adventure of a lifetime by brian daugherty, president, grandma’s, inc. recently i called a 40-year employee to thank her for her lifetime of service and achievement. she was a part-time server, but over the last 4 decades has trained, befriended, and served as a valuable team member with thousands of employees. she has worked with them all! from kids getting their first job, to students paying for college, and with others who held this as a second job to support their ambitions (music, family, acting, etc.), while still others worked in the restaurants as a lifetime career. truly a cross section of america – all bonded by the com- mon goal of making a customer’s day special – and having fun while doing it! back in the 70’s, the two of us were hired together at grandma’s, she a server and me, a dishwasher. i remembered her as a very hip and modern woman and i was still in high school. i was amazed to be working with someone as classy as her! and with people who really knew how to hustle and cook, and bartenders that were groovy (we said that back then). and they all thought my job, really important too! to this day i still remember feeling that the employees were always the coolest part about working at grandma’s. they all seemed to “get it.” from day one, we all made sure the customer was loving it here! and, if you worked hard, you got to play hard. of course, there was more to it. there’s the clean-up, side work, schedule conflicts, and budgets to follow, but the simple truth of making people’s day was what created the energy we all thrived upon. it was the equivalent of “show time” in theater. every day we all rose to the occasion, day in and out, to make it a big deal for the customers. and we couldn’t help but feel like a “big deal” ourselves, by doing so. that core philosophy is still at the heart of every grandma’s restaurant company employee. in an industry where turnover is commonplace, we recognize and celebrate the many milestones our employees reach in their tenure with us. or should i say “10-year”… employees. each embodies the rich diversity found in our restaurants. these employees “get it” and live it every day continued on page 2 i would like to introduce to you this year’s 10-year turn to page 2 to read about our 10 year employees! our customer vs. the guest by brian daugherty, president, grandma’s, inc. it is suggesting that being there is a trend in the hos- pitality industry today that i understand, but still don’t agree with. treated like a “guest” is even better than being treated like a “customer.” across the country, every- one is now referring to the customer as their guest. the movement has risen out of what an honor it is to be a guest in someone’s home. but i want you to think, for a minute, about how we treat our guests when they arrive at our home… • come on in! • good to see you. • please, make yourself at home. • grab a beverage from the • there’s some food on the counter – help yourself! • no need to help, i’ve got being a guest in someone’s home is a coveted honor, full of great kindness and warmth. but now consider the dif- ferences, and the higher honor it is to be a customer in our restaurant… • how can we help you? • can i show you to your • let me recommend starting with an award-winning • any questions on our fridge if you would like. the clean up! table? favorite! for you today? offerings? • let me get that for you! • is the meal up to your expectations? • can we do anything else do you see the difference? the point is – the customers are royalty! the customer’s expectations are the center of our universe. the customer happiness is literally our reason for being! because no customers = no need for us! and that’s why we will always recognize the custom- ers as our highest calling. so, each year, all of our restaurants pick out one special customer that has inspired us to be the best that we can be, motivating us to be even better for all customers! “the customer of the year” award is chosen from hundreds of favorite custom- ers from throughout the year. the staff brings forward all their choices and the list is then narrowed down by a vote. once that final customer of the year is chosen in each of the restaurants, their profiles are published in this annual gazette. and each year, that customer is awarded a bronze plaque to their favorite spot in the restaurant to commem- orate their inspiration and to serve as a symbol of how every customer is so important – our highest calling. of course there are some perks to being customer of the year as well… there is a complimentary dinner, some fun ready to wear merch, and a ceremony to commem- orate the special occasion. this year, we are proud to announce the following customers of the year. little angie’s cantina & grill customer’s name: “rocky girls” brittany rapp and kaitlin ditsworth favorite grandma’s beverage: category 5 hurricane occupation: brittany, manager at rocky mountain chocolate factory. kaitlin, rocky mountain chocolate factory and the superior’s da’s office. family profile: both single hobbies: making chocolate and visiting our friends at angie’s. favorite grandma’s meal: the chicken quesadilla favorite grandma’s server/bartender: we love them all so much, don’t make us choose! why do you feel the employees voted you customer of the year? we feel we’re voted customers of the year because we feel like they are like family to us and not beyond being bribed with chocolate ;-) turn to page 6 to see the rest of our customers of the year
2 2017 | grandma’s gazette – marathon issue adventure of a lifetime continued from page 1 they show up to work their shift. to honor them at this pinnacle of their profession, all will be awarded a plaque of recognition and choose from a selection of awards, including a commemorative watch to distinguish this historic occasion. it is also a great privilege to share with you some other very important employees, including a recent retiree, who have defied the industry norms and taken root in our company over the long haul by sharing their talents skills, creativity and a common goal – to make your day! grandma’s runners! proctor hotels provide free buses for hotel guests duluth/proctor • 185 hwy 2, proctor 218-624-1026 • americinnduluthsouth.com welcome to the end of the day. spirit mountain duluth • 9330 w. skyline pkwy (218) 628-0668 • 1-800-western bwspiritmountainduluth.com duluth spirit mountain inn americas best value inn 800-777-8530 • 218-628-3691 9315 westgate blvd • duluthspiritmtinn.com minutes from spirit mt adventure park & canal park on 1-35, exit 249 www.visitproctormn.com • sponsored by proctor tourism dream the impossible. do the incredible. good luck runners! your town. your life. your style. #discovermaurices 10 year honorees matt baumgartner the leader by example – bottom upper! amanda dornhecker doing it all – student, wife and expecting parent. melissa fahlin the consummate professional server. gretchen grove dedicated wife, mother and server. current location and job: general manager of the sports garden and general manager of catering by bellisio’s entry job 10 years ago: server at little angie’s cantina – thanks, sandals! chose to work at grandma’s because: i was looking for a great summer job and knew some people who worked for little angie’s. i also respected the values and mission that grandma’s restaurant com- pany had. a great company in a great town! favorite quote: “train people well enough so they can leave, but treat them well enough so they don’t want to.” – richard branson favorite book and/or cd: book: anything by malcolm gladwell cd: anything by the rolling stones, bruce springsteen, or hall and oates. basically, classic rock. if i were not in the restaurant business i would be: working for the ymca in some capacity. best memory: meeting my wife at lac 10 years ago. current location: grandma’s saloon and grill miller hill current location: bellisio’s italian restaurant & wine bar current location: grandma’s saloon and grill miller hill current job: supervisor/server entry job 10 years ago: hcd / server at catering by bellisio’s chose to work at grandma’s because: i wanted to work where every day was different. favorite quote: “be sure to put your feet in the right place, then stand firm.” – abraham lincoln favorite book and/or cd: book: the glass castle by jeannette walls if i were not in the restaurant business i would be… a physical therapist current job: bellisios bartender/server/trainer entry job 10 years ago: server/bartender chose to work at grandma’s because: 1998/1999, i was a server at little angie’s cantina my experience then was awesome food, great management and i knew grandmas corp. as a whole was a company that i would work with again. favorite quote: i don’t have a favorite quote. i am proud to share this anniversary with my friend “turtle” justin. favorite book and/or cd: book: “waiter rant” by steve dublanica. what is a cd? if i were not in the restaurant business i would be… without all the wonderful people i have served, worked with and work for. i am so blessed to be a part of this family! thank you all for your friendship and support over the years. current job: server entry job 10 years ago: hostess at miller hill chose to work at grandma’s because: my dad and i went to miller hill grandma’s when i was 15 and split a full monte when he suggested i should work there. i got an application and had my interview the same day. i have actually been employed with grandma’s for a total of 17 years but i took a few months off in my twenties to try something else… but it’s such a wonderful job, i came right back! favorite quote: “happiness can be found even in the darkest of times if only one remembers to turn on the light.” –albus dumbledore favorite book and/or cd: book: harry potter and the order of the phoenix cd: aerosmith big ones if i were not in the restaurant business i would be… working at my kid’s school – which i’m doing!
