Images courtesy of Kat B.

Grandma's Marathon + Half Packages

June 17-19, 2022

  • VIP treatment with on-site hosts all weekend
  • Ideal location at the Holiday Inn & Suites Duluth-Downtown – the Official Lodging Sponsor for Grandma’s Marathon
  • Private tent with bathrooms at start for full
  • Pre-race dinner / Post-race celebration
  • Access to training program developed by Grandma’s defending champ Dakotah Lindwurm

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Single Rooms starting at


/person (based on single occupancy)

Suites starting at


/person (based on single occupancy)

Race Date



Duluth, MN 

Train for Grandmas 2022 with the winner from 2021- Dakotah Marie Lindwurm!

We are excited to offer our guests the opportunity to get trained by Dakotah. As an Olympic Trials runner and experienced trainer she can help you run your best Grandmas!

As a special incentive, we are offering a coupon for 20% off the first month of coaching. Use coupon code: “destinationmarathons“.

VIP Experience

Guests have access to hosts on-site all weekend to ensure a stress-free, fun-filled trip.

Ideal Location

The Holiday Inn & Suites Duluth -Downtown is just 0.7 mi. from the finish line and 0.5 mi to shuttle, train, and DECC Expo (covered walkway connected).

Pre-race Dinner

We’ve got you covered for the pre-race dinner. Enjoy local Italian fare without having to leave the hotel.


Enjoy our detailed cheer plan and bleacher access passes at finish! Plus enjoy all our exclusive events.


Sit back, relax, and let us handle the logistics.

Welcome to Duluth! For those extending their trip and arriving on Thursday, this is for you. Explore the area, try a local restaurant, call your grandma.​

4:30-6:30pm Welcome Reception for Thursday Arrivals – DM Suite

4:00-8:00pm Expo Open & Packet Pick-Up

8:00am Shake Out Run along Lake Superior

10:00am-9:00pm Expo Open

10:00-11:00pm Packet Pick-Up

Hotel Check In
Destination Marathons Welcome Reception
Sign Making Station for Spectators

5:30-8:00pm Pasta Buffet

6:00pm 5K Race

8:00pm Grab & Go Breakfasts available to take after dinner

4:30am Grab & Go Breakfasts available in hotel lobby

4:45-5:30am Shuttles for 1/2 Marathon from DECC

5:30am Load Northshore Scenic Railroad to Marathon Start 6:10am departure

6:00am 1/2 Marathon Start

6:30-7:15am Shuttles for Marathon from DECC

7:45am Marathon Start

7:00am-12:00pm Spectators follow spectator plan to see their favorite runner

11:30am-2:30pm Post-Race Party

4:30pm Guided Brewery Tour starting from hotel lobby

11:00am Check Out of Hotel

5:00pm Think about all the good times you had this past weekend!

Holiday Inn and Suites Duluth-Downtown

The Holiday Inn & Suites Duluth – Downtown is the Official Lodging Sponsor for Grandma’s Marathon! Centrally located, it’s just 0.7 mi. from the finish line and 0.5 mi to the shuttle, train, and DECC Expo -connected to the hotel via a covered walkway.

Hotel website ->

2 Indoor pools & hot tub
Sleeper sofa in suites
On-site restaurant, bar, and café
Free high-speed internet
Complimentary parking
Hotel map and surroundings
Downtown Duluth, Minnesota
What's included?

* The King and Queen single rooms share an entrance door from the hotel hallway and foyer space. Both private bedrooms each have an attached private bathroom.

Optional add ons

Add nights onto your package: $350 + tax/night for Suite or $300 + tax/night for Single.

You can add a guest to your package for $190/person total.

Maximum number of guests varies per room type: Suites can add 4 guests, King singles can add 1 guest, and Queen singles can add 3 guests.

Not included

Choose to pay in full or put down a non-refundable deposit to reserve your trip.

Pay in full
$790 + taxes and fees(Single)*
$950 + taxes and fees (Suite)
Our base price includes 2 nights in a single room or suite.
* The King and Queen single rooms share an entrance door from the hotel hallway and foyer space. Both private bedrooms each have an attached private bathroom.
Add Ons
See below for add on details

Add nights onto your package: $350 + tax/night for Suite or $300 + tax/night for Single.

You can add a guest to your package for $190/person total.

Maximum number of guests varies per room type: Suites can add 4 guests, King singles can add 1 guest, and Queen singles can add 3 guests.

