Grandma’s Marathon Weekend

Planning Moves Forward For 2022 Seawall Reconstruction, Walkway Redesign Behind DECC 

Duluth Council gave the go-ahead to begin looking at designs for reconstructing the aging seawall and the surrounding greenspace from the Slip to Bayfront.

DULUTH, Minn.- Duluth City Council passed two resolutions for pre-design and pre-engineering work for Phase II  of seawall construction and rehabilitating the pedestrian walkway along Harbor Drive between Canal Park and Bayfront. Councilors say they expect construction to begin on the seawall in 2022. They plan to use some of the $13 million in state bonding bill money the city…

Denfeld Students Keep Up Course Cleanup Tradition Despite Grandma’s Cancellation

Denfeld Girls Soccer Team has picked up trash along the shore the day after race day for about 10 years.

DULUTH, Minn.- The cancellation of Grandma’s Marathon didn’t stop Denfeld High School students from their nearly 10-year tradition of picking up trash along the course the day after race day. “We’re a part of the community and it’s nice to get our name out, y’know get some supporters for our team,”said Denfeld Junior Kamryn Hill. After Grandma’s every year, it’s…

Cancellation Not Breaking Runners’ Stride on Grandma’s Race Day

Out of the 18,000 that registered this year, about 3,000 are doing virtual races.

DULUTH, Minn.- While the Grandma’s Marathon finish line in Canal Park was considerably emptier this year, shoes still jogged across, pushed by cheers, as some runners still ran the Gary Bjorklund Half Marathon themselves. “Being a Duluth resident you just partake in this event, and obviously being different this year but still fun to do it,” said Sierra Johnson, running…

Summer Events at Bayfront in Limbo due to Pandemic

Officials, event organizers and acts are all looking at other ways to hopefully bring their art to fans.

DULUTH, Minn.- The COVID-19 pandemic has left musical acts and festivals at Bayfront Festival Park in unprecedented uncertainty–forcing organizers and artists to explore different ways to give fans an experience if shows are a no-go. Bayfront has become synonymous with summer fun, filling up every season with concert-goers, food lovers, and fireworks. But the empty, bleak park you see right…

Grandma’s Marathon Weekend Brings Huge Financial Boost to Twin Ports

Grandma's Marathon is the 11th largest marathon in the United States and about 20,000 thousand runners are registered this year.

DULUTH, Minn. – This sign on Interstate 35 in Duluth says it all, expect heavy traffic and detours in the area not only during the 42nd Annual Grandma’s Marathon this Saturday, but also Thursday and days after the big race. While traffic congestion will undoubtedly test the patience of drivers over Grandma’s Marathon Weekend their wallets will open up for one of the city’s biggest tourism weekends of the year. Grandma’s Marathon is the 11th largest marathon…

Increase In Security For Grandma’s Marathon Weekend

From a security perspective some procedures are highly confidential.

DULUTH, Minn. – Not only will this year’s Grandma’s Marathon Weekend feature a new race route, you can expect to see an increase in security measures for the 42nd Annual Race. Since 2013, after the Boston Marathon bombing, Grandma’s Marathon has stepped up in the way this handle this annual race that draws in thousands. From the start to the finish…

Irvin 5K Finish/Start Line To Be Slightly Narrowed During Seawall Work

DULUTH, Minn.- Meanwhile the William A. Irvin’s course will be slightly narrowed near the start and finish line this year. That’s because of the delayed seawall reconstruction project in the Minnesota Slip, which is home to the Irvin and where runners will race by on Harbor Drive. Marathon officials are encouraging spectators to check the site out in advance before race day, June 15th. Meanwhile, the city of Duluth will be closing Harbor…