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Posted: February 16, 2009  :

Athletics: Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon Registration Opening Soon

(Duluth, Minn.) Registration for June’s Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon begins Wednesday, Feb. 18. The race entry process is conducted through a lottery in which 4,500 participants will be randomly selected.

Beginning Feb. 18 at 12:01 a.m. (CST), and continuing through 8 a.m. March 2, registration will be available at for all half-marathon hopefuls. Lottery participants can submit their registration any time during the 12-day online registration period. Participants will be randomly selected and their acceptance into the race will be confirmed via e-mail no later than March 5. Those runners not selected will receive an e-mail notifying them that their entry was not among those chosen.

The entry fee for the 2009 race is $75, plus a processing charge. Only those 4,500 runners selected through the lottery will have their credit cards charged.

The 19th annual Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon is Saturday, June 20, at 6:30 a.m., and is run on the second half of the Grandma’s Marathon course.

Grandma’s Marathon Update

Grandma’s Marathon has been selected as a 2009 USATF Minnesota Championship race. USATF Minnesota members receive a discount on their marathon entry fee and are eligible for awards. Being designated as a USATF Minnesota Championship event also automatically places Grandma’s Marathon in the nine-race USATF Minnesota Team Circuit competition.

The field for the 33rd annual running is more than two-thirds full as 6,400 marathoners have signed up for the June 20 race. The registration period began on Jan. 15 and will remain open until the field reaches 9,500.

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)

Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon (4,500 entrants selected via lottery)
Lottery registration open Feb. 18 through 8 a.m. March 2 

William A. Irvin 5K (Limited to first 1,500 entrants)
Registration opens Wednesday, March 18 

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