the human touch by brian daugherty, president, grandma’s, inc. machines vs. people. this has been a continuous debate that goes back for years and years. most recently, watson, the ibm super computer, took on jeopardy’s epic champions in an all-star match. in the ‘90s, russian garry kasparov took on the computer deep blue in a chess tournament. before the industrial revolu- tion, john henry, the mythical steel-driving man, competed against the technology of his day, the steam-powered hammer. heck, this debate probably goes back before the stone age when two cavemen argued who could start a fire quicker – the one with two sticks or the one with two rocks. and just for the record, watson beat the jeopardy all-stars; kasparov beat deep blue the first round, but deep blue won the re- match; and john henry beat the steam-powered hammer, but unfortunately, died in doing so. today’s debate still revolves around technology replacing people, but now the discussion even includes full-service restaurants. however, we at grandma’s don’t ever see that happening. because if there’s one thing the whole world uni- versally agrees on, there is nothing more inspiring than seeing one person helping another – human beings serving human beings – is magical. we also believe that truly remarkable customer service goes way beyond prompt- ness, efficiency, and check-building. when done properly, it is truly a positive, life enhancing experience. and we are not the only folks who see the transfor- mational value of people interacting with each other. in psychology they call it “therapy.” in medicine they call it “alternative healing.” interpersonal interaction is actually considered an energy-based remedy that has been scientifically proven to ease anxiety, pain and improve mental health… all without the side effects. at grandma’s, we simply call this – exceeding our guests expectations. now, i understand that your exceptional food and service experience at grandma’s may not cure everything that ails you, but it will restore your faith in the power of hospitality. every day we witness the enormous value of what extraordinary service brings to our customers, and brings to our staff as well. it’s a two-way street. this is a mutually-beneficial exchange of service that we grow from every day too! so every year we celebrate this happening by recognizing continued on page 2 turn to page 2 to read about the rest of our customers of the year the sports garden customer’s name: jon and jill anderson occupation: teachers, jon is retiring in june family profile: golden re- triever – ollie, cat – charlie hobbies: running, traveling, geo-caching, walking, hunting, watching the vikings, playing games with family and friends favorite grandma’s meal: fish sandwich / bacon cheeseburger favorite grandma’s beverage: we often let the bartender make the call. favorite grandma’s bartender: they all are! why do you feel the employees voted you customer of the year? long time regulars. we are known as “garden parents” or “grandparents.” we feel like we are part of the garden family. we especially love watching vikings games at the garden with our garden family. experience wanted! by brian daugherty, president, grandma’s, inc. “the best way to acquire wisdom is through experience.” – albert einstein what is the true price of wisdom? simply put, a life well lived. you gain strength, courage, and confidences by every experience from which you live, stop, reexamine and allow yourself to learn. wisdom cannot be developed in the ease and quiet of doing nothing. only through the experience of engagement – which includes trial, tribulation, and success – can one be educated, inspired, and changed. wisdom comes from experience but unfortunately our experiences are often a result of lack of wisdom. this explains why experience can often be a hard teacher, and why it is so valuable. the old adage “life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards” are words we at grandma’s restau- rants embrace. we covet the wisdom that experience brings a team member. the more, the better! that may explain why we have so many long-term employ- ees in an occupation that is known for quick turn over. we love the balance and professionalism they bring to our restaurant teams. at season high, we are close to 500 employ- ees, but at any given time, over 30% of that group has already been working here 5 years or more. and over a third of these folks have already put in a lifetime of 20 years or more of customer service at one of our restaurants (see list on page 5). it’s a culture where we embrace 20 years of service. 30 years of service. and yes, we even have a few at the 40 plus years of service. these are all incredible employees! heck, at grandmas restaurant co. you’re almost considered a “newb” at 10 years of service! but this year’s dynamic duo of ten year employees really epitomize the valued combination of wisdom and experience we so desire! turn to page 5 to read about our 10 year honorees!
