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!

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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.