2023 Grandma’s Marathon is full, marking one of the fastest sellouts on record

The 2023 Grandma’s Marathon has reached its capacity, making one of the fastest sellouts on record for the 26.2-mile race.

More than 9,000 participants are signed up for both Grandma’s Marathon and the Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon, keeping this year’s event on pace to be one of the largest race weekends in history.

“It’s phenomenal to be talking about this in mid-March,” Marketing & Public Relations Director Zach Schneider said. “It’s reason for celebration, for sure, but the real work still lies ahead in making sure all these participants, as well as their families and friends, have a true Grandma’s Marathon experience when they come here in June.”

As of Thursday, limited entries are available for William A. Irvin 5K and Great Grandma’s Challenge, which enters participants in both the 5K on Friday night and full marathon on Saturday morning. With an entry fee price increase coming April 1, organizers expect those races to also be sold out within weeks.

To register or to find more information, please visit grandmasmarathon.com.


With perhaps a record number of participants set to descend on Duluth in June, the hunt is on for the thousands of volunteers who will help make the 2023 Grandma’s Marathon weekend a success.

To help encourage community members to volunteer their time, Grandma’s Marathon is offering the following incentive programs, both new in 2023:

  • Any individual signed up to volunteer prior to April 1 will be entered to win a $100 gift card to Duluth Pack.
  • Groups with 15 or more volunteers will be entered for a chance to win one of three $1,000 “Golden Tickets” for a donation to a non-profit organization of the group’s choosing.

For more information or to sign up as a 2023 Grandma’s Marathon volunteer, click HERE