Grandma’s Marathon

The 2024 Grandma’s Marathon is coming up fast, we’ll see you in June!

Since our inaugural race in 1977, Grandma’s Marathon has grown into something much bigger than just a 26.2-mile race along the scenic North Shore of Minnesota.
It’s now become a “can’t-miss” weekend in June, a moment when participants of all calibers come together to celebrate the vigor of the human spirit.

It’s a day the word “impossible” ceases to exist, a day 9,000+ people become your best running buddy.

So get ready to once again tie up your laces for another year of memories, miles, and human might.


 IMPORTANT: Only Charity Runner entries are available.

The Head & Neck Cancer Foundation is proud to be a charity partner in Grandma’s Marathon. We are looking for participants in all races! Registration remains open through May 6th when a runner signs up through the charity. The entry fee is also waived. If you are interested in running, reach out to [email protected].

Race Date: June 22, 2024
Race Location: Duluth, MN
Race Capacity: 9,000

Full Marathon Start Time: 7:45 a.m.

Half Marathon Start Time: 6:00 a.m.

Known for providing some of the best hospitality in road racing, Grandma’s Marathon is the 12th largest marathon in the United States and one of the few not held in a large, metropolitan area.

Travel to Duluth for race weekend is made easy with daily, direct flights from the Minneapolis-St. Paul and Chicago-O’Hare airports.

A summer marathon needs a natural air conditioner. Lake Superior keeps our city cool on race day, with an average temperature of 56 degrees and a typical tailwind for our runners.

Grandma’s Marathon is part of the Abbott World Marathon Majors (AbbottWMM) Wanda Age Group Qualifier series.
The AbbottWMM Wanda Age Group World Rankings comprise a one-year qualifying period during which athletes in nine separate age groups can compete in over 50 marathons across the world to earn ranking points. At the end of the qualifying period, the top ranked runners in each age group will be invited to the AbbottWMM Wanda Age Group World Championships.

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