USA Half-Marathon Races to Duluth

The 2012 and 2013 USA Half-Marathon Championship for men and women will be run in Duluth in conjunction with Grandma’s Marathon and the Garry Bjorklund Half-Marathon. The announcement was made at a 2 p.m. press conference Tuesday in Canal Park. The bid for the championships was made six months ago. The Garry Bjork­lund Half-Marathon was host to the U.S. Women’s Half-Marathon Champ­ion­­ships in 2003 and 2004.

     This Grandma’s Marathon release Tuesday:

The 2012 and 2013 USA Half Marathon Championships have been awarded to Duluth., USA Track & Field and Grandma’s Marathon-Duluth, Inc. announced today.

"We are excited to have Duluth play host to our USA Half Marathon Championships in 2012 and 2013," said USATF CEO Doug Logan. "We look forward to working with the Grandma’s Marathon to deliver what promises to be two great events in the city that will highlight the talents of our best runners."

The men’s and women’s national half-marathon title races will be run in conjunction with the Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon on June 16, 2012 and June 22, 2013.

"We could not be more elated to receive the bid for these events. Our proposal was an aggressive one, as our staff and board members believe this is an opportune time to invest the resources necessary to attract these premier running races to northeastern Minnesota," said Scott Keenan, executive director of Grandma’s Marathon. "We are excited to showcase the city of Duluth and its unparalleled hospitality to the country’s best half marathon runners."

The bid includes a per year prize purse of $82,000, including first-place awards of $12,000 for the men’s and women’s champions.