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Grandmas Marathon Reviews


4.9 Stars from 13 Runners





  Well organized, coordinated marathon

By about 2017


Review

This is just about the most well organized, coordinated marathon I have ever had the pleasure to run. Loved the easy packet pick up, great pre-race dinner, easy transportation to the start, beautiful scenery along Lake Superior and one of the most fabulous finish line parties. Not only was Grandmas team of volunteers organized, they were the most welcoming helpful and friendly group that wanted nothing more than everyone to have fun and be happy. Well done!


Race Tips

This course is rolling - some slight graded, long inclines, but nothing too steep or intimidating. A "hill" at mile 22 seems bigger than it is by the simple fact that it comes at the end. Even pacing would work well here. Expect any kind of weather for Duluth. It was supposed to be 65 and rain and the sun arrived full force on mile 9 and temperatures hovered in mid-70's. It had been 90's the previous days and I've read that it has been close to freezing on other years.This is a course with little to no shade if there is full sun.


Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

We stayed at a hotel near the finish line, but if you drive in for your packet pick up, there were lines of cars the afternoon before the race to get to the convention center.

There are several hotels near the finish line and all are very walkable. Book early, it all fills up! The spaghetti dinner hosted by Grandmas was delicious.


5 / 5 Stars


  The course is flat and very fast

By about 2017


Review

It runs along beautiful Lake Superior. The course is flat and very fast. It's in mid-June which is a beautiful time of year for Duluth, MN. Also it's on a Saturday which makes for great post-race parties!


Race Tips

2017 was mostly 70 and sunny, which is kind of warm for a marathon. 2016 was HOT: 90s and humid. Tip: train in warmer conditions and mentally prepare for the worst.


5 / 5 Stars


  You can't beat the views

By about 2017


Review

Loved the marathon! Coming from South Florida I found the hills a little challenging but that was my problem. The weather and the people were amazing. You can't beat the views on the course of Lake Superior.


Race Tips

Take the train to the start. There are plenty of seats and bathrooms on the train. Worth getting up early to catch.


5 / 5 Stars


  

By about 2016


Review

The race course is just beautiful! How can you beat the view of Lake Superior!


Race Tips

Get hotel and race bib early! Race fills up fast.


5 / 5 Stars


  

By about 2016


4 / 5 Stars


  

By about 2016


5 / 5 Stars


  

By about 2016


Review

Lake Superior view during all of the race!!!


Race Tips

Great Community Support! !!


Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

Hotels are booked 1 year in advance.


5 / 5 Stars


  

By about 2016


5 / 5 Stars


  Save energy for Lemon Drop Hill

By about 2016


Review

The course is very scenic, mostly flat. The race is extremely well organized. Friendly people line the course to cheer on the runners, many providing water, coffee, snacks, and stay until the last runners cross the finish.


Race Tips

Save energy for Lemon Drop Hill (mile 22). Many runners hit a wall at that point of the race.


Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

Book hotel very early, even before registration opens. It is difficult to get rooms marathon weekend. Look for cabins in Two Harbors if you want to be close to the start.


5 / 5 Stars


  

By about 2014


5 / 5 Stars


  

By about 2014


Review

Loved the small town feel, the setting is second to none running along Lake Superior. Cool temps, sunny, great crowds. Best marathon I've ever run.


5 / 5 Stars


  

By about 2014


Review

Best medical and support for its size town.


Race Tips

At your pace-refresh frequently and enjoy the scenery.


Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

Reserve early-canal park congested so make specific hook up plans post race-


5 / 5 Stars


  

By about 2014


Review

Very well organized. Loved how they had the mile markers very visible with super high balloons. Beautiful course! It's not a flat course, but it is a fast course.


Race Tips

It's not a flat course, but it is a fast course. Several inclines but the declines that follow make up for it.


Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

Book your hotel early!!! It's very expensive to fly into Duluth and stay there, so plan ahead or consider flying into Minneapolis.


5 / 5 Stars





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