2 2018 | grandma’s gazette – marathon issue the human touch continued from page 1 our extraordinary customers as our primary source of growth and opportunity. and to show this, each year all of our restaurants pick one special customer that has inspired us, shared with us, and sharpened us, to be the best that we can be. the customer of the year award is chosen from hun- dreds of our favorite customers throughout a year. the staff brings forward all their choices and the list is narrowed down by a group vote. once the final customer of the year in each restaurant, their profiles are published in this annual marathon gazette. each year that customer is recognized with grandma’s ready to wear, a complimentary dinner, and a ceremony to commemorate each special occasion. congratulations to all of our customers of the year! customers celebrate lunch! try new flavors of bellinis & mimosas 991 friday thru sunday 405 lake ave s in canal park, duluth reservations recommended 218-727-4921 grandma’s saloon & grill – virginia customer’s name: karl, leif, maedi, mikko, and stacey sundquist (l to r) occupation: attorneys family profile: 3 kids, 2 dogs, 1 hedgehog, 2 adults hobbies: hunting, music, dogs and spending time at the lake favorite grandma’s meal: steak kabobs favorite grandma’s beverage: chocolate malts! favorite grandma’s server/bartender: all of them why do you feel the employees voted you customer of the year? as a busy family with kids in many activities, we eat at grandma’s saloon & grill once a week. the food is always good and the service is excellent. we really feel like family when we are at grandma’s! grandma’s saloon & grill – canal park customer’s name: hank fisher occupation: environmentalist for mn pollution control agency hobbies: riding his harley, antique collecting, sports fan favorite grandma’s meal: burgers favorite grandma’s beverage: bottled miller lite continued on next page
grandma’s gazette – marathon issue | 2018 3 of the year favorite grandma’s bartender: all of them why do you feel the employees voted you customer of the year? hank passed away this last year unexpectedly. he was a customer for many years, and frequently here on friday evenings. the staff was very fond of his stories and he knew us all by name. he had an infectious smile and shared many observations with our staff. he will be missed. grandma’s saloon & grill – miller hill customer’s name: douglas braff occupation: computer programmer analyst and computer systems adminis- trator (and “any other such duties as may be assigned”, such as climbing stacks to support cameras in peregrine falcon boxes). i have been employed with my current employer for 41 years. family profile: married, with four grown children. (when asked about the number of children i have, i often reply that i have four children, but my wife has five. hobbies: amateur radio. i am a member of the northern lakes amateur radio club, based in grand rapids, mn. i am the secretary, treasurer, and newsletter editor for the club. i also do annual marsh monitoring, taking counts of frog species and numbers per species based on calls heard in may, june, and july. favorite grandma’s meal: probably the marathon spaghetti, although i very much enjoy the wide variety of menu items, and am quite flexible in my tastes. i don’t think that any of the servers has ever asked me, “the usual?” there is no “usual” for me. favorite grandma’s beverage: a tall glass of… 2% milk (when i order the spaghetti). or raspberry lem- onade. or coke (but only for lunch – i try to limit caffeine in the evening). favorite grandma’s bartender: nick (i do not recall the names of the other bartenders). server: alia, or angie may, or seth bray, or selena bray, or jason, or eva, or tara, or michelle s., or laurel, or tiffany. certainly would have to include hannah hanson, and hannah stoll (i hope she is doing well down in the cit- ies), and claire. can’t forget gretchen grover (my niece). where do i stop with the list? there are so many. why do you feel the employees voted you customer of the year? i am not exactly certain. frequent customer? not too trouble- some a diner? certainly not because of my jokes! by the way, did you hear the one about… oh, never mind! i do enjoy chatting with the staff; they have such interesting lives and are so personable. most of them are in college (seth – how many years for you?). once, one of the employees asked me why i eat at grandma’s so often. my reply: “it’s bound to be good one of these times!” no, it’s always good. great food, great staff, great selec- tion. perhaps i was selected because the staff likes to feel appreciated. and they are. about 15 years ago, i was working at one of my com- pany’s duluth facilities, and a group of us came to this grandma’s for lunch. when we walked in, gretchen grover (my niece) saw me and gave me a big hug. the group sat down, and i was asked “who was that?” i told them who she was, but i should have said, “i have no idea who she is. this happens all the time. i guess i am just irresistible.” little angie’s cantina & grill customer’s name: tj otto occupation: energy pricing analyst (retired bartender) family profile: married to my wonderful wife, miranda, whom i met at here in 2005 and 2 awesome kids, gracie (5) and ben (a.k.a ferris) (2) hobbies: golfing, biking, fishing, house projects. favorite little angie’s meal: chicken quesadilla with adobo sauce and the chicken nachos with black- beans… delicious! favorite little angie’s beverage: is this a question? the tj margarita of course!! favorite little angie’s bar- tender: honestly, i wouldn’t come if i didn’t like them all, but i’ll keep it old school and give jeff rosenthal some love. he’s got a true knack for good conversation and he genuinely shows interest and cares about his customers, which is a fan- tastic characteristic to have as a bartender and what makes people keep coming back. why do you feel the em- ployees voted you customer of the year? there is no doubt that the employees and the fun atmosphere are what bring me back. little angie’s has a very welcoming feel when you walk through the door and all the employees have always been friendly, fun, and down to earth. it’s been this way since i worked there. everyone is having fun and always seems to care. i think this speaks volumes on how management picks their employees and how they treat them. i feel proud to come to an establishment like this to see familiar faces, enjoy a couple beers, and indulge in some good con- versation with the employees. thanks sandy and the whole crew (both past and present)! forget something? run to miller hill mall. more than 100 stores to meet all of your shopping needs.
