grandma’s marathon

Athletes With Disabilities Change Endurance Sports For The Better

Inclusion in Marathons for Special Needs Kids and Duo Young Racers

DULUTH, Minn. —  Grandma’s marathon may be over for 2019 but that doesn’t mean we can’t continue to hit the pavement running! In this week’s Great Outdoors Fox 21’s Brittney Merlot introduces us to a duo team from Wisconsin who’s story is a little bit different from the rest. When it comes to race day some of the runners are…

The Weekend That Was of Grandma’s Marathon

A very successful Granada's weekend due to many things

DULUTH, Minn.- The 43rd Annual Grandma’s Marathon has come and gone, and while the clean-up is still on-going, it’s time to take a final look back at just how everything went this year. Northlanders spend so long getting prepared and ready for the thousands of people that come to town for Grandma’s Marathon. And then it goes by just like…

Grandma’s Marathon Route See’s Slight Change For Second Year

With Superior Street reconstruction on-going, Grandma's Marathon will use a brief detour

DULUTH, Minn.- Something to keep an eye on tomorrow, is the different route that the runners will take for the second straight year due to construction in downtown Duluth. It’s year two of three of Grandma’s Marathon route being a little different, but it’s not as complicated as you may think. As phase two of reconstruction continues on Superior Street,…

Grandma’s Marathon Preps in Full Swing in Two Harbors

The calm before the storm as the site for the starting line is ready for thousands of runners and spectators

TWO HARBORS, Minn.- With all the people coming to the Northland, it means a lot of work is going on behind the scenes. Rain or shine, come Saturday morning, thousands of runners and spectators will gather in Two Harbor’s for the 2019 Grandma’s Marathon. Ready or not. Here they come. As the start line for Grandma’s Marathon is ready for…

DECC Prepares for Grandma’s Marathon, Officials Monitoring Weather

Getting things ready for Health and Fitness Expo, Spaghetti Dinner.

DULUTH, Minn.- Before runners take off on either the William A. Irvin 5K, Half, or Grandma’s Full Marathon, they get to eat and shop around some products at the DECC. The two halls of the DECC were empty Wednesday, but these crews are preparing for the Essentia Health and Fitness Expo Thursday and Friday. “It’s really the gateway for people…

Hundreds Take Part in Day of Caring Event

Volunteers were seen up and down the railroad tracks of the North Shore Scenic Railroad

DULUTH, Minn.- Hundreds of volunteers fanned out across Duluth today for the United Way’s Day of Caring. Volunteers walked a three mile stretch along the Lakewalk on the North Shore Scenic Railroad and picked up trash and debris preventing it from getting into Lake Superior. Two volunteers we spoke to said making Duluth look clean is important, but with Grandma’s…

Hanging Flower Baskets Go Up in Canal Park

Greater Downtown Council puts up baskets to beautify Canal Park before Summer and Grandmas's

DULUTH, Minn.- It’s beginning to look like summer in Canal Park, as the hanging flower baskets have started going up, just in time for Grandma’s Marathon. More than 100 baskets were delivered and hung up Tuesday morning. Greater Downtown Council leaders said it’s important to liven up the scenery in Canal Park. “This is just important aesthetics for the Downtown…

Running Stores Prepare for Grandma’s Marathon

Duluth Running Company getting store ready for race weekend.

DULUTH, Minn.- It’s Grandma’s Marathon Race Week, and Duluth running stores are getting ready for over 20,000 runners to take to the streets this weekend. Duluth Running Company is bringing out all their stock to prepare for runners, getting last minute gear not only during the week, but even right before the race. “We’ve had sales like happen day of,”…

Grandma’s Marathon Race Week Begins

Preparations begin for the 5k, 1/2 and Full Marathons.

DULUTH, Minn.- Pieces of Grandma’s Marathon are coming together in Duluth, as the Big Top Tent has just gone up in Canal Park. It seems the Marathon will reshape the city, to give runners a solid course, and give spectators a comfortable experience to cheer them on. Finishing touches still have to be added, like painting the finish line, which…

Summer, Tourism Season Right Around the Corner

Tourism expected to have over $900 million dollar impact.

