The William A. Irvin 5K is the kick-off to the three Grandma's Marathon foot races.  It is an exciting time for runners and spectators, you can feel the anticipation and excitement in the air.  You can also count on clogged traffic intersections, road closures and minimal parking near the event.  The Duluth Police Department has given us great information that should help to elevate stress Friday evening.

The William A. Irvin race will begin at 6:00 p.m. Traffic on Harbor Drive behind the DECC will be closed at 3:00 p.m. and at 5:30 p.m.  and traffic will be diverted off portions of Railroad Street for the duration of the race.
Motorists should obey temporary “No Parking” areas on Railroad Street and Harbor Drive. Violators will be tagged and towed.
Starting at 5:30 p.m. traffic delays will occur for approximately one hour as Railroad Street is closed from Garfield Avenue to the DECC Entrance. No Southbound traffic on 5th Avenue West will be allowed past the I-35 ramps, and the 5th Ave W Connector to Railroad St will be closed. Harbor Drive behind the DECC will also be closed to traffic.
ACCESS TO THE DECC will be through the North Gate (on Railroad Street), from Lake Avenue and the only exits will be through the Ramp onto Railroad St and onto northbound 5th Ave W.
Traffic should return to normal by 7:30 p.m.
Please watch for no parking signs, barricades, and Officers directing traffic when driving in the area of this event.

For additional information contact Officer Bill Stovern at 218-730-5678.

To help plan your entire weekend, here are all the race times:

  • 21st ANNUAL WILLIAM IRVIN 5K, Friday June 20, 2014, 6:00 p.m. Start
  • 24th ANNUAL GARRY BJORKLUND HALF MARATHON, Saturday, June 21, 2014, 6:15 a.m. Start
  • GRANDMA'S WHEELCHAIR MARATHON,  Saturday, June 21, 2014, 7:40 a.m. Start
  • 38th ANNUAL GRANDMA'S MARATHON, Saturday, June 21, 2014, 7:45 a.m. Start