Grandma’s Marathon is a 41 year tradition, establishing itself as one of the 15 largest marathons in the country and generating millions of dollars in economic impact for our city. Participants travel from across the world to run the 26.2 mile stunningly scenic course from Two Harbors into the heart of Canal Park. For some, marathon running is a lifestyle. For others, spectating and celebrating is more their pace. No matter your running skill level, Grandma’s Marathon touches every Duluthian each year in June.

Not only is the Hanlon and Associates office located in Canal Park not far from the finish line, this year we are excited to cheer on two of our employees participating in different capacities.

Anna Nelson, our commercial insurance specialist, will be kicking off the weekend running the William A. Irvin 5k race. Running the 3.1 miles is no easy feat, but Anna’s real passion is wearing the hat of Eco Rotary’s Volunteer Co-Captain at the Grandma’s Marathon finish line the next day. The goal? To make the event as waste-free as possible. Compost, recycling bins and trash cans will be placed throughout Canal Park during the festivities; volunteers (including Anna) will be helping direct correct placement of discarded goods to eliminate compostable or recyclable materials from the landfill.

“Our group is passionate about Duluth. Duluth is passionate about Grandma’s. We want to have a fun race but still be environmentally conscious. Sustainability is a passion of mine, For me it seems overwhelming at first. Everyone can take little steps. But if we all did just a little, it can make a huge impact.”

Eric Frost will be replacing his insurance broker hat with experienced runner as he runs the 13.1 mile Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon. His race partner and wife Janelle has been participating in marathons and triathlons for many years; this year, helping cheer Eric on as he commits to his passion of health and fitness.

Here is the lineup for the weekend’s festivities:

William A. Irvin 5k
Friday, June 16, 2017

Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon
Saturday, June 17, 2017

Grandma’s Marathon
Saturday, June 17, 2017
Wheelchair 7:40am

Hanlon and Associates is proud to be Duluthian. Whether you’re running, sponsoring, spectating, volunteering, or cheering from afar, join us in celebrating our team members taking part in the all-Duluth tradition, Grandma’s Marathon.