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Grandma's Marathon

2 night base package 

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Starting at


+ taxes and fees




Duluth, MN 

New! Get a sold out half marathon bib.

Put down a deposit or pay in full for our Grandma’s Marathon Package in full to get access to (1) sold-out Grandma’s half marathon. Bib instructions will be emailed out by our staff upon completion of purchase.

       Boston Qualifier 


We create a detailed cheer plan and invite your spectators to all of our exclusive events.

Ideal Location

Our hotel is just 100 yards from the finish line and 0.3 mi to the race morning shuttles and expo.

Pre-race Dinner

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

2 Night Stay

Enjoy 2 nights at the Suites Hotel with a kitchenette + pull out in every 2-room suite.


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.​


3:00pm  Check in

5:00pm – 7:30pm  Destination Marathons customer welcome party for early arrivals (location TBD)

Friday night we’ll all get together for our pre-race pasta dinner. This will be an awesome opportunity to meet new people and make new friends! Be prepared to play our famous “Guess your time” game.


3:00pm  Check in opens

3:00-5:00pm  Meet DM Hosts and pick up goodie bag

5:30 – 7:30pm  Pre-Race Past Dinner

*Expo open from 10:00am – 9:00pm Friday

6:15am  Half Marathon Start
7:45am  Marathon Start
2:00-4:00pm  Post race celebration hosted by DM

12:00pm  Hotel check out for those who have extended their stay to Sunday

Suites Hotel at Waterfront Plaza

Centrally located in the heart of Canal Park, The Suites Hotel is just 100  yards from the finish line, a 5-minute walk to the race morning shuttles, and a convenient 8-minute walk to the expo. 

Hotel website ->

Complimentary breakfast
Hot tub + pool
Pull out in suite
Sauna on property
Ideal location
Hotel map and surroundings
Downtown Duluth, Minnesota
What's included?
  • New! Access to buy (1) sold-out half marathon bib with the purchase of our package
  • 2 nights at the Suites Hotel at Waterfront Plaza.
  • 2 room suite with kitchenette + king bed + pull out
  • Complimentary breakfast each morning
  • Entry to exclusive start line tent (for full marathon)
  • Pre-race pasta dinner
  • Private gear check
  • Healthy grab and go breakfast on race day
  • Detailed spectator plan for guests
  • Access to post-race celebration
  • 2 Destination Marathons Hosts on call
  • DM goodie bag
Optional add ons

Add on Thursday night for only $250 + tax. Only one occupant needs to pay for the extra night.

Add up to 2 additional guests (3 persons maximum per room). For a one-time add on payment of $150 per guest.

Not included
  • Transportation to Duluth
  • Meals outside of those listed
  • Full marathon race registration
  • Additional excursions
  • Transportation around Duluth (we suggest walking or Uber)

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

Pay in full
$650 + taxes and fees

Our base price includes 2 nights in a private suite.

Add Ons
See below for add on details

Add on Thursday night for only $250 + tax. Only one occupant needs to pay for the extra night.

Add up to 2 additional guests (3 persons maximum per room). For a one-time add on payment of $150 per guest.

$250 + taxes and fees

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

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

$250 refundable deposit will hold your spot, or pay in full.

April 18th, 2021 

|60 days prior to trip|

Package must be paid in full. Last day to request a full refund

May 18th, 2021 

|30 days prior to trip|

Last day to request a partial refund (50% of amount paid) back

Refund requests made after May 18th, 2021 will not be refunded and are at the discretion of Destination Marathons. Please contact us with any questions you may have. We would love to create a package that is tailored to you!

These are the terms and conditions under which Destination-Marathons, LLC. (herein after

“DM”) offers and operates its running trips/tours. By registering and paying your deposit for a

trip, you confirm that you have read, understand and agree to these Terms & Conditions, which

you acknowledge constitute a legally binding obligation. Accordingly, please read these terms

carefully before making a deposit or payment for a trip.

