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Posted: January 13, 2009  :

Athletics: Grandma's Marathon Registration Opens Thursday

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(Duluth, Minn.) Registration for the 33rd running of Grandma's Marathon begins Thursday at 12:01 a.m. (CST). The race entry procedure was converted to an online format in 2008 and that system will be in place again this year, so runners looking to register should visit

The 26.2-mile race, which has reached its capacity for 14 consecutive years, is limited to the first 9,500 participants. Last year, the race was more than half full in the first 24 hours after registration opened.

“We were very pleased with how well our transition to online registration worked last year, and we are excited to begin the entry process for this spring’s event,” says Scott Keenan, executive director of the race, the 11th largest marathon in the United States.

Grandma's Marathon weekend also features the 19th annual Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon and the 16th annual William A. Irvin 5K. Registration for those two events will begin in February and March, respectively. The Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon is Saturday, June 20 at 6:30 a.m. and the William A. Irvin 5K is Friday, June 19 at 6 p.m.

In all, more than 18,000 runners and 50,000 race fans from around the world will participate in the 33rd annual Grandma's Marathon weekend, which is presented by Target, Toyota and Wells Fargo Bank Duluth.

For more information on any of Grandma's Marathon’s races or events, visit or call (218) 727-0947.

2009 Grandma’s Marathon Online Registration Schedule

  • Grandma's Marathon (Limited to first 9,500 entrants)
    Registration opens Thursday, January 15
  • Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon (4,500 entrants selected via lottery)
    Lottery registration open from Feb. 18 through March 1
  • William A. Irvin 5K (Limited to first 1,500 entrants)
    Registration opens Wednesday, March 18

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