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Posted: May 30, 2019:  

Athletics: Grandma's Marathon Registration to close June 1

Additional Volunteers Needed for Marathon Weekend

(Duluth, MN): Registration for the 43rd running of Grandma's Marathon will remain open through Saturday, June 1. The country’s 11th largest marathon is currently at 95% capacity for the June 22 event. Registration will close on June 1 at 11:59 p.m. or if the race course capacity of 9,000 runners is met beforehand. Runners can register for Grandma’s Marathon by visiting The entry fee is currently $145.


Grandma's Marathon weekend also features the 29th annual Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon and the 26th annual William A. Irvin 5K. The Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon is Saturday, June 22 at 6:15 a.m. and the William A. Irvin 5K is Friday, June 21 at 6:00 p.m. Registration for both the half marathon and 5K are closed.

In order to provide the complete support that is needed for Grandma’s Marathon weekend, there are still numerous volunteer positions remaining. Volunteer positions include areas such as sustainability (green team), traffic and spectator control, water station assistance, medical services, racecourse entertainment, finish area activities, and the William A. Irvin 5K on Friday. This year in particular requires more volunteers than last year due to the increased focus on sustainability initiatives. The additional volunteers will assist with sorting and disposing of discarded items at various green stations located throughout Canal Park. The increased sustainability initiatives are being introduced as Grandma’s Marathon works towards their long-term goal of becoming a zero waste event.

Service organizations, large groups and individuals are all welcome and encouraged to participate. Each volunteer receives an official Grandma’s Marathon t-shirt, refreshment tickets and an invitation to the Grandma’s Marathon volunteer party on Tuesday, June 25 at the Greysolon Ballroom. To sign-up to volunteer, visit, email or call 218-727-0947.

In all, close to 20,000 runners from around the world will participate in Grandma's Marathon weekend, which is presented by Members Cooperative Credit Union and Toyota. For more information on any of Grandma's Marathon’s races or events, visit or call (218) 727-0947

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