Participants acknowledge they must be in good health and able to endure the physical

demands commensurate the activity they are registering for. Please consult your physician if

there is any question of physical fitness. It is your responsibility to assess the risks and

requirements of each aspect of the trip based on your own circumstances, limitations, fitness

level and medical requirements.

If you participate in activities during your itinerary, including road racing and pre and post runs,

certain risks and dangers may arise, including, but not limited to, personal injury and death. BY

AGREEING TO THESE TERMS AND CONDITIONS, YOU hereby expressly assume all of these risks

and dangers, and you hereby expressly agree to forever release, discharge and hold DM and our

agents, employees, officers and directors, harmless against any and all liability, actions, causes

of actions, suits, claims and demands of any and every kind and nature whatsoever which you

now have or which may hereafter arise out of or in connection with your booking or

participation in any activities in which you participate.

You consent and grant full permission and royalty-free license to DM to use your likeness in all

media including photographs, pictures, recordings, or other record of this event for any

legitimate purpose.

While we will endeavor to operate all trips as advertised or quoted, reasonable changes in your

itinerary may be made by DM where it is deemed necessary or advisable by us. If DM is

prevented (directly or indirectly) from performing any of its obligations under this agreement

by reason of force majeure (which shall include, an Act of God, strikes, trade disputes, fire,

breakdowns, weather conditions, acts of omissions of a third party, or any other cause

whatsoever outside DM’s reasonable control), then DM may, in its sole and absolute discretion,

cancel all or part of any trip. In any situation of force majeure, DM shall not be deemed to be in

breach of their duties or otherwise liable to you, whether for reason of delay in performance or

non-performance. I understand that if a case of force majeure arises that no refund of my

travel expenses, including, but not limited to non-refundable airfare, or entry fees will be

reimbursed. Based on the above, DM strongly recommends trip cancellation, baggage, health

and accident insurance for all participants. Residents from outside the U.S. must check within

your country for insurance coverage.

DM contracts with a network of companies and individuals to assist in the running of our trips,

including, but not limited to hotel and transportation services. Because DM does not maintain

any control over the personnel, equipment, or operations of these suppliers, we assume no

responsibility for and cannot be held liable for any personal injury, death, property damage, or

other loss, accident, delay, inconvenience, or irregularity which may be occasioned by reason of

(1) any wrongful, negligent, willful, or unauthorized acts or omissions on the part of any of the

tour suppliers, or other employees or agents, (2) any defect in or failure of any vehicle,

equipment, instrument owned, operated or otherwise by any of these suppliers, or (3) any

wrongful, willful, or negligent act or omissions on any part of any other party not under the

supervision or control of DM.

The right is reserved to cancel the tour for any reason anytime. If we cancel a tour, our liability

is limited to a full refund of your payments to us and we will not be liable for any other costs,

damages or refunds of any kind for any loss, delay, inconvenience, disappointment or expense

whatsoever in such circumstances. 

If the Grandma’s Marathon is cancelled for any reason, runners have two options*:

  • Transfer payments made to a future Destination Marathons race package
  • Request a full refund in writing

If the Grandma’s Marathon is postponed to a later date, runners have two options*:

  • Transfer your reservation (at the same package rate) to the new race date
  • Request a full refund in writing

If the marathon is turned into a virtual run, our package will be considered null and void.  Runners then have two options*:

  • Transfer payments made to a future Destination Marathons race package
  • Request a full refund in writing

*We kindly ask that you notify Destination Marathons of your decision within 10 days of the race cancellation announcement.

If the race proceeds with the marathon amidst the threat of coronavirus, but you decide not to run, you may request a full refund in writing by May 18th, 2021.  After May 18th, 2021 all payments received will be transferred to a future Destination Marathons package of your choosing.

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

Berkley is a "run for fun" kind of girl. he loves traveling and is looking forward to visiting Minnesota for the first time.

Berkley Benton

Customer Experience Designer

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

Director of Strategic Partnerships


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!