16 episodes

Hear inspiring stories leading up to Grandma's Marathon, a 26.2-mile road race along the scenic shores of Lake Superior and finishing in Duluth, Minn. Started in 1977 with only 150 runners, Grandma's Marathon is now the 12th largest marathon in the United States and brings approximately 20,000 participants to northern Minnesota each June. Our podcast is brought to you with the support of Essentia Health. Grandma's Marathon is proudly presented by Toyota, Members Cooperative Credit Union, and ASICS.

Gearing Up for Grandma's Grandma's Marathon

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Hear inspiring stories leading up to Grandma's Marathon, a 26.2-mile road race along the scenic shores of Lake Superior and finishing in Duluth, Minn. Started in 1977 with only 150 runners, Grandma's Marathon is now the 12th largest marathon in the United States and brings approximately 20,000 participants to northern Minnesota each June. Our podcast is brought to you with the support of Essentia Health. Grandma's Marathon is proudly presented by Toyota, Members Cooperative Credit Union, and ASICS.

    Season 2, Episode 6 --- Grambassadors #2

    Season 2, Episode 6 --- Grambassadors #2

    Each year, we accept a number of "race ambassadors" who help us throughout the year spread the word about Grandma's Marathon and help keep the spirit of the race alive in the buildup to June.

    Some of this year's "Grambassadors" join us for this podcast to talk about one of their favorite things - Grandma's Marathon! Hear firsthand about their favorite spots on the course, about why the race is different than so many others, and about what their secrets are to a perfect race weekend in Duluth!

    • 15 min
    Season 2, Epidsode 5 --- Nature's Gem CBD & Wellness

    Season 2, Epidsode 5 --- Nature's Gem CBD & Wellness

    The use of CBD by runners to aid in their training and recovery has exploded over the past several years, and it's led to a lot of different opinions about what's best for your body and how to properly choose from and use the many products on the market.

    Nature's Gem CBD & Wellness has been a major sponsor of Grandma's Marathon since 2019, and founder Lisa Baskfield has a very personal connection both to the race and to the need for non-traditional treatments for pain.

    In this podcast, she offers a bit more of her backstory as well as explains the business she's created --- helping runners understand and implement the benefits of using CBD in their training and recovery process.

    • 25 min
    Season 2, Episode 4 --- Grambassadors #1

    Season 2, Episode 4 --- Grambassadors #1

    Each year, we accept a number of "race ambassadors" who help us throughout the year spread the word about Grandma's Marathon and help keep the spirit of the race alive in the buildup to June.

    Some of this year's "Grambassadors" join us for this podcast to talk about one of their favorite things - Grandma's Marathon! Hear firsthand about their favorite spots on the course, about why the race is different than so many others, and about what their secrets are to a perfect race weekend in Duluth!

    • 17 min
    Season 2, Episode 3 --- CJ Albertson

    Season 2, Episode 3 --- CJ Albertson

    CJ Albertson was the men's runner-up at the 2021 Grandma's Marathon, but he may be best-known for his performance a few months later at the 2021 Boston Marathon.

    Albertson went to the lead at record pace for the first 20 miles of Boston, but he was eventually caught by the pack and ended up finishing 10th on the day. 

    He joins the Gearing Up for Grandma's podcast to discuss his unique approach to road racing, as well as intent to run both Boston and Grandma's again in 2022.

    • 35 min
    Season 2, Episode 2 --- Dakotah Lindwurm

    Season 2, Episode 2 --- Dakotah Lindwurm

    2021 Grandma's Marathon champion Dakotah Lindwurm joins the podcast to talk about her training cycle this year, which includes both Boston Marathon in April and Grandma's Marathon in June.

    Lindwurm became the first Minnesota woman to win Grandma's Marathon since Janis Klecker in 1987, and she'll be back in the field this year to try and become just the eighth repeat women's champion and first since Sarah Kiptoo in 2016.

    She also talks about her late mom, who still inspires her every time she's on a start line, and discusses some of her favorite off-the-beaten-path things to do in Duluth on race weekend.

    • 34 min
    Season 2, Episode 1 --- Kara Goucher

    Season 2, Episode 1 --- Kara Goucher

    Duluth's own Kara Goucher joins the Season 2 debut of "Gearing Up for Grandma's" fresh off making her TV analyst debut for NBC at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. There, she provided commentary of several distance running events, including the women's marathon in which Molly Seidel won just the third-ever Olympic medal in that event.

    Goucher is joined by our regular host, Peter Graves, and special co-host for this episode, Chad Salmela, both of whom also have broadcasting experience at the Olympic Games.

    Together, they recount what were the 2020 Games and talk tricks of the trade, including Goucher answering which is harder --- becoming an Olympic athlete or an Olympic TV analyst.

    Goucher also reminisces on her hometown race, Grandma's Marathon, with her name still etched in history as the women's event record holder of the Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon. 

    • 35 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
15 Ratings

15 Ratings

RachelModrow ,

First Marathon

I will be running the Grandmas Marathon as my first marathon this June! I am very excited for it along with nervous. I am loving this podcast learning more of the history and about the race! I can’t wait to get out there in June!