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Grandma's Marathon + Half

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?
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

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.
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

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!