• 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

What to See & Do

Outdoor Adventures & Exploration

Grandma’s Marathon weekend falls each year near the start of summer in northern Minnesota, meaning there’s plenty of opprtunity for our participants and visitors to explore the natural beauty of the North Shore!

Take some time away from preparing for or recovering from your race to take in all our area has to offer in the great outdoors — we’ve got everything from iconic and scenic hiking trails to wonderful sightseeing, overlooks, and lake views.

AERIAL LIFT BRIDGE
Don't miss the big ships coming in or going out of the Duluth Harbor and passing under the iconic Aerial Lift Bridge, just steps from the Grandma's Marathon finish line.
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GOOSEBERRY FALLS
Take a day trip up the shore, just north of Two Harbors, to this popular state park featuring spectacular waterfalls, scenic overlooks, and superb trout fishing.
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SUPERIOR HIKING TRAIL
An explorer's dream, the SHT is 300+ mile footpath that follows the rocky ridgeline above Lake Superior from the Wisconsin-Minnesota border to the Canadian border.
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GLENSHEEN MANSION
The 12-acre estate tells a unique story of Duluth, featuring gardens, bridges, and the famous 39-room mansion built with remarkable 20th-century craftsmanship.
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NORTH SHORE SCENIC RAILROAD
History comes alive on the Lakefront Line during a Duluth summer. Trains depart the historic Duluth Depot each day for trips along Lake Superior and through the majestic north woods of Minnesota.
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VISTA FLEET
Experience the wonders of Lake Superior as you get a new perspective of Duluth, sailing the open waters next to 1,000-foot freighters during your narrated sightseeing tour or nighttime cocktail cruise.
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LAKE SUPERIOR MARITIME VISITOR CENTER
Operated by the US Army Corps of Engineers, the Lake Superior Maritime Visitor Center features three replica cabins, a two-story steam engine, a 50-fot scale model and plenty more interactive displays.
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History & Tours

Duluth was incorporated in 1857 and has long been known as one of the busiest ports on the Great Lakes system, with shipping and the railroad still playing integral roles in the area’s economy.

Take time during your stay to learn the rich and unique history of the city, which includes the now infamous and sensationalized murder of Elizabeth Congdon at her lakeside estate (Glensheen Mansion) in 1977.

Recreation & Activity

Looking for a great night out during your your time in Duluth? We’ve got you covered on Friday and Saturday night of race weekend with great live music and entertainment at Bayfront Festival Park!

Past that, Duluth and the surrounding communities have plenty of fun options perfect for the whole family to make your race weekend experience memorable.

GRAND CASINO HINCKLEY
As the exclusive gaming casino of Grandma's Marathon, Grand Casino Hinckley invites race participants and spectators 60 minutes south of Duluth to enjoy great gambling and comfortable accommodations.
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SKYLINE SOCIAL & GAMES
Looking for a fun night out with the family and friends? Take a break and enjoy bowling, duckpin, virtual reality, or arcade games. Plenty of good food and cold drinks as well, making this the perfect pre- or post-race hangout.
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DULUTH CANDY CO.
A locally-owned and operated candy shop specializing in fresh, homemade gourmet popcorn along with truffles, fine chocolates, and much more.
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EPICUREAN FACTORY OUTLET
Offering a large selection of discontinued or overrun brand-name cutting boards, cooking tools, luggage, and more for 40-60% off normal retail pricing.
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FRAME CORNER GALLERY
Providing a wide variety of artwork since 1973, we have built our reputation on exceptional framing services, limited edition artwork, and first-class customer care.
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LAKE SUPERIOR ART GLASS
A complete glassblowing studio and gallery, we feature artwork of all types from more than 60 artists around the Midwest and a knowledgeable staff to make custom pieces.
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LIZZARDS ART GALLERY
Our collection includes local and regional artists featuring oil, watercolor, acrylic, and pastel paintings, pottery, jewelry, fiber art, sculpture, wooden vessels, and photography.
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NUMMI JEWELERS
A family-owned and operated business since 1951, our staff specializes in repair and engraving and our store carries many different lines of gold, white gold and sterling silver.
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Shopping

Make sure you pick up your Grandma’s Marathon merchandise on race weekend at Bayfront Festival Park, but there’s plenty of other places to bring a piece of Duluth home with you.

Check out some of our best local shopping options, and get your Christmas shopping done in June!

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.