Marathons, and related races, can be messy affairs. Runners bring extra clothes that are discarded along the course, cups of water are tossed to the ground and food wrappers abound. Grandma's Marathon recognizes this and is working towards becoming a zero waste event.
If want to participate in any of the Grandma's Marathon races next year, make sure you're logged on and ready to register at 5:00 p.m. this Sunday, October 1.
Remember, there is no longer lottery in place for the Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon and runners will get in on a first-come, first-served basis. That race could fill up fast.
Grandma's Marathon is coming June 17, which means a lot of fun and excitement in the Northland. It also means working through a lot road closures and traffic, but the Greater Downtown Council is helping by releasing a traffic advisory well in advance.
For years, the process to get into the Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon has been the same: You are a provided a window in which to enter for the race, then you cross your fingers and hope you're randomly selected to participate via a lottery system. Beginning with the 2018 race, that will change.
Grandma's Marathon weekend will have more excitement than usual as it was announced that U.S. Olympian and Duluth native, Kara Goucher, is expected to run the Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon. She is also scheduled to speak as a part of race-weekend festivities.