grandma’s gazette – marathon issue | 2017 david zylka hard-working expert. current location: grandma’s saloon and grill canal park current job: lead janitor entry job 10 years ago: janitor chose to work at grandma’s because: the f.b.i. didn’t need me. favorite quote: if you want peace, prepare for war. favorite book and/or cd: book: casca by barry sadler. 300 #1 and #2 if i were not in the restaurant business i would be… eating caramel rolls and fishing. sarah krueger exemplary employee and musician. nikki modeen the proud mother and go-to-employee. justin mark trettel entry-level dishwasher turned professional cook. current location: grandma’s saloon and grill canal park current location: bellisio’s italian restaurant & wine bar current location: bellisio’s italian restaurant & wine bar current job: line cook entry job 10 years ago: dishwasher chose to work at grandma’s because: i heard good things about working for grandma’s restaurant. favorite quote: “don’t judge a book by it’s cover.” favorite book and/or cd: book: to kill a mockingbird by harper lee if i were not in the restaurant business i would be… an auto mechanic or woodworker because i like hands-on stuff. current job: front of the house supervisor entry job 10 years ago: host at little angie’s cantina chose to work at grandma’s because: i was a sophomore in college, and heard it was a great place to work, so i filled out an application! sandy kolasinski interviewed me and hired me. favorite quote: “success is not the key to happiness. happiness is the key to success. if you love what you are doing, you will be successful.” – albert schweitzer favorite book and/or cd: book: who moved my cheese? cd: zach brown band if i were not in the restaurant business i would be… working with animals, dogs are my passion, but really, any and all animals! current job: server entry job 10 years ago: host/ cash/door and cocktail server chose to work at grandma’s because: i was really drawn to the history of the building and the location of the restau- rant on lake superior. i went to drop off my application and was greeted outside by some off-duty employees who had gleefully been enjoying their post shift drinks at the bar. with wide smiles, they told me i was making a big mistake, but i couldn’t help but notice they were still here, basking in the glow of g’ma’s, and having quite a dandy time. they were a hoot. the rest is history. favorite quote: “nobody can save you but yourself” – bukowski favorite book and/or cd: book: east of eden by john steinbeck cd: not sure if cd’s are still a thing but favorite album might include “the reminder” by feist, “the mise- ducation of lauryn hill”, or who could possibly leave out “rumours” by fleetwood mac or neil young’s “harvest”... if i were not in the restau- rant business i would be… makin’ more records with the money i don’t have and singin’ songs to empty bars, probably. or, somewhere outside, in general. 3 on the port town trolley the duluth transit authority (dta) is a proud sponsor of grandma’s marathon. runners can ride the bus to the starting line and “discover duluth” after the race on the port town trolley for free! for a modest $.50-cent fare, visitors can tour canal park, bayfront park and down- town duluth. the port town trolley runs regularly every day between the hours of 11:30 a.m. and 11:00 p.m. from the first week in june through labor day. purchase a dta day pass with unlimited rides for only $4.00! dta 218-722-save (7283) duluthtransit.com with dan wolfe and jennifer austin weeknights 5:00pm, 6:00pm, & 10:00pm we have equipment for that. at sunbelt rentals, we carry a wide range of tools and equipment to help contractors and homeowners get the job done. sunbeltrentals.com 5440 miller trunk hwy | hermantown, mn 55811 | 218-481-6040
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grandma’s gazette – marathon issue | 2017 5 5-40+ years continuous service 40+ years richard finckler andy borg jr brian daugherty michael melby erik nelson george borg 31-40 years keely youngblom kathryn borg – retired 4/2017 lesa melby tony boen 21-30 years stephanie podgorski william humes jill toms tony bronson david rowell gary baregi mary larson thomas maertz cynthia terwey ronald anderson faith skur darnell foix gerard dolensek carol carlson george boder boyd peterson david devault dale connor robert poirier mark mahla barbara lucia kerry port paul powe jr debra sipes sandra enquist 11-20 years steven zacher laury legutko donald napier jim callahan teresa boder kristine barnes jean ella eckman sandra kolasinski susanne arnold kelly klander jennifer bement christina nagle jennifer bradach kevin anderson gerilyn potter daniel pelayo-jimenez grant nelson genah pulford darrin jackson chad blomquist mary kay lahde jessica robinson boyer alseth christine baasi sarah van guilder tara ronstrom tammy baker leeann smith jodi roth thomas ziebarth jeffrey rosenthal jr amy seip jessica dorsey darren neve katie rosenthal matthew nichols daniel brigan brittany anderson david clark weston dornhecker lori dowd cole beckwell dustin savela 10 years sarah krueger matthew baumgartner amanda dornhecker melissa fahlin david zylka justin trettel gretchen grover nicole modeen 5-9 years tessa dudek nicholas atkinson jennifer wight peter mohagen andrea kuklock sarah loeffler jenny opland cody peterson eric feely matt erickson robert stahlman leah anderson jason matthes joseph virant jill martinson brian langlee eric white alex niemi michelle syversrud andrew boso samuel spears meghan canfield samuel kohlbry daisy ostman karl salveson holly huisman gregory schlegel jonathan wieser madeline pertler kristen wutz katherine anderson angie carlson tammy andrews john peterson alia allan tami patterson tara norstegard andrew mattson sarah sanford keely sobczak ryan kreuser ryan wrazidlo cody donald jillian grensing jesse o’bryan elizabeth anderson timothy o’hara garrett rayburn david gagliardi amy russell laurel morris kaitlyn meyer timothy abrahamson cassandra whitman zakkari reed sean peterson
6 2017 | grandma’s gazette – marathon issue customers the year of grandma’s sports garden customer’s name: bob and julie williams occupation: bob rn at st. luke’s, julie host at chester creek cafe family profile: daughter ali, granddaughter kaylee hobbies: travel, biking, golf, our granddaughter, and watch- ing sports at the sports garden favorite grandma’s meal: boneless chicken wings, but our favorite from the past was the bacon cheeseburger bonotta grandma’s saloon & grill – miller hill grandma’s saloon & grill – virginia favorite grandma’s beverage: bob beer, julie long islands or bloody mary’s favorite grandma’s server/bartender: we can’t say we have one favorite… we enjoy all of the staff. they’re all great! why do you feel the em- ployees voted you customer of the year? we hope it’s because we appreciate them and the work they each do to make us feel very special. customer’s name: lynn adams occupation: cashier family profile: just me and my dad ray hobbies: “landon” the cat and enjoying margaritas at grandma’s favorite grandma’s meal: chicken tetrazzini – the house specialty favorite grandma’s beverage: 1800 marg favorite grandma’s server/bartender: they are all great – all of the time. why do you feel the employ- ees voted you customer of the year? g.m. bill humes says: “lynn has been coming here for years, always helping us to get better!” she is well liked by her miller hill family and other customers alike. on occasion she will bring her father in for a meal, otherwise she can be found chatting it up with other regular customers at the bar. customer’s name: tom aluni, wife rebecca occupation: retired – 3m company engineer family profile: married to rebecca 48 years, 2 sons, and 6 grandchildren hobbies: gardening, keeping laying hens for fresh eggs favorite grandma’s meal: blacken salmon dinner favorite grandma’s beverage: iced tea favorite grandma’s server/bartender: they are all great. why do you feel the employees voted you customer of the year? we love the food and visit often. we also enjoy the friendly service and pleasant atmosphere. let us dangle the “carat” to help you get to the finish line. 1 mile from the finish
grandma’s gazette – marathon issue | 2017 7 favorite grandma’s meal: garrett – monte cristo with fries. andy – steak, cheese, french but he’s been mixing it up recently with the pot pie. favorite grandma’s beverage: garrett – rumchata and maker’s mark on the rocks. andy – crown and seven. favorite grandma’s server/bartender: garrett – eric white. andy – erik nelson. jen is great as well, but honestly, we love everyone that we have come to know over the years. why do you feel the employees voted you customer of the year? persistence! ha! it’s just the ambiance of grandma’s. we like to have a good time, laugh, and have fun. the staff is so welcoming we love it down here. run on up! we’ve y o u r s . t r u ly . got the best food in town! 610 east 4th street duluth, mn 55805 4426 grand avenue duluth, mn 55807 218.728.0884 grandma’s saloon & grill – canal park customer’s name: andy dallman and garrett simiyu occupation: garrett is an rn at st. lukes, andy is living the dream. hobbies: garrett – mountain biking and snowboarding. andy – riding his motorcycle and he’s a car guy.