4 2018 | grandma’s gazette – marathon issue 1 3 t h a n n u a l b ay f r o n t f e s t i v a l reggae & world music saturday, july 21, 2018 bayfront festival park • duluth, mn gates open at 11am rain or shine ethnic food, artisans and more! konshens christopher martin nomaddz nkulee dube natty nation, salsa de sol, dj sound of fujun and more! tickets available : online · electgic fetus · at the gate supeg one foods • duluth lawn and spogt • pegfect duluth day bgent’s biffies • hagtel’s • doucettes • young & associates insugance www.bayfrontworldmusic.com ///.facebook.com/brwmf ///.t/itter.com/bayfrontreggae wdio to live stream grandma’s marathon! we’ll be streaming ap- proximately three hours of the race live from the starting line, along the course, and at the finish line. let your friends and family know that if they can’t make it to the race in person--they can watch wdio online from anywhere in the world! our station was recently honored with numerous emmy®, murrow and sevare- id awards, and we’re proud that our history of quality news and sports coverage has led us to a partnership with grandma’s marathon as a major media sponsor. channel 10 & 13’s eye- witness sports covers events throughout the northland from youth to college sports wdio eyewitness news and sports is excited to once again live stream the marathon this year! it is a great opportunity to be involved in another wonderful northland com- munity event! wdio will live stream the race from multiple locations along the course. we’ve add- ed even more platforms where you can find our coverage. wdio’s live stream of the 2017 marathon on wdio. com and wdio facebook live was viewed by close to 500,000 people, and included race commentary from our radio partners, townsquare media. in 2018 we’re ex- panding on that coverage by adding the platforms of apple tv, roku, amazon fire and youtube (search for “wdio” on each to find the race). of course, you can also again follow our live stream coverage on our website at wdio.com, in your hand on our mobile app, and on wdio facebook live. and everything in between. we also understand that here in the northland we love everything outdoors! wdio-tv began operation on january 24, 1966. wdio- tv’s northern minnesota coverage is augmented and enhanced by a signal simulcast on wirt-13. channel 13 serves commu- nities across the mesabi iron range. wirt-13 began oper- ation on august 31, 1967. wdio/wirt’s eyewitness news has a long history of being recognized for outstanding journalism. in october 2017, eyewitness news was honored with two (2) upper midwest regional emmy® awards. eyewitness news has the distinction of receiving more emmy® awards and emmy® nom- inations than any other duluth television station, according to the nation- al television academy, upper midwest chapter. 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 popular. i was forced to take no- tice 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 could it 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!
grandma’s gazette – marathon issue | 2018 5 10 year honorees tessa dudek current location: grandma’s canal park current job: server entry job 10 years ago: host/cashier/door chose to work at grandma’s because: my uncle greg worked here and told me they were hiring so i applied. favorite quote: “be yourself, everyone else is taken.” oscar wilde favorite book: the harry potter series if i were not in the restaurant business i would be… possibly still be a teacher. i am thankful i had this job to come back to when i decided not to pursue that career. peter mohagen current location: the sports garden current job: bartender entry job 10 years ago: host and security chose to work at grandma’s because: i wanted to stay in duluth after my freshman year. my brother worked at the sports garden and through him, i knew most of the people there, so i knew it would be a fun atmosphere to work in. favorite quote: “always set yourself up for success.” – mr. b (matt baumgartner, the sports garden g.m.) favorite book: the boys in the boat by daniel james brown if i were not in the restaurant business i would be… trying to work in the maurice’s headquarters because that’s where my parents met. 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 lesa melby anthony boen stephanie podgorski william humes jill toms anthony n bronson david rowell 21-30 years gary baregi mary larson thomas maertz cynthia terwey ronald anderson darnell foix carol carlson george boder boyd peterson david devault dale connor robert poirier mark mahla barbara lucia kerry port retired 6/1/2018 paul powe jr debra sipes sandra enquist laury legutko 11-20 years donald napier jim callahan teresa boder kristine barnes jean ella eckman sandra kolasinski susanne arnold kelly klander jennifer bement christina nagle 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 leeann smith jodi roth thomas ziebarth jeffrey rosenthal jr darren spears katie rosenthal matthew nichols daniel brigan brittany anderson david clark weston dornhecker lori dowd cole beckwell dustin savela sarah krueger matthew baumgartner amanda dornhecker melissa fahlin david zylka justin trettel gretchen grover nicole modeen 10 years tessa dudek peter mohagen 5-9 years jenny opland cody peterson eric feely matt erickson robert stahlman jason matthes joseph virant jill martinson brian langlee eric white alex niemi michelle syversrud andrew boso samuel spears samuel kohlbry daisy ostman karl salveson gregory schlegel jonathan wieser madeline pertler katherine anderson angie carlson john peterson alia allan tami patterson tara norstegard andrew mattson sarah baker keely sobczak ryan kreuser ryan wrazidlo timothy o’hara garrett rayburn david gagliardi laurel morris timothy abrahamson cassandra whitman zakkari reed sean peterson tylor key alexander van eck jennifer virant jod anderson garett anderson cory abrahamson anna radzak andrew ellquist amelia carlson katelyn whight branden perrault andrew herrick derek smith beverly johnson david stickney mary battaglia trevor deroche daniel emmert eva hendrickson andrew kolle natalie dutcher matthew meyer janine litzau jack pertler craig erickson allison lero christina foxley barry mcraith grandma’s runners! proctor hotels provide free buses for hotel guests duluth south/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 • redlion.com/duluth run’s done, time for fun! 50% off sunday-thursday september 3–october 16, 2018 book online code: gmas18 duluthwaterpark.com or call (800) 777. 7925 2m00 london road • duluth mn minutes from spirit mt adventure park & canal park on 1-35, exit 249 www.visitproctor.com • sponsored by proctor tourism subject to availability. not valid during special events or holidays. offer may change or end without notice. some restrictions apply.
