Grandma’s Marathon Hires A Crowd Scientist To Help Safely Host 2021 Race

Instead of a mob of runners starting the race at all once, this year they will be released onto the course five at a time.

DULUTH, Minn. – Organizers of Grandma’s Marathon has enlisted the services of a crowd scientist…
to help provide a COVID safe event this summer.

Through the partnership with the crowd scientist, the organization was able to gather a computer simulation of previous races to help create a plan to safely carry out this year’s event.

Some changes would include transporting a limited number of participants on buses to the starting line.

Also, instead of a mob of runners starting the race at all once, this year they will be released onto the course five at a time.

“We’re taking it very seriously because we want to do everything possible to have our event go in June,” said Marketing & PR Director Zach Schneider. “When we talk about the racing industry, races of our size, we could in a situation come June, where we’re one of the first ones to return with any kind of in-person event. If that happens, we certainly want to put our best foot forward.”

Grandma’s Marathon leadership says this is just a plan of how they are analyzing the event, but approval from state and local officials is still needed to get permits to host the race.

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