• 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

Finish Line

garry bjorklund half marathon

The finish line is the place every runner wants to be on race day, and the same can be said for thousands of spectators as well.

The finish line for Grandma’s Marathon and the Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon is located in the heart of Duluth’s Canal Park, just steps away from the original Grandma’s Restaurant and the iconic Aerial Lift Bridge.

The entire street is blocked off on race day, making it a wonderful spot for fans to gather and celebrate their favorite runner as the cross the finish line.

Because of its popularity and location, sightlines and parking are limited at the finish line area. If planning to watch the race here, please plan on arriving early on race morning and allowing yourself extra time for travel. 

Not only is Canal Park loud and boisterous on race monring, it’s also just approximately a 1/2-mile walk from Bayfront Festival Park and more race weekend activities.

5:00/mile – 9:56 a.m. (2 hours, 11 minutes)

5:30/mile – 10:08 a.m. (2 hours, 23 minutes)

6:00/mile – 10:21 a.m. (2 hours, 36 minutes)

6:30/mile – 10:34 a.m. (2 hours 49 minutes)

7:00/mile – 10:47 a.m. (3 hours, 2 minutes)

7:30/mile – 11:00 a.m. (3 hours, 15 minutes)

8:00/mile – 11:13 a.m. (3 hours, 28 minutes)

8:30/mile – 11:26 a.m. (3 hours, 41 minutes)

9:00/mile – 11:39 a.m. (3 hours, 54 minutes)

9:30/mile – 11:52 a.m. (4 hours, 7 minutes)

10:00/mile – 12:05 p.m. (4 hours, 20 minutes)

10:30/mile – 12:18 p.m. (4 hours, 33 minutes)

11:00/mile – 12:31 p.m. (4 hours, 46 minutes)

11:30/mile – 12:44 p.m. (4 hours, 59 minutes)

12:00/mile – 12:57 p.m. (5 hours, 12 minutes)

12:30/mile – 1:10 p.m. (5 hours, 25 minutes)

13:00/mile – 1:23 p.m. (5 hours, 38 minutes)

13:30/mile – 1:36 p.m. (5 hours, 51 minutes)

14:00/mile – 1:49 p.m. (6 hours, 4 minutes)

14:30/mile – 2:02 p.m. (6 hours, 17 minutes)

15:00/mile – 2:15 p.m. (6 hours, 30 minutes)

15:30/mile – 2:28 p.m. (6 hours, 43 minutes)

16:00/mile – 2:42 p.m. (6 hours, 56 minutes)

***These approximate finishing times are based on a 7:45 a.m. start time. Actual times for individual runners may vary.

5:00/mile – 7:05 a.m. (1 hour, 5 minutes)

5:30/mile – 7:12 a.m. (1 hour, 12 minutes)

6:00/mile – 7:18 a.m. (1 hour, 18 minutes)

6:30/mile – 7:25 a.m. (1 hour, 25 minutes)

7:00/mile – 7:31 a.m. (1 hour, 31 minutes)

7:30/mile – 7:38 a.m. (1 hour, 38 minutes)

8:00/mile – 7:44 a.m. (1 hour, 44 minutes)

8:30/mile – 7:51 a.m. (1 hour, 51 minutes)

9:00/mile – 7:57 a.m. (1 hour, 57 minutes)

9:30/mile – 8:04 a.m. (2 hours, 4 minutes)

10:00/mile – 8:10 a.m. (2 hours, 10 minutes)

10:30/mile – 8:17 a.m. (2 hours, 17 minutes)

11:00/mile – 8:23 a.m. (2 hours, 23 minutes)

11:30/mile – 8:30 a.m. (2 hours, 30 minutes)

12:00/mile – 8:36 a.m. (2 hours, 36 minutes)

12:30/mile – 8:43 a.m. (2 hours, 43 minutes)

13:00/mile – 8:49 a.m. (2 hours, 49 minutes)

13:30/mile – 8:56 a.m. (2 hours, 56 minutes)

14:00/mile – 9:02 a.m. (3 hours, 2 minutes)

***These approximate finishing times are based on a 6:00 a.m. start time. Actual times for individual runners may vary.

5:00/mile – 9:56 a.m. (2 hours, 11 minutes)

5:30/mile – 10:08 a.m. (2 hours, 23 minutes)

6:00/mile – 10:21 a.m. (2 hours, 36 minutes)

6:30/mile – 10:34 a.m. (2 hours 49 minutes)

7:00/mile – 10:47 a.m. (3 hours, 2 minutes)

7:30/mile – 11:00 a.m. (3 hours, 15 minutes)

8:00/mile – 11:13 a.m. (3 hours, 28 minutes)

8:30/mile – 11:26 a.m. (3 hours, 41 minutes)

9:00/mile – 11:39 a.m. (3 hours, 54 minutes)

9:30/mile – 11:52 a.m. (4 hours, 7 minutes)