8 2018 | grandma’s gazette – marathon issue natural select wild rice, natural select wild rice, cultivated and blends cultivated and blends we wish to thank grandma's for their continuous loyalty and dedication for serving and expanding the knowledge of wild rice to their customers! serving duluth and the surrounding area. family owned & operated great lakes wild rice p.o. box 931, grand rapids, mn 55744 • 218-328-6679 1-800-952-8542 • fax 218-328-6627 on the port town trolley free rides dta port town trolley service operates daily from 11:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. this free service begins the first week in june and runs through labor day. the scenic trolley route takes visitors through bayfront, canal park, the historic arts & theater (hart) district and downtown. many attractions, hotels, restaurants and craft breweries are located along the route. official grandma’s marathon merchandise offered by advantage emblem & screen printing, the official and ex- clusive retailer of grandma’s marathon merchandise, is ready for one of the top races in the country! a longtime supporter of the annual race, advantage emblem produces official race merchandise for both athletes and attendees. with the largest offering of products from performance wear to noise makers, it will be easy to find that must-have running jacket or keepsake to remember the race. “we have produced grandma’s marathon gear for over a decade and we know what the racers and fans want. we will have something for everyone!” exclaimed nathan bentley, owner of advantage emblem & screen printing. “the products we carry are of the highest quality and are easily recognized worldwide, 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: health and fitness expo (decc) • thursday, june 14: 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm • friday, june 15: 10:00 am to 9:00 pm grandma’s marathon online store at www.grandmasmarathonstore.com • select merchandise available year-round advantage emblem’s merchandise tent in canal park • thursday, june 14: 4:00 pm to 9:00 pm • friday, june 15: 8:00 am to 9:30 pm • saturday, june 16: 7:00 am to 9:30 pm each year, advantage emblem screen prints over 17,000 finisher shirts and medals 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 promotional shirts. to find out more about advantage emblem & screen printing, visit www.advantageemblem.com or call 1-800-626-4948. the city of two harbors shares an exciting race with a minnesota company submitted by margaret field, two harbors investment corp. two harbors investment corp., a real estate investment trust listed on the nyse under the ticker symbol “two,” is once again proud to sponsor grandma’s marathon, being held on june 16, 2018. our name, two harbors investment corp., reflects our minnesota presence, as well as our focus on investing, financing and managing residential mortgage-backed securities and related investments. our objective is to provide attractive risk-adjusted returns to our investors over the long term, primarily through dividends and secondarily through capital appreciation. we are happy to be a minnesota company and to participate in this wonderful event. discover duluth on the port town trolley today! 218-722-save (7283) duluthtransit.com for more information on two harbors investment corp., please visit http://www.twoharborsinvestment.com/.
10 2018 | 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 42 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. in addition to assisting runners, bellisio foods, inc. has 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 year, people choose the michelina’s spaghetti dinner as their group meeting place. it is simply a great venue to enjoy a terrific pre-race meal.” the 2018 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 $14 for adults and $7 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”. 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 as other locations worldwide. nicknamed the created and built more than 50 companies and organizations worldwide over the course of a career that “frozen food king,” paulucci for more information on bellisio foods inc. and its products, visit www.michelinas.com, www.bellisiofoods.com or call 800-446-5469. ales and lagers
grandma’s gazette – marathon issue | 2018 11 clif bar: supporting runners with high-quality fuel, facts and fun! clif bar is proud to sponsor grandma’s marathon and excited to support runners with high-quality fuel, facts, and fun events all weekend long. runners and spectators alike can visit us at the clif “bar” for complimentary samples and expert nutrition advice for the best uses of clif products before, during, and after activity. stop by throughout marathon weekend and be among the first to try our latest, kitchen-craft- ed offerings like clif sweet & salty, clif energy granola, clif fruit smoothie filled, and more! we’ll be hosting a variety of activities, including: friday expo: 10am – noon: breakfast with clif & duluth coffee company. be one of the first to try our new clif energy granola! 11am – noon: mindful marathon yoga led by jess rossing fitness 4pm – 6pm: happy hour with a local brewery race day: for spectators, energizing cheer zone (7:00 am-1:00 pm) • clif bar snacks a-plenty • coffee from duluth coffee company • music & cheering supplies for athletes: energy zone on course! the clif energy zone will be located at mile 17 and feature four flavors of clif shot gels: vanilla, razz, citrus, and mocha. fyi: the first two flavors will be non-caffeinated (razz and vanilla), followed by citrus (25 mg caffeine per serving) and mocha (50mg caffeine per serving). for everyone: make sure to stop by the clif “bar” outside of the decc during the grandma’s marathon essentia health fitness expo and on race day at mile 25!
