I finally sat down tonight to do a little reading on Grandma's Marathon in Duluth, MN. After all, the marathon is this Saturday so I figure it might be helpful to know a bit more about the race before race day. Life has been a little busy lately so marathon training has taken a back seat. However, after reading about Grandma's, I'm more excited than ever to be running this weekend! I might not be in condition to run my fastest time but WOW, this sounds like a marathon to have on your must-run marathon list! This will be my 10th marathon and I can honestly say that out of all the marathons I've run, this one seems to get some of the best reviews. I've read quite a bit about Grandma's Marathon tonight and almost every review was incredibly positive. Two Thumbs Up. Top Notch. In fact, several of the reviewers that posted compared Grandma's to Boston, New York, Chicago and some of the other marathons that go down as the best in our country.
From my research, here are some of the top reasons to run Grandma's Marathon (I'm sure I'll have plenty to add once I get to run it myself!):
- ORGANIZATION. Almost every review I read had something to say about how amazing the organization is in this race. From aid stations to timing to transportation to emails, this race sounds flawless when it comes to being well organized!
- Volunteers/Spectators. It sounds like there is a huge amount of support before, during and after the race. Reviewers raved about the volunteers and spectators. As so many of us know, the volunteers really do help to make an event great. Big time!
- Pace Group Leaders. Many people had such positive words to say about the pace group leaders they ran with. In fact, this year might be the first year I ever try running with a pace group because of all the positive things I read. Now, choosing the pace group I'd best fit in might take some thought since I'm not sure where I'm at with marathon fitness right now.
- Great Course. Gentle hills. Mostly flat. And Scenic views of Lake Superior. Sounds like a good PR course.
- Great City! Duluth sounds like a charming city with a BIG HEART! And a city that loves their marathon. The people sound welcoming and friendly, plenty of fun places to eat at, and college dormitories available to stay in as an alternative to hotels that either fill up quickly or a little overpriced for marathon weekend. The reviews had great things to stay about the dorms.
- Depth of Field. There are runners from all over that are in Duluth to race different distances this weekend. From professionals to first timers...this marathon is the real deal!
- Time of Year. Running Grandma's means you get to run an early summer marathon with only part of your training in winter. You still get to enjoy plenty of the hot summer months recovering and enjoying a slower pace and you are able to enjoy many training runs in spring time rather the the depth of winter training that comes with early spring marathons.
- Finisher Shirts and Medals sound nice.
- Events around the race: spaghetti feed, concert, speakers....I'm excited about all of this!
- MINNESOTA. Let's face it, we've heard the stories about what these Minnesota locals have to endure during winter. Long, cold (understatement), brutal winters. My bets are that they know how to put on a June race with plenty of celebration, Joy, and post race festivities that make the most of summer weather. They take their summers seriously! I'm looking forward to celebrating in Minnesota!