2017 Grandma's Marathon Weekend Filled with Activity

June 13, 2017 08:47 AM

The 41st running of Grandma's Marathon takes place this Saturday. That means the city of Duluth will once again be host to over 19,000 runners along with many supporting families from all over the world this weekend. It also means the city will be filled with plenty of activities for runners and non-runners alike.

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The weekend kicks off on Thursday with Essentia Health's Fitness Expo. Over 100 booths and vendors will be at the DECC this year to show off some of the latest products and services available in the athletic industry. Marketing Director Kate Kucinski explains that there are a number of samples available at the free event as well.

"You can try granola, and cliff shots, and cliff bars... there's some beer and wine even," Kucinski said.

The excitement continues on Friday with day two of the expo along with the annual spaghetti dinner. The "all you can eat" event runs from 11 - 9 P.M, which allows for a great meal during lunch or dinner. Kucinski believes it's a key part of the many activities taking place during Grandma's Marathon weekend.

"It's such a great Grandma's tradition that we've had since the beginning," she said.

The first race of the weekend takes place later on Friday with the 24th Annual William A. Irvin 5K. A record number of 2300 runners are signed up for the 3 mile run.

As always, the races culminate on Saturday morning, with the 27th Annual Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon and Grandma's Marathon.

"Grandma's Marathon also loves to throw a big party, too," Kucinski explained.

Everclear with special guest Vertical Horizon and others will be playing under the big top on Friday night. A slew of four different bands will rock the tents on Saturday night, following the big races.

This years Grandma's Marathon weekend is filled with events for people of many different interests and ages.

For more information on this weekend's events, click here.


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