2018: Saturday, June 16, 2018
Saturday, June 17, 2017
Point to Point
Race Day Weather
49° F (9°C)
PR Score & Course Score
PR Score: 98.20
Course Score: 99.32
2017: 6,442 Finishers
2016: 7,518 Finishers
2015: 6,077 Finishers
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The point-to-point Grandma's Marathon course loses approximately 100 feet of elevation as it runs along Lake Superior. The course travels on Old Highway 61 along the north shore of Lake Superior. The route is mostly flat with some small rolling hills and one significant incline - Lemon Drop Hill - just prior to mile 22.
The start is just outside of Two Harbors, Minnesota and the race finishes in Duluth’s Canal Park.
Although the course is very fast, the typically warm and humid spring weather may slow some runners. However, if the temperature and humidity are less normal on race day, PRs and BQs will be very achievable.
The Grandmas Marathon was the 11th largest marathon in the U.S. last year and was the 11th largest in 2015.
This year 11.4% of finishers qualified for the Boston Marathon and 7.5% of runners qualified for Boston in 2016.
This gives the Grandmas Marathon the 311th highest percentage of Boston Marathon qualifiers in the U.S. last year and the 71st highest percentage so far in 2017.
Its Course Score of 99.32 ranks it as the 125th fastest marathon course in the U.S. and the 1st fastest course in Minnesota.
The typical race time temperature and humidity levels are above the ideal range for optimal marathon performance. This, coupled with the Course Score, gives the Grandmas Marathon a PR Score of 98.20. This PR Score ranks it as the 236th fastest marathon in the U.S. and the 6th fastest in Minnesota.
Learn more about PR Scores and Course Scores on the FAQ page.