• Grandma's Marathon
    • Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon
    • William A. Irvin 5K
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          • The kickoff event to Grandma’s Marathon weekend, this 3.1-mile race starts and finishes near the historic William A. Irvin ore boat in Duluth’s Canal Park. A new racecourse offers a scenic tour of the city, making this the perfect race for beginning and experienced runners alike.

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    • Great Grandma’s Challenge
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          • It’s certainly not for the faint of heart, but the Great Grandma’s Challenge is the best way for runners to experience everything our event has to offer, starting with the 5K on Friday night and continuing with either the full or half marathon on Saturday morning!

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    • KP Challenge
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          • The KP Challenge is a series of three great, local races — Saint Fennessy 4K, Fitger’s 5K, and Park Point 5-Miler — that are strategically placed throughout the year to help participants build their endurance and stick to a regular training schedule.

    • Saint Fennessy 4K
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          • Get your green on for the Saint Fennessy 4K, a festive fun run perfect for runners of all ages and abilities. Whether you’re a first-timer or looking to jump start your spring training, this is the race for you!

    • Fitger's 5K
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          • A perfect challenge for new runners or a good training race for veterans, the Fitger’s 5K has grown into one of the area’s premier spring races and now welcomes more than 2,000 participants each year.

    • Park Point 5-Miler
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          • Come enjoy the height of a northern Minnesota summer at the Park Point 5-Miler, which holds the crown as northern Minnesota’s oldest road race and features a racecourse sandwiched between the open waters of Lake Superior and the Duluth Harbor.

    • Minnesota Mile
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          • The Minnesota Mile takes you on a scenic, 5,280-foot journey around Duluth’s Enger Park, treating participants to some of the best views in the entire city during the peak of fall’s color season.

    • North End Nightmare 5K
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          • A spooky end to our local racing calendar, the North End Nightmare 5K brings with it plenty of scary surprises and haunted attractions to the North End of Superior.

    • YAF Youth Races
    • 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

Fitness Expo

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.

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!

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.

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

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.


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Anderson Race Management
Athletic Brewing Company
Biondi Band
Cirrus Aircraft
Chad Walsh for St. Louis Co. Sheriff
Coca Cola
Creative Aracde
Crud Cloth
Duluth Candy Company
Duluth TMS
Eau Claire Marathon
Edward Jones
Ely Marathon
Essentia Health
Grand Casino Hinckley
KT Tape
Marathon Tours & Travel
Members Cooperative Credit Union
Medsense Massagers
Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon
MN Dept. of Corrections
Minnesota Muscle Activation
Minnesota Pork Board
National Running Center

One More Mile
OPE Running
Orange Mud
Pinnacle Performance Eyewear
Real Time Pain Relief
Run Minnesota
Sparkly Soul
State Farm
Storm Creek
Sweet Mare Studio
Tortoise & Hare Footwear
UnitedHealthcare Medicare
Yellow Rose Race


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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.

  • Black Men Run
  • KwePack
  • Latinas on the Move
  • Seattle Frontrunners


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 televison 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 radion 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.


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.

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 hanna@grandmasmarathon.com or call our office at (218) 727-0947.

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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.