Grandma's Marathon Spaghetti Still Available for Carb-Loading

Alicia Tipcke
Updated: June 17, 2020 10:59 PM

For 43 years Grandma's spaghetti dinner has been a marathon staple.


Runners could carb-load leading up to Grandma's Marathon, or reunite with fellow athletes, family and friends for a plate of post race pasta.

Despite the cancellation of this weekend's events, virtual runners can still enjoy the traditional meal.

"I'll still be here Saturday, but it'll be a lot different landscape," said Brian Daugherty, president of Grandma's restaurant. "Maybe back to the days of 1976 when it was just in its genesis and it was just a few hundred runners, you know a couple hundred. We'll see what happens but we're still here. The spaghetti dinner is still available just like it was in '76 and is today."

Brian Daugherty, president of Grandma's Restaurant, said he's not sure what the crowd will look like on Saturday.

Race officials are encouraging runners to choose a different course than the traditional route that ends in Canal Park.

Regardless of where they set their virtual finish line, half and full marathoners can fuel up with Grandma's spaghetti at Canal Park, Miller Hill or Virginia locations.

Daugherty recommended starting to carb-load days ahead of a long distance run.

"You want a carbo load throughout the week, you're tapering down on exercise and tapering up on carbo, on carbs. Those are the easy burn energy access to your body that, in theory, provides a long distance stamina and easier conversion from burning carbohydrates into fats," said Daugherty.

As for the food, pick up, delivery orders, or making reservations is recommended.

Daughtery added, the next best thing to running the marathon is eating at Grandma's


Alicia Tipcke

Copyright 2020 WDIO-TV LLC, a Hubbard Broadcasting Company. All rights reserved


Debate veers from 'How you doing?' to 'Will you shut up?'

AP FACT CHECK: Claims from Trump and Biden's first debate

Virus linked to COVID-19 found at four Duluth beaches

DPS investigating Monday's 911 outage

Superior man arrested in death of mother

NTSB: Pilot may have had lack of oxygen before Leech Lake crash