The announcement came today in a press conference from Zach Schneider PR and Media for Grandma's and Executive Director Shane Bower.

Shane Bower said they were waiting and wanted to increase the number of people in each race but wanted to work within the mandates of the state and also to make it safe for the in-person runners. The decision was made because of the State COVID The numbers and wanted to give people who have been asking if they were going to raise the numbers.

The decision to run at half capacity was made before the October 1st sign-up. Grandma's Marathon and the Garry Bjorklund Half Mile were limited to 4,000 participants. For the 5K, the limit was 1,500. They have also offered virtual and charity options to race and if people are interested they should contact the Grandma's Marathon office or their website. 

Grandma's will be in touch with local health partners constantly in order to make sure the race is safe and whether there can be last-minute changes, but for now the decision has been made to keep with the original decision.

I spoke about the virtual option before and there are many openings for that if people want to be a part of the event or collect the t-shirt. There are also some 15 charity options to run in the race. If you want either option you can click here to register. 

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Grandma's Marathon has also laid out a cancellation plan, just in case the events need to be canceled this year too. By the time Grandma's Marathon weekend happens, there could be worse conditions, or with the vaccine coming out there could be a chance that the weekend could go up to larger participation.

There are other races that the Young Athletes Foundation offers too. All the races are listed on the Grandma's Marathon website.

PR and Marketing Director Zach Schneider told Fox 21 that you can go by the way of a charity, and if you hit your fundraising goal, the entry then is free and you can also become part of the Marathon.

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