Registration opens for Grandma's Marathon 2021

Updated: October 01, 2020 06:56 PM

The 45th running of Grandma's Marathon is on the calendar for Saturday, June 19, 2021 and although it may be months away, it's time to grab your running shoes and register. Registration begins this evening at 7 p.m. 

Grandma’s Marathon was one of the first event organizations in the country to formulate an approved COVID-19 Preparedness Plan to allow participants to run races in person, as safely as possible during the pandemic. The organization has been successful in holding a number of race events during the pandemic, including the Minnesota Mile and the Fitger's 5K.

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Next summer with be the 45th running of Grandma’s Marathon, the 31st Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon, and the 27th William A. Irvin 5K at half capacity.

With the approved COVID-19 Preparedness Plan, organizers are confident they can hold a successful Grandma's Marathon weekend next summer.

"We are going to open registration on October 1st at 7 P.M. central time for 4,000 runners in the half marathon and for the full marathon. We're going to go with 1,500 runners in the 5K because we have to plan for something," Grandma's Marathon Executive Director Shane Bauer told WDIO earlier in September.

In the event of in-person race cancellation, Grandma’s Marathon will give the registration value back to registrants with a forty percent discount that can be used up to three times over the next five years.

A virtual option will be available from the start of registration as well.

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