Deadline nears for Grandma's MarathonRegistration closes Monday
Time is running out for runners to sign up for next month’s 33rd annual Grandma’s Marathon. Less than a week remains until registration for the nation’s 13th largest marathon closes June 1.
The 26.2-mile race from Two Harbors to Duluth is Saturday, June 20 and has more than 8,200 marathoners registered. Capacity for the 2009 event is 9,500 participants. The online entry form and registration information are available at www.GrandmasMarathon.com.
Last year’s champions, Lamech Mokono and Mary Akor, are both expected to return to defend their titles from a year ago. Akor, the women’s division winner in 2007 and 2008, will be looking to become just the second runner in Grandma’s Marathon history to win the race three times.
Registration is closed for the two other races held during Grandma’s Marathon weekend — the 19th annual Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon and the 16th annual William A. Irvin 5K. The Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon is at 6:30 a.m. Saturday, June 20 and the William A. Irvin 5K is at 6 p.m. Friday, June 19.
In all, more than 16,000 runners and 50,000 race fans from around the world are expected to participate in the 33rd annual Grandma’s Marathon weekend. Grandma’s Marathon weekend kicks off with the SMDC Health System Health and Fitness Expo from 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday, June 18 at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center.
For more information on any of Grandma’s Marathon’s races or events, visit www.GrandmasMarathon.com or call (218) 727-0947.