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grandma’s gazette – marathon issue | 2017 9 thank you to our sponsors! good luck runners! g&k services general waste huff entertainment solutions hunt electric inn on lake superior johnson’s bakery lake county lizzards art gallery & framing north shore scenic railroad pearson’s salted nut roll residence inn marriot security jewelers simon properties – miller hill mall st. louis county voyageur bus company product sponsors: a&l properties advantage solutions altec hiline, llc andren’s anytime fitness ben & jerry’s boldt construction bullyan rv center canal park brewing canal park lodge college inn broth comfort suites como oil & propane duluth area chamber of commerce the duluth experience duluth international airport authority duluth transit authority fitger’s wine cellars frame corner & gallery gold cross ambulance greater downtown council halvor lines trucking hampton inn jamar lake county ambulance lake superior magazine lamar advertising london road rentals nemadji golf course old chicago old dutch foods old home foods olive garden pizza luce sir benedict’s tavern on the lake sunbelt rentals the reader valentini’s vicino lago voortman cookies wipfli zoll medical corporation hiduluth.com 218-722-1202 presenting sponsors: major sponsors: aar aircraft services duluth advantage emblem aimclear black woods grill & bar bud light calumet cirrus aircraft city of duluth clif bar coca-cola country hearth dasani duluth news tribune essentia health grand casino hinkley/mille lacs great clips green mill hoka one one holiday inn & suites kbjr 6 & cbs 3 maurices michelina’s minnesota power mn pork board powerade ion4 pro print race roster sasquatch 106.5 fm super one foods two harbors investment corp. t-mobile ucare verso waste management contributing sponsors: all over media barefoot wine citon city of proctor city of superior, wisconsin city of two harbors clinic for massage therapy duluth economic development authority dick’s sporting goods edgewater hotel & waterpark fitsok grandma’s saloon and grill iron trail toyota jeff foster trucking kari toyota kemps kolar toyota lake superior college mdra radisson sheraton duluth upper lakes foods visit duluth wherley moving systems supporting sponsors: arco coffee austin jarrow duluth curling club duluth entertainment convention center engwall florists they’ll notice your great haircut. you’ll love the great savings. pizza. pasta. beer & wings. powering the pace of life. newly remodeled 148 great northern mn/wi and twin cities area locations. greatclips.com | salonjobs.greatclips.com | greatclipsfranchise.com find us at 340 lake ave h duluth h greenmill.com 218-727-7000 mnpower.com delivering reliable, affordable energy to enhance your comfort, security and quality of life.
grandma’s gazette – marathon issue | 2017 11 clif is giving voice to young farmers clif bar & company believes that how we craft our food matters. our chief visionary officer, kit crawford, says our purpose is “to run a different kind of company… the kind of place we’d like to work, that makes the kind of food we’d like to eat, that strives for a healthier, more sustainable world, the kind of world we’d like to pass on to our children. who crafts our food matters, too. check out the third video in our farmers speak series, where we share the story of a family of organic raisin farmers whose farming tradition is now into its fourth generation. without a concerted effort to recruit and encourage young people into farming, these types of success stories could become less common in the future. http://www.clifbar.com/cliftv/ farmers-speak-giving-voice- to-young-farmers the first two farmers speak videos feature two of our most important stars, oats and almonds. they can be found on clifbar.com. we aim to be a catalyst for change in creating a healthy, just, and sustainable food system. and for us, a sustain- able food system begins with organic. our journey to use ingredients organic started more than a decade ago, and we’ve learned that organic and sus- tainably grown food connects people to a healthy planet. this is why we’re invest- ing in the future of organic, charting a path to make organ- ic ingredients more accessible today and for generations to come. gary made the first bar by hand, in a kitchen, with mom. people, passion, and fun were at the heart of the recipe. all these years later, we still create kitchen-crafted food that tastes awesome and is made to be nutritious for you and good for the planet. we’ve stayed inde- pendent and are family- and employee-owned. and we’ve always been driven by a mission to take care of our people, planet and the com- munities where we work, live and play. clif bar & company has always fed and inspired the adven- ture in all of us. and when you start exploring, we are there to support you in leading a healthy and energized life with organic and nutritious food.
14 2017 | grandma’s gazette – marathon issue waste management is the leading provider of comprehensive waste management and environmental services in north america, serving over 20 million customers across varied industries. our vision is to provide valued, sustainable products and services that drive growth by extracting value from the materials we manage, reducing environmental impact and increasing reuse opportunities. in addition, we are committed to making environmental performance tangible – something any customer can reach whether it’s an individual, a com- munity or an entire city. in some cases, that can even mean attaining zero waste levels. learn more at wm.com. run with the best austin-jarrow is located at 917 west central entrance in duluth. store hours are monday through friday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and sunday from noon to 5 p.m. it was 35 years ago that bill austin and jarrow wahman used their love of running and their desire to help the community to begin a run- ning club. they never knew then, that it would shape the way both young and old runners view running or even that their passion could be continued through a busi- ness that offers high-quality running gear. their story begins on a warm, summer day at 8:00 p.m. on july 3, 1981 at the pizza hut on london road. it was at this location that austin and wahman, along with mark sutton, created the northern minnesota track club (nmtc). it was created as a club based on camaraderie and to promote the importance and joy of running. since then, austin and wahman have expanded their love for running and in- volvement in the community by becoming the co-founders of austin-jarrow. austin-jarrow has become the premier running apparel store in duluth, providing customers with running and walking shoes, running clothes and accessories. in addition to their great merchandise, the knowledge- able staff is fully equipped to answer questions and help consumers make the right purchase decisions. austin-jarrow is a store for all runners from recreational to elite, and their wealth of knowledge about shoes and the sport of running contributes to their success and customer loyalty. the fact that they continue to stay involved in the running community and sponsor local events throughout the year is also helpful in maintaining their strong, dedicated reputation. this is the 21st year that austin-jarrow has been a proud sponsor of grandma’s marathon. being a part of the annual road race is a natural fit for austin-jarrow. fun! fall! fox cities 7 great events • september 22-24 • appleton, wi f u l l | h a l f | r e l a y | 5 k | e x p o | k i d s f u n r u n | d i a p e r d a s h register today! foxcitiesmarathon.com sponsored by: what brings you to the startline? everybody’s doing it! so can you! come join the fun for an entire weekend of events in the scenic fox cities! e e r f b r a g g i n g r i g h t s !
