• 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

Transportation

Shuttle Buses

Grandma’s Marathon and the Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon are unique in many ways, one of which is the way our race transports participants to the start line. 

You can leave the driving on race day to our transportation partners. Their experienced and friendly drivers will pick you up on race morning, deliver you to the start line, and then take you back to your hotel or vehicle following your race.

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

North Shore Scenic Railroad

For a truly unique and authentic Duluth experience, Grandma’s Marathon participants can also ride the North Shore Scenic Railroad to the start line.

Sit back and enjoy the clickity clack of the steel rails and the natural beauty of Minnesota’s North Shore on the way to the start of your race.

The train is first-come, first-served on race morning and loads in front of the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center parking ramp. It’s recommended that participants interested in this option arrive between 5:30 a.m. and 6:10 a.m. on race day.

NOTE: The North Shore Scenic Railroad travels to the Grandma’s Marathon start line only, and you must have an official race bib to board.

Grandma's Marathon - Start Line Bus Schedule

DULUTH 5:45 a.m. to 6:15 a.m.
Duluth Entertainment Convention Center (DECC)
350 W. Railroad Street
Duluth, MN 55802

DULUTH 5:45 a.m. to 6:15 a.m.
Miller Hill Mall (near JCPenny)
1600 Miller Trunk Highway
Duluth, MN 55811

PROCTOR 5:30 a.m. to 6:00 a.m.
Sports & Event Center
704 Kirkus Street
Proctor, MN 55810

DULUTH 5:45 a.m. to 6:15 a.m.
University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD)
1120 Kirby Drive
Duluth, MN 55812

SUPERIOR 5:30 a.m. to 6:00 a.m.
University of Wisconsin Superior (UWS)
1605 Catlin Avenue
Superior, WI 54880

TWO HARBORS 6:15 a.m. to 6:45 a.m.
Super One Foods
802 11th Avenue
Two Harbors, MN 55616

ALL 2022 PARTICIPANTS: Please submit your preferred transportation choice by using
the survey in an email sent on Monday, May 9.

For a truly unique and authentic Duluth experience, Grandma’s Marathon participants can also ride the North Shore Scenic Railroad to the start line.

Sit back and enjoy the clickity clack of the steel rails and the natural beauty of Minnesota’s North Shore on the way to the start of your race.

PARTICIPANT TRAIN 5:00 a.m. to 5:45 a.m.
Duluth Entertainment Convention Center (DECC)
350 W. Railroad Street
Duluth, MN 55802

NOTE: The North Shore Scenic Railroad travels to the Grandma’s Marathon start line only. It is limited to the first 900 participants and operates on a first-come, first-served basis.

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Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon - Start Line Bus Schedule

DULUTH 4:30 a.m. to 5:00 a.m.
Duluth Entertainment Convention Center (DECC)
350 W. Railroad Street
Duluth, MN 55802

DULUTH 4:30 a.m. to 5:00 a.m.
Miller Hill Mall (near JCPenny)
1600 Miller Trunk Highway
Duluth, MN 55811

PROCTOR 4:15 a.m. to 4:45 a.m.
Sports & Event Center
704 Kirkus Street
Proctor, MN 55810

DULUTH 4:30 a.m. to 5:00 a.m.
University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD)
1120 Kirby Drive
Duluth, MN 55812

SUPERIOR 4:15 a.m. to 4:45 a.m.
University of Wisconsin Superior (UWS)
1605 Catlin Avenue
Superior, WI 54880

TWO HARBORS 4:30 a.m. to 5:00 a.m.
Super One Foods
802 11th Avenue
Two Harbors, MN 55616

ALL 2022 PARTICIPANTS: Please submit your preferred transportation choice by using
the survey in an email sent on Monday, May 9.

Return Bus Service

FREE return bus service will be provided for runners and spectators continuously between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. on race day (Saturday, June 18). The buses will run from Bayfront Festival Park to the locations listed below:

UMD / CSS
University of Minnesota Duluth, College of St. Scholastica

EDGEWATER / FITGER’S
TBD (please check back closer to race weekend as details are confirmed)

SUPERIOR
University of Wisconsin Superior, Superior Inn, Best Western Bridgeview, Barker’s Island Inn, Hampton Inn, Holiday Inn Express

MILLER HILL MALL
Miller Hill Mall

WEST DULUTH / PROCTOR / SPIRIT MOUNTAIN
Motel 6, Comfort Inn West, Super 8, AmericInn, Best Western Plus – Spirit Mountain, America’s Best Value Inn – Spirit Mountain

TWO HARBORS (buses leave on the hour)
Super One Foods, Country Inn, AmericInn, Larsmont Cottages

Other Transportation Options

As part of our committment to hosting an environmentally sustainable event, we provide several transportation alternatives to our participants and community members on race weekend.

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.

RIDE THE BUS 
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.

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.