Grandma’s Marathon Registration Seeing Record Pace

DULUTH, Minn. – Registration for this year’s Grandma’s Marathon is seeing people sign up at a record pace.

Organizers say all spots for the half-marathon are taken, with fewer than 2,000 spots for the marathon, and fewer than 400 for the 5K.  If the current registration rate continues, all roughly 22,000 spots will be filled by the end of April.

This would be the first full capacity race they have held since 2019, after cancelling in 2020 and only having space for half the usual number of runners in 2021.

“People haven’t had the chance to get out and do a Grandma’s Marathon, or do any real big road race the way that they were used to it before the pandemic started,” says Zach Schneider, Marketing and PR Director for Grandma’s Marathon.  “Now that these races, including ours, are coming back to the way that they were meant to be people are excited, and they are jumping on it a little bit earlier which is great for us, and it’s great for the runners.  They get more time to train and plan their trip and hopefully they have a fun time when they get here in June.”

Schneider says they always plan for a race that has full to nearly all spots

Activities for Grandma’s Marathon begin June 16 with the Essentia Health Fitness Expo and race packet pickup at the DECC.  Activities on June 17 include the 28th annual William A. Irvin 5K, the Whipper Snapper Races for Kids, the continuation of the fitness expo and race packet pickup, and the Michelina’s all-you-can-eat spaghetti dinner at the DECC.  The marathon and half marathon races take place June 18, with both finishing at Canal Park.

More details can be found here.

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