grandma’s gazette – marathon issue | 2017 15 do good. have fun. bud light, a product of an- heuser busch and distributed locally by superior beverag- es, is the official beer of the 2017 grandma’s marathon weekend celebration. all weekend long, visitors to the canal park big top tent activity area can enjoy ice cold bud light, bud light lime-a-rita, bud light straw- ber-rita, stella cidre and a variety of other refreshing superior beverages products. a number of craft beers have been added to the com- pany’s warehouse, including such brands as capital, goose island, odell brewing, tallgrass, new belguim and alaskan. grandma’s marathon is well known for its festival atmosphere before, during and after the race. the crew at superior beverages, now in its seventh year as a grandma’s marathon major sponsor, makes sure there are plenty of its products available to quench the thirst of runners, race fans and spectators alike. superior beverages was founded in february 1990 by jim warmington. the company distributes anheuser-busch products to large areas throughout minne- sota and wisconsin. in minnesota, its vast distri- bution runs from moose lake to grand marais. these areas include: duluth, cloquet, floodwood, hermantown, two harbors, proctor, and many other small towns in minnesota. the company vision is to be the market leader in the malt beverage industry in the wisconsin and minnesota markets that it serves. they accomplish this by listening to the real needs of retailers, and by treating the retailers as partners. as indicated on the company’s website: “making friends is our business!” to learn more about superior beverages, go to www.abwholesaler.com/group10/superiorbeveragesllp. for more on bud light, visit www.budlight.com. 1 2 i h a n n u a l b ay f r o n i f e s t i v a l reggae & world music saturday, july 15, 2017 bayfront festival park • duluth, mn gates open at 11am rain or shine ethnic food, artisans and more! • international reggae all stars • socaholix • dj sound of fujun • and more! capleton tickets available : online · electric fetus · at the gate nkulee dube super one foods • duluth lawn and sport • perfect duluth day • brent’s biffies hartel’s • bernick’s • doucettes • young & associates insurance www.bayfrontworldmusic.com ///.facebook.com/brwmf ///.t/itter.com/bayfrontreggae
16 2017 | grandma’s gazette – marathon issue 2017 grandma’s marathon racecourse map & elevation fresh fruit near mile 19 & 23.5 courtesy of being a spectator is a great way to get involved in the grandma’s marathon weekend festivities, without having to run a race. the enthusiasm from devoted fans adds tremendous excitement to the racecourse and gives athletes the incentive to keep striding toward the finish line. keep in mind parking on the expressway is absolutely prohibited and no vehicles are allowed on the racecourse at anytime during the running of the garry bjorklund half marathon and grandma’s marathon. to grab the best cheering spot on the course, follow these tips: starting times: • garry bjorklund half marathon begins at 6:15 a.m. • grandma’s marathon begins at 7:45 a.m. along the course there are a few access roads connecting the expressway to scenic highway 61 (see course map). these are a great place to watch the race. however, please remember traffic will be heavy and parking is limited. • grandma’s marathon wheelchair race begins at 7:40 a.m. finish line london road, superior street and canal park are where most spectators gather to cheer participants on because these locations are so close to the finish line that the excitement is almost overwhelming. if this is your favorite spot to watch, here are a few tips: • garry bjorklund half marathon male champion will finish at approximately 7:20 a.m. and the first female champion will cross the finish line at approximately at 7:30 a.m. • the grandma’s marathon male champion will finish at approximately 9:55 a.m. and the first female is expected at approximately 10:15 a.m. • parking is available at many of the parking lots in downtown duluth. in order to secure a spot, plan to arrive early and please remember to follow all parking regulations. course spectator tips
grandma’s gazette – marathon issue | 2017 17 2017 grandma’s marathon weekend schedule of events thursday, june 15 friday, june 17 cont. saturday, june 17 22nd annual essentia health fitness expo | free decc arena | open to the public .....................4:00 - 8:00 p.m. race packet pick-up decc – paulucci hall ......................................4:00 - 8:00 p.m. whipper snapper races for kids | free bayfront festival park | open to ages 14 & under registration ...................................................................... noon races .......................................................................... 2:00 p.m. 27th annual garry bjorklund half marathon ......6:15 a.m. 41st annual grandma’s marathon .........................7:45 a.m. wheelchair division ...................................................7:40 a.m. friday, june 16 22nd annual essentia health fitness expo | free decc arena | open to the public ...........10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. race packet pick-up decc – paulucci hall ..........................10:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m. michelina’s all-you-can-eat spaghetti dinner $12.00 adults / $6.00 ages 5–12 / ages 4 & under eat free decc – pioneer hall ..............................11:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. bus tours of the racecourse | $5 departing from the decc parking lot’s main entrance off of railroad street. tickets available at the information booth in pioneer hall. tours depart ........................................... 1:00 p.m. & 3:00 p.m. guest speaker presentations decc – edmund fitzgerald hall kara goucher ............................................................. 3:00 p.m. dick beardsley ........................................................... 4:00 p.m. 24th annual william a. irvin 5k near the william a. irvin ore boat ........................... 6:00 p.m. live entertainment | $20 big top tent – canal park all ages – 15 & under must be accompanied by an adult everclear with special guests vertical horizon & fastball so much for the afterglow 20th anniversary tour gates open.......................7:00 p.m. live entertainment | free big top tent – canal park | all ages sounds unlimtied video dj ........................................9:00 a.m. lake city smokin’ section .......................................11:30 a.m. shalo lee band .......................................................... 1:30 p.m. rhino .......................................................................... 3:30 p.m. awards ceremony decc – lake superior ballroom garry bjorklund half marathon ........................... 4:00 p.m. grandma’s marathon ......................................... 4:45 p.m. live entertainment | $10 big top tent – canal park | ages 21 & older snake oil with special guests rhino and the shalo lee band gates open ....................................................... 7:00 p.m. public welcome | 11am - 9pm | decc pioneer hall friday, june 16, 2017 all-you-cet-eet speghetti dinner with meetbells! adult $12.00 tax & gratuity included child $6.00 ages 5-12 child free ages 4 & under michelina’s all-you-can-eat spaghetti with or without italian sausage meatballs in marinara sauce, assorted country hearth breads, caesar salad, arco coffee, kemps milk, dasani water, cookies and ben & jerry’s ice cream. gluten free pasta available upon request. a communitytreditiot since 1977
18 2017 | grandma’s gazette – marathon issue holiday inn & suites – duluth downtown just the place for you we are very excited to wel- come back old friends and greet new friends. when it comes to our guests, our goal is simple – your complete satisfaction! grandma’s marathon is more than just a race along the beautiful north shore of lake superior; it’s an amaz- ing athletic performance that draws spectators and runners from all over the world, a fun-filled weekend with live entertainment, wonderful food, races for all ages, thou- sands of volunteers, and most of all, you. whether you’re here to run, support a runner or simply enjoy the festivities of grandma’s weekend, the holiday inn is here to pro- vide a home base supported by stellar customer service. we understand that life gets busy and travel can be stressful; that is why we have 340 newly renovated deluxe sleeping rooms for you to kick your feet up and relax. we offer two swimming pools, a sauna, a whirlpool, a wading pool, and an arcade when mom and dad need a break. while exploring the hotel during your stay, be sure to check out our new, beautiful artwork which was captured by a local artist. when you’re hungry we have three restaurants on- site to curb your cravings. whether you visit us in the summer, when duluth is real- ly busy and “traffic” is bad, or you’ve just made it up through one of our northern minnesota snowstorms, we offer a complimentary shuttle service to get you to your destination. if you are in need to charge your electric car after your trip, we have you covered! located outside of the lobby are our electric car charging stations which are complimentary to hotel guests. and, if you feel like stretching your legs after your journey, we are the hub of the skywalk sys- tem, connecting you to the decc, canal park and local businesses. if you are here on business, we offer free wi-fi and a 24-hour business center and if you want to keep your fitness regimen up, we offer a 24 hour fitness center; both which have been completely remodeled and expanded. we also added ‘the marketplace’ located conveniently in the lobby, your one-stop shop for any snacks, drinks or sundries that you may need or have forgotten! we have 13 meeting rooms that offer 12,000 square feet of space; including our renovated great lakes ballroom. during our renovation, we upgraded our audiovisual capabilities to include state of the art lcd projectors and screens to ensure that your meeting goes as smooth as possible! our staff of over 150 people is dedicated to making your stay feel as if you never left home. our front desk is staffed 24 hours a day and is ready to assist you in any way. our servers in our restaurants take pride in providing the utmost customer service. our housekeeping staff pays attention to every detail in our guest rooms. our engineers are top-notch. our sales & catering and banquet staff thinks of every detail so you don’t have to. we all work together to provide the best customer service in the indus- try and to make our valued guests feel just that, valued. we are honored to be a part of an event this big in our own community. we wish you all the best of luck. we are proud to be a part of your experience and memories and hope to have you with us next year to create more memories and build lasting friendships. good luck runners! 2017 rav4 prototype shown with options. production model may vary. toyota and your local toyota dealers are proud sponsors of grandma’s marathon for 27 years and running. kolar toyota - kolartoyota.com - duluth, mn kari toyota - karitoyota.com - superior, wi iron trail toyota - irontrailtoyota.com - virginia, mn ashland toyota - ashland-toyota.com - ashland, wi to learn more about how dick’s supports the sports community visit dicks.com/community
grandma’s gazette – marathon issue | 2017 19 aar aircraft services: doing it right cian training program has resulted in the subsequent hiring of personnel to fill needed positions. hiring 14 of the 17 graduates from the first class at lsc amt course shows how dedicated aar is to our partnership with lsc and the youth of our city. aar is also a member of the duluth chamber of commerce and proud sponsors of the duluth air show, duluth east high school robotics team, movies in the park and many other great events throughout the community. our support of veterans through “operation hat trick” raised $10,000 which was donated to minnesota council for veterans. for more information, or to join our team, please visit our website http://www.aarcorp.com by mark ketterer, vice president of aar duluth it’s that time of year again and aar aircraft services is excited to sponsor grandma’s marathon. we are particularly proud of our partnership with grandma’s marathon as part of our wellness campaign at aar. last year nearly 65 of our employees participated in the event and we look forward to even better results this year. since establishing operations in duluth a little over 4 years ago, we have seen amazing growth both in our operation and the city of duluth. people from all over the united states and around the world look at duluth as an exciting destination and our employees at aar appreciate how lucky we are to live and work in such a vibrant community. duluth is unique in its ability to host big events like grandma’s marathon and the duluth air show while still maintaining its small town appeal with venues such as bentleyville, movies in the park and concerts by the lake at glensheen. duluthians are proud of their city for good reason; they have learned the secret of “doing it right.” at aar we believe in the same values, “doing it right” means that quality and safety are our top priorities. aar facilities worldwide with over 6000 employees are dedicated to uncompromising customer service and satisfaction. we believe that only by maintaining these values can we continue to be the #1 aircraft maintenance provider in north america. new job creations are the result of aar’s close relationship with local business and educational leaders. our partnership with lake superior college’s aviation maintenance techni- health care that starts (and finishes) with you. congratulations to all participants. visit our booth, learn about our health plans and pick up your free gift. health care that starts with you.® ucare.org forget something? run to miller hill mall. more than 100 stores to meet all of your shopping needs. build a new career at • business • public safety • computers • transportation • health careers • trade and industry • programs for university transfer • online degrees and courses fall semester begins august 21. 2101 trinity road • duluth, mn 55811 218.733.7601 • www.lsc.edu run’s done, time for fun! 30% off any room, any time june 18, 2017 - june 14, 2018 book online code: gmas17 duluthwaterpark.com or call (800) 777. 7925 2m00 london road • duluth mn subject to availability. not valid during special events or holidays. offer may change or end without notice. some restrictions apply.
