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Public Parking Lots and Ramps in Duluth for Grandma’s Marathon [MAP]

Several public parking lots and ramps are available in the vicinity of Downtown Duluth and in limited places along the earlier parts of the course for spectators to use as a part of Grandma's Marathon.

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Nick Cooper - TSM Duluth
Nick Cooper - TSM Duluth
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WEBC 560 to Broadcast Grandma’s Marathon 2014, Including Live Internet Stream

Townsquare Media is proud to present the 2014 Grandma's Marathon, and we're excited to offer all of the action on the broadcast flagship of Grandma's Marathon, ESPN Radio 560 WEBC.

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Grandma's Marathon Group Shot
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Traffic Advisory For Grandma’s Full And Half Marathon

Thousands of runners and spectators are expected descend upon the City of Duluth and surrounding areas  this weekend.  Being on time for the events, whether it be racing, meeting the family for the spaghetti dinner or gathering to enjoy the entertainment under the Big Top Tent, getting there and finding parking will need to be factored into your travel.  Here is VERY helpful information to get you to your destination.

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Photo courtesy of Jeff Frey and Associates
Photo courtesy of Jeff Frey and Associates
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Running Experts to Provide Pre-race Motivation For Grandmas Marathon

As Grandmas Marathon approaches, volunteers get ready for a long and rewarding day and runners start to get a little anxious to lace up and hit the road.  Runners should take advantage of the guest speakers Grandmas Marathon offers the day before the race.

Austin-Jarrow Sports and Grandma’s Marathon invite runners and other guests to sit back, relax and get inspired as they listen to this year’s excellent line-up of guest speakers. Four exciting presentations will be delivered by the following running experts on Friday, June 20 in Edmund Fitzgerald Hall at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center (DECC):

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William A Irvin 5K
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Traffic Advisory for the William A. Irvin 5K Friday, June 20, 2014

The William A. Irvin 5K is the kick-off to the three Grandma's Marathon foot races.  It is an exciting time for runners and spectators, you can feel the anticipation and excitement in the air.  You can also count on clogged traffic intersections, road closures and minimal parking near the event.  The Duluth Police Department has given us great information that should help to elevate stress Friday evening.

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Love and Theft
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Taylor Swift Pens Song About Stephen From Love and Theft [Breakfast Club Interview Audio]

I had the honor of interviewing Love and Theft, the band that will headline Friday night under the big top tent at Grandma's Marathon.  I talked with Stephen, which is EXACTLY who I wanted to dish the dirt on the song that Taylor Swift wrote about him.  Listen to see if it was another one of Taylor's famous "love me and leave me songs".

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Photo by Nick Cooper
Photo by Nick Cooper
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Grandmas Marathon Announces the 2014 Marsh Nelson Media Award Recipient

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.

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Photo by Nick Cooper
Photo by Nick Cooper
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Grandmas Marathon Reopens Registration In Wake Of Minneapolis Marathon Cancellation

Dangerous thunderstorms Sunday morning forced the cancellation of the Minneapolis Marathon.  This must be so hard for the runners who train long and hard for the race, only to have their moment taken away due to weather.

Grandmas Marathon has stepped up and now runners have a chance to get a marathon in yet this month.

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Photo Courtesy of Jeff Frey & Associates
Photo Courtesy of Jeff Frey & Associates
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Registration For Runner Tracking At Grandma’s Marathon Available June 1st; Track Up To 4 Runners Again This Year

Runner tracking is back this year for Grandmas Marathon and the Gary Bjorklund Half Marathon.  Being a runner of the half marathon, along with family members, I can personally vouch for how handy this is.  Rather than have to guess at when a runner may be at certain check points and the finish line, this tool let's you really narrows down when you should be looking for them to cheer them on.

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(Photo by Terry Wyatt/Getty Images)
(Photo by Terry Wyatt/Getty Images)
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Win Tickets & Meet n Greets To Love and Theft and Ashley Monroe at Grandma’s Marathon Big Top Tents

Each morning on the Breakfast Club, listen for the Love & Theft cue to call!  When you hear it, be caller 15 and you can win a pair of tickets to both Friday and Saturday's Grandma's Big Top Entertainment Tents!  You'll also win Meet n Greets for Friday night's performers:  Love & Theft and Ashley Monroe of the Pistol Annies.

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Photo by Nick Cooper
Photo by Nick Cooper
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Grandma’s Marathon Registration to Close May 31 And Volunteers Are Still Needed

Have you been active since winter and feeling great?  Perhaps it's time to challenge yourself by signing up for this years Grandmas Marathon! Registration for the 38th running of Grandma's Marathon will remain open through Saturday, May 31.

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running shoes
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Traffic Advisory And Parking Information For The Fitger’s 5K Race this Saturday

This past Tuesday, was the anniversary of the horrific Boston Marathon bombings of last year.  As many runners are preparing for our own local Fitger's 5K this Saturday,  we continue to keep those that were affected physically and emotionally by the Boston Marathon bombings in our thoughts.  Every year the Duluth Police Department provides a traffic advisory and I wanted to share that with you to help plan the best route for travel that day.

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