All MDRA members are welcome to participate in the 2019 Grandma's Marathon Running Club Experience!

It doesn't cost anything extra, just fill out the Grandma's Marathon Running Club Experience form to get added to the club roster and get your discounted registration. Already registered for the marathon?  The discount isn't retroactive but we can still add you to the team roster so you can enjoy the other great benefits!  Sign up now though April 16, 2019. NOTE: in 2018 this program met capacity before the deadline. It is in your best interest to sign up early to ensure you are in!

Need to Register for Grandma's Marathon? Get your discount code here!

(registering with the code automatically enrolls you in the program)


Already Registered for Grandma's Marathon?  Get added to the MDRA Roster here!


Running Club Bibs
Running Club bibs will have an official Grandma’s Marathon Running Club insignia which will grant club runners access to the Running Club Tent at the Marathon Starting Line. Packet and bib pick up is available Thursday, June 20th from 8p.m. and again on Friday, June 21st from 10a.m. to 11p.m. in the Paulucci Hall at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center (DECC) 350 Harbor Drive | Duluth, MN. Your club runners also have opportunity to have their packet delivered to them. Please see our website for additional information regarding packet pickup and optional delivery

Finish Line Bleacher Passes
Passes will be mailed out to the club’s main contact person (Sarah M) and will be available for pick up at the Expo.  Access to the bleachers are first come, first served.

 Reserved Table at Michelina’s All-You-Can-Eat Spaghetti Dinner

Come together to break bread with other participating clubs for this Grandma’s Marathon weekend tradition since 1977.  Race participants, families, friends and the entire community are encouraged to come in, sit down and enjoy our dinner in a wonderful family style atmosphere. We offer an unlimited amount of spaghetti with marinara sauce, with or without Italian sausage meatballs, Caesar salad, Country Hearth breads, Kemps milk and Dasani water. For desert, we have Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream, cookies and Arco coffee. Working on Friday of race weekend?  No problem – bring yourself, your co-workers and your boss down to enjoy lunch. We would love to have you! Tickets will also be available at the event.  All presold tickets will be held in your name at the door. Gluten-free pasta is available upon request.

When: Reserved Table on Friday, June 21st from 11:00am-2:00pm

Location: Pioneer Hall at the DECC

Cost (includes tax & gratuity): $14 for adults, $7 for kids (ages 5-12), Children 4 and under eat for free!


Tips For Securing Lodging During Grandma’s Marathon Weekend

  • We encourage you to call hotel properties vs. trying to book online. 
  • Starting in January, Visit Duluth will host a list of hotels with vacancies on their web site. This will be updated weekly and can be found here:
  • A downloadable lodging list can be found on our web site here:
  • Starting in March, our area universities will begin taking reservations for lodging in their residence hall rooms and apartments. Contact information for the universities is on the lodging page of our web site.