The Origin Story

Grandma’s Marathon began as a humble local race, but its popularity skyrocketed. What’s the secret? It’s the perfect blend of challenging terrain, camaraderie, and that special Northwoods magic.

The Point-to-Point Course

Starting in Two Harbors, Minnesota, runners follow Scenic Route 61, hugging the majestic Lake Superior coastline. The course winds through forests, alongside cliffs, and past charming towns.

Scenic Beauty and Downhill Thrills

Imagine running downhill with Lake Superior’s waves crashing beside you. It’s like nature’s own cheering squad, urging you forward. The course’s net-downhill profile keeps legs fresh.

Grandma’s Saloon Connection

Yes, it’s named after a restaurant! Grandma’s Saloon and Grill, a beloved Duluth spot, was a major sponsor when the race began. Now, it’s part of the marathon’s folklore.

Community Spirit and Volunteers

From water stations to enthusiastic locals cheering you on, the community’s support is heartwarming. Volunteers hand out encouragement like energy gels.

The Finish Line in Duluth

As you cross the finish line in Duluth, the iconic Aerial Lift Bridge welcomes you. It’s a moment of triumph, captured in countless photos.

Economic Impact on the Region

Grandma’s Marathon isn’t just about running—it’s an economic powerhouse. It injects close to $21 million into the region, benefiting local businesses and tourism.

Post-Race Celebrations

After conquering 26.2 miles, celebrate! Duluth’s restaurants, pubs, and lakeside views await. You’ve earned it!