Grandma's Marathon is celebrating a gold medal win in a "Best Of" poll put together by the Star Tribune to celebrate the top Minnesota Things and Events.

Grandma’s Marathon was voted the state’s top annual sports event or race in the first “Best of” voting by the Star Tribune to celebrate the many businesses, organizations, and individuals that make Minnesota a great place to live, work and play.

In a press release was quoted as saying,

We’re certainly honored and humbled by this recognition, but this is an award that belongs to our entire community, Our race is a reflection of our volunteers, sponsors, and community partners who work tirelessly throughout the year to create a special event each June for our more than 20,000 participants. Clearly, their efforts are appreciated and have not gone unnoticed. We are proud to accept this award on their behalf and look forward to living up to that ‘gold medal’ billing in 2022.

According to the press release more than 525,000 votes were cast in this year’s Readers’ Choice Awards program. For a full list of the 2021 Star Tribune Readers’ Choice Award winners, please visit

Zach made mention that the 2022 Grandma’s Marathon weekend will be held Thursday-Saturday, June 16-18. Registration for the weekend’s three races (Grandma’s Marathon, Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon, and William A. Irvin 5K) will begin at 7 pm on October 1 of this year.

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Hopefully, the 2022 Grandma's Marathon weekend will go off without a hitch. One of the biggest questions I have about the marathon is whether the music will be at Bayfront Festival Park again or they will move it back to the Big Top Tent as it was traditionally held every year up until last year.

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