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Posted: March 6, 2023:  

Athletics Grandma’s Marathon nearing sellout, one of fastest on record

Fewer Than 500 Entries Still Available in 2023 Grandma’s Marathon

(DULUTH, MINN.) --- Fewer than 500 entries are left in the 2023 Grandma’s Marathon, keeping this year’s race on pace to be one of the fastest sellouts in the organization’s history.

The fastest Grandma’s Marathon has ever reached capacity was in 2016, when the event was full by December 31. If this year’s current pace continues, race organizers expect this to be just behind that year in terms of all-time early registration success.

“It’s somewhat unprecedented, the demand we’re seeing for this year’s event,” Marketing & PR Director Zach Schneider said. “It’s difficult to compare this year to years when the race was smaller than it is today, but in terms of sheer participation numbers we’re looking at perhaps the biggest race weekend Grandma’s Marathon has ever had.”

There are also 150 entries remaining in the 2023 William A. Irvin 5K and Great Grandma’s Challenge, which allows participants to run both the 5K on Friday night and full marathon on Saturday morning.

The entry fees for each of the available races are as follows, with registration accepted on a first-come, first-served basis:

Grandma’s Marathon (450 spots remaining)
$140 – January 1-March 31
$150 – April 1-June 1

Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon

William A. Irvin 5K (150 spots remaining)
$50 – January 1-June 1
Full Great Grandma’s Challenge (150 spots remaining)
$215 – January 1-March 31
$225 – April 1-June 1

Half Great Grandma’s Challenge

Those still interested in participating in this year’s Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon do still have the option to sign up with one of our official 2023 Charity Partners, with details available HERE.

To register or to find more information, please visit The 2023 Grandma’s Marathon weekend will be held June 15-17 and is presented by Toyota, Members Cooperative Credit Union, and ASICS.

For any questions or interview requests, please contact Marketing & Public Relations Director Zach Schneider via phone at (218) 343-9874 or via email at


Grandma’s 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. Grandma’s 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 Grandma’s Restaurants, the first major sponsor of the Marathon. Over time, the level of sponsorship with the restaurants changed, but the name stayed the same. Grandma’s 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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