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grandma’s gazette – marathon issue | 2018 13 fun facts michelina’s all-you-can-eat spaghetti dinner facts • approximately 8,000 plates of spaghetti are served each year • 5,000 lbs. of michelina’s sauce are used • 2,500 lbs. of dry spaghetti noodles are used • 40,000 meatballs are served • 600 loaves of country hearth natural bread are consumed • 6,120 cups of ben & jerry’s ice cream are served for dessert • 8,000 servings of kemps white and chocolate milk are served as thirst quenchers • 15,000 vanilla wafer cookies for dessert grandma’s marathon facts • 500,000 coca-cola cups are used at the water stations • 30,000 sponges are used on the racecourse • approximately 5,000 gallons of water are used on the race course • 15 official water stations can be found along the race course • about 6,000 volunteers help during grandma’s marathon weekend • over 120 sponsors help support grandma’s marathon • 100+ booths at the essentia health fitness expo • a prize money purse of $100,000 is awarded to the top finishers in grandma’s marathon • a prize money purse of $26,100 is awarded to the top finishers in the garry bjorklund half marathon safe work environment. the duluth mill is committed to achieving a “zero injury” workplace. this effort has been recognized by the state of minnesota with the receipt of the 2018 governor’s award in occupational safety. while only the 31st largest employer in the duluth area, the mill provides excellent wages and benefits leading to long-term employment with the average tenure over 17 years. the duluth mill and its employees are dedicated to serving our community and over the past year have donated over $20,000 to local organizations, including grandma’s marathon. the duluth mill is proud to be a major sponsor of the 2018 grandma’s marathon. the mill chose to support this organization because of its long-term benefit to our community and our economy. duluth mill duluth paper mill the duluth mill is owned by verso corporation, a leading north american producer of printing papers, specialty papers and pulp. the duluth mill is located on the bank of the st. louis river in duluth, minn., and produces 270,000 tons of supercalendered paper annually. supercalendered paper is used for advertis- ing inserts, magazines and catalogs. verso’s duluth mill conducts business in a responsible manner, provides a safe, healthy workplace, minimizes the impact on the environment, and ensures the sustainability of all of its manufacturing operations. the duluth mill has an excellent compliance record with both state and federal environmental regulations. the verso duluth mill is a world class pulp and paper manufacturing facility, and the mill’s most valuable asset is its 230 employees who are highly engaged in the business and in creating a 2018 home schedule june 3 eau claire june 4 st. cloud june 8, 9 willmar june 10, 11 mankato june 13 june 19, 20 june 21 june 25 june 27 june 28, 29 thunder bay lacrosse thunder bay eau claire willmar thunder bay rochester july 2, 3 st. cloud july 4 st. cloud july 9 lacrosse july 10, 11 st. cloud july 13 bismarck july 14, 15 july 19, 20 bismarck july 26, 27, 28, 29 waterloo july 30, 31 rochester august 2, 3 mankato august 4, 5 eau claire kennel klub seating at wade stadium is located in the right field area of the ballpark. with purchase of your kennel klub ticket, you will receive a tabbed wristband that includes your ga ticket 3 beverages and 2 plates of food, tax included. additional food and drink will be available at special pricing through the end of the game.
14 2018 | grandma’s gazette – marathon issue the clinic for massage therapy: providing relief for marathon runners since 1995. many varieties of massage are available including: traditional relax- ation, sports, neuromuscular, maternity, manual lymphatic drainage, swedish and tuina, and a chinese medical massage. these modalities address pain, frozen shoulder, sciatica, neck or back pain, plantar fasciitis, tennis elbow and many other soft tissue dysfunctions. the clinic for massage therapy serves clients in two locations in the duluth and superior areas. luoma began providing massage therapy as a volun- teer for 4 years at grandma’s marathon, and has been the coordinator for post race massage for over 19 years. even though running 26.2 miles is a fun activity, it’s no secret that a journey of that length can take a toll on the body. muscles can become traumatized, making even the slightest movement very uncomfortable. to help ease the pain during grandma’s marathon weekend, pat luoma, owner of the clinic for massage therapy, comes to the rescue along with 30 massage therapists and 10 expeditors to staff the post- race massage tent. “working at grandma’s marathon is an experience like no other for therapists,” says luoma who has been a therapist for 23 years. “anything and everything that traumatizes the soft tissues, does happen during a marathon. massage thera- peutically treats all of these conditions. on race day, therapists experience muscle and soft tissue issues that are specific to marathon runners; this is an opportunity not available to therapists in a clinical setting.” every finisher of grand- ma’s marathon and the garry bjorklund half marathon clinic massage therapy include stretching shortened muscle, strengthening weak muscles and neuromuscular techniques. for athletes the ultimate goal is for adaptation of muscles through training to improve their performance by as much as 15%, massage should be a part of complete training. the clinic for massage therapy has been providing services to the northland has the option of receiving a massage after the race. the massage ranges for 15 to 20 minutes and is a triage type of massage, depending on the runner’s needs. “the massage is performed to prevent muscle stiffness, by increas- ing circulation which brings nutrients to the muscles, and moving lymph fluid that helps remove waste products like lactic acid from muscles, all of which promotes healing. these techniques decrease pain and can reduce healing time to half.” in addition to receiving a post-race massage, luoma suggests that runners and athletes incorporate sports massage therapy into their regular conditioning program. the massage therapists utilize a variety of manipulations, specific to the type of sport or activity. these manipulations 2120 london road • duluth, mn 55812 endiduluth.com • 218.213.6567 cheering you on every step of the way let us dangle the “carat” to help you get to the finish line. 1 mile from the finish commitment banking that won’t hold you back. >> >> >> online banking online applications mobile app >> mobile deposit capture the strength of me. membersccu.org | federally insured by ncua.