DULUTH, Minn.- The official start of summer is a little more than a week away, and in Duluth that means Grandma’s Marathon, outdoor festivals, and live music at Bayfront Festival Park. Those events all bring in Tourists. Grandma’s Marathon brings in as many as 20,000 runners and their friends and family. That weekend kicks off Duluth’s summer of fun. Grandma’s…

Countdown Begins to Grandma’s Marathon, Volunteers Needed

Grandma's Marathon Weekend is Happening June 21 - 23

DULUTH, Minn. – The countdown to Grandma’s Marathon is on! The jam packed weekend of events will run June 21 – 23 this year. While the 2019 race isn’t even over yet, planning has already started for next year’s big race. More than 6,000 volunteers are needed to make race weekend happen. Volunteers are needed from Two Harbors to Canal…

Seawall Rehabilitation Nears Completion

Work should be done before Grandma's Marathon.

DULUTH, Minn.- The seawall rehabilitation project in Canal Park is in the home stretch and should be complete before Grandma’s Marathon. The project has been done in phases and starting this Monday, the last phase will begin. Crews will be putting in a storm water outfall, curbs, concrete patios, sidewalks, turf, and a bike path. The Minnesota slip bridge will…

Park Point Construction Begins Next Week

13th street to the Lift Bridge will be filled with construction cones starting next week

DULUTH, Minn.- A start date has now been set for a major Duluth construction project. Work on Park Point Road just south of the Lift Bridge will begin on May 29th. Starting later this month, 13th street to the Lift Bridge will be filled with construction cones. The city will take three inches of black top off the roads to…

UMD Hosts Fit-N-Fun Run

Thousands of students laced up their shoes at Malosky Stadium today

DULUTH, Minn.- Students laced up their shoes, stretched out their legs, and got to enjoy the beautiful weather today at UMD during the annual fit and fun run. Two thousand third, fourth, and fifth graders from Duluth Elementary Schools ran a lap around the school’s Stadium in celebration of their hard work put forth in their physical education classes. Once…

New Construction, Husky Updates Among Topics in Superior’s State of the City

Mayor Jim Paine delivers his second State of the City address.

SUPERIOR, Wis.- In his second State of the City address, Superior Mayor Jim Paine is proud of the progress Superior has made. He said the city will be unrecognizable to some in the coming years. The Mayor announced the construction of Cobblestone Hotel on Tower Avenue, and the development of Central High School into a mixed-use development, featuring both market-rate…

Runners and Walkers Take to the Streets for Fitger’s 5K

Over two thousand competed in the 30th Annual Race.

DULUTH, Minn.- For the 30th year, runners and walkers took over the streets of Duluth to complete the Fitger’s 5K Run and Walk, benefitting the Young Athletes Foundation. The chilly race warms athletes up to run 26 miles at Grandma’s Marathon in June. The airhorn sends off the first wave of runners, who take-off like a stampede. Runners of all…

Northland Group Training for Grandma’s Marathon

North Park Run Club enjoying outdoors with warm weather

DULUTH, Minn.- Snow in the Northland is melting which means that one local group is preparing for Grandma’s Marathon finally has the opportunity to get onto the pavement and enjoy the fresh air. North Park Run Club Coach Jessica Rossing says “this kind of helps to even it out a bit, to help everyone get back into a grove of…

Coffee Conversation: Minnesota Mile to Attract Hundreds this Friday

The Minnesota Mile Sponsored by Grandma's Marathon will Take Over Skyline Parkway Friday, September 7

DULUTH, Minn. – Northlanders are welcome to sign up now as an individual or team member for the 12th annual Minnesota Mile taking place on Friday, September 7. The course will be set along Duluth’s Skyline Parkway. Participants will run a one mile loop while enjoying breathtaking views of Lake Superior, the St. Louis River Bay and the start of…

Wednesday Night at the Races Lets Kids Be Active

The weekly event is for kids ages 4-14 and is free to register.

SUPERIOR, Wisc. – Wednesday Night at the Races has become a huge local traditional throughout the summer, where kids can participate in free, short, non-competitive races each Wednesday for six weeks. The races are held in a different location each week and this Wednesday it was held at Superior High School. Kids were split up by age groups and gender,…

Heavy Rain Pours Down In the Northland, Flooding Some Areas

The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood warning until Sunday for a section of Northeast Minnesota

DULUTH, Minn. – Heavy rain has been pouring down in many parts of the Northland throughout the day. So much rain has fallen some places, that flooding has become a problem. This is what the area near 27th Avenue West in Duluth looked like this afternoon with high water flowing on the streets. The heavy rain didn’t stop some people…

Behind the Scenes of the Spaghetti Feed

Overall nearly 8,000 plates of food will be served.

