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Grandma's Marathon, Duluth, Minnesota

Competition or Sporting Event

Grandma's Marathon

Grandma's Marathon was created in 1977 when a local running club called the North Shore Striders partnered with Grandma’s Restaurant to host a marathon along Highway 61—one of the most scenic courses in the world. What started as a race with 150 runners has grown into one of the country’s largest marathons, generating millions of dollars in economic impact for the area. Thousands of enthusiastic volunteers, spectators and entertainers line the streets to cheer runners on as they work their way to the finish line in Duluth’s historic Canal Park.

Grandma's Marathon became a nonprofit in 1987 and three years later created the Young Athletes Foundation (YAF) to assist with the promotion, development and growth of youth athletics in the Northland. The foundation now serves the counties of St. Louis, Lake, Cook, Carlton and Douglas (Wisconsin), and has contributed more than $600,000 to area youth athletic programs through grant, running shoe, scholarship and activity programs.

Accessibility Notes

The course is accessible for wheelchairs.


Full Marathon:

ENTRY FEE (Non-Refundable):
- $85 from July 1, 2013 through September 30, 2013
- $90 from October 1, 2013 through January 31, 2014
- $95 February 1, 2014 through March 31, 2014
- $110 April 1, 2014 through May 31, 2014

RACE LIMIT: 10,000 - first come, first served (Age 12 and older)

Half Marathon:

Entry Fee (Non-Refundable): $80 U.S. Funds + processing fee (U.S. Funds)
Lottery Limit:6,700

LOTTERY INFORMATION:Lottery registration was held from February 10, 2014 through February 21, 2014. Participants are randomly selected. Registrants receive an email stating whether or not they were selected in the lottery. Credit card are charged ONLY if you are selected in the lottery.