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Posted: June 7, 2021::  

Athletics: American Record Holder, Former US Olympian Alan Webb to Run Grandma's Marathon

Will Be First-Ever Competitive Marathon for 2004 Olympian

(DULUTH, MINN.) --- Once, and perhaps still, a household name in short-distance running, former United States Olympian Alan Webb will make his 26.2-mile debut later this month at the 2021 Grandmaís Marathon.

Webb, who still owns the American record in the mile with a time of 3:46.91, competed in the 2004 Athens Olympics in the 1500-meters and also won three gold medals at the USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships.

Now an assistant cross country and track and field coach at the University of Arkansas Little Rock, he says the timing is right to try the longer distance.

"Iíve always heard good things about Duluth and about Grandmaís Marathon," Webb said. "Iím not so much running now to be competitive, Iím running because I love to do it and because of what the sport has meant to me my whole life. The timing of Grandmaís works well for my coaching schedule, and Iím excited to come to Minnesota and to run on this beautiful course."

Webb made his half marathon debut on May 29 at the Great American River Run in Memphis, Tenn., finishing in fourth place with a time of 1:13:14.

Webb and his wife, Julia, are currently living in Little Rock, Ark. and have three children.

The 45th annual Grandmaís Marathon weekend will be held June 17-19, 2021. For more information or for any interview requests, please contact Marketing & Public Relations Director Zach Schneider via phone at (218) 343-9874 or via email at


Grandmaís Marathon began in 1977 when a group of local runners planned a scenic road race from Two Harbors to Duluth, Minnesota. There were just 150 participants that year, but organizers knew they had discovered something special. Grandmaís Marathon weekend draws approximately 20,000 participants for its three-race event each June.

The race got its name from the Duluth-based group of famous Grandmaís Restaurants, the first major sponsor of the Marathon. Over time, the level of sponsorship with the restaurants changed, but the name stayed the same. Grandmaís Marathon-Duluth, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt nonprofit organization with a 17-member Board of Directors and a nine-person, full-time staff.

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