Every Grandma’s Marathon Runner Has a Story

Runners and Families Create Their Own Unique Traditions Around the Marathon

DULUTH, Minn. – As racers move into place for Grandma’s Marathon, we’re learning about their stories and how they got there.

For everybody who will line the streets on Saturday, Grandma’s Marathon has a different meaning. Each family walking through Canal Park has their own unique way of celebrating what has become a holiday weekend in Duluth.

“This weekend, I’m going to be doing the full marathon for my first marathon ever.” says Dylan Nachreiner.

“I’m going to be doing the half which will be my first half,” says his brother Andrew.

This set of twins, Dylan and Andrew, are just starting their Grandma’s story.

“It just seems like something fun to do,” says Dylan. “My mom thinks I’m insane so I want to prove her wrong that I’m not insane.

While the two look alike, they have very different ways of training for their debut.

“I’ve been doing a lot of running on my own at home,” says Dylan. “From my house to town is three miles and then I’ll run around town.”

“Prepared? Nah,” says Andrew. “Who needs to be prepared?”

Other families have been coming to Grandma’s Marathon for years.

“It’s kind of a family tradition now,” says Jessica Galde, who will be running the half marathon. “My sister and dad both run it as well.”

For them, attending the marathon is always on their summer to-do list.

“Usually one of our first big runs of the run season for us, so it is kind of our kick off to the season,” says Galde.

Plus, it’s an opportunity for them to run through the perfect backdrop.

“Just love the atmosphere, just love Duluth.” says Jason Hammond, who will run the half marathon. “Just love the lake and everything, the city itself.”

So however you enjoy the weekend, Grandma’s is the perfect event to create your own tradition.

“I guess it’s just to prove if I can do it,” says Andrew Nachreiner. “I’m excited to see if I actually can do it.”

Runners and spectators are just starting to arrive for the marathon and anticipation is building for the event that brings runners from all fifty U.S. states and fifty-three different countries.

Soon will be one of the biggest parties of the year in Duluth.