Despite the fact that Duluth broke the old record set in 1950 (31.6 inches of snow) for April snowfall the show (show meaning the Fitger's 5k) must go on!

Even with the new record amount of snow, the annual 5k through downtown is continuing. Grandma's Marathon officials have announced the race is still on through Facebook with this statement:

Tomorrow’s Fitger’s 5K is on as scheduled. We ask that our runners and walkers use caution during the race as there may be areas on the course that are snow covered and slippery. Thank you for your support of the Young Athletes Foundation.

Thankfully, Saturday should be sunny, with highs in the 40s.  There are 1,926 registered participants for this race, which is a new record.  Results will be available at GrandmasMarathon.com following the race.

Elite runners registered include:

  • Mike Reneau, St. Paul (Defending Champion)
  • Joe Moore, Minneapolis (2012 Park Point 5-Miler Champion)
  • Katie McGee, Duluth (Defending/Five-time Champion)
  • Stephanie Price, Minneapolis (University of Minnesota 6K record holder)

Race Starts: 9 a.m.

Race Packet Pick up: Fitger’s, 600 East Superior Street

  • Friday, April 19; 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Saturday, April 20; 7 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.

The race is the largest fundraising event for the Young Athletes Foundation (YAF), a Grandma's Marathon program focused on the promotion and development of youth athletics in a five-county region. The event is expected to raise more than $20,000 for the YAF.

Expect traffic delays in downtown Duluth from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. Streets impacted include East Superior Street from Fitger’s to Lake Avenue, Canal Park Drive, Lake Avenue South and Railroad Street (in front of the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center).