William A. Irvin 5K Home

The 2021 William A. Irvin 5K in-person field is FULL and virtual registration is now CLOSED. Registration for the 2022 William A. Irvin 5K will open on October 1, 2021.

Date: June 18, 2021
Start Time: 6:00 p.m.
Location: Duluth, MN
In-Person Race Capacity: 1,500 (FULL)
Swag: William A. Irvin Finisher Shirt, Finisher Medal

NOTE: If you were registered for one of the 2020 Grandma’s Marathon weekend races and did not receive your promo code (sent via email on September 5, 2020), click here to find instructions on how to obtain your code.

The William A. Irvin 5K started in 1994 and has now become the popular kickoff event to an exciting lineup of races and festivities on Grandma’s Marathon weekend.

A perfect race for people of all ages and abilities, the 3.1-mile course was named after the William A. Irvin ore boat located next to the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center (DECC).

A new course, starting in 2016, now takes participants on a scenic tour of Duluth’s Lakewalk on the shores of Lake Superior before running through Canal Park back to the finish line.

The William A. Irvin ore boat was built in the 1930s for U.S. Steel’s Pittsburgh Steamship Company. The steamer carried coal and iron ore to ports on the Great Lakes for 40 years.

The Irvin, now owned and operated by the DECC, is longer than two football fields and has become an iconic piece of Duluth’s Canal Park as a floating museum of maritime history.


Ready to Run Pledge

The Ready to Run Pledge is a social contract that all participants, attendees, volunteers, vendors, and staff will agree to for the 2021 Grandma’s Marathon weekend.

This pledge is an acknowledgment of personal responsibility, communal respect, and commitment to health and safety. Grandma’s Marathon is a community event, and our approach to keeping everyone as safe as possible must also be a community effort.

All 2021 Grandma’s Marathon weekend participants and attendees will pledge to:

  • Follow all current and existing guidelines set forth by the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
  • Stay home and away from others if experiencing any symptoms related to COVID-19 prior to the event
  • Respect the space of others by maintaining appropriate social distance, and use caution when around large groups during the entirety of the event
  • Follow all instructions from event staff and volunteers

NOTE: COVID-19 vaccinations will not be required from Grandma’s Marathon participants, volunteers, or attendees, but everyone is strongly encouraged to follow the current MDH and CDC recommendations. Masks or face coverings and appropriate social distancing are strongly encouraged throughout the event, regardless of vaccination status.

2021 Cancellation Contingency Plan

If COVID-19 conditions do not improve, there’s a chance we will have to cancel the in-person version of the William A. Irvin 5K for the second year in a row.

If that happens, all participants registered for an in-person race will be automatically switched to the virtual option and receive new instructions for completing their race.

Those registrants will also receive a 40% discount that can be used (3) times over the next (5) years on any Grandma’s Marathon weekend race.

NOTE: Participants registered for a 2021 virtual race DO NOT qualify for the cancellation discount plan.

Future William A. Irvin 5K Dates

June 17, 2022
June 16, 2023
June 21, 2024
June 20, 2025
June 19, 2026
June 18, 2027
June 16, 2028
June 15, 2029
June 21, 2030