Saturday, June 19, 2021 • Duluth, MN • Course Map
The crystal blue waters of Lake Superior form the backdrop for your run along the entire race route of the Grandma’s Marathon, Half Marathon & 5K, which takes runners along the gently rolling hills of Old Highway 61 between the cities of Two Harbors and Duluth, Minnesota.
Now in its 44th year, and the 30th for the event’s Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon, this race offers the feel of a big-city running event in a smaller city, complete with thousands of spectators and fellow competitors and live music for entertainment along the course.
For the half-marathon course, like the full 26.2-mile marathon course, this point-to-point race follows a virtual straight shot starting at the 13.1-mile marker of the full and running along the same course all the way to the finish at Canal Park.
The course is made up entirely of paved surfaces and features a mixture of flat stretches and light hills, with the largest incline of the race at mile 9 (mile 22 for the full marathon participants).
Garry Bjorklund, a Duluth native, was named the honoree for the event at its inception in 1990 to recognize his contributions to the world of long distance running.
Twice champion of the Grandma’s Marathon (in 1977 and 1980) and an Olympic runner in the 1976 summer games, Bjorklund has been a longtime star and important player in spreading the popularity of running throughout Minnesota and the surrounding region.
When you come to run in the half at the Grandma’s Marathon, expect a crowd — you’ll be running alongside more than 7,000 fellow half marathon participants (the half marathon race is limited to 7,500 participants) and about 9,000 runners in the full marathon.
The event is open to walkers as well as runners, and the half marathon race begins at 6:15 AM.
Race Weather & Climate
With its usually moderately warm summers and often bitterly cold winters, the Duluth area sees what are typically ideal weather conditions for a road race in late June, a month that has brought record temperatures as low as 30 degrees (in 1995) and as high as 91 degrees (in 2002).
On race day (June 19), the average low is 49ºF and the average high is 68ºF.
- 2019 Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon Results
- 2018 Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon Results
- 2017 Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon Results
- 2016 Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon Results
- 2015 Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon Results
- 2014 Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon Results
- 2013 Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon Results
- 2012 Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon Results
- 2011 Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon Results
- 2010 Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon Results
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see race website
To reserve your spot in the 2021 running of Duluth’s Grandma’s Marathon, Half Marathon, or 5K race, register online at the event website here.
Official Race Website
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