After almost four decades, Linda Hanson retires from Grandma’s Marathon

According to Grandma’s Marathon Association, Finance & Operations Director Linda Hanson has retired after nearly four decades with the organization.

Hanson started with Grandma’s Marathon in 1987 and will retire as one of the longest-tenured employee in the organization’s history.

“Everything I’ve done at Grandma’s Marathon was super fun,” Hanson said. “They say, ‘if you love your job, you’ll never work a day in your life,’ and they’re right. I was extremely fortunate to have one of the absolute best jobs on the planet, and it’s truly been an honor to be part of this organization.”

In addition to handling the organization’s finances and a multi-million-dollar annual budget, Hanson also worked on the Grandma’s race operations as well as the annual spaghetti dinner and race weekend entertainment.

“Linda has been invaluable over the years to Grandma’s Marathon, and we’re certainly going to miss her,” Executive Director Shane Bauer said. “The institutional knowledge and experience she has with our race is second-to-none, and her work behind the scenes is one of the big reasons our race has become what it is today.”

“As much as I loved my job, and I truly did,” Hanson said, “I love not working more. My husband and I are so excited to do what we want, when we want. Life is good and about to get better.”