Grandmas Marathon has once again enlisted some experts to help you get prepared for the big race, with engaging speakers, vendors and prizes too.

For many local runners training continues all year either inside or out, but you can never be too prepared for the race whether it is a 5K or full marathon. Make plans to attend the free "Gear Up for Grandmas" event this Saturday March 12th at Essentia Health 1st street building from 9am-11am.

Great prizes, discounted gear and special guest speakers:

-Dr. Ben Nelson who is the Grandmas Marathon Medical Director and an Orthopedic Sports Medicine Physician at Essentia Health.

-Amanda Joyce: A Registered Dietitian at Essentia Health

- Katherine McGee: 3 Time Olympic Trials Qualifier, 2015 Grandmas Marathon Masters Champion and Running Coach.

-Jim and Mary Stukel: Owners of the Tortoise and the Hare Footwear located in the Denfeld Shopping Plaza.