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Posted: May 31, 2023:  

Athletics: Goucher joins as analyst, WDIO & Townsquare team up for Grandma’s Marathon Weekend

Major Media Partners Will Simulcast 2023 Race Coverage

(DULUTH, MINN.) --- Duluth native and former two-time Olympian Kara Goucher will join a star-studded broadcast team for this year’s Grandma’s Marathon, serving in the same role she has recently with NBC Sports.

Goucher will work as a finish line analyst for this year’s broadcast, which for the first time ever will be a simulcast effort between WDIO-TV and The Northland Fan 106.5FM (Townsquare Media).

Still the women’s event record holder in the Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon, Goucher will also be making appearances at this year’s Essentia Health Fitness Expo selling copies of her newly released book, The Longest Race. Goucher will be available to sign copies of the book from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Friday, June 16.

Two-time Grandma’s Marathon champion and Dick Beardsley and former US Olympian Carrie Tollefson will continue to anchor the live coverage from the lead vehicles, working alongside fellow longtime race announcers Charlie Mahler and Chad Salmela.

Another two-time Grandma’s Marathon champion, Doug Kurtis, will continue in his usual role as analyst of the Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon. WDIO-TV will carry this year’s race on its primary broadcast channel – Channels 10/13 locally – as well as online at The Northland Fan 106.5FM, working in coordination with the television coverage, will air an audio-only version both on its radio station and online at

Another major media partner, the Duluth News Tribune, will have team coverage throughout the weekend and on race day available online at >A HREF="" target="_news">, and a special Grandma’s Marathon print edition is scheduled to be released on Wednesday, June 21.

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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