20 2017 | grandma’s gazette – marathon issue michelina’s all-you-can-eat spaghetti dinner: a grandma’s marathon tradition you don’t want to miss! when an event such as grandma’s marathon takes place for 41 consecutive years, many things are inevitable. among them – great races, great stories and great traditions. for grandma’s marathon, no other part of the annual race weekend has evolved into a tradition quite like the michelina’s® all-you-can-eat spaghetti dinner. each year, michelina’s parent company, bellisio foods, inc., provides nearly nine thousand delicious pounds of pasta, meatballs and sauce, giving runners an essential carbohydrate boost before setting out on their journey down the north shore to the finish line in festive canal park. helped grandma’s marathon become known for having one of the best “pre-race pasta parties” in the nation. receiving rave reviews from those who attend, people are always curious how michelina’s pasta, sauce and meatballs can be served in such high quantity and still taste so fresh. just one glance at the ‘seconds’ line attests to the great taste and quality of the spaghetti dinner. “the food is tremendous, and so is the atmosphere,” says linda hanson, grandma’s marathon’s finance and operations director who helps to oversee the spaghetti dinner. “year after in addition to assisting runners, bellisio foods, inc. has year, people choose the michelina’s spaghetti dinner as their group meeting place. it is simply a great venue at which to enjoy a terrific pre-race meal.” the 2017 michelina’s all-you-can-eat spaghetti dinner is friday, june 16 from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. tickets can be pur- chased at the event and are $12 for adults and $6 for children ages 5 to 12. the dinner is free for children ages 4 and under. launched in 1990, the michelina’s brand of frozen foods was based on founder jeno f. paulucci’s belief that success can be achieved if good people come together to deliver the best possible quality at the best possible value, knowing that consumers would recognize and appreciate this. today, the michelina’s brand is widely known for providing family- favorite recipes made from fresh ingredients, all at a truly affordable price. this has helped bellisio foods, inc. to become one of the world’s leading brands of frozen entrees and snacks. michelina’s is named for paulucci’s mother, who shared customs, beliefs and recipes from italy after moving to northern minnesota. jeno, who passed in late 2011, is remembered say- ing “in preparing my mother’s best recipes with meticulous care, we honor her with quality products that bear her name”. nicknamed the “frozen food king,” paulucci created and built more than 50 companies and organizations worldwide over the course of a career that spanned nearly 70 years. ernst & young honored paulucci with the international lifetime achievement award for activ- ism, entrepreneurship, and leadership for his seven decades of civic accomplishment. today, bellisio foods, inc. produces more than 200 different frozen entrees and snacks under the michelina’s brand. the products can be found at virtually any grocery store in the u.s. and canada, as well other locations worldwide. for more information on bellisio foods inc. and its products, visit www.michelinas.com, www.bellisiofoods.com or call 800-446-5469.
grandma’s gazette – marathon issue | 2017 21 enters the race strong proud to announce our new duluth area office by janet m. williams, marketing communications, ucare our booth #38, learn about our health plans and pick up your free gift at the essentia health fitness expo 2017. drop in anytime at our duluth office to learn more. the coffee is always on and we invite you to ask ques- tions, discuss your coverage needs and find a plan that’s right for you. we’ll hold monthly meetings on-site to present details about our medicare plans. watch for dates and times – and when it’s convenient, join us to learn more. our health care coverage experts tout a com- bined 40 years experience and are eager to greet you. as marathoners anxiously approach the starting line with hopes of setting a quicker pace and personal best, we encourage our mem- bers to stay active and enjoy the things they love. living healthy feels great, and it’s even easier with our health coverage plans and asso- ciated benefits. take your mark – we’d like to help you stay healthy for the long run as well. as runners, walkers and wheelers glide across the finish line of grandma’s marathon on june 17, ucare will be there providing post- race comfort in our massage therapy tent. please join us! we salute all participants in this robust annual event. hat’s off to you! learn about our wide range of health plans for people of all ages and stages at ucare.org/healthplans. call our hermantown office at 218-336-4260 to speak with our health care coverage experts. ucare is proud to be a part of grandma’s marathon – for this our 12th consecutive year. our sponsorship of this popular event is a testimonial to our enduring mission and values. every day at ucare, we live our mission to improve health and wellness through innovative services and strong partnerships across communities – and do so with pride. ready. set. go. we are pleased to announce the opening of our brand new duluth office – providing a convenient venue for all interested to discover more about ucare health plans. we cordially invite you to attend our ribbon-cutting ceremony and open house on june 16 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. please join us for refreshments, trinkets and tours. learn about our plans up close and personal with expert staff while you’re at it. walk, wheel, bike or run to 4310 menard dr., duluth, mn 55811. much like the composite of participants who’ll take their marks at the starting gate – our ucare products and health plans cover the young and adventurous, families with kids, empty nesters, boomers and beyond and everyone in between. if you need health care coverage, you’ll find a great ucare choice designed to help you stay healthy and live well. be sure to visit
22 2017 | grandma’s gazette – marathon issue award-winning race coverage from the duluth news tribune from the first steps of grandma’s marathon, the duluth news tribune has been on the scene with stories, photos and results. a sunday headline, on june 26, 1977, following the inaugu- ral race, read: 26 miles – just a snap for bjorklund. by 1983 the event was prominent enough to reach the front page of the news tribune, in 1984 the fin- ishing times of about 1,400 runners were published, with the help of honeywell information systems, and, in 1985, the first marathon special section accompanied the sunday news tribune. news tribune photogra- phers have been on airplanes, motorcycles, media trucks and along the course to cap- ture color and drama. photo galleries and video clips are available on the newspaper web site on race day. writers chronicle elite racers and citizen runners in anticipation of their run and when the racing is done. all timed finishers in the marathon and the accompa- nying garry bjorklund half marathon are now published in the special section, as pro- vided by mtec results. the comprehensive publication has won numerous state and national honors. staff writer contributors through the first 35-plus years have included sam cook, joe bissen, mark stodghill, bruce bennett, mike gill, roman augustoviz, sylvia wier, craig gustafson, irv mossberger, rick weegman, jon nowacki, matt wellens, louie st. george iii, chris miller, jim heffernan and kevin pates. photographers covering the race have included charles curtis, joey mcleis- ter, bob king, steve stearns, john rott, dave ballard, clara wu, kathy strauss, dawn villella, josh meltzer, renee knoeber, derek neas, josh biggs, rick scibelli, justin hayworth, ingrid young, amanda odeski, clint austin, derek mont- gomery and steve kuchera. as duluth recognizes grandma’s marathon as the city’s largest single-day sport- ing event annually, the news tribune pools its resources to provide start-to-finish coverage of a celebration of running in the northland. runners can pre-purchase news tribune commemora- tive copies of the grandma’s marathon race coverage on their online entry forms, by returning fliers in their race packets or emailing a request to firstname.lastname@example.org. news tribune subscription inquiries can be directed to 800-456-8080. visit www.duluthnew- stribune.com for more information. country hearth breads: a toast to grandma’s! ask any serious runner what goes into their training regimen, and they’ll tell you that a healthy diet is as important to race day success as their daily workouts. in other words, you have to put good stuff in to get the best results out. the same holds true for country hearth breads. we use simple