I wanted to share this story from the Duluth News Tribune. It talks about next year’s race, which sounds pretty exciting if they can attract runners back. They’ll be going for a record number of marathoners for the race’s 35th anniversary.
Grandmaâ€™s has big plans for 2011
By Kevin Pates, Duluth News Tribune
Executive director Scott Keenan isnâ€™t making any predictions, but heâ€™d like to see a record field of 10,000 runners for the 35th Grandmaâ€™s Marathon on June 18, 2011.
Although the 2010 race was less than 24 hours old Sunday morning, Keenan already was looking toward next yearâ€™s anniversary run from Two Harbors to Canal Park. Registration begins in 11 days on July 1, when the organization unveils a new website design at www.grandmasmarathon.com.
â€œWeâ€™re going to do our best to make it a celebration and people are going to want to be part of this race,â€ Keenan said.
In 2008, Grandmaâ€™s Marathon had a record number of entries with 9,888. That dropped to 8,377 in 2009 and 7,387 on Saturday. Fewer runners were due, in part, to three straight warm-weather races.
It was in the 60s for much of Saturday with significant cloud cover. Gusty westerly winds were the only drawback.
â€œThe weather was favorable and that helped everything else go pretty good all the way around,â€ Keenan said. â€œThere is such tremendous hospitality in this community from the race volunteers and the fans, that Iâ€™m hoping runners will be back in bigger numbers next year.â€
Grandmaâ€™s Marathon will be offering carrying bags and water bottles to entrants for 2011. The entry fee is $80 through Sept. 30, with increases through May 31, 2011.
The accompanying Garry Bjorklund Half-Marathon will choose 5,000 entries from a lottery Feb. 26, 2011. Registration for the lottery is online Feb. 14-25. With the addition of elite runners, the half-marathon had 6,876 entries this year, while another 2,400 applications didnâ€™t get into the lottery. Keenan expects to have about 7,000 runners in the 2011 half-marathon.