Grandma’s Marathon weekend officially kicked off with the Essentia Health Fitness & Health Expo. The free event is open right now until 9 p.m.  Everyone can walk around and see what's new in running gear and other products.

 
The expo is held in the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center (DECC) arena and is open to the public. Exhibitors will be showcasing the latest products and services available in the athletic industry.
 
Participants registered in the 37th annual Grandma’s Marathon and the 23rd annual Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon may pick up their race packets at the event, as well. Packet pick-up continues until 11 p.m. Friday.
 
Advantage Emblem, the official merchandiser of Grandma’s Marathon, will be on hand with official 2013 Grandma’s Marathon T-shirts, sweatshirts, hats and other merchandise.
 
Friday’s Grandma’s Marathon activities include the Essentia Health Fitness & Health Expo, the Michelina’s All-You-Can-Eat Spaghetti Dinner, guest speaker presentations, the Whipper Snapper Races for Kids and the 20th annual William A. Irvin 5K.
 
Grandma’s Marathon, the nation’s 14th largest marathon, is Saturday, June 22 at 7:45 a.m. Preceding the marathon are the 2013 USA Half Marathon Championships (men, 6:15 a.m. - women, 6:25 a.m.) and the Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon (6:45 a.m.). In all, more than 17,000 are signed up to participate in the three-race weekend.
 
For more information, visit GrandmasMarathon.com or call (218) 727-0947.