2nd Year of Modified Course For Grandma's Full and Half Marathons

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Created: June 04, 2019 07:42 PM

Duluth, Minn. - We are under three weeks away from the 43rd Grandma's Marathon as thousands will compete over the weekend in the full 26.2 mile marathon, 13.1 Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon and William A. Irvin 5K.

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With the construction project on Superior Street, runners in the full and half marathons will experience a modified course of the second straight year. Runners will notice the change at Mile 24 for the full and Mile 11 for the half, as the course will be altered at 4th Avenue East. Runner will make a left turn off of Superior Street and head down to Michigan Street for nine blocks. The course then has runners heading west on Michigan Street until they reach 5th Avenue West and reconnect with the original course that will take them to the usual finish line.

To see the course map, click here.

"Last year, we were a little apprehensive with how the course would be received, but actually, we received a lot of good feedback just because it was a change of pace and something different," says Grandma's Marathon Marketing and Public Relations Director Mandi Peterson.

The modified course is expected to be in use in 2020 as well.

In 2018, Kellyn Taylor set a new women's event record with a time of 2 hours, 24 minutes, 28 seconds. Sarah Kiptoo's 2013 time of 2 hours, 26 minutes, 32 seconds is still the course record.

The William A. Irvin 5K is scheduled for June 21st while the Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon and full Grandma's Marathon are scheduled for June 22nd.

To see the map for the 5K, click here.

WDIO is a major media partner of Grandma's Marathon. Watch for coverage leading up to race day, and live streaming of the Marathon and Half Marathon on all WDIO online platforms.


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