As all Duluth natives know, Grandma's Marathon season can slow down your travel plans— however, traffic can be avoided so long as you plan ahead.
The most significant delays will likely be related to the ongoing Twin Ports Interchange project, which reduces Interstate-35 into and out of Duluth to just two lanes in each direction between Garfield Avenue and 40th Avenue West. Grandma's Marathon organizers are asking everyone, whether you’re going to race or not, to expect and plan for congestion and traffic in that area as the weekend gets closer.
Canal Park Drive will be closed to vehicles between Railroad Street and Buchanan Street beginning at 6:00 a.m. on Friday, June 17. All of Canal Park Drive will be closed to vehicles on race day until approximately 5:00 p.m.
Motorists are also asked to be aware of the temporary “No Parking” signs on race weekend, especially on the racecourse itself, at the finish line, and in the area around the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center (DECC). Violators will be ticketed and towed.
On race day, motorists wanting to access Park Point should use the 5th Avenue West exit from Interstate 35N and follow the detour signs.
Parking in the Bayfront Park or Amsoil Arena/DECC parking lots will allow you easy access to view the spectacular Aerial Lift Bridge via a quick walk across the Minnesota Slip Bridge. Visitors are also encouraged to utilize the ride-sharing scooters distributed throughout downtown for a quick ride.
Whether you're looking to spectate, shop, or just explore Duluth, MN's scenic Canal Park, your best options for parking can be found highlighted in orange on Grandma's Marathon's official course map. While you're in the area, we invite you to visit Lake Superior Art Glass and explore our one-of-a–kind glasswork art pieces, or to even take a 60-90 minute class while waiting for your friends and family to reach the finish line!
Overall, we look forward to seeing you in Canal Park this year, and invite you to visit us at Lake Superior Art Glass for a memorable experience and a gift like no other.