• 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

Spectator Information

One of the best ways on race day to keep track of your favorite runners is by using the live tracking feature on our Grandma’s Marathon mobile app, powered by ASICS.

Available on Apple and Android devices, the live tracking will show you exactly where your family and friends are on the course so you can be sure not to miss them as the pass by.

NOTE: The Grandma’s Marathon mobile app is available for download at any time, but the live tracking feature will not be accessible until race morning. Because of limited cell coverage in some remote areas of the racecourse, there may be some delays in tracking during portions of the race.

Looking for a fun and unique way to cheer on your family and friends at the 2022 Grandma’s Marathon weekend?! Record a ShoutOut video! Your runner will be able to see, hear, and feel your support even if you can’t be there in person or if you’re somewhere else on the course.
 
The ShoutOut video messages will be automatically played as participants pass a video board along the course — near Mile 24 of the full marathon, Mile 11 of the half marathon. NOTE: Video submissions will be accepted until 12:00 p.m. Friday, June 17. Videos should be 5-10 seconds long, and they will only be available on race day. They cannot be saved or distributed before or after the event.

Watch the drama unfold from wherever you are! WDIO-TV takes you inside the race, from start line to finish line, and brings you all the biggest moments of the day. Their finish line desk puts you in the middle of all the day’s best action. Whether it’s winning moments or citizen success stories, WDIO-TV has you covered on race day.

Check out the special Grandma’s Marathon edition of the Duluth News Tribune, printed the Wednesday following race day. Get stories about this year’s champions and community successes, plus all unofifical results will be printed in this special edition newspaper. Pre-order yours today by calling (218) 723-5251.

Join Grandma’s Marathon legends Dick Beardsley and Doug Kurtis along with Minnesota running royalty Carrie Tollefson as they follow the action live from the course on race day. They’ll break down the history and strategy of the race, plus you’ll hear from the winners as soon as they cross the finish line!

ROAD CLOSURES
Canal Park Drive will be closed between Railroad Street and Buchanan Street beginning at 6:00 a.m. on Friday, June 17. All of Canal Park Drive will be closed on race day until approximately 5:00 p.m.

 

Scenic Highway 61 will be closed on race day from 4:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., while all of London Road and portions of Superior Street will be closed from 5:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

 

IMPORTANT: Vehicles and bicycles are not allowed on the racecourse during the event. All cars parked on the racecourse during the event will be towed at the owner's expense.

 

EXPRESSWAY TRAVEL
MN-Expressway 61, which runs parallel to the racecourse between Duluth and Two Harbors, will be open to traffic on race day. Expect heavy congestion and potentially significant delays. NOTE: Parking on the expressway is absolutely prohibited.

 

PARK POINT ACCESS
On race day, motorists wanting to access Park Point should exit use the 5th Avenue West exit from Interstate 35 North and follow the detour signs.

A spectator bus will run between Bayfront Festival Park and the University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD) campus every 30 minutes between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. on race day. 

 

The bus will load on the UMD campus on Kirby Drive and drop off at the Bayfront Festival Park parking lot, which is a half-mile from the finish line.

Parking is limited in downtown Duluth and Canal Park throughout all of race weekend, including the day of the race. Public parking options are colored in orange on the map above, including at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center (DECC), where parking is available for $10.

Want to skip the traffic on race weekend? Ride your bike!

 

Just like a coat check, we'll tag your bike and provide you with a claim stub. Our complimentary bike valet service is available at the following times and locations on race weekend.

 

FRIDAY, JUNE 17
Bayfront Festival Park --- 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

 

SATURDAY, JUNE 18
Dewitt-Seitz Marketplace --- 6:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Featured Viewing Locations

                                LARSMONT                                   

                                           Full Marathon: Mile 3

*No Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon Runners

GRANDMA’S MARATHON WHEELCHAIR
First Wheelers Expected: 7:45 a.m.

GRANDMA’S MARATHON
First Runners Expected: 7:55 a.m.
Last Runners Expected: 8:30 a.m.

WHY TO WATCH HERE
With limited spectator access at the start line, this is the first real chance in the race to catch a glimpse of the runners. If you play your cards right, you may be able to visit the Trading Post or Mocha Moose Coffee Shop and still have time to get to Canal Park to watch the winners cross the finish line.

                                KNIFE RIVER                                  

                                           Full Marathon: Mile 5

*No Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon Runners

GRANDMA’S MARATHON WHEELCHAIR
First Wheelers Expected: 7:50 a.m.

GRANDMA’S MARATHON
First Runners Expected: 8:05 a.m.
Last Runners Expected: 9:15 a.m.

