There’s again stepped-up security for Grandma’s Marathon next weekend (Sat 6/16) in Duluth, although officials aren’t giving specifics. Executive director Shane Bauer says to participants and spectators, “We recommend the same as most of the other marathons: the whole “See Something, Say Something, Be Aware.” Don’t be afraid to speak up, and… in regard to security, that’s the rule to remember.”
There will be security checkpoints for spectators around the finish line. Drones are not allowed anywhere near the racecourse with the exception of official Grandma’s Marathon drones. Backpacks are discouraged and if abandoned, will be immediately seized.
Tens of thousands of runners and spectators are expected in Duluth for Grandma’s Marathon. Bauer says Superior Street reconstruction requires moving the course to Michigan Street for nine blocks through downtown — a very narrow area, so no spectators along that street for the first four blocks, although they can watch from the side avenues. “What it does is open up a new spectator viewing area in Lake Place Park. Over top of Michigan Street there’s these walkways that connect Lake Place Park to downtown…. New, unique experience for those that are running this year,” he says.
Over 82-hundred runners are registered for the full marathon and about 92 hundred for the half. They come from every state and about 40 countries.
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