grandma’s gazette – marathon issue | 2018 15 award-winning race coverage from the 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 inaugural 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 finishing times of about 1,400 runners were published, with the help of hon- eywell information systems, and, in 1985, the first marathon special section accompanied the sunday news tribune. news tribune photographers have been on airplanes, mo- torcycles, media trucks and along the course to capture 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 antici- pation of their run and when the racing is done. all timed finishers in the marathon and the accompanying garry bjorklund half marathon are published in the special section. the comprehensive publication has won numerous state and national honors. staff writer contributors through the first 40-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 heffer- nan and kevin pates. photographers covering the race have included charles curtis, joey mcleister, bob king, steve stearns, john rott, dave ballard, clara wu, kathy strauss, dawn villella, josh meltzer, renee knoeber, derek neas, josh biggs, rick sci- belli, justin hayworth, ingrid young, amanda odeski, clint austin, derek montgomery and steve kuchera. as duluth recognizes grandma’s marathon as the city’s largest single-day annual sporting event, 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 commemorative 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 email@example.com. news tribune subscription inquiries can be directed to 800-456- 8080. visit duluthnewstribune.com for more information. good luck runners! 2018 rav4 prototype shown with options. toyota and your local toyota dealers are proud sponsors of grandma’s marathon for 28 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
16 2018 | grandma’s gazette – marathon issue 2018 grandma’s marathon racecourse map & elevation 25 24 23 22 21 20 19 18 17 16 15 14 13 12 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 5th ave w 21st ave e lester river lakewood rd talmadge river ryan rd homestead rd knife river larsmont 6th ave e lemon drop hill greenwood rd sucker river 12 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 26 13 finish d u l u t h scenic hwy 61 garry bjorklund half marathon start l a k e s u p e r i o r grandma’s marathon start t w o h a r b o r s start 740 ft. finish 610 ft. 500 ft. 400 ft. 300 ft. 200 ft. 100 ft. sea level e v a a b a s e m civic center w e v a h b 4 w e v a d r 3 w e v a d n 2 downtown motel w e v a b s 1 e v a e k a l old duluth central hs e e v a b s 1 4 b h s b 3 r d s b 2 n d s b e e v a d n 2 1 s b s b w e v a h b 5 w e v a h b 6 radisson hotel library maurices 25 s 8 p e r i o r s b michigan sb holiday inn pizza lucé duluth coffee company voyageur lakewalk inn sheraton michigan st the depot 12 fronbage rd dta f r o n b a g e r d lake place park 35 railroad sb. marcus duluth cinema playfront park bayfront park great lakes aquarium decc amsoil arena r d r o b r a h m a. irvin willia hotel the suites e v a e k a l old chicago green mill vista cruises dewitt-seitz marketplace grandma’s sports garden grandma’s saloon & grill maritime visitors center s u p e r i o r b ay south pier inn 26 canal park lodge 13 r k d r a l p a n a c hampton inn the inn on lake superior 2018-2020 event racecourse traditional racecourse (under construction) marathon mile markers comfort suites of duluth half marathon mile markers water /powerade station medical tent first aid essentia health st. mary’s medical center e e v a d r 3 e e v a h b 4 e e v a h b 5 e e v a h b 6 e e v a h b 7 e e v a h b 8 e e v a h b 9 e e v a h b 0 1 e e v a h b 1 1 e e v a h b 2 1 e e v a h b 3 1 st. luke’s hospital 11 fitger’s 24 sir benedicts tavern kitchi gammi club lakewalk war memorials l a k e s u p e r i o r superior st super one london rd leif erikson park rose garden grandma’s marathon water & powerade: miles 3, 5, 7, 9, 11, 13, 15, 17, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25 time splits: start, 10k, 13.1m, 20m, 25m, finish s 8 p e r i o r s b clif energy zone: mile 17 london rd garry bjorklund half marathon water & powerade: miles 2, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 time splits: start, 16.9m, 11.9m, finish clif energy zone: mile 4 fresh fruit near mile 19 & 23.5 courtesy of official racecourse performance drink mountain berry blast is served on the racecourse. vanilla, mocha, citrus and razz clif shot gel will be served on the racecourse. course spectator tips 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 wheelchair race begins at 7:40 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 map). these are a great place to watch the race. however, please remember traffic will be heavy and parking is limited. finish line london rd. and canal park are the best locations for spectators to gather and cheer participants on. 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 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 female champion is expected at approximately 10:15 a.m. • parking is available at many of the parking lots in downtown duluth above superior st. in order to secure a spot, plan to arrive early and please remember to follow all parking regulations.
grandma’s gazette – marathon issue | 2018 17 2018 grandma’s marathon weekend schedule of events thursday, june 14 saturday, june 16 23rd annual essentia health fitness expo | free decc arena | open to the public .....................4:00 - 8:00 p.m. 28th annual garry bjorklund half marathon race starts ..................................................................6:15 a.m. public welcome 11am - 9pm | decc pioneer hall 42nd annual grandma’s marathon race starts ..................................................................7:45 a.m. wheelchair division ...................................................7:40 a.m. live entertainment | free big top tent – canal park | all ages sounds unlimited – video dj ......................................9:00 a.m. rock-a-billy revue ....................................................11:30 a.m. lake city smokin’ section .......................................... 1:30 p.m. viva knievel ................................................................ 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 gates open ................................................................. 7:00 p.m. big wave dave and the ripples .................................. 7:15 p.m. viva knievel ................................................................ 9:15 p.m. devon worley band ................................................... 11:15 p.m. race packet pick-up decc – paulucci hall ......................................4:00 - 8:00 p.m. friday, june 15 23rd annual essentia health fitness expo | free decc arena | open to the public ...........10:00 a.m. - 9:00 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 $14.00 adults / $7.00 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. races for kids | free bayfront festival park open to ages 14 & under registration ......................... noon races ............................. 2:00 p.m. grandma’s marathon pre-race talk show decc – edmund fitzgerald hall hosted by dick beardsley & carrie tollefson ........ 4:00 p.m. featuring olympian, kara goucher and other celebrity guests! 25th 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 gates open ................................................................. 7:00 p.m. belfast cowboys ......................................................... 7:15 p.m. sugar ray ................................................................... 9:15 p.m. big wave dave and the ripples ................................ 11:15 p.m. sounds unlimited – video dj ....................................12:30 a.m. with meatballs! with meatballs! with meatballs! adult $14 child $7 child free tax & gratuity included ages 5-12 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, duluth coffee company coffee, kemps milk, dasani water, cookies and ben & jerry’s ice cream. gluten free pasta available upon request.