ingredients like whole grains and honey to produce the delicious results that make country hearth breads the natural choice of runners and their families across the midwest. a proud sponsor of grandma’s marathon since 1986, pan- o-gold baking company, the bakers of country hearth and village hearth breads are providing products to be enjoyed throughout the weekend. runners and their families can carb up friday at michelina’s all-you-can-eat spaghetti dinner. country hearth bread is served alongside more than 10,000 plates of pasta during the annual pre-race meal. on race day, pan-o-gold employees and their family members volunteer at the finish line replenishment station, supplying runners with fresh village hearth bagels. country hearth’s sponsorship is evident throughout the canal park finish line area and beyond. each year, the top grandma’s marathon wheelchair division finishers receive cash awards from a $12,000 prize purse presented by the country hearth team. whether training for grandma’s marathon, or enjoying a sim- ple peanut butter and jelly sandwich, country hearth bakes a variety of healthful, delicious breads that fuel the whole family. visit countryhearthbreads.com for coupons, product news and recipe ideas, and join the conversation on facebook at facebook.com/countyhearthbread and find us @chbreads on twitter and instagram. momentum banking that won’t slow you down. >> >> >> online banking online applications mobile app >> mobile deposit capture the strength of me. membersccu.org | federally insured by ncua.
grandma’s gazette – marathon issue | 2017 23 pork’s role in the active lifestyle learn more at the essentia health fitness expo the minnesota pork board (mpb) is off and running in preparation for this year’s grandma’s marathon. mpb contin- ues as a proud sponsor of grandma’s marathon and the mpb staff and farmer volunteers are counting down the days to one of our favorite events. the mpb delivers nutrition information and cooking tips on behalf of minnesota’s 3,300 pig farmers who proudly raise high quality pork for your local meat cases. this event is a great way for mpb staff and farmers to talk with attendees about pork’s protein power and the nutritious benefit lean, fresh pork provides for a healthy lifestyle. did you know that several fresh pork cuts are among the leanest meats listed by the u.s. department of agriculture? for example, the pork tenderloin is as lean as a skinless chick- en breast and other cuts of fresh pork, such as pork chops and pork roast, are leaner than a skinless chicken thigh. pork also contains important vitamins necessary to our health and is classified as a nutrient-dense food because of its thiamin, niacin, riboflavin, vitamin b-6, phosphorus, protein, zinc and potassium content. at the essentia health fitness expo, mpb booth volunteers will be handing out meat thermometers and pork recipes, plus serving fresh grilled pork samples. savvy pork lovers know the key to a great eating experience with pork is to not overcook it, especially the lean pork cuts. for best results when cooking pork, use an instant-read meat thermometer and cook pork to an internal temperature of 145 to 160 degrees f, and then let it rest about 3 minutes. by using this range of temperatures you will get pork that ranges from medium rare to well, depending on your desired doneness. to further showcase pork’s dietary muscle, minnesota pork families are race participants and volunteer at the expo booth. minnesota’s pork farmers encourage you to learn more about pork’s health and fitness benefits by visiting por- kandhealth.org. to find great cooking tips, videos and recipes head to porkbeinspired.com. just a chicken wing by douglas smith i didn’t always respect the chicken wing. then, about 12 years into my 22-year career with green mill duluth, it all changed. no-bones chicken wings were added as an option and became very pop- ular. i was forced to take notice of chicken wings and know them in a more intimate way. the debate of which style of wing is better is not to be debated today. (bone-in). but, here is some food for thought? all first dates should share a bone- in plate of wings to get some tell tale signs of who they are. how great it could be to break the ice and get all messy over a plate of buffalo wings? how conscious are they of how clean and/or messy the wings can be? did it interfere with their enjoyment of the wings? did they break a cardinal rule and eat them with a fork? it can stimulate conversation: did a few certain large corporations drive the price of chicken wings up by buying a large pile of future commodities? or, seriously, what can you not pour over chicken wings, toss ’em, and they’re not great? enjoy every chicken wing!! s a m g v a t : e d o c n o p u o c . 0 1 0 0 4 2 7 8 1 2 # . n, o p u o r c e h t y o n h a n wit atio bin m o d in c o o t g o n 7. 1 0 t, 2 1s r 3 e b m e pt e s s e pir x r. e fe f r o n, o tio o m o r p 2 1 8 5 5 n m , h t u l u d e v a d n a l d o o w 2 0 1 1 . m o c h t u l u d n r e v a t . w w w
24 2017 | grandma’s gazette – marathon issue 10 highlights of grandma’s marathon weekend bring your friends, family and the whole crew – we’ve got everything you need for an extraordinary weekend experience in duluth! 1. a great race on a great lake experience the greatest of all the world’s great lakes in running shoes along the same path as some of the best runners in the world. grand- ma’s marathon features a scenic point-to-point course that runs alongside the north shore of lake superior, over 32 rivers, creeks and streams, and boasts stunning views along scenic highway 61. take a quick dip in the lake to cool off after you finish! 2. fast, rolling flat course the course has a net downhill elevation and is home to many pr’s and is a top boston qualifier race each year. with a cool, northeast tailwind off lake superior, it can make for some speedy times. 3. world class event with a rich history since our initial race in 1977, grandma’s marathon continues to discover new ways to ensure runners have one of the most memorable running experiences. wheth- er runners are running their first marathon or their 41st, our community takes care of the runners from start to finish. 4. small town charm experience the finest hospitality in road racing! as the smallest town (by far) listed in the top 20 largest marathons, runners experience hospitality like none other when the region comes together for marathon weekend. generations of residents look forward to hosting the marathon each year with over 6,000 volunteers and thousands of spectators out there to cheer on runners! 5. family friendly bring the whole family! for many, grandma’s marathon has become a multi-gener- ational race. we believe in empowering kids lead healthy, active lives. kick- ing off marathon weekend, sign up kids for the whipper snapper races on friday night and then come together for the best carbo load in the midwest, the michelina’s all-you-can- eat spaghetti dinner. to 6. come for the race, stay for the party! after running a marathon, finishers deserve to celebrate! “rock the big top” with live music as everyone revels in their achievement under the big tent with their finisher medals and finisher shirts. 7. closer than you think runners come from all 50 states and over 30 countries each year. located on the tip of lake superior, duluth is easy to get to by car, bus or plane. the duluth (dlh) airport has direct flights to minneapolis/st. paul and chicago, connecting it to the whole world. 8. outdoor city in 2014, duluth was voted outside magazine’s “best outdoor town.” the city makes investing in our trails and parks a top priority, making it a year-round destination for outdoor enthusiasts and their families. stay awhile and visit the unique places throughout the city and region. 9. time of year make grandma’s marathon race weekend an experience! one of the few saturday marathons, the race is the third weekend in june, allowing runners to enjoy spring training runs and recover during the summer months or train for an upcoming fall marathon. take it easy on sunday and make convenient travel plans back home. 10. runner friendly from registration to training to race day, grandma’s marathon wants to help every participant be confident, happy and stress- free. we understand life happens and allow bib transfers up until a few months before the race and are always willing to take a moment to chat — just give us a call. s a v o r y o u r s u c c e s s ! a full-line, foodservice distributor serving the upper midwest upperlakesfoods.com • 800.879.1265 • cloquet, minnesota 800.626.4948 218.626.4948 june june thur. 15th fri. 16th sat. 17th official official marathon marathon merchandise merchandise runners expo at the decc runners expo at the decc thurs. june 15th & friday june 16th canal park tent canal park tent thurs. june 15th through saturday june 17th
