Train Brings Runners, Spectators to Race Start Line

North Shore Scenic Railroad Offers Unique Grandma's Marathon Experience

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There’s only one way for spectators to catch both the start and the finish of Grandma’s Marathon, and that’s to get on board the North Shore Scenic Railroad.

Saturday morning around 5:30, a train full of viewers will enjoy a made–on–board breakfast and a Bloody Mary bar on their way up to Two Harbors to see the runners take off.

The train will chug along the race course for 12.5 miles, then speed ahead to the finish to see the runners cross the line.

“If you’ve never seen the start of Grandma’s Marathon, you have missed the ultimate experience of this race,” said Ken Buehler, General Manager of the North Shore Scenic Railroad. “It’s all these thousands of people in one place, at one time, with only one thing on their minds, and that is to finish.”

An earlier train will leave at 4:45 AM, with about 800 runners.

Grandma’s Marathon is the only marathon in North America where participants can take a train to the starting line.

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