WHY TO WATCH HERE
Just five miles from the Grandma’s Marathon start line, Knife River is a perfect spot to see runners early in the race. Plus, a short hike will bring you right to water’s edge of beautiful Lake Superior. Make sure you stop by Great Lakes Candy Kitchen or Russ Kendall’s Smokehouse before moving on.

                            McQUADE HARBOR                         

                            Half Marathon: Mile 1   |   Full Marathon: Mile 13

GARRY BJORKLUND HALF MARATHON
First Runners Expected: 6:05 a.m.
Last Runners Expected: 6:30 a.m.

GRANDMA’S MARATHON WHEELCHAIR
First Wheelers Expected: 8:20 a.m.

GRANDMA’S MARATHON
First Runners Expected: 8:50 a.m.
Last Runners Expected: 11:45 a.m.

WHY TO WATCH HERE
You’ll have to get up early to catch the half marathoners here, as it’s just about a mile from the start line. When picking your viewing spot up the shore, McQuade Harbor is one of the easier spots to get to and, unlike some other remote areas, there is usually plenty of public parking available.

                                 LESTER RIVER                             

                            Half Marathon: Mile 6   |   Full Marathon: Mile 19

GARRY BJORKLUND HALF MARATHON
First Runners Expected: 6:25 a.m.
Last Runners Expected: 7:30 a.m.

GRANDMA’S MARATHON WHEELCHAIR
First Wheelers Expected: 8:35 a.m.

GRANDMA’S MARATHON
First Runners Expected: 9:15 a.m.
Last Runners Expected: 1:00 p.m.

WHY TO WATCH HERE
As they cross the Lester River on the outskirts of town, the runners here get their first glimpse of Duluth after spending the opening miles in the solitude of Minnesota’s north woods. The louder the better at this point, as most everyone will need an energy boost before the race’s final miles.

                                     LAKESIDE                                  

                      Half Marathon: Miles 6-8   |   Full Marathon: Miles 19-21

GARRY BJORKLUND HALF MARATHON
First Runners Expected: 6:30 a.m.
Last Runners Expected: 7:45 a.m.

GRANDMA’S MARATHON WHEELCHAIR
First Wheelers Expected: 8:40 a.m.

GRANDMA’S MARATHON
First Runners Expected: 9:20 a.m.
Last Runners Expected: 1:15 p.m.

WHY TO WATCH HERE
If you’re looking for a party on race day, London Road in Lakeside offers some of the most raucous crowds on the course. Plenty of yard parties and music make for a fun atmosphere, and it’s not uncommon to see some of the runners stop for a beer along this stretch.

                            LEMON DROP HILL                          

                            Half Marathon: Mile 9   |   Full Marathon: Mile 22

GARRY BJORKLUND HALF MARATHON
First Runners Expected: 6:40 a.m.
Last Runners Expected: 8:15 a.m.

GRANDMA’S MARATHON WHEELCHAIR
First Wheelers Expected: 8:45 a.m.

GRANDMA’S MARATHON
First Runners Expected: 9:30 a.m.
Last Runners Expected: 1:45 p.m.

WHY TO WATCH HERE
One of the most iconic points on the racecourse, Lemon Drop Hill offers one of the day’s single biggest tests in willpower. The runners will welcome any extra enthusiasm you can muster to help them to the top. Once they’re past this hill, they can start to taste the finish line.

                         DOWNTOWN DULUTH                       

                      Half Marathon: Miles 11-12   |   Full Marathon: Miles 24-25

GARRY BJORKLUND HALF MARATHON
First Runners Expected: 6:50 a.m.
Last Runners Expected: 8:45 a.m.

GRANDMA’S MARATHON WHEELCHAIR
First Wheelers Expected: 8:50 a.m.

GRANDMA’S MARATHON
First Runners Expected: 9:40 a.m.
Last Runners Expected: 2:15 p.m.

WHY TO WATCH HERE
One of the more popular spots in the closing miles, downtown Duluth not only offers plenty of space for comfortable viewing but is also within walking distance of the finish line and Canal Park. Make sure you stop in for lunch at the Fitger’s complex, Sir Benedict’s Tavern on the Lake, or Pizza Luce.

                                 WATERFRONT                              

                    Half Marathon: Finish Line   |   Full Marathon: Finish Line

GARRY BJORKLUND HALF MARATHON
First Runners Expected: 7:00 a.m.
Last Runners Expected: 9:15 a.m.

GRANDMA’S MARATHON WHEELCHAIR
First Wheelers Expected: 9:00 a.m.

GRANDMA’S MARATHON
First Runners Expected: 9:50 a.m.
Last Runners Expected: 3:00 p.m.

WHY TO WATCH HERE
Crowds will be four or five deep by mid-morning, so arrive early to claim a front row spot. Free bleachers are available at the finish line or just behind the DECC. After you’re done watching, check out Bayfront Festival Park for live music, food, and drinks.

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.