$250 + taxes and fees

Pay a $250 non-refundable deposit to reserve your trip, then pay your remaining balance later.

Add Ons
Pay for add ons when paying your remaining balance.
Meet your hosts

Mark started Destination Marathons to give runners the best race experience possible. He has been a runner since high school and still enjoys the sport.

Mark Janik

Founder / CEO

An avid runner, Paul has completed over 70 marathons and is well on his way to completing his goal of running a marathon in all 50 states. 

Paul Martino

Chief Running Officer


5.0  (32)

Vince Varallo

Atlanta Marathon 2020

I ran the Atlanta Marathon in March through Destination Marathons and had a wonderful experience. They really took care of everything from organizing a shakeout run, two nights of dinners, a race morning tent and after the marathon they had drinks and food for us. I highly recommend using them.

Lance Fuisting

Kiawah Island Marathon 2019

I joined the DM crew for the Kiawah Island Marathon / Half Marathon last December. Mark and his team really did a good job of planning out the details and making the entire race weekend easy and enjoyable. I’m pretty low maintenance, but I watched them go out of their way to accommodate other guests who had unique circumstances (for example dealing with food allergies or helping with childcare during the race). They take care of things and make the trip a great time for everyone

David Scott

Atlanta Marathon 2020

Mark, Paul, and company were amazing hosts in Atlanta at the Olympic Marathon Trials in February.

Great hotel location at start/finish line, cool goodie bags, hospitality suite, super location with private space with food/beverages to watch the marathon trials, and overall it was perfect.

I will definitely use them when race travel resumes!

Thanks to you guys and your rockstar team!

Stacy Bolyard

Kiawah Island Marathon 2019

A group of us used Destination Marathons during our trip to Kiawah Island for the marathon weekend. They did a wonderful job with logistics, location, checkin, food, perks, information, and making us feel like real VIP's. Race morning we had a personal tent and gear check just for our group. Post race included a personal massage. It was so great meeting up with everyone in our designated area with snacks, chairs, drinks, and massage rollers provided by DM. After the race we had ample room in our Condo to stretch out in the living room, play a board game, watch tv, have a few people take a shower while others ate a snack in the kitchen, etc. Between the friends who booked various hotels, and the friends who stayed in the condo, our entire group agreed we'll be booking with DM in the future. We've even looked where DM is going next, just so we can plan a trip through DM. They truly make a trip top notch and allow you to enjoy your vacation. We loved everything and are thrilled to book with them in the future!

Kimberly Pruett

Marine Corps Marathon 2019

Destination Marathons is fantastic! I traveled with them to Marine Corps Marathon and had an awesome time. They took care of all of the logistics so that I could enjoy the race weekend. The hotel was within walking distance of the start/finish line, restaurants, grocery store, etc. The itinerary and resources provided were helpful in planning things like getting to the expo, sightseeing, and the pre-race meal. When the forecast called for rain on race day, Mark got everyone ponchos to wear to the start line. Would highly recommend. I’ve already booked my next race trip with Destination Marathons!

Do you provide any transportation for the weekend?

No. The start line shuttle, finish line, and expo are all within walking distance to the hotel. We recommend an Uber for transportation from the airport.

How do we get back to the hotel after the race?

With our hotel’s central location, it’s an easy walk back.

Do I have to register my guests even if they’re not running?

Yes! DM guests have access to all the VIP perks as our runners. To ensure they receive all our great services, we ask that you let us know who you’re bringing at time of registration. Of course, if your guest plans change, that’s no problem at all! Just let us know and we can make those revisions. But it is important that all guests, even non-runners, register in advance.

How will spectators find their runners at the end of the race?

Pick a landmark in Canal Park or meet at the DM post race party TBD.

Can we add additional nights onto our stay?

Sure! Please reach out if you would like to add nights prior to or after our package dates. Of course, guests are free of charge for those additional nights!

Can I bring my kids?

Yes, kids 15 and under are welcome on any of our packages for free, provided they stay in your room.

What if I have food allergies?

Please notify us of any dietary restrictions you have so we can do our best to accommodate you.

Do the single rooms have a sleeper sofa?

No, the single rooms do not include a living area with sleeper sofa. The foyer space from the shared outdoor hallway entrance leads into a private King bedroom and a private bedroom with 2 Queen beds, each with its own private bathroom attached.