Grandma's Marathon began in 1977 when a group of local runners planned a scenic road race from Two Harbors to Duluth, Minnesota. There were just 150 participants that year, but organizers knew they had discovered something special.
The marathon received its name from the Duluth-based group of famous Grandma's restaurants, its first major sponsor. The level of sponsorship with the restaurants has changed, but the race has retained its name. Grandma's Marathon is now a self-governed nonprofit organization with a 17-member board of directors. Grandma's Marathon weekend draws more than 17,000 participants for its three-race event each June.
|2nd Male||2:10:07||Sammy Rotich||35|
|3rd Male||2:10:17||James Ngandu||32|
|4th Male||2:10:22||Elisha Barno||36|
|2nd Female||2:25:43||Sarah Sellers||30|
|3rd Female||2:26:56||Susanna Sullivan||32|
|4th Female||2:27:15||Esther Wanjiru||34|
|M 40-49||2:16:51||Fernando Cabada||40|
|M 50-59||2:49:23||Flavio De Simone||51|
|M 60-69||2:58:47||Brent Smith||66|
|M 70+||3:29:25||Paul Sivanich||70|
|F 40-49||2:34:17||Meriah Earle||44|
|F 50-59||3:06:09||Jennifer Enge||50|
|F 60-69||3:25:51||Gwen Jacobson||64|
|F 70+||4:35:43||Elaine Devries||71|
Since our initial race in 1977, Grandma’s Marathon has grown bigger than just a 26.2 mile race along the scenic North Shore of Minnesota.
It’s a moment where runners of all calibers come together to celebrate the vigor of the human spirit. Where the word “impossible” ceases to exist; a day where 9,000 people are your best running buddy.
Tie up your laces for the 42nd year of memories, miles and human might.