2014 Grandma's Marathon attendance breaks records

By KBJR News 1

June 21, 2014 Updated Jun 21, 2014 at 10:33 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) - The 2014 attendance for the Grandma's Marathon also set a record.

According to race officials, 50 to 60 thousand people came to Duluth to watch and participate in the festivities. That's the most people Grandma's Marathon has ever attracted.

The 5K and half marathon also had a record amount of runners this year. Runners represented all 50 states. The big race also lured runners from 44 different countries.

We spoke with one international runner from Japan who returned to Duluth with his wife for the race.

Hideki Tomioka thanked Duluth for its hospitality, and was excited to spend time with old friends.

"It's a great event and in Japan so many marathons – it's a boom – a lot of Japanese runners and international runners come," said Tomioka.

"I ran this for the first time in 1985," said friend Andrias Lepisto, "so it's incredible for this gentleman to come back here and running he's doing a great job."

Race officials said Grandma's Marathon infused $8.5 million into the Duluth economy this year.

Registration for next year's race opens next week on July 1st.

Nick Minock