DULUTH, Minn.-  The annual Michelina’s Spaghetti Feed has been feeding the Northland before grandma’s marathon since 1977. The spaghetti feast helps runners carb up before the big race, but everyone is welcome to enjoy the all you can eat meal. The line starts around 10 a.m. and doors are open until 9 p.m. Overall nearly 8,000 plates of food will…

Kara Goucher Returns to Duluth for Gary Bjorkland half marathon

The Olympic medalist tells us, she will be giving it her all tomorrow but is racing to have fun.

DULUTH, Minn.- After experiencing races around the world a two time Olympian is raving of Grandma’s Marathon. Two time Olympian and Duluth native Kara Goucher is back and excited to take-off at the starting line. It’s the third year Goucher has participated in Grandma’s Marathon. Goucher says she grew up cheering on loved ones running and volunteering for the event….

Active Adventures: Starting Line Etiquette

FOX 21's William Seay Speaks with the Starting Line Coordinator from Grandma's Marathon

TWO HARBORS, Minn. – In this week’s Active Adventures, FOX 21 Meteorologist William Seay speaks with Two Harbors Chamber President Janelle Bianco Jones. Jones is also the Starting Line Coordinator for Grandma’s Marathon. She tells FOX 21 it’s important to make sure you don’t bring any bags with you to the starting line because you’ll be asked to discard them. Jones say…

Grandma’s Marathon Charity Partner: Running for the Cure

Scleroderma is a chronic tissue disease, which has no cure.

DULUTH, Minn.- There are over a dozen charity partners with Grandma’s Marathon, but this year one man is starting a first-time charity to honor his wife. Runners are raising money for the  Scleroderma Foundation, for team Carole. Scleroderma is a chronic tissue disease, which has no cure. Kevin Berg is organizing a fundraiser to help find a cure, now nearly…

Hotels Sell Out For Grandma’s Marathon

Each room at the Holiday Inn will have a race gift bag with water and snacks.

DULUTH, Minn. – Local hotels in Duluth are either sold out or close to it for the busy race weekend. The General Manager at Holiday Inn on West Superior Street tells us his team is excited to welcome in guests from all over the world. The hotel is booked solid on Friday with just a few rooms left for Saturday. “Grandma’s is actually kind of a fun easy…

Northland Uncovered: Grandma’s Marathon Viewing Train

The Grandma's Marathon Viewing Train will Leave the Duluth Depot at 5:45 a.m. on Saturday, June 16

DULUTH, Minn. – This weekend thousands of fans will be packing the streets, waiting for their favorite athletes to pass by. But did you know you can also witness Grandma’s Marathon from the tracks of the North Shore Scenic Railroad? Tuesday morning on FOX 21 Local News, Lake Superior Railroad Museum Executive Director Ken Buehler stopped by to chat about…

The Race Before the Marathon

Intense Preparations for Grandma's Marathon Begin Monday, Organizers Advise to Stay Up-To-Date with the Grandma's Marathon Mobile App

DULUTH, Minn. – Ready, get set, race! The countdown to the annual running of Grandma’s Marathon is just five days away. Racers, fans, volunteers and organizers are working around the clock this week to prepare for the big event(s) on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Mandi Peterson, Marketing and Public Relations Director with Grandma’s Marathon stopped by the FOX 21 Studio…

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…

More Volunteers Needed for Grandma’s Marathon Weekend

You can also call Grandma's Marathon offices at 281-727-0947 and ask for Tara if you'd like to volunteer.

