Grandma's Marathon weekend will officially begin with the 24th Annual Essentia Health Fitness Expo, held at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center.

The free, two-day event is Thursday, June 20, from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and Friday, June 21, from 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Nearly 100 exhibitors are expected to be on hand showcasing the latest products and services available in the athletic industry.

Runners signed up for 43rd Annual Grandma’s Marathon, the 29th Annual Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon, and the 26th Annual William A. Irvin 5K will be able to pick up their race packets at the expo, with packet pick up going as late as 11:00 p.m. Friday in Paulucci Hall.

If you're looking to buy official 2019 Grandma's Marathon merchandise, the Essentia Health Fitness Expo will provide your first opportunity as official Grandma’s Marathon t-shirts, sweatshirts, hats and other merchandise will be available.

Other activities scheduled for Friday, June 21 include:

  • The Michelina’s All-You-Can-Eat Spaghetti Dinner
  • A Virtual Race Course Tour presented by Doug Kurtis
  • A Pre-race Talk Show featuring Dick Beardsley and Carrie Tollefson
  • The Whipper Snapper Races for Kids
  • The 26th Annual William A. Irvin 5K.

Grandma’s Marathon is Saturday, June 22, at 7:45 a.m.  The Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon is scheduled to begin at 6:15 a.m.