Grandma’s Marathon Weekend Full of Entertainment

For Runners, Spectators & Volunteers, Duluth Offers Something For Everyone

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Grandma’s weekend is primarily about the athletes and runners participating in whatever race it may be. But, this weekend, Duluth offers something for just about everyone.

“We’re the party in town,” said Operations Director for Grandma’s Marathon, Linda Hanson. “What I can tell you is expect a lot of fun.”

Friends, family, good food, and live music – it’s what the night before Grandma’s Marathon is all about.

Duluth welcomed about 75,000 people to town Friday night, getting ready for race day.

“I mean this is pretty much the biggest event here in Duluth,” said Jesse Pavlich, DJ with Sounds Unlimited.

Country bands Gloriana and Hitchville kicked off the festivities.

“They’re country and they’re the best, they’re the best around,” said Duluthian Taylor Wendinger.

Two DJs from Duluth say it’s their goal to keep the party going all weekend long.

“Let’s say tomorrow, this whole place will be filled up.” Pavlich laughed.

For locals…

“There’s a lot of people down here, I didn’t realize how insane it was,” Wendinger admitted.


“I ran my first marathon ever here back in 1997, so I’m back now,” said Rob Purdy of Eau Claire.


“Without spectators it can be hard to go that far sometimes,” laughed marathon runner Mark Sandberg.

And, of course, the runners..

“I do the spaghetti dinners before each of the big races and it’ll be an early night since we got to be up early tomorrow,” Purdy explained.

It’s a weekend for everyone.

“We want everybody to have a little taste of Grandma’s Marathon,” Hanson said.

There will be live entertainment all day Saturday at the tents in Canal Park. 

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