Grandma’s Marathon Already Prepping for 2016

Prep for 40th Marathon Began Less than 24 Hours After 39th Ended

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The 39th Annual Grandma’s Marathon was a success, according to organizers.

The cool weather helped more than 13,000 runners finish the full and half marathons. 

Canal Park was cleared of bottles and cans by 8 a.m. Sunday.

By Tuesday morning there should be no sign the marathon ever happened besides the freshly painted finish line.

The 2015 Grandma’s Marathon process isn’t over, and planning for next year has already begun.

Marathon Executive Director Shane Bauer said planners were back to work by 7 a.m. Sunday, planning for the 40th Anniversary event next June.

While it will be the 40th anniversary of the marathon, Bauer said runners and spectators should not expect any major changes.

The committee believes that Grandma’s Marathon is successful because it gives runners a small town experience different from those in places like New York, Boston, or Chicago.

Bauer said runners come to Grandma’s from all over the world because they want that experience.

He pointed out that holding the marathon on Saturday rather than during the week and the local volunteers are part of the recurring draw to the event. 

While Bauer could not confirm most of the plans for next year’s 40th anniversary celebration, he did say the finisher’s medal has already been made public.

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