18 2018 | grandma’s gazette – marathon issue kids can run off that endless energy! the whipper snapper races for kids is one of the first events to kick off grandma’s marathon weekend! these races are free and open to everyone, so bring the kids down to bayfront festival park and get them involved in the excitement! all participants receive an official race number and participation ribbon. kids will also get the exciting opportunity to cheer for their favorite mascots, including ‘champ’ from umd, and ‘harley d. huskie’ from the duluth huskies at the mascot race. date: friday, june 15, 2018 registration: begins at noon start time: mascot race starts at 2:00 p.m. with the youth races following – beginning with the youngest age group. age groups & distances 4 & under – 1/8 mile 5 & 6 years old – 1/8 mile 7 & 8 years old – 1/4 mile 9 & 10 years old – 1/4 mile 11 & 12 years old – 1/2 mile 13 & 14 years old – 1/2 mile the whipper snapper races for kids are presented by minnesota power, an allete company. congratulations runners people powered health plans visit our website for healthy pork recipes: mnpork.com/recipe regional art jewelry clothing home furnishings 395 south lake avenue canal park duluth 218-786-0233 watersofsuperior.com one block from the finish line watersofsuperior
20 2018 | grandma’s gazette – marathon issue runners can find medical care along the race course medical care is just steps away for runners competing in grandma’s marathon and the garry bjorklund half marathon. “medical professionals from across the northland come together to care for runners”, says dr. ben nelson, the essentia health orthopedics and sports medi- cine physician who serves as the races’ medical director. the race day team includes physicians, nurses, certified athletic trainers, physical therapists, paramedics, 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 signs 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 minor injuries, such as blisters, muscle strains, sprains and skin irritations. they’re staffed by medics, emergency medical techni- cians/first responders, nursing students and nurses. each station has cpr supplies and an automated external defibrillator (aed). four medical tents are staffed by a physician, reg- istered nurses and a certified athletic trainer. they provide treatment for minor injuries such as blisters, skin irrita- tion, muscle cramps, heat exhaustion and fatigue. they also can identify symptoms that require a higher level of care. paramedics and an ambulance are standing by to transport runners to local 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 medi- cal tent in canal park is staffed by physicians and nurses along with physical therapists, certified athletic trainers and paramedics. staff triage runners 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, runners that are too hot or too cold, or suf- fering from nausea. runners ben nelson, md essentia health orthopedics & sports medicine grandma’s marathon medical director with muscle or skeletal prob- lems, such as stress fractures, sore joints or severe muscle cramping, go to another area where physical therapists and certified athletic trainers provide care. near the tent is another treatment area just for blisters and massage therapy. first responders and automated external defibril- lators (aeds) are at every mile marker along the course and in all medical tents. “runners need to help each other and the medical team by alerting us to anyone 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 major factor for runners’ health. weather flags are posted at all 15 water stations along the course. “runners should be familiar with what the flags mean and pay attention to keep themselves updated on the heat and humidity,” dr. nelson advised. f u l l | h a l f | r e l a y | 5 k | e x p o | i k d s f u n r u n | i d a p e r d a s h your next challenge awaits! 7 great events • september 21-23 • appleton, wi w h a t b r i n g s y o u t o t h e s t a r t l i n e ? register today! foxcitiesmarathon.com join the fun this fall in the scenic fox cities! course includes: 7 miles of paved trails, water & parks entertaining water stations bands, djs and cheer teams gender speciﬁc shirts
grandma’s gazette – marathon issue | 2018 21 we support grandma's saloon and grill and all the participants in the 42 nd anniversary grandma's marathon. the rochester meats team, home of grandma's burgers. proceeds from the sales of powerade products go to area high schools duluth, mn. – viking coca-cola bottling company is directing a portion of its sales of the products powerade and powerade zero back to participating area high schools under a program called “powerade 4 schools.” money will be collected on all powerade and powerade zero products sold throughout the viking coca-cola bottling co. territory and then divided to high schools based on a percentage of purchased beverages. for more information visit the viking coca-cola company website at http://vikingcocacola.com/community/powerade-your-school/. the program’s goal is to encourage active lifestyles through the support of school athletic programs, within the viking coca-cola bottling co. franchise territory. other participating area high-schools include: silver bay high schools, south ridge school, superior high school, proctor high school, floodwood school, ashland high school, and ironwood high school. about viking coca-cola bottling company: founded in 1953, viking coca-cola is the sixth largest independent coca-cola bottler in the united states. headquartered in st. cloud, mn, viking coca-cola has thirteen branches throughout minnesota and wisconsin and bottles and distributes coca-cola products to over one-million people. viking coca-cola is a privately held company, owned and operated by the faber family of st. cloud. n e w n o w o p e n ! experience 3 new touchpools – experience 3 new touchpools – touch sharks, sea stars, jellyfish and more! touch sharks, sea stars, jellyfish and more! great lakes aquarium www.glaquarium.org
