Fitness Expo

  • 100+ Vendors Each Year

    The Essentia Health Fitness Expo is one of the largest in the nation, bringing more than 100 vendors and exhibitors to Duluth to showcase the latest products, services, technology, and innovation in the running and athletic industries.

  • Sponsor Support

    Thanks to the support of our sponsor, Essentia Health, our expo is free and open to the public. That means family and friends as well as the community can join our 20,000+ participants at this annual pre-race gathering full of great products, services, nutrition, and more!

  • Location, Location, Location

    The Essentia Health Fitness Expo is located inside the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center (DECC), which is just a short walk from Canal Park and the finish lines of Grandma’s Marathon and the Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon.

LOCATION
Duluth Entertainment Convention Center (DECC)
350 Harbor Drive
Duluth, MN 55802

DATES & TIMES
Thursday, June 15, 2023 | 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Friday, June 16, 2023 | 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

We would love to have your organization at our next Essentia Health Fitness Expo as part of the 2023 Grandma's Marathon weekend!

 

If you have questions about becoming an exhibitor or advertising, please contact our office via email at [email protected] or call our office at (218) 727-0947.

LOCATION
Duluth Entertainment Convention Center (DECC)
350 Harbor Drive
Duluth, MN 55802

DATES & TIMES
Thursday, June 16, 2022 | 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Friday, June 17, 2022 | 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

VENDOR NAME & BOOTH NUMBER

148th Fighter Wing – Air National Guard — 95
Advantage Emblem — 108
Anderson Race Management — 90
ASICS — 13, 14, 15, 18, 19, 20
Athletic Brewing Company — 70
Benders — 38
Biondi Band — 62
BROOKS — 103, 104
Cirrus Aircraft — 7, 8
Chad Walsh for St. Louis Co. Sheriff — 69
Coca Cola — 30
Crapola — 93
Creative Arcade — 61
Crud Cloth — 39
Dr. Scott Jensen for Governor — 114
Duluth Candy Company — 35, 40
Duluth Coffee Company — 105, 106
Duluth Running Company — 112, 113
Duluth TMS — 34
Eau Claire Marathon — 48+
Edward Jones – Kelsey Landsteiner — 31
Ely Marathon — 101
Essentia Health — 77, 78
Grand Casino Hinckley — 98
Great Clips — 57
HiDow — 25
Humana — 91
Ixcela — 109
Kemps — 5, 6
KT Tape — 116
Marathon Tours & Travel — 102
Members Cooperative Credit Union — 88
Medsense Massagers — 100, 111
Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon — 43, 44
MN Dept. of Corrections — 52
Minnesota Muscle Activation — 94
Minnesota Pork Board — 9, 10
National Running Center — 129, 130, 131, 132, 133, 134, 135, 136
Nature’s Gem CBD Health & Wellness — 36, 37, 41, 42
One More Mile — 26, 27, 32
OPE Running — 24
Orange Mud — 47
Pace Team — 89
Painpod — 68
Pinnacle Performance Eyewear — 107
Prime IV Hydration & Wellness — 99
PURE FUEL — 74
Racessentials — 53, 58
Real Time Pain Relief — 45
Ripple — 63
Run Minnesota — 72, 73
Secret Collagen — 56
Sharla’s Genuine Nails — 51
Sparkly Soul — 110
State Farm — 65, 66
Storm Creek — 46
Super Bands — 33
Sustainability — 92
Sweet Mare Studio — 96
Tortoise & Hare Footwear — 16, 17, 21, 22
Toyota — 87
Unity Fund – Juneteenth — 87
Urbanhalo — 75
Wahiwater — 67
WDIO-TV — 3, 4
WonderPax — 29
Yellow Rose Race — 60

DIVERSITY, EQUITY, & INCLUSION ROUNDTABLE
Friday, June 17 | 2:00 p.m. | DECC, Paulucci Hall

Running should be for everyone, but is it? It's important to Grandma's Marathon that we continue taking steps forward to make our event and the sport of running more inclusive and accessible to everyone. We've invited several community leaders representing various minority groups for a roundtable discussion to address some of the obstacles still present in both competitive and recreational running across the country.

 

  • Ed Walton --- Black Men Run
  • Alicia Kozlowski --- KwePack
  • Katia Lopez-Petrovich --- Latinas on the Move
  • Jake Fedorowski --- Seattle Frontrunners

DICK & CARRIE PRE-RACE TALK SHOW
Friday, June 17 | 4:00 p.m. | DECC, Paulucci Hall

Dick Beardsley is a two-time Grandma's Marathon champion, and he also owned the men's event record for more than three decades before it was beaten in 2014. Carrie Tollefson is a Minnesota running legend in her own right, having competed in the 2004 Summer Olympics and now working as a television analyst for some of the nation's biggest events.

Together, they make a dynamic duo on our Grandma's Marathon media team and will again be covering this year's men's and women's full marathons on radio and television. They will team up again this year for a fun-filled pre-race talk show to touch on all things Grandma's Marathon, including interviews with some of this year's elite athletes.

VIRTUAL RACECOURSE TOURS
Friday, June 17 | 11:00 a.m. & 3:15 p.m. | DECC, Paulucci Hall

Whether it's your first time to Duluth or you just can't get enough of our beautiful racecourse, make sure you join two-time Grandma's Marathon champion Doug Kurtis on Friday to learn any last-minute tips and tricks that may help in your approach to race day.

Race packets are distributed on on race weekend at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center (DECC). Participants are also given the option at time of registration to have their race packet sent via mail.

DECC PARKING RAMP
350 Harbor Drive
Duluth, MN 55802

Paid parking on race weekend is available at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center (DECC) parking ramp. Metered and other paid parking is available in Canal Park or downtown Duluth, which is approximately one-half mile away from the DECC. NOTE: To crossover I-35, or to help protect pedestrians from cold or inclement weather, there is an indoor skywalk system that connects downtown Duluth to the DECC facilities.

We would love to have you at our next Essentia Health Fitness Expo! If your organization is interested in becoming an exhibitor, please use the registration link or find more information below.

If you have questions about becoming an exhibitor or advertising, please contact Expo Coordinaor Hanna Wilke via email at [email protected] or call our office at (218) 727-0947.

fitness expo booth
grandmas marathon runners start line

Ready. Set. Go!

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.