Grandma’s Marathon – 2024 Registration & 2023 Results

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Duluth, Minnesota, USA  June 22, 2024 Registration Closed
(Whipper Snapper race registration yet to open)

Inaugurated in 1977, the Grandma’s Marathon is an annual event held in Duluth, North Minnesota. The event, initially started by a local group of runners, has grown from 150 participants its first year to over 20,000 participants across various races offered during the 2 day event. It is one of the largest and best-known marathons in the United States offering world class event along with small town charm

The event offers 3 main races – The Grandma’s Marathon, the Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon and William A. Irvin 5K. There are various short races for kids also. 

The most popular event is the Half Marathon named after the first-ever marathon champion and Olympian Garry Bjorklund, This race was introduced in 1991 and is so widely popular that it is usually sold out shortly after registration opens.

The last event is the 5K which is actually the kickoff race to the 2 day event. Initiated in 1994, it is named after the historic William A. Irvin ore boat in Duluth’s Canal Park where the 5K race starts and finishes.

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Grandma’s Marathon

Race Categories, Dates, Registration, Eligibility & Fees


Full Marathon Half Marathon 5K Whipper Snapper races
Distance 42.2km 21.1km 5km Various distances^
Race Date June 22, 2024 June 22, 2024 June 21, 2024 June 21, 2024
Start Time  7:35 am onwards*** 5:50 am onwards*** 6:00 pm 2:00 pm
Eligibility Criterion 12 years & above 12 years & above No age criterion 14 years & under
Fees **– Live event $120 & Up $110 & Up $40 & Up Free
Challenges Full Great Grandma’s Challenge (5K+FM): $190 & Up
Half Great Grandma’s Challenge (5K+HM): $180 & Up
Fees– Virtual $110 $100 $35
Registration Registration closed Registration closed Registration closed Registration not yet open
Expo Details Venue: DECC Arena, Duluth Entertainment & Convention Center (DECC), 350 Harbor Drive, Duluth 
Date & Timings: June 20 (4pm-8pm) and June 21 (10am- 11pm)

** Prices for the live event are time sensitive and will increase closer to race date. 

*** Different race start timings as per category 

^ Various race distances as per age category 

^^ Challenges, Corporate teams and Charity entries are also available

 Route / Course Map

Information about the course maps & other details for the Grandma’s Marathon 2024 is detailed below.

Full Marathon/ Half Marathon 5K
Course Map FM / HM Course Map 5K Course Map
Course Map FM / HM Video Course Map

The Grandma’s Marathon has a mix of races – The Full Marathon and the Half Marathon route are POINT to POINT races while the 5K race is an OUT & BACK course with the below mentioned Start and Finish points:

Start Point Finish Point
Full Marathon South of Two Harbors, MN on Old Scenic Highway 61. Duluth’s Canal Park
Half Marathon Old Scenic Highway 61, North of McQuade Safe Harbor. Duluth’s Canal Park
5K Near DECC Arena, Harbor Drive, Duluth, MN Bayfront Festival Park, Harbor Drive, Duluth, MN
Whipper Snapper Races Bayfront Festival Park, Harbor Drive, Duluth, MN Bayfront Festival Park, Harbor Drive, Duluth, MN

Prize Money

Information about the prizes/ awards for the Grandma’s Marathon 2024 is given below. 

Marathon Half Marathon 5K
Open division Top 10 Top 10 Top 10
12 & Under Only 1st
Ages 12-18 (*ages 13-19 for 5K) Only 1st Only 1st Only 1st*
Ages 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74 (*ages 70-74 for 5K 🡪 only Top 2) Top 3 Top 3 Top 3*
Ages 75-79 Top 2 Top 2 Top 2
Ages 80+ Only 1st Only 1st Only 1st
Wheelchair Division Top 5
Non Binary Top 3 Top 3 Top 3
Local runner Only 1st Only 1st
Minnesotan Only 1st Only 1st
Grandmother (only women) Only 1st

 Points to Note for Prize Purse

  • Awards are equal for Male and Female participants
  • 19-34 age group awards are included in the Open category. 
  • Per USATF rules, gun time will be used to determine prize money and incentive bonuses. Chip time will be used to determine all age-group winners and other award recipients. 
  • Non-binary athletes are not eligible for overall men’s and women’s prize packages.

2023 and Earlier Edition Results




Important Points

  1. Race Slots: There are limited number of slots for each race capacity- as mentioned below
    1. Full Marathon: 9000 participants
    2. Half Marathon: 8000 participants
    3. 5K: 2700 participants
    4. Full Great Grandma’s Challenge: 500  participants
    5. Half Great Grandma’s Challenge 700 participants
  2. Race registration is transferable to another distance as well as another person. Conditions apply 
  3. Entry deferments are not permitted under any circumstances.
  4. Refunds: Entry fees are non-refundable. The only exception to this is for those who are active military duty and deployed for service during race weekend (a copy of deployment orders is required).
  5. Elite Athletes : You can apply by sending running resume any time after January 1 to our Elite Athlete & Administration Director Sarah Culver via email at Get more Information about Elite Athletes Application here. Also check Qualifying Standards for Full Marathon here and Qualifying Standards for Half Marathon here
  6. Bib collection: Someone else can pick up race packet on participant’s behalf. They would need to complete the authorization (found at the bottom of official bib number email coming in early June), and have someone else bring the printed, authorized confirmation to race packet pickup.
  7. Parking: There is no parking at the starting line of either Grandma’s Marathon or the Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon. Each participant is required to use the provided bus or train transportation to the starting line. 
  8. Pacers are available for both Full Marathon and Half Marathon (no pacers for the 5K) 
  9. Aid stations: There would be aid stations located along the course providing water and Powerade Ion4 washroom and medical facilities. Fuel and fruits would be available at limited aid stations
  10. Live tracking: A free mobile app is available to aid both runners & spectators to track your favourite runners 
  11. Next race is June 22, 2024
  12. Time limit applicable on the course for after which the course is thrown open to normal traffic
    – Full Marathon –7 hrs
    – Half marathon- 3 hrs 03 min
    – 5K- 1 hr 02  min

Contact Information

  • Email:
  • Office address: 351 Canal Park Drive, Duluth, MN 55802
  • Mailing address: PO Box 16234, Duluth, MN 55816
  • Phone:  (218) 727-0947
  • Website:

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