If you are training for Grandma’s Marathon it's less than three months away, some of you have done this before, and some of you need pointers and tips.

Essentia Health and Grandma’s Marathon are hosting the annual Gearing up for Grandma’s pre-race event on Saturday, April 9th. The event will offer breakfast and a keynote speaker.

The event will also showcase a variety of resource tables in a mini expo and keynote speaker Dakotah Lindwurm, a past Women's Champion of Grandma's Marathon. The event will be at the YMCA at Essentia Health Wellness Center at 4289 Ugstad Road.

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Grandma’s Marathon will be offering a training run with Dakotah Lindwurm prior to the event. The group run begins promptly at 8:30 a.m. and then will feature a breakfast at 9 am. There will also be merchandise for sale.


  • 8:00 a.m. – Arrival & Check-In
  • 8:30 a.m. – Training Run (led by Dakotah Lindwurm)
  • 9:00 a.m. – Breakfast
  • 9:30 a.m. – Welcome & Keynote Speaker Dakotah Lindwurm
  • 10:00 a.m. – Expo Starts
  • 12:00 p.m. – Expo Ends

All types of runners are welcome and you don't have to run the training run that morning. Gearing Up for Grandma’s event is a chance for area runners of all ages and abilities to get questions answered, learn new things about training and nutrition, and meet other people with the same goals and also the same challenges they might have.

There will be people attending that have done this race many times and will have advice for people that are just starting out. You may also talk with Dakotah Lindwurm and ask questions about how to run a smart race.

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