DULUTH, Minn. – Volunteers are wanted for this year’s Grandma’s Marathon, which is a little more than two weeks away! It takes about 6,000 volunteers to make Grandma’s Marathon run smoothly. Right now 200 volunteer spots are still empty, and it’s especially important this year, because the race is being re–routed because of Superior Street reconstruction. “We’re going to need some extra volunteers to help out with way finding in order…

Verizon Wireless Devices to Support Training Goals for Athletes

Verizon Wireless Recommends Spring Activity Devices

DULUTH, Minn. – As Spring fully gets underway people are getting outside to exercise. With Grandma’s Marathon just over a month away, many runners are also taking advantage of this time to get active. This morning, Verizon Wireless Solutions Specialist Rachel Agurkis stopped by FOX 21 to talk through gadgets that can be helpful during this training period. Bose Soundsport…

Grandma’s Marathon Confirms Race Course Reroute

The Reroute Will be in Effect Through 2020

DULUTH, Minn. – Runners participating in this year’s Grandma’s Marathon and the Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon will notice a slight change of scenery along the race course. The race course has been modified through downtown Duluth due to the Superior Street construction project. Marathon officials say the reroute will be in effect for the 2018-2020 race seasons and is contingent…

Going For A Run At the Fitger’s 5K!

The race started in downtown Duluth, went through Canal Park and ended near Fitger's

DULUTH, Minn. – Thousands of people woke up bright and early and were ready to go for a run. The 29th Annual Fitger’s 5K took place this morning and had more than 2,100 participants. The race started in downtown Duluth, went through Canal Park and ended near Fitger’s. Proceeds from the 5K benefit the Young Athletes Foundation, a program that promotes…

Health Professionals Give Tips to Runners

Active Adventures: Gearing up for Grandma's

DULUTH, Minn. – There may still be snow on the ground, but it truly is Spring and Grandma’s Marathon is just over two months away. As runners get ready for race weekend, local health professionals are giving advice to the athletes. Essentia Health is teaming up with Grandma’s Marathon for the prerace seminar Gearing up for Grandma’s. It’s taking palce…

Spots Still Open to Run for Good in Grandma’s Marathon

Runners can partner-up with a charity to help raise money.

DULUTH, Minn.- The Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon entries filled up within hours of opening, but you can still participate by running for a good cause. The Charity Partnership Program offers 15 local and national charities runners can team up. Currently 8 charities still have opening spots for the half and full marathon. Racers can choose a organization close to them, ranging…

Spots Still Open for St. Fennessy 4K

This is the first year the race is offering special youth pricing.

HERMANTOWN, Minn.- The Saint Fennessy 4K race is coming up on St. Patrick’s Day, this Saturday and spots are still open as of Wednesday. New this year, the race is offering youth pricing, inviting runners as young as six to join in. Runners are encouraged to dress-up in festive green and gold outfits. After the race votes will be placed…

Saturday Morning Races Aim to Keep Kids Active

Coffee Conversation: Saturday Morning at the Races

DULUTH, Minn. – Grandma’s Marathon may be six months away, but that isn’t stopping some events from starting up to prepare for the big day. The Young Athletes Foundation is offering free youth races on Saturday mornings. The races are for children 14 and under. The next event is Saturday, January 20 at the University of Minnesota-Duluth in the Ward…

Morning Update 6-19-17

Local news and weather headlines in the Northland.

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Running Tips from Austin-Jarrow

Active Adventures: Training Tips

DULUTH, Minn. – Grandma’s Marathon is just one day away and it’s inspiring some folks to get off the couch and try running. For this week’s Active Adventures we visited Austin-Jarrow to get some running tips for beginners. Jarrow Wahman, co-owner of Austin-Jarrow, says the most important piece of equipment is shoes. There are several types of shoes and many…

Minnesota-Based Author Releases Thrilling Fiction Book “Marathon”

Brian Freeman Hosts Book Signing Tonight

DULUTH, Minn. – In just over a month runners from around the world will be taking over Two Harbors and Duluth. Today, a thrilling book is being released with many locations and themes Northlanders will recognize. The fiction book “Marathon” is written by Minnesota-based author Brian Freeman. The back of the book gives a small glimpse at the plot, “On a…

Runners Get Inspiration from Olympic Athlete

Gearing Up for Grandma's

DULUTH, Minn. – Grandma’s Marathon weekend is just a few months away and training season is in full–swing. To help runners along in their training journey, Essentia Health and Grandma’s Marathon are hosting the annual Gearing up for Grandma’s pre–race seminar on Saturday, March 4 with keynote speaker, Jeff Galloway. This is a free event from 10 a.m. to 12…