grandma’s gazette – marathon issue | 2017 25 what is black woods group? duluth this may be a question that even our regular guests ask. black woods group is made up of eight local businesses – black woods grill & bar (duluth, proctor, two harbors), black water lounge, tavern on the hill, greysolon ballroom, black woods event center, and black woods catering. but at black woods, we like to think of ourselves as more than just restaurants. locally owned and family- operated since the early 90’s, we take pride in treating our guests like family and serving our community through fund- raising programs; donations and contributions; and grass- roots, hands-on involvement with local organizations that share our commitment to giving back. our support of all things local doesn’t end with our community work. that’s why we partner with a variety of minnesota and wisconsin companies throughout the year to ensure that as our menu changes with the seasons, it remains filled with the healthy, farm-fresh, and organic ingredients that you’ve come to expect from black woods. still growing strong continued from page 32 case in point: the retooled william a. irvin 5k layout, which previously covered a long stretch of boring and blighted railroad street that offered little in the way of aesthetics. the new course showed off the beauty of canal park, including the lakewalk, aerial lift bridge and all the nooks and cran- nies along the way. more runners turned out than ever before for the 23rd annual irvin 5k and this year’s event reached capacity in record time. “it made it more interesting,” mayor larson said, “and i think it captured a whole new audience of runners who might want to try that out.” grandma’s was the 11th-largest marathon in the country in 2015, up from 13th in 2014. how improbable is that? consider the other cities on that list, behemoths like boston and chicago, los angeles and new york city, philadelphia and orlando. and then there’s duluth, population 86,000 and change. people come for the weather, the wilderness and the water – and a fast, gently sloping course. as garry bjorklund, the twig native and former olympian for whom the half-marathon is named, told the los angeles times years ago: “what else would you want in a marathon? grandma’s marathon starts in the middle of the woods, runs along the beautiful shores of lake superior, and finishes at a pub.” apart. “there’s just nothing else like grandma’s marathon,” bauer said. “you have to experience it for yourself. the other major marathons are all metro races, and here you get to run along the north shore of the world’s greatest lake on a saturday in june.” a year ago, registration for the marathon, half marathon and 5k was streamlined, and “swag” was used to entice people to it’s that mix of surroundings that continues to set grandma’s when you visit black woods, you can depend on a dining experience that you simply won’t find at a chain restaurant. everything we serve – from our scratch-made soups, sauces, and gravies to our slow-cooked comfort food classics like meatloaf and pot pies – is fresh and local. and it’s all made with the time and care you’d find in a home-cooked meal. so, from our family to yours, we welcome you to duluth for grandma’s marathon! we hope you love our food as much as we love preparing and serving it. it is our pleasure to show you what it is like to “eat like the locals.” for more information and to view our menus, please visit our website at www.blackwoods.com. summer activities (cid:149) outdoor adventures (cid:149) iconic attractions summer activities (cid:149) outdoor adventures (cid:149) iconic attractions 1-800-4-duluth sign up early. it worked. less than three months after registra- tion opened, all three races were full, marking the first time the 26.2-miler sold out since 2008. not bad for an event that initially strived to surpass the paavo nurmi marathon in hurley, wis. grandma’s did exactly that by 1979 and kept right on growing, this gem of a race in northeastern minnesota surging into the national and interna- tional spotlight. and while it attracts world-class athletes, the allure of grandma’s is that it treats citizen runners and elites with the same level of respect and hospitality. “i’ve run races in other places,” mayor larson said. “i haven’t done a ton of racing, and i’m a very amateur racer – or runner, i should say – and part of what’s really unique about us is the entire city does get behind this race. i think this community is really proud of this event.” that is evidenced by the more than 6,000 volunteers who turn out annually to pull this thing off, and the scores of fans who line the course. “to me, grandma’s marathon is the definition of community,” bauer said. the 41st grandma’s marathon and 27th garry bjorklund half marathon are scheduled for june 17. bauer expects slightly smaller fields, but that’s by design after last year, which bauer called a “measuring stick” to determine where the benchmark is for providing the “highest-quality race we can.” it’s all tied together in this year’s theme, “run superior.” get away to it all! book your next getaway today! 800-472-6321 grandcasinomn.com | join to help celebrate 25 years of incomparable dining, unmatched thrills and unsurpassed luxury. treat yourself at our newest feature - stories diner, a delicious experience in the classic american tradition. choose your game from rows of the newest slots, bingo, pull tabs and 28 fast-paced tables including blackjack and live poker.
26 2017 | grandma’s gazette – marathon issue medical care is just steps away for runners irritation, muscle cramps, heat exhaustion and fatigue. they also can identify symp- toms that require a higher level of care. paramedics and an ambulance are standing by to transport runners to lo- cal emergency departments. communications specialists can relay messages to friends and families for runners with minor injuries who want to be picked up instead of returning to the race. the finish line medical tent in canal park is staffed by 20 physicians and 30 nurses along with physical thera- pists, certified athletic trainers and paramedics. staff triage runners and assign them to one of four areas. emergency room phy- sicians and nurses care for runners who are very ill or unresponsive in the critical care area. the general medical area cares for people who are ill and can’t stand or walk. often, dr. nelson says, runners are too hot or too cold or suffering from nausea. runners with muscle or skeletal problems, such as stress fractures, sore joints or severe muscle cramping, go to another area where phys- ical therapists and certified athletic trainers provide care. near the tent is another treat- ment area just for blisters and massage therapy. first responders and auto- runners can find medical care right along the race course during grandma’s marathon and the garry bjorklund half marathon. on race day, medical professionals from across the northland come together to care for runners, says dr. ben nelson, the essentia health orthopedics and sports medicine physician who serves as the race’s medical director. the team includes physicians, nurses, certified athletic trainers, physical therapists, paramed- ics, medics and emergency medical technicians. “runners understand that they are going to be uncom- fortable and have some sort of pain,” dr. nelson says. “the trick is to recognize when the pain or other symptoms could be a sign of something dangerous. that’s when they need to stop and get it checked out because continuing to run would be unsafe.” along the race course, 12 first aid stations can treat mi- nor injuries, such as blisters, muscle strains, sprains and skin irritations. they’re staffed by medics, emergen- cy medical technicians/first responders, nursing students and nurses. each station has cpr supplies and an auto- mated external defibrillator (aed). four medical tents are staffed by a physician, registered nurses and certi- fied athletic trainers. they provide treatment for minor injuries such as blisters, skin ben nelson, md essentia health orthopedics & sports medicine grandma’s marathon medical director mated external defibrillators (aeds) are at every mile marker along the course and in all medical tents. “run- ners need to help each other and the medical team by alerting us to someone who is having a problem,” dr. nelson says. “a defibrillator is never too far if someone is having a heart attack.” weather, especially tem- peratures that are too hot or too cold, can become a ma- jor factor for runners’ health. weather flags are posted at all 15 water stations along the course. “runners should be familiar with what flags mean and pay attention to keep themselves updated on the heat and humidity,” dr. nelson advised.
