Up North: Fright encourages fitness at North End Nightmare 2-miler

Alicia Tipcke
Updated: October 30, 2020 11:14 PM

Getting fit can sometimes sound like a nightmare. For one Duluthian, Covid-19 made staying active even trickier. 

"I just stayed home and was really just being a couch potato," said Ruth Maciejeski of Duluth. "After a little while I heard about the, you know, 'forget about the freshman 15, we've got the Covid-19'. I decided, well this isn't going to happen to me."

So, Maciejeski said, after gaining a little weight she decided to start running again. Last Saturday she saw the fruits, or rather treats, of her labors upon crossing the finish line of Grandma's Marathon's North End Nightmare.

"I said, well I can't run these races yet but I'm going to get out there and I'm going to register for them. When I'm ready, I'm going to be able to do it, and here I am," said Maciejeski just before starting last weekend's socially distanced race.

Zach Schneider, Grandma's Marathon's marketing & public relations director, said they were happy to offer the race even though it had to be shortened from a 5K to a 2-miler because of the pandemic.

"That's a good thing for the community that people are able to come out and be active just like Ruth," Schneider said. "If our events can inspire people, especially the kids, to come out, be active [and] live a healthy lifestyle, that's the mission of all Young Athletes Foundation [events] and so we're happy to see that."

Starting at the 'Zombie Yard' outside of Builders Saloon around 500 in-person runners, many dressed in costumes, helped spread fear and cheer around Superior throughout the Halloween themed race.

"With a lot of things not happening this Halloween, especially with me having to work Halloween, I still wanted to celebrate somehow," said Northland runner Kaydence Young. "I figured this would be the perfect way because I love running and I have a friend that runs," she said about fellow Nightmare runner Hunter Flynn.

"This is an entertainment based event," added Schneider. "Especially this year, two miles is not a very long distance. A lot of people can run that distance or walk that distance, so it's very inclusive. People can show up, they can dress up, and just have fun."

The second annual North End Nightmare capped off Grandma's Marathon's 2020 racing season.


Alicia Tipcke

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