Registration opens in a limited capacity tonight for the 45th annual Grandma’s Marathon weekend, scheduled for June 17-19, 2021.

Online registration for each of the weekend’s three races will open on a first-come, first-served basis at 7:00 p.m. CT on Thursday, October 1. In response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the in-person registration will be limited as follows:

  •   45th Grandma’s Marathon — 4,000 in-person registrants
  •   31st Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon — 4,000 in-person registrants
  •   27th William A. Irvin 5K — 1,500 in-person registrantsIf possible, based on available safety measures and public health protocols, the field capacity may be increased in the future to allow more in-person registrants. A virtual option will also be available for each of the three races, with uncapped registration also beginning on Thursday, October 1.“We are excited to be able to offer a limited number of in-person entries for the 2021 event,” Grandma’s Marathon Registration & Expo Director Laura Bergen said. “The hope is to achieve a more traditional race weekend and return to the normal excitement associated with Grandma’s Marathon, and we are hopeful the precautions in place will allow us to do that.”If COVID-19 conditions do worsen and the in-person races are canceled, those who registered to participate in- person will automatically be converted to the virtual race. All 2021 entries are non-refundable, but in the event of a cancellation Grandma’s Marathon will offer in-person registrants the following future discount plan:

 40% off any three (3) Grandma’s Marathon weekend events entered in the next five years (2022-26)o Includes Grandma’s Marathon, Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon, and William A. Irvin 5K

(Note: future event(s) do not need to be same event registered for in 2021)

Those interested in participating in Grandma’s Marathon weekend and helping a good cause can also contact one of our charitable partners, all of which have a select number of guaranteed in-person and virtual entries:

American Cancer Society, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention – MN Chapter, CureSearch for Children’s Cancer, Duluth Area Family YMCA, Human Development Center, Life House, Inc., Make-a-Wish Minnesota, Move for Hunger, PAVSA, Ronald McDonald House – Upper Midwest, SAVE, Scleroderma Foundation – MN Chapter, Special Olympics Minnesota, United Health Care Children’s Foundation

Any other charitable organizations interested in partnering with Grandma’s Marathon, please contact Angie Meador by phone at (218) 727-0947 or by email at [email protected]

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