Here are updates on Minnesota’s two largest marathons. Grandma’s Marathon on June 20 will close registration on June 1, while the Twin Cities Marathon on Oct. 4 is three-fourths full. Here are the press releases:
Grandma’s Registration to Close June 1
(Duluth, Minn.) Registration for the 33rd Grandma’s Marathon on June 20 will remain open through Monday, June 1, race officials announced today. Register here.
The 26.2-mile race is more than 85 percent to its field capacity of 9,500 participants. Registration for the nation’s 13th largest marathon opened January 15. Runners can sign up for the annual Two Harbors to Duluth race by visiting www.GrandmasMarathon.com. The 2009 entry fee is $85.
Last year’s champions, Lamech Mokono and Mary Akor, are both expected to return to defend their titles from a year ago.
Grandma’s Marathon weekend also features the 19th annual Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon and the 16th annual William A. Irvin 5K. The Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon is Saturday, June 20 at 6:30 a.m. and the William A. Irvin 5K is Friday, June 19 at 6 p.m. Registration for those two events is closed.
In all, more than 16,000 runners and 50,000 race fans from around the world will participate in the 33rd annual Grandma’s Marathon weekend, which is presented by Target, Toyota and Wells Fargo Bank Duluth.
MEDTRONIC TWIN CITIES MARATHON MORE THAN 75% FULL
(Minneapolis, MN) – Participants from all 50 states and 13 countries have registered for the 28th Annual Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon on Oct. 4, pushing registration totals past the 75% mark. Register here. Registration demographics are trending similarly to years past, with the majority of the participants coming from Minnesota, followed by Wisconsin, Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota, and the rest from around the nation and the world.
Registration is on track with many recent non-anniversary years, according to race officials. “We are honored that runners continue to come to Minnesota to take part in our marathon,” said Twin Cities Marathon, Inc. executive director Virginia Brophy Achman. “This year we are adding a special opportunity for one registered runner to win the ‘Best Seat in the House’ contest, giving the winner many of the same experiences professional runners are given when they come for the weekend to participate in a championship event here at one of our races. We continue to look for ways to make this marathon an event people look forward to taking part in year after year.”