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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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Get Your Groove On At The 10th Annual Cathedral School Panther Pant 5K Walk/Run TONIGHT!

My husband and I have been training for Grandma's Half Marathon which is a 13.1 mile race.  One might say "you're running a distance race, what is a 5K going to do for you"?  LOTS!  It helps with speed.  Every race is a race against the clock, so while building stamina is important in a half marathon, so is speed.  We call it a tempo run and a 5K is the perfect way to get your tempo run in for the day while you're contributing to a great cause in the community.

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Fitgers 5K is Saturday, Get the Who, When, What and Where for the Race Right Here

The Fitgers 5K is Saturday.  The forecast is currently calling for a wet, sloppy run but that won't deter the runners, myself included.  If you're running, packet pickup is going on at Fitgers Friday until 6pm, then again Saturday morning from 7am - 8:30am.

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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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William A. Irvin 5K Will Be Capped at 2,000 Runners, Will You Be Part of the Pack?

Grandma's Marathon caps the William A. Irvin 5K at 2,000 runners, a 100 runner increase from last year.  Will you be part of the pack?  Besides the Whippersnapper Races, this is the kick-off to Grandma's Marathon weekend.  WAY more than 2,000 people register for a bib number for this race, so mark your calendars for March 13, that's when registration opens for this popular race!

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Photo by Nick Cooper
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Need Added Inspiration? Attend Gearing Up For Grandma’s 2014 Featuring Carrie Tollefson

Registration is open, the weather is warmer and it’s time to think about Grandmas Marathon Weekend! Have you started training yet?  If not, and need inspiration, or if you have and are looking for valuable information then you'll want to attend the annual Gearing Up for Grandma’s pre-race seminar.

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Tighten Your Shoelaces, Grandma’s Marathon Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon Registration Opens Monday

It's always hard to think about June and Grandma's Marathon with temperatures below zero and snow on the ground but honestly, training for some is year round.  One thing you DO have to think about, whether you've made the decision to run the Garry Bjorklund half marathon or not is getting your name in the lottery NOW.  Registration opens Monday, it's your first step to insure you are on the 13.1 mile course in June!

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Take the Challenge and Run 25 Races Around the Beautiful Great Lakes; Grandma’s Marathon Included

You can do it!  If you are looking for a goal that will provide a full body workout with a scenic view than the Great Lakes Marathon Series is a challenge you should consider.  Grandma's Marathon is now one of the 25 races!  You've GOT this!

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High School Runner Makes Bold Decision By Skipping Huge Race After Being Given Number 666 [VIDEO]

Why would a runner back out of a race over a number? You could say the devil made her do it.

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MN Mile 2011 Dan Swanson Photography
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Traffic Advisory for this Sunday’s Running of Grandma’s Marathon Minnesota Mile

In the early 1980s Scott Keenan, then, executive director of Grandma's Marathon, started and directed the Minnesota Mile in Duluth, Minnesota. At the time, it was the second mile road race to be hosted in the United States behind the Fifth Avenue Mile directed by legendary race director, Fred Lebow. After a seven year run, the Minnesota Mile was discontinued.  I had the honor of running the first MN Mile after the revived the MN Mile and it was run on the MN State Fairgrounds.  Then, it was relocated to downtown Duluth and it will be held again this Sunday, September 8.

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Wanna Run A 5K For The First Time And You’re A Couch Potato? Here’s How [VIDEO]

There are more and more races popping up around the Northland and they all sound interesting. You want to run one or two, but you are a sitter, or someone who isn't as active, or maybe just a walker, here's a way to train for a 5K race that is your pace.

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Sign Up Now for the Minnesota Mile; Get Race Schedule and Link to Register Here

It's time to get signed up for The Minnesota Mile, set for downtown Duluth on Sunday, September 8, 2013.

By finishing the Grandma's Minnesota Mile you qualify for a chance to win a Guaranteed Entry into the 2014 Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon.

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