Grandma’s Marathon approaching registration price increase

The registration price for Grandma’s Marathon increases on January 1. Registration for the 44th annual Grandma’s Marathon Weekend races opened October 1, 2019, which included Grandma’s Marathon, the Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon and the William A. Irvin 5K.

All Grandma’s Marathon participants registered before 11:59 p.m. on December 31, 2019, will receive a complimentary full-zip, fleece lined training jacket. After December 31, runners will have the option to purchase the jacket at a discounted price. Entries for Grandma’s Marathon are taken on a first come, first serve basis until the race reaches 9,000 participants. The entry fee increases to $135 on January 1 with additional price increases scheduled until June 1, or until the race limit is met (see below for complete pricing structure).

Registration for the Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon is sold out for 2020; however, guaranteed half marathon entries are still available through our official Charity Partner Program. There are less than 50 spots available in the William A. Irvin 5K race.

Participants can also register for the Full Great Grandma’s Challenge. The challenge is for those looking for the ultimate race experience, which pairs the William A. Irvin 5K on Friday with the full marathon on Saturday. Registration is limited to the first 500 individuals and finishers will receive an exclusive Challenge jacket.

Registration and more information is available online at For more information, contact Grandma’s Marathon at 218-727-0947 or

Grandma’s Marathon Weekend is June 18-20, 2020. Grandma’s Marathon-Duluth, Inc., is a 501(c)(3) Minnesota nonprofit corporation focused on promoting and developing running and athletic events in the Twin Ports area. Grandma’s Marathon is presented by Toyota and Members Cooperative Credit Union.

Grandma’s Marathon announces new board member, hire

Grandma’s Marathon-Duluth, Inc. today announced a new board member to the organization, and the hire of a new staff member.

Grandma’s board recently elected new officer Ron Tinsley at their annual meeting. He has been on the Duluth Police Department since 2005 where he has held positions in patrol, bike patrol, mounted horse patrol, community relations and has been the official spokesperson for the Duluth Police Department.

Tinsley’s involvement with Grandma’s Marathon began with security in the entertainment tent and he has been involved with Grandma’s Marathon weekend for the past 20 years in various roles as a police officer.

“We are pleased to welcome Ron to our board. His knowledge of the community and experience assisting on race weekend will be instrumental for the organization,” said Shane Bauer, executive director of Grandma’s Marathon.

The board appointed Laura Johnson as chairperson, and Joe Wicklund was appointed as vice-chairperson. Johnson is employed by The College of St. Scholastica as a senior alumni engagement officer. Wicklund is the communications and community engagement manager at the City of Hermantown.

John Foschi will take on the role as secretary/treasurer, and Tom Stanley as general counsel. Their officer terms will run through the fiscal year of 2020-21.

The board member terms of Laura Johnson, Kellie Luedloff, David Pipho and Tom Stanley were approved through 2022. Other current board members include Tom Ehle, John Foschi, Candy Furo, Bob Hartl, John Hartwick, Dale Kusnierek, Kellie Luedloff, Dave Malban, Ben Nelson, David Pipho, Sheila Skou Fryberger, and Tom Stanley. Outgoing board members include Adele Hartwick, Mark Wick, and Barb Korte.

Angie Love joins the Grandma’s Marathon team as office manager, a role dedicated to ensure the smooth and efficient operation of the Grandma’s Marathon office for all staff and visitors. The full-time position is responsible for leading all customer service operations and is the main point of contact for all daily operations.

Love also assists in the development and promotion of all events organized by Grandma’s Marathon and the Young Athletes Foundation.

Love began her career in the healthcare industry and brings over 16 years of customer service and clerical experience to her role from her most recent position as environmental coordinator at Essentia Health.

“I am excited to be part of such a great and well-known organization in the Northland,” Love said.

Grandma’s Marathon-Duluth, Inc., is a 501(c)(3) Minnesota nonprofit corporation focused on promoting and developing running and athletic events in the Twin Ports area. The organization’s signature race, Grandma’s Marathon, is the 11th largest marathon in the U.S. and is presented by Toyota and Members Cooperative Credit Union.