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Grandma’s Marathon Parking Information For Racers & Spectators


Grandma’s Marathon is the busiest weekend in Duluth every year, and traffic and parking can become a challenge.  Here is some helpful information on parking, so you know where you’re going before you get there!

On race morning, traffic will be heavy.  Grandmas suggests that runners taking a bus to the starting line from on of the bus locations arrive as early ass possible.


Parking In The DECC ramp & Open Lot:

  • Parking will be available in the DECC parking Ramp & DECC lot adjacent to the movie theatre.
  • To access the ramp from I-35, take the Lake Avenue/ 5th Avenue West Exit (256B)
  • Cost is $5.00 per vehicle
  • EXPECT SIGNIFICANT TRAFFIC DELAYS NEAR THE DECC FROM 5-7PM FRIDAY, JUNE 21ST DURING THE RUNNING OF THE WILLIAM A. IRVIN 5K. During this time, you are recommended to find a parking space in downtown Duluth and use the Skywalk to access the DECC.

Parking Next to Bayfront Park

To access these lots from I-35, take the 5th Avenue West Exit (256B)

These lots will not be accessible during the William A. Irvin 5k on Friday from 5-7pm.

Parking in Downtown Duluth

  • There are multiple public parking ramps, lots and spaces in downtown Duluth.  To access these lots from I-35, take exit 256A (Mesaba Avenue / Superior Street Exit) to Michigan Street.
  • Skywalk access to the DECC is at 3rd Avenue West and Michigan Street.
  • Parking fees vary.  Please follow all parking regulations.

Download the complete Grandmas Marathon Weekend Activity Guide for all the information and maps that you need.

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