Record Registration Pace Continues in Return to Full Capacity Weekend


(DULUTH, MINN.) — Registration remains on a record pace ahead of the 46th annual Grandma’s Marathon weekend in June, and entry fees will now increase starting on January 1, 2022.


More than 16,000 people have already signed up for one of the weekend’s three races, which are Grandma’s Marathon, the Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon, and the William A. Irvin 5K.


There are approximately 3,500 entries remaining in Grandma’s Marathon and 500 more spots in the William A. Irvin 5K, while the Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon is currently sold out. There are also approximately 200 entries remaining in the Great Grandma’s Challenge, which allows runners to participate in both the William A. Irvin 5K and Grandma’s Marathon.


The entry fees for each of the available races are as follows, with registration accepted on a first-come, first-served basis:


Grandma’s Marathon

$130 – On or Before December 31

$140 – January 1-March 31

$150 – April 1-June 1


Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon



William A. Irvin 5K
$45 – On or Before December 31

$50 – January 1-June 1


Great Grandma’s Challenge

$200 – On or Before December 31

$215 – January 1-March 31

$225 – April 1-June 1


Half Great Grandma’s Challenge



In addition, anyone signing up for the 2022 Grandma’s Marathon on or before December 31 will have the option at time of registration to purchase this year’s limited edition, signature jacket for only $20. For anyone signing up on or after January 1, the jacket will be available for $40.


Those still interested in participating in this year’s Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon do still have the option to sign up with one of our official 2022 Charity Partners or utilize our 2-Year Guaranteed Entry Program, which registers them for the race in both 2022 and 2023.


Those interested can register or find more information at The 2022 Grandma’s Marathon weekend will be held June 16-18, 2022 and is presented by Toyota, Members Cooperative Credit Union, and ASICS.




Grandma’s Marathon began in 1977 when a group of local runners planned a scenic road race from Two Harbors to Duluth, Minnesota. There were just 150 participants that year, but organizers knew they had discovered something special. Grandma’s Marathon weekend draws approximately 20,000 participants for its three-race event each June.

The race got its name from the Duluth-based group of famous Grandma’s Restaurants, the first major sponsor of the Marathon. Over time, the level of sponsorship with the restaurants changed, but the name stayed the same. Grandma’s Marathon-Duluth, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt nonprofit organization with a 17-member Board of Directors and a nine-person, full-time staff.