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Grandma's Marathon started in 1977 and drew just 150 runners. Today this is a world-ranked event and festival draws scores of sponsors and more than 16,000 people from around the world. The annual marathon has other running events such as the Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon and the William A. Irvin 5K. More information on the history of Grandma's Marathon and past winners...
P.O. Box 16234
Duluth, MN 55816-0234
The John Beargrease Race
This annual race commemmorates the famous John Beargrease, who carried mail by sled dog and row boat between Two Harbors and Grand Marais. This race runs 411 miles long between Duluth and Grand Portage. It is viewed as the ideal training race for the larger, more renowned Iditarod.
Starts at the Ordean Middle School. www.beargrease.com
The Lester River Rendezvous
The Lester River Rendezvous festival takes place every September. This annual event draws people from all over since 1998. It also is a time of neighborhood and community togetherness. The event is sponsored by the Lakeside-Lester Park Business Association and Duluth Parks and Recreation Department. This fall tradition in Lester Park features food, crafts, and entertainment.
A special feature of the Lester River Rendezvous is the Voyageur Village, where members play out the day in the life of a voyageurs camp from the late 18th century in Northern Minnesota. This re-enactment by local residents includes dressing up as voyageurs in the fur trading era, demonstrating outdoor cooking techniques, as well as telling stories of their historic adventures.
There are also games by the Duluth Children's Museum and pony rides. Musicians perform either at the park stage, strolling the park, or at the entrance gates. Excerpt from Wikipedia