Northland natives Jim Nowak and John Naslund have earned the name the Iron Two after running every Grandma's Marathon since it's inception. Having raced through rain, construction, and growing crowds, the men didn't let a virus break their streak.
Organizations like Courage Kenny, known for their rehabilitation and community services, didn't want to go radio silent when the virus hit, they wanted to adapt. They say it was important for them to stay connected and stay active.
In a test of endurance runners took off in the Last Runner Standing challenge last Saturday. Hermantown's Josh Malenius faced high winds and storms while running for 29 hours. However thanks to new rules for the virtual event, he was able to continue his more than 120 mile journey.
The Kolar Toyota ALS Fishing Tournament has been a staple in the Northland for over two decades. However this year, the 25th annual event went virtual. While anglers couldn't fish together, the online tournament still connected supporters in their fight for a cure.
The world's most famous sled dog race will go forward in 2021, and officials are preparing for every potential contingency now for what the coronavirus and the world might look like in March when the Iditarod starts.