Even though the summer of 2024 seems like forever away, those interested in participating in any of next year's Grandma's Marathon weekend races need to start planning ahead pretty quickly.

According to their news release, Grandma’s Marathon, Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon, and William A. Irvin 5K bring in more than 20,000 participants to Duluth and the surrounding region each year and they've reached a sellout in two straight years.

Last year, Grandma's Marathon races reached their second-earliest sellout ever, and this week, they've announced that registration for 2024 race weekend is coming up fast, so interested participants will need to be ready to get online.

Grandma’s Marathon will open registration for its 2024 race weekend at 7:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 1. Entries for all races will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.

“If race day is the biggest day of our year, the day registration opens is a close second in terms of excitement for our participants,” Marketing & Public Relations Director Zach Schneider said, “With the great race weekends we’ve had in recent memory, there’s every reason to believe we’ll again see lots of interest starting on October 1 and set ourselves up for another big weekend in June.”

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The 2024 Grandma’s Marathon weekend is scheduled for June 20-22, and being ready to register on October 1st not only improves your chances of getting into your race but registering early will save you money.

Grandma's Marathon 2022
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All Grandma’s Marathon weekend races are subject to a tiered pricing system, as outlined below, so early registration is strongly encouraged. There will be virtual options for each of the weekend’s races, as well.

Grandma’s Marathon (9,000 capacity)
October 1-October 15 --- $120
October 16-December 31 --- $130
January 1-March 31 --- $140
April 1-June 1--- $150
Virtual --- $110

Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon (8,000 capacity)
October 1-October 15 --- $110
October 16-December 31 --- $120
January 1-March 31 --- $130
April 1-June 1--- $140
Virtual --- $100

William A. Irvin 5K (2,700 capacity)
October 1-October 15 --- $40
October 16-December 31 --- $45
January 1-June 1--- $50
Virtual --- $35

There will also once again be the option to register for the Great Grandma’s Challenge in 2024. Challenge participants will start with the William A. Irvin 5K on Friday night and follow that with either Grandma’s Marathon or the Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon on Saturday morning, and they will receive an additional medal and commemorative apparel.

Full Great Grandma’s Challenge (500 capacity)
October 1-October 15 --- $190
October 16-December 31 --- $205
January 1-March 31 --- $220
April 1-June 1--- $230

Half Great Grandma’s Challenge (700 capacity)
October 1-October 15 --- $180
October 16-December 31 --- $195
January 1-March 31 --- $210
April 1-June 1--- $220

The race that seems to sell out first each year is the Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon and lovers of that race can once again sign up for a two-year guaranteed entry. This allows participants to secure their place in both the 2024 and 2025 events while also supporting the marathon’s charitable organization, the Young Athletes Foundation (YAF).

Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon 2-Year Guaranteed Entry (100 capacity)
October 1-June 1 --- $440 (half of the proceeds benefit the Young Athletes Foundation)

Remember to set a reminder that registration for all of the 2024 Grandma's Marathon races begins at 7:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 1. Registrations will be done through GrandmasMarathon.com.

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