My Thoughts On A Mostly Post-Pandemic Grandma’s Marathon
I say "mostly" post-pandemic because while we're certainly on the other side of things it seems, I don't think it's really over yet. We still need to see how many will actually get vaccinated and what that does for herd immunity. Anyway, it feels like we're getting back to normal and I like it.
I was super stoked to be a part of Grandma's Marathon even if my job is really only to talk. I'm not a runner but growing up, my Grandparents lived on London Road and we used to go to their house every year and watch the race. So the event means a lot to me and I felt this year was extra special since we were able to hang out without masks and enjoy the Grandma's atmosphere as it should be.
It was different in a lot of ways. The runners had six individual lanes to start in, and they basically started in groups to allow for distancing. What I thought was cool was that I didn't hear anyone complain about the changes. They rolled with it like it was normal and everyone was in great spirits, just happy to be able to do it again. The live music aspect was different too.
Instead of the giant tent in Duluth's Canal Park, entertainment was moved to Bayfront Festival Park. It was free to attend and featured food, beverages, and of course a full day of live music. The attendance midday was a little light but things picked up in the evening and things just felt normal again. All in all, it was a great time and I can't wait until next year to see what they have in store for us. Did you join in on the festivities?