10:00/mile – 12:05 p.m. (4 hours, 20 minutes)

10:30/mile – 12:18 p.m. (4 hours, 33 minutes)

11:00/mile – 12:31 p.m. (4 hours, 46 minutes)

11:30/mile – 12:44 p.m. (4 hours, 59 minutes)

12:00/mile – 12:57 p.m. (5 hours, 12 minutes)

12:30/mile – 1:10 p.m. (5 hours, 25 minutes)

13:00/mile – 1:23 p.m. (5 hours, 38 minutes)

13:30/mile – 1:36 p.m. (5 hours, 51 minutes)

14:00/mile – 1:49 p.m. (6 hours, 4 minutes)

14:30/mile – 2:02 p.m. (6 hours, 17 minutes)

15:00/mile – 2:15 p.m. (6 hours, 30 minutes)

15:30/mile – 2:28 p.m. (6 hours, 43 minutes)

16:00/mile – 2:42 p.m. (6 hours, 56 minutes)

***These approximate finishing times are based on a 7:45 a.m. start time. Actual times for individual runners may vary.

5:00/mile – 7:05 a.m. (1 hour, 5 minutes)

5:30/mile – 7:12 a.m. (1 hour, 12 minutes)

6:00/mile – 7:18 a.m. (1 hour, 18 minutes)

6:30/mile – 7:25 a.m. (1 hour, 25 minutes)

7:00/mile – 7:31 a.m. (1 hour, 31 minutes)

7:30/mile – 7:38 a.m. (1 hour, 38 minutes)

8:00/mile – 7:44 a.m. (1 hour, 44 minutes)

8:30/mile – 7:51 a.m. (1 hour, 51 minutes)

9:00/mile – 7:57 a.m. (1 hour, 57 minutes)

9:30/mile – 8:04 a.m. (2 hours, 4 minutes)

10:00/mile – 8:10 a.m. (2 hours, 10 minutes)

10:30/mile – 8:17 a.m. (2 hours, 17 minutes)

11:00/mile – 8:23 a.m. (2 hours, 23 minutes)

11:30/mile – 8:30 a.m. (2 hours, 30 minutes)

12:00/mile – 8:36 a.m. (2 hours, 36 minutes)

12:30/mile – 8:43 a.m. (2 hours, 43 minutes)

13:00/mile – 8:49 a.m. (2 hours, 49 minutes)

13:30/mile – 8:56 a.m. (2 hours, 56 minutes)

14:00/mile – 9:02 a.m. (3 hours, 2 minutes)

***These approximate finishing times are based on a 6:00 a.m. start time. Actual times for individual runners may vary.

Spectators are encouraged to enjoy the viewing experience at the Grandma’s Marathon finish line, though it's advised to arrive early in the day as space and good viewing angles are limited.

 

There will also be limited space in the free finish line bleacher area, which is first-come, first-served. If you're interested in purchasing reserved space in the finish line bleachers, please call our office at
(218) 727-0947.

The Grandma's Marathon Information Center is located next to the Medical Tent in the runner recovery area at the finish line. All items recovered by staff or volunteers on race weekend will be brought to a lost and found at this location to be claimed by their owner.

A designated meeting area for those that are separated from their group will be set up at Bayfront Festival Park, near the Great Lakes Aquarium. There will be signs with the following labels to help you locate the other members of your group: AB, CD, EF, GH, IJ, KL, MN, OP, QRS, TUV, and WXYZ.

 

If you are participating in one of the races and are planning to meet someone at the finish line, it's advised that you make arrangements with them ahead of time. NOTE: Race announcers will not be available to page people or make personal announcements over our speaker system.

Free return bus service will be provided for runners and spectators from Bayfront Festival Park continuously between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. on race day. For specific return bus dropoff locations, please visit our Transportation page.

A spectator bus will depart to the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center (DECC) every 30 minutes between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. on race day. The bus will depart from Kirby Drive on the University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD) campus. No bikes or large strollers, please.

DULUTH TRANSIT AUTHORITY (DTA)
Participants can ride the Duluth Transit Authority (DTA) for free on race day just by showing their official race bib. NOTE: Be sure to utilize the DTA Trip Planner to plan your weekend activites.

 

PORT TOWN TROLLEY
Courtesy of the Duluth Transit Authority (DTA), the Port Town Trolley will be available from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. to transport participants and spectators between Canal Park (corner of Lake Avenue and Buchanan Street) and Bayfront Fesitval Park.

 

BIKE VALET
Skip the traffic when exploring Duluth! To help make our event a more accessible biking destination, we will offer a bike valet on both Friday and Saturday of race weekend.

Just like a coat check, we'll tag your bike and provide you with a claim stub. When you're ready to move on, come get your bike, and off you go!

Friday, June 17: Bayfront Festival Park, 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, June 18: Dewitt-Seitz Marketplace (on Buchanan Street), 6:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

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.