28 2017 | grandma’s gazette – marathon issue official grandma’s marathon merchandise offered by advantage emblem & screen printing, the official and exclusive retailer of grandma’s marathon merchandise, is gearing up for another exciting race along scenic lake superior. a longtime supporter of the annual race, advantage emblem will once again produce official race merchandise for attendees and participants. with a large offering of different products from performance wear to noise makers, it will be easy to find a gift or keepsake. “this is our 11th year producing official race gear and we will expand the merchandise that race fans really look for. we will have something for everyone” stated nathan bentley, owner of advantage emblem & screen printing. “the products we carry are some of the highest quality items available on the market and are recognized around the world – we don’t expect our inventory to last long!” to see everything that advantage emblem has to offer for official race gear, check out one of these convenient locations: essentia health fitness expo (decc) • thursday, june 15: 5 pm to 8 pm • friday, june 16: 10 am to 8 pm advantage emblem’s merchandise tent (canal park) • thursday, june 15: 4 pm to 9 pm • friday, june 16: 8 am to 9:30 pm • saturday, june 17: 7 am to 9:30 pm • select merchandise available year-round grandma’s marathon online store at www.grandmasmarathonstore.com each year, advantage emblem screen prints over 18,000 finisher shirts for the marathon, half marathon and 5k races. they also supply all 6,000 volunteers with t-shirts and lapel pins, as well as 4,000 local hotel employees. to find out more about advantage emblem & screen printing, visit www.advantageemblem.com or call 1-800-626-4948. kara goucher & dick beardsley provide pre-race motivation grandma’s marathon invites you to sit back, relax and get inspired as you listen to kara goucher and dick beardsley on friday, june 16 in the edmund fitzgerald hall at the decc: 3 p.m. kara goucher garry bjorklund half marathon women’s course record holder duluth native kara goucher is an american long-distance runner who currently holds the women’s garry bjorklund half marathon record that she set in at the 2012 usa half marathon champion- ships. goucher is a three-time ncaa champion who raced at the university of colorado. at the 2008 olympics, she was 9th in the 5,000 and 10th in the 10,000, the latter in a personal best of 30:55.16. goucher finished third at the 2012 olympic marathon trials and 11th in the olympics. currently, she lives in colorado with her husband and son. she is a brand ambassador of the women-only apparel oiselle and is registered to run the 2017 garry bjorklund half marathon. 4 p.m. dick beardsley former grandma’s marathon course record holder dick beardsley is known as one of the best marathon runners in u.s. history. winner of grandma’s marathon in 1981 and 1982, dick held the course record with a time of 2:09:37 for 33 years. his most famous race took place at the 1982 boston marathon where he crossed the finish line in 2 hours, 8 minutes, 53 seconds, just two seconds behind alberto salazar. this personal best is ranked the 11th fastest u.s. men’s marathon time in history. after a series of accidents, injuries and life-altering events, dick remains a prominent figure in the run- ning community and travels around the world to share his amazing story. he currently lives in bemidji, minn. and runs lake bemidji bed and breakfast with his wife jill. presentation is free and open to the public. for more information, log onto www.grandmasmarathon.com. proud sponsor of grandma’s marathon official medical team of grandma’s marathon orthopedics & sports medicine 218.786.3520 essentiahealth.org/ortho
grandma’s gazette – marathon issue | 2017 goals and good health as any of the thousands of participants of grandma’s marathon can tell you, it takes a lot of commitment to train for a race. hard work, dedication, and the ability to surmount occasional frustrations and setbacks, are essential to meet your goals for physical fitness. financial fitness is much the same. a lack of physical fitness can have catastrophic impacts on countless aspects of your life, and on your enjoyment of each day. so, too, can the stress of an unhealthy financial life. that’s why at mccu, we encourage our members to invest the commitment and effort required to truly take the reins of their financial fu- tures. we also provide tools and education to help them sort out their own financial picture, and plan for what is yet to come. ask any marathoner what kind of tools they need to train, and they’ll be sure to point you toward a good pair of shoes, comfortable running gear, and perhaps their favorite digital running technology. at mccu, we’re pleased to offer great financial “equipment” to make your journey to financial fitness easier. from expert financial advice, to great savings and loan rates, to free online and mobile services, we bring it all to you and make sure you’re ready to run with it. after all the sacrifice and effort, the rewards of personal achievement are wide-reaching, and worthy of celebration. congratula- tions to all those putting one foot in front of another and moving boldly toward their goals. your friends at mccu stand behind you, ready to cheer your success- however you define it! 31 we’ll keep your it running 24/7 2018 grandma’s marathon weekend where running meets wanderlust wind your way along the beautiful north shore and let race weekend invigorate you and your love for running in 2018! lace up your shoes and join us for the 42nd annual grandma’s marathon weekend june 16-18, 2018! registration for grandma’s marathon, the 28th garry bjorklund half marathon and 25th william a. irvin 5k opens october 1, 2017! 2018 – no lottery! registration for the 2018 garry bjorklund half marathon will be on a first come, first served basis. registration opens october 1, 2017. for more information on any of grandma’s marathon’s races or events, visit www.grandmasmarathon.com h i r i n g n o w cirrusaircraft.com/careers
still growing strong: grandma’s marathon remains a destination for runners by louie st. george iii when the field for the april 22 fitger’s 5k run and walk reached capacity, grandma’s mara- thon officials found themselves in a familiar position. as with so many of their year- round offerings of late, a record number of runners signed up and they had to turn people away. “which is never fun to do, but it’s not a bad problem to have,” grandma’s executive director shane bauer said. while running events across the country – specifically marathons – scramble to stay fresh and attract participants in an increasingly saturated industry, the grandma’s marathon brand continues to thrive. out of the seven sanctioned race events the organization produces each year, six of them set new records in registration and/or finisher numbers over the last year. that includes the organization’s namesake race and minnesota’s oldest marathon. that the iconic 26.2-mile run along the stunning north shore of lake superior has rebounded from sagging participation bucks a recent nationwide trend. according to running usa: in 2015, for the first time – excluding 2012 when hurricane sandy wiped out the new york city marathon, thereby removing approximately 47,000 finishers from the final tally – marathon participation in the united states fell, from an all-time high of 550,637 in 2014 to 509,000. the number remained flat in 2016. indeed, grandma’s similarly dropped to 7,794 registrants and 6,077 finishers in 2015, which was down slightly from the previous year and well off 2008’s record pace of 9,888 entrants. but turnout swelled last june as 9,589 signed up for the marathon’s 40th anniversary. an additional 9,571 entered the garry bjorklund half marathon, dwarfing the previous high by more than 1,000. tack on another 2,242 registrants for the william a. irvin 5k, which traversed a revamped course in 2016, and duluth was abuzz with record numbers of fitness fiends and partygoers alike. at 40, grandma’s never looked better. “when you have a city activated like that for a weekend, that’s an amazing thing,” duluth mayor emily larson said. “that race only takes a few hours, and many of these visitors are here for an entire weekend. it’s really an opportunity for us to kind of showcase all that we have to offer.” not only has interest in the marathon distance waned across the u.s. as the second running boom tapers off, but there are far more events than ever. each of the past two years, there were about 1,100 marathons nationwide. bauer says there were 37 such races when scott keenan and the north shore striders founded grandma’s in 1977. with the dizzying number of events, plus a shrinking pool of marathoners that in 2016 was down a whopping 8 percent from 2014, the reality is this: less demand plus more supply equals a tougher sell. and yet, none of the previous 39 grandma’s marathons featured more finishers than last year’s 7,521. that preceded by a month another grandma’s offering, the park point 5-miler, setting a registration record of 653 in its 45th year of existence. that total represented a remarkable 70 percent increase over the 383 that signed up in 2015. not coincidentally, last year’s 5-miler was moved from a friday to a thursday. for bauer, that’s what it’s about. he and his staff aren’t out to reinvent the wheel; they’re merely trying to refine it. people change, behaviors change, and successful organizations are the ones that prove adept at responding accordingly. “i think the ultimate sophistication in leadership is the ability to adapt to change,” bauer said, tweaking a stephen hawking quote. continued on page 25 weekend tickets for both nights $25 friday 6/16/17 with special guests $20 all ages show standing room only. rain or shine event. saturday 6/17/17 $10 with special guests shalo lee band ages 21+ gates open at 7:00 p.m. both nights limited advance tickets available at grandmasmarathon.com s o l u t i o n s