William A. Irvin 5K Home

Registration for the 2022 William A. Irvin 5K will open at 7:00pm CT on October 1, 2021.


Date: June 17, 2022
Start Time: 6:00 p.m.
Location: Duluth, MN
Race Capacity: 2,700
Swag: William A. Irvin 5K Finisher Shirt, Finisher Medal

Pricing Structure (In-Person)
October 1-October 15 — $40
October 16-December 31 — $45
January 1-June 1 — $50

Pricing Structure (Virtual)
October 1-June 1 — $35

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.


Future William A. Irvin 5K Dates

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