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On the Road to Grandma’s: Gearing Up For Grandma’s set for April 7

Grandma’s Marathon weekend is just a few months away and training season is in full-swing. To help runners along in their training journey, Essentia Health and Grandma’s Marathon are hosting the annual Gearing Up For Grandma’s pre-race seminar on Saturday, April 7th featuring keynote speaker, Dick Beardsley.

This is a free event from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Essentia Health Duluth Clinic First Street Building. The seminar is a valuable training resource for both first-time and veteran runners.

Grandma’s Marathon will be offering a free group 5K run with Dick Beardsley acting as the official starter and finish line greeter prior to the seminar. The group run begins promptly at 8:30 a.m. and starts and finishes in the lobby of the Essentia Health Duluth Clinic First Street Building. All abilities are welcome and encouraged to attend.

For the third year, Grandma’s Marathon will be live-streaming the event on the Grandma’s Marathon Facebook page for those unable to attend in person. The live event will give people worldwide access to the seminar information via

Dick Beardsley, the seminar’s keynote speaker, is a two-time winner of Grandmas Marathon. Dick is one of the world’s most well respected and compelling inspirational speakers. Dick will be giving a presentation and answering attendees’ questions.

Other presenters include:

Ben Nelson, MD – Grandma’s Marathon Medical Director and Essentia Health Orthopedic/Sports Medicine Physician. Dr. Nelson will provide information on injury prevention and offer tips for staying safe and healthy on race day.

Stephanie Fennessey, MS, RD, LD – Essentia Health Registered Dietitian. Stephanie will present proper training nutrition tips for fueling up for race day.

Jim and Mary Stukel – Owners of Tortoise and Hare Footwear. Jim and Mary will speak about the latest in running gear and the importance of selecting appropriate shoes.

Prior to the seminar, a light breakfast will be provided for all seminar and group run attendees. There will also be a clearance sale on Grandma’s Marathon tech shirt apparel. Following the individual presentations, a question and answer session will be held with all of the presenters. A prize drawing will conclude the event, which is presented by Essentia Health and Grandma’s Marathon.

Grandma’s Marathon Weekend, June 14-16, is presented by Toyota and Members Cooperative Credit Union. For more information or to register for weekend events, please visit or call (218) 727-0947.