Bulldogs are on the run Saturday, June 22! Over 1,000 runners registered for Grandma’s Marathon 2013 races are UMD alumni and we want to cheer them on. The UMD Alumni Association Fanstand has moved Downtown Duluth to the patio at Pizza Luce, on the corner of Lake Avenue and Superior Street. Food and beverage can be purchased in the restaurant and enjoyed out on the patio, just steps from the race course. Join Champ and the alumni staff for lots of marathon fun and Bulldog pride!
Starting at 8 a.m. on race day, the UMD Alumni Association will be hosting a Bulldog Fanstand on the outdoor patio at Pizza Luce, on the corner of Lake Avenue and Superior Street.
We invite all UMD alumni and friends to stop by to say hello and cheer on the runners as they pass by. We need you to help us create a warm and welcoming Bulldog Country atmosphere, so whether you’re running or cheering on a family member or friend, here’s your chance to say, loud and proud, that you’ve got Bulldog Spirit.
What can you enjoy at the Bulldog Fanstand? Purchase a hot or cold beverage inside Pizza Luce, and toast the morning (and the runners!) outside on the patio. Order breakfast or lunch and dine outdoors so you won’t have to miss a moment of marathon action. Fan favorite, Champ the Bulldog, will be on hand to entertain and high-five the runners, too! Most importantly, you can cheer for your Bulldog runner and all the Grandma’s Marathon racers. We’ll even provide the pom-poms so you can take your cheering to the next level.
You can find convenient parking in the Technology Village parking ramp, located just behind Pizza Luce and connected by the Skywalk. The ramp entrance is on 1st Street.
Have you ordered your UMD running shirt yet? Visit UMD Stores on Kirby Drive today, or order your shirt online. Don’t forget to use your Alumni Discount Code (discount applies only to online purchases)! Each shirt is specially priced at $26.39 for both men’s and women’s shirts after the discount is applied. Five dollars per shirt will also be donated to the UMD Alumni Association Scholarship Fund.
Grandma’s Marathon was created in 1977 when a local running club called the North Shore Striders partnered with Grandma’s Restaurant to plan and host a marathon along Highway 61—one of the most scenic courses in the world. What started as a small road race consisting of 150 runners has grown to be the 13th largest marathon in the United States.
When Grandma’s Marathon became a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in 1987, the 17-member board of directors, Executive Director, Scott Keenan, and staff of Grandma’s Marathon, adopted the philosophy of reaching for the stars and never being satisfied with the status quo. This led to the addition of the Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon in 1991 and the William A. Irvin 5K in 1997. Today, Grandma’s Marathon weekend is one of the largest multi-race festivals in the nation. The 2012 races drew over 17,000 participants from 47 states and 41 different countries, 50,000 race fans from across the globe, and 5,000 volunteers from the Twin Ports and surrounding areas, AND 1,042 Bulldogs!