Just days left until the 36th edition of Grandma's Marathon weekend hits the Twin Ports. Months of hard work and commitment have been poured into this event - from runners, volunteers and many others. But, it will all be worth it when the shoes hit the pavement on Father's Day weekend and the excitement begins!


With more than 17,000 people registered for the USA Half Marathon Championships, William A. Irvin 5K, Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon and Grandma's Marathon, I want to thank each and every one of you for your participation.


Good luck with the final days of your training and I can't wait to see you all for a fun-filled weekend that's sure to create new memories and new friendships - and hopefully new PRs for many.


See you soon!




Scott Keenan

Executive Director

Grandma's Marathon






Texas Roadhouse will continue to provide their mouthwatering food for the 2012 Grandma's Marathon, in the Canal Park activity area, near the Big Top Tent. With choices like their juicy marinated Sirloin Kabob or Angus Burger made with fresh ground chuck, it will be hard to choose what to chow down on first.

"We're All About You" is not just a slogan for Advantage Emblem & Screen Printing; it's a philosophy, tightly woven into everything the company does. Nobody knows this better than Grandma's Marathon, for which Advantage Emblem is the official merchandiser and screen printer. 


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Runners stopping at aid stations along the Grandma's Marathon and Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon course on June 16 will again have plenty of Powerade available to quench their thirst. Powerade with ION4 became the exclusive racecourse performance drink in 2010 and will continue to be available at all aid stations this year.


Sit Back, Relax and Get Inspired! Austin-Jarrow and Grandma's Marathon will present an all-star lineup of guest speakers during the 36th annual Grandma's Marathon weekend. The 2012 Guest Speakers will appear in the Edmund Fitzgerald Hall at the DECC on Friday, June 15, 2012 at 2 p.m., 3 p.m. and 4 p.m.


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Charter is pleased to be a major sponsor of this marquee community event for our fifth year. Supporting Grandma's Marathon and the community of Duluth remains a top priority at Charter. Our locally-based employees enjoy participating in the weekend's events by staffing a water station at Lemon Drop Hill, as well as supporting several Charter employees participating in the Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon and Grandma's Marathon. New this year, we are also excited to announce that Charter is the Official High Speed Internet Provider of Grandma's Marathon; we created a Wi-Fi zone in Canal Park during marathon weekend so you can upload your photos and connect with your family and friends.



The Duluth News Tribune has been providing complete, award-winning coverage of Grandma's Marathon every step of the way, in print and online. The post-race Sunday newspaper contains a special Grandma's Marathon section with complete coverage and results from all of the weekend's road races.


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Michelob ULTRA, a product of Anheuser Busch and locally distributed by Superior Beverages, is now in its third year as the official beer of Grandma's Marathon. Ice cold Michelob ULTRA, Michelob Golden Light, Michelob Amber Bock and a variety of other refreshing Superior Beverages products will be available in the Big Top Tent activity area during Grandma's Marathon weekend.


Each year Grandma's Marathon Weekend crowns the fastest marathon, half-marathon and 5K participants over the Duluth area course. This year, the nation's fastest 4G LTE network joins the race in the Duluth area for those with Verizon 4G LTE capable smartphones, tablets and mobile hotspots to share all the action via video, email or social media sites. 


Each year one event draws together thousands of people from several different walks of life: Duluth's Grandma's Marathon. The race unites all of these people during the three days that Grandma's Marathon spans. And when the runners aren't on the course, another aspect connects everyone - the live music. Every year on race weekend a remarkable line up of musicians provide entertainment for the racers and spectators alike. This year will be no different.

We wanted you know about a great opportunity to help your favorite park win up to $100,000 and the prestigious title of "America's Favorite Park!" All city, state and national parks in the United States are eligible to win.  


This summer, Coca-Cola is rallying people to cast a "swing vote" for their favorite park candidate. Beginning today, slides, park swings, see-saws and open play spaces all stand to benefit in the third-annual America Is Your Park campaign. We recognize that runners need their trails, so here's your opportunity to help your favorite park win much needed grant money.

The Minnesota Pork Board (MPB) is off and running in preparation for this year's Grandma's Marathon. This is the MPB's third year as a Grandma's Marathon sponsor and the MPB staff and volunteers are counting down the days to one of our favorite events. The MPB delivers consumer education on behalf of Minnesota's 4,200 pig farmers who proudly raise high quality and wholesome pork for grocery store meat cases. This event is a highlight for MPB staff and booth volunteer because of the terrific people who attend the Essentia Health Fitness & Health Expo.


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Kemps, Minnesota's hometown dairy company is proud to continue its sponsorship of the Grandma's Marathon weekend in 2012. Kemps will continue the company's tradition of generosity at the Michelina's All-You-Can-Eat Spaghetti Dinner where attendees will be treated to a delicious, complimentary ice cream dessert after their meal. Kemps will also be at the finish line, refueling Grandma's Marathon and Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon competitors with delicious Kemps chocolate milk and cool them down with a refreshing Kemps ice cream treat.

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America's Favorite Jerky Brand Helps Racers and Fans to Feed Their Wild Side


Whether you're in the race or cheering from the sidelines, staying fueled and having fun are key elements of Grandma's Marathon weekend. Jack Link's Beef Jerky, proud sponsor of Grandma's Marathon, will be on-site throughout the festivities, joining in the celebration and helping to keep hungry fans energized.


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There's no better way to get the 36th annual Grandma's Marathon weekend started than with the Whipper Snapper Races for Kids. About 1,000 kids ages 14 and under will kick off the weekend festivities Friday, June 15 in Duluth's Bayfront Festival Park.