The pandemic will alter plans, but it won't stop Grandma's Marathon from hosting the Minnesota Mile and Fitger's 5K, with both Duluth events still taking place in September.

Grandma's Marathon announced that they have worked with the City of Duluth and their own Medical Director to formulate a plan for both races that will allow the races to proceed safely and within the COVID-19 guidelines set forth by the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH).

The plans are similar to what was offered for the Park Point 5 Miler earlier this summer, with both races offering both an in-person event and a virtual option.

Here is how each race will proceed:

Minnesota Mile 

  • In-Person Event: Friday, September 11, 2020 on Skyline Parkway around Enger Tower Park; (2) time blocks with 10 waves of up to 25 people each: Block 1 (4:00-5:30pm); Block 2 (6:00-7:30pm).
  • Virtual Event: September 11 through September 18 - time & location of your choice.
  • Entry Fee (non-refundable) is $20 for adults; $10 for kids ages 6 to 14.

Fitger's 5K 

  • In-Person Event: Saturday, September 12, 2020 starting and finishing at Fitger's; (3) time blocks with 10 waves of up to 25 people each: Block 1 (6:00-7:30am); Block 2 (8:00-9:30am); Block 3 (10:00-11:30am).
  • Virtual Event: September 11 through September 18 - time & location of your choice.
  • Entry Fee (non-refundable) - $35 for adults; $15 for kids ages 6 to 14.
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I think having two options available is perfect for events such as these.  There is a certain fun energy to being a part of a live event and allowing people to run in waves of up to 25 people each will allow for social distancing out on the course.

However, feeling uncomfortable to be a part of any live event is understandable, so the virtual option provides an exercise opportunity with unlimited social distancing as you can choose when and where to complete your race.

You can follow the link below to register for both events.