One thing I look forward to each year with Grandmas Marathon is finding out who will receive the Marsh Nelson Media Award. It takes so many people to create a successful event, but of course I favor the media.

Grandma’s Marathon has announced that this year Marathon & Beyond is the recipient of its 2014 Marsh Nelson Media Award.

Since its launch in 1997, this bimonthly magazine has been a leader in the running industry by providing advice, forums, and training programs to marathon and ultra-distance runners. For the 30th anniversary of Grandma’s Marathon in 2006, the magazine produced Grandma’s Marathon & Beyond, a commemorative issue showcasing the history and highlights of the event’s first three decades.

The award will be presented at the 15th annual Marsh Nelson Media Luncheon and Award Ceremony on Friday, June 20, in the Lake Superior Ballroom at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center.

The award is given annually to a media member or group to recognize outstanding commitment to the coverage and development of Grandma’s Marathon. This special award is named in memory of former KDLH-TV sports director Marsh Nelson for his tremendous passion for covering Grandma’s Marathon and other local athletic events.

This year, Grandma’s Marathon has 7,964 registrants signed up for the race’s 38th running. The nation’s 16th largest marathon is Saturday, June 21 at 7:45 a.m