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!

Here's how it works:

Registration for the Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon begins this Monday, Feb. 11. The race entry process is conducted through a lottery in which 6,700 participants will be randomly selected.

So, beginning Monday and continuing through Feb. 21, registration will be available at for all half-marathon hopefuls. Lottery entrants can submit their registration any time during the 12-day online registration period. Participants will be randomly selected and their acceptance into the race will be confirmed via email during the week of Feb. 24. Runners not selected will receive an email notifying them that their entry was not among those chosen.

The entry fee for the 2014 race this year is $80, and only those 6,700 runners selected through the lottery will have their credit cards charged.

Then, get training!  The 24th annual Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon is Saturday, June 21, at 6:15 a.m., and is run on the second half of the Grandma’s Marathon course.

Grandma’s Marathon Registration Update

Nearly 4,500 runners have registered for Grandma’s Marathon, also June 21. The entry fee for the event’s 38th running is $95 until April 1 when it increases to $110.




For more information on any of Grandma's Marathon’s races or events, visit or call (218) 727-0947.