Grandma's Marathon Weekend Update

By KBJR News 1

June 21, 2013 Updated Jun 24, 2013 at 9:39 AM CDT


Grandma's Marathon is one of the most anticipated events of the year in the Northland.

See what's being done to make sure it all runs smoothly, with a Grandma's Marathon Breakdown.

Grandma's is the 14th biggest marathon in the country, attracting people from all over the world...but this year with thunder storms in the offing people are wondering, what's going to happen if lightning strikes.

"Once you send 7,000 runners down the race course down the full marathon 7,000 runners down the race course in the half marathon putting a stop to the race is not the easiest thing to do..."says Bob Gustafson, Grandma's Public Relations Dir.

Runners love cool weather, love the wind off the lake that's going be great for the runners, a little bit of rain won't bother them."

However, if lighting is spotted before the runners step off, the race will be postponed.

Another concern is the construction on Superior Street.

"Superior Street looks fantastic. Changes that needed to be made, the paving that needed to be made, is done and we're good to go," Gustafson informs.

With some 17,000 runners pounding the pavement smooth footing is important. What's also important is race gear.

"This time is always a very busy time of the year so we try to have our inventory stocked and prepared not only for the expo but for the store, things are busy after the race as well," says Tony Stensland, General Manager of Duluth Running Co.

And then there's the safety concerns. The Boston Bombing left some with worries.

"We looked at all of our policies and procedures. Made some changes to race packet pick up, requiring everybody to show their ID, some changes to the starting line corral, things like that," Gustafson reassures.

Steps taken above and beyond for one of Duluth's premier events.
"This is our opportunity this is why we work all year round," says Gustafson.

The top runners are expected to cross the finish line for the US Half Marathon Championships around seven Saturday morning.

If you don't want to get up early enough to make it down to Canal Park you can watch our live finish line coverage on MY 9.

Posted to the web by Gabrielle Ware