Women's champion Mary Akor heads for the finish line
in the Grandma's Marathon Duluth, Minnesota
(more race photos below)
Typically held the third weekend in June, Grandmas 2018 Marathon Run will celebrate its 42nd race. As Dick Beardsley states in the official marathon website, the event is "more than a 26.2-mile race – it’s a celebration of running, live entertainment, fabulous food and activities for the whole family."
2018 Grandma's Marathon Schedule
June 14 -15th - Health & Fitness Expo
June 15th - Spagetti Dinner, Music in the Big Top, Irvin 5K and Kids Race
June 16th - Full and Half Marathon,
Music in the Big Top
See Marathon Website Link lower down the page.
Duluth, Mn Travel Events - things to see and do in Duluth.
Other Duluth & North Shore Festivals
- GRANDMA'S MARATHON
- JOHN BEARGREASE SLED DOG MARATHON
- DULUTH STREET DRAG RACE CAR SHOW
- LAKE SUPERIOR DRAGON BOAT FESTIVAL
- NORTH SHORE DRAGON BOAT FESTIVAL
- GRAND PORTAGE RENDEZVOUS
- CHRISTMAS LIGHTS VILLAGE
I'm no expert on marathon runs but I would have trouble imaging a more beautiful site and day for a run than we experienced when we covered the 2008 race race. The race starts in just outside of downtown Two Harbors, Mn and then follows the North Shore Scenic Drive (old highway 61) along the lakeshore to the city of Duluth where the course continues near the lake until the Rose Garden where runners then go through downtown Duluth to the old railroad Depot cross the bridge and follow the course to Canal Park where the finish line is on Canal Park Drive by Little Angie Cantena. (see the interactive course map)
In 2008 over 12,000 runners participated in the full (7,103) and half-marathons (5,485). We didn't get a number on the spectators, yet 40,000 wouldn't surprise me at all. At every conceivable point along the 26.2 mile course crowds of people were camped out in lawn chairs, blankets, or just standing cheering on the competitors as they passed. In addition to the two traditional marathon races, there was also a wheelchair marathon that drew 46 entrants and 25 finishers. South Africans Krige Schabert and Ernst Van Dyk finished #1 and #2 with only 2 seconds separating them! Amanda McGrory of Palo Alto, CA was the winner in the women's wheelchair division.
Stoney Point Race Checkpoint
Every intersection along the 26.2 mile marathon course drew crowds of spectators like this one near the Stoney Point community along the North Shore Scenic Drive. > > >
< < < Wheelchair Racer Marcelo Ordaz-Cruz 10 miles out of Two Harbors. He finished #13 overall. Wheelchair racers started 5 minutes ahead of the runners and as they generally race at a faster pace, they have the course to themselves.
Wheelchair Racer Gary Debuhr (left) in a tight race at the 10 mile point.
5 minutes later the pack of runner race leaders appeared. Two of the leaders here, #28 and #23, did not finish the race. #6 is Kenyan Lamech Mokono (running in second place here) who was the eventual overall marathon winner. Fellow Kenyans Benson Cheruiyot (#3) and Cyprian Kiogora (#24) finished third and ninth respectively.
Ryan Holm of Walker, Michigan ended up finishing 25th overall.
Canal Park Race Checkpoint - 26 mile marker
One-quarter mile from the finish line, we caught up with Cyprian Kiogora (#9th overall) again as he approached the finish line.
A race official watches as John Mirth of Platteville, Wisconsin makes the turn towards the finish line. John, 46 years old, was the Senior Mens Champion and finished 24th overall.
Wheelchair racer Jacqui Kapinowski finished #3 among female wheelchair racers.
The Home Stretch on Canal Park Drive.
Lots of excitement at the finish line.
During and After the Race
Volunteer therapists tend to racers aching muscles and joints in the Medical Tent.
A festival atmosphere surrounds the race.
Duluth Travel-Visitor Directory
- Directory to Duluth Travel Pages & Events Calendar
- The Duluth Lakewalk
- Scenic Railroad & Museum
- Hawk Ridge Nature Area
- Duluth Rose Gardens
- Canal Park Dining & Shopping
- Enger Park & Tower
- Skyline Drive Parkway
- Duluth Tall Ships
Visitor Information Duluth, Mn
Continuing your Travel & Trekking
Around Lake Superior
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John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon
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Enjoying lake breezes and views at the Canal Park Brewery Beer Garden - Canal Park.
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Camping along the Lake Superior Circle Drive.