race packet envelope and must be placed in the designated space on your bag.

Gear bags must be dropped in the appropriately numbered containers near the start corral entrance. You must drop your gear bag by 7:15 a.m. to avoid delays getting into the start corral. No gear bags are permitted in the start corral. Please plan to wear warm layers on race morning. Extra clothes can be discarded in the start area prior to the race – Goodwill Duluth will reuse or recycle all clothing left behind.

Participants may pick up their gear bags in the secure finish area. You may pick up your gear bag before collecting your post-race food, if desired.

IMPORTANT: Unofficial gear bags (including backpacks) are not permitted and will not be accepted. Do not leave valuables in your bag. Race officials are not responsible for any lost items. All bags are subject to inspection and should not be left unattended.


Grandma's Marathon has experienced pace teams to help keep you on track throughout your race. Pacers will be available for the following goal finish times: 3:00, 3:10, 3:20, 3:30, 3:40, 3:50, 4:00, 4:05, 4:20, 4:35, 4:50, 5:00, 5:30, 6:00.


Participants can find their pace team leader near the sign in the start corral indicating their goal pace.


If you're unable to complete your race, there are five dropout zones located approximately at Miles 13, 16, 19, 22, and 23. There are medical personnel at each location, if needed.


Fatigue buses will depart to the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center (DECC) from these locations when full. Seeking aid at a medical tent does not prevent you from continuing the race. However, receiving any assistance that results in your being moved forward on the course will result in a disqualification.


Timing mats will be placed at the following checkpoints on the Grandma's Marathon racecourse: 6.2M, 13.1, 20M, and 24M.


Live runner tracking, powered by ASICS, is available through our Grandma's Marathon mobile app. The app can be downloaded anytime on Apple and Android, but live runner tracking will be available only on race day.


Most of the best - and most fun! - places to watch Grandma's Marathon come onces the participants have reached Mile 19 and the outer city limits of Duluth.

London Road, Superior Street, and Canal Park are the most convenient locations to watch the race for most people. Parking in these areas can be limited, so please plan to arrive early to allow extra walking time to your chosen viewing location.

More specific spectator information for race weekend can be found HERE.


Grandma’s Marathon Award Categories

Open – 1st through 10th
Ages 12-18 – 1st
Ages 35-39 – 1st, 2nd, & 3rd
Ages 40-44 – 1st, 2nd, & 3rd
Ages 45-49 – 1st, 2nd, & 3rd
Ages 50-54 – 1st, 2nd, & 3rd

Ages 55-59 – 1st, 2nd, & 3rd
Ages 60-64 – 1st, 2nd, & 3rd
Ages 65-69 – 1st, 2nd, & 3rd
Ages 70-74 – 1st, 2nd, & 3rd
Ages 75-79 – 1st & 2nd
Age 80 & Over – 1st

Wheelers – 1st through 5th
Non-Binary – 1st, 2nd, & 3rd
Local Runner – 1st
Minnesotan – 1st
Grandmother – 1st (Women Only)

19-34 age group awards are included in the Open category. Per USATF rules, gun time will be used to determine prize money and incentive bonuses. Chip time will be used to determine all age-group winners and other award recipients. Non-binary athletes are not eligible for overall men’s and women’s prize packages.


To access the full historical results database of Grandma's Marathon as well as learn more about how to order your official race photos, please click HERE.


You can also read more about the Grandma's Marathon all-time event record holders, year-by-year winners, and age category record-holders.


For answers to some of the most Frequently Asked Questions about Grandma’s Marathon and race weekend, please click HERE.


Once you cross that finish line, you’ll forever own a title that no one can take away — Grandma’s Marathon finisher.

Immediately after finishing, you’ll receive your finisher medal (pictured left) and finisher shirt. NOTE: It’s a Grandma’s Marathon tradition that the finisher shirt design is kept secret prior to race weekend.

Whatever your reason for starting, we can’t wait to see you finish!


Whatever the weather, this breathable performance fleece zip-up jacket made by Minnesota-based company Storm Creek will keep you at peak comfort and offers the perfect active layer.

MSRP: $75.00


Let the world know you’re training for the 2023 Grandma’s Marathon in this 100% polyester, long-sleeve tech training shirt. You’ll look good and run fast!


Made by Minnesota-based company Storm Creek, this luciously soft and lightweight quarter-zip will fit perfectly and snuggle you all the way across the finish line.

MSRP: $55.00

Known for providing some of the best hospitality in road racing, Grandma’s Marathon is the 12th largest marathon in the United States and one of the few not held in a large, metropolitan area.

Travel to Duluth for race weekend is made easy with daily, direct flights from the Minneapolis-St. Paul and Chicago-O’Hare airports.

A summer marathon needs a natural air conditioner. Lake Superior keeps our city cool on race day, with an average temperature of 56 degrees and a typical tailwind for our runners.

Minnesota’s Best

Grandma’s Marathon was chosen as the back-to-back winner as the state’s top annual sports event or race in the Minnesota’s Best awards, a Star Tribune initiative to celebrate the many businesses, organizations, and individuals that make Minnesota a great place to live, work, and play.

In 2022, more than 750,000 votes were cast for Minnesota’s Best, with 6,700 different entities across the state competing for the top three spots in 370+ award categories.

Best of the Best

Grandma’s Marathon was voted as the region’s best local tournament in the 2022 Best of the Best awards, which are hosted by our major media partner the Duluth News Tribune.

More that 140,000 votes were cast in this year’s competition, separating close to 45,000 nominees in hundreds of different categories searching to find the best of the best in Duluth and the surrounding area.

The BibRave 100

Grandma’s Marathon was named by BibRave to The BibRave 100 A Definitive List of the Best Races in America and identified as one of the top 20 best marathons of the decade.

Grandma’s Marathon was also named by BibRave voters as one of the nation’s top 5 “Race-Cations,” which is described as a premier race combined with weekend experiences to make potential extra travel and logistics worth the time.

MN Signature Event

Grandma’s Marathon was named a Signature Event by Explore Minnesota Tourism for its contributions to the state’s $15 billion travel industry.

In a 2019 economic study, it was reported that Grandma’s Marathon brings nearly $21 million to the region each year.

The organization aimed to highlight Minnesota-based, world-class events that produce substantial media exposure and generate significant travel dollars for the state of Minnesota.

Olympic Trials

In 2022, there were 49 participants of Grandma’s Marathon that qualified for the 2024 U.S. Olympic Team Trials. The 2023 Grandma’s Marathon will again be a qualifying event.

The qualifying window opened on January 1, 2022 and the new, updated USATF Qualifying Standards for the marathon are as follows:

MEN: 2:18:00   |   WOMEN: 2:37:00

Boston Marathon

In 2022, there were 1,030 participants (17.3% of finishers) of Grandma’s Marathon that qualified for the Boston Marathon, based on the B.A.A. Qualifying Standards.

Since 2010, Grandma’s Marathon has produced 10,632 qualifying times for the Boston Marathon. On average, more than 17.5% of Grandma’s Marathon finishers qualify to run in Boston.

Grandma’s Marathon is part of the Abbott World Marathon Majors (AbbottWMM) Wanda Age Group Qualifier series.

The AbbottWMM Wanda Age Group World Rankings comprise a one-year qualifying period during which athletes in nine separate age groups can compete in over 50 marathons across the world to earn ranking points. At the end of the qualifying period, the top ranked runners in each age group will be invited to the AbbottWMM Wanda Age Group World Championships.

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.