22 2018 | grandma’s gazette – marathon issue locally baked, delivered fresh daily. • no dairy • no eggs • no hfcs • nut-free bakeries proud sponsor of grandma’s marathon for over 30 years. 800.626.4948 218.626.4948 oﬀicial marathon merchandise stoeϧ as a returning sponsor of grandma’s marathon, great clips is excited to participate in all of the wonderful race weekend activities. sudz, the friendly great clips shampoo bottle mascot, will be bubbling over with excitement as he strides toward the finish line at friday’s mascot race during the whipper snapper races for kids at bayfront festival park. come down to cheer on sudz! and, don’t forget to stop by the essentia health fitness expo to meet the local great clips team! being active and healthy is fundamental to great clips leadership, who encourages everyone on the great clips team to stay active and strong. that’s why the great clips’ sponsorship at grandma’s marathon is such a natural fit! “we are so excited to have great clips as a returning part of our sponsorship team,” said shane bauer, grandma’s marathon execu- tive director. “when partners like great clips return year after year to support this world-class event, it speaks to their commitment to local communities,” bauer added. great clips, inc. is head- quartered in minneapolis. franchisee-owned salons across the u.s. and canada serve approximately two million customers weekly. the salons are known for de- livering competitively priced, high-quality haircuts for men, women and children seven days a week. you don’t need an appointment at great clips and salons are open evenings and weekends. getting a hair- cut is convenient with online check-in, which saves your place in line before you get to the salon. to check-in online, download the free great clips app for android or ios or visit greatclips.com. visit one of these great locations: duluth denfeld retail center 4602 grand avenue west (across from taco johns) 218-624-2244 miller plaza 1405 miller trunk highway (next to starbucks) 218-726-0661 mount royal shopping center 107 mount royal shopping circle (next to mount royal library) 218-724-4247 cloquet shoppes of cloquet 1317 highway 33 south (across from walmart) 218-879-4414 grand rapids 1003 pokegama avenue south (near the ground round) 218-326-6512 hibbing 4120 9th avenue west (hwy 169 & 9th ave) 218-263-4300 mountain iron shoppes at rock ridge 8576 rock ridge drive (in front of walmart, next to perkins) 218-749-2547 superior colonial square 3712 tower avenue (across from walmart @ 37th & tower) 715-392-5473 to find the salon nearest you, call 1-800-greatclips –or visit www.greatclips.com! sets the pace with coverage for all – one individual at a time by janet m. williams, marketing communications, ucare ucare is proud to be a part of grandma’s marathon – for this our 13th consecutive year. our sponsorship of this premiere event is a testament to our enduring mission and values. ev- ery day at ucare, we live our mission to improve health and wellness through innovative services and strong partnerships across communities. ready. set. go. much like all of you taking your marks at the starting gate – our ucare 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 our ucare booth #10, learn about our health plans and spin the wheel for a prize at the essentia health fitness expo. rise to the challenge. as marathoners anxiously approach the start with hopes of setting a quicker pace and personal best, we encourage our members to stay active and enjoy the things they love. living healthy feels great, and it’s even easier with our health coverage plans and free health club member- ship. on your mark – we’d like to help you stay healthy for the long run as well. learn about our wide range of health plans for people of all ages and stages at ucare.org/healthplans. come celebrate. we’ve hit the one-year mark since opening our duluth office – a convenient venue for all interested to discover more about ucare health plans. we cordially invite you to attend our first anniversary open house on friday, june 15 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. please join us for healthy treats, trinkets, tours... and cake. walk, wheel, bike or run to 4310 menard dr., hermantown, mn 55811. start to finish. as runners, walkers and wheelers glide across the finish line of grandma’s marathon on june 16, ucare will be there providing post-race comfort in our massage therapy tent. do indulge. we salute all participants in this ultimate marathon event. hats off to you! call our duluth office at 218-336-4260 to speak with our health care coverage experts. or just drop in. we’re expecting you.
grandma’s gazette – marathon issue | 2018 23 a unique sensorial experience ménage à trois exposes the fresh, ripe, jam like fruit that is the calling card of california wine. forward, silky and soft, this delicious dalliance makes the perfect accompaniment for grilled meats and chicken. ménage à trois midnight a gorgeous garnet color in the glass, this luxurious blend wraps you up in a velvety embrace. voluptuous blackberry and plush spiced plum avors seduce your palate, while hints of mocha and exotic spice linger on your lips like a stolen kiss. ménage à trois silk a smooth, seductive red blend that caresses you with every sip. with its bright, red ruby hue in the glass and alluring fragrance of dried violets and berries, silk beckons, promising an unforgettable experience. succulent cherry and ripe raspberry avors mingle with delicate hints of rose petals and toasty spice, and glide gracefully across your palate like liquid silk. douglas and todd bourbon whiskey the north is cold. but when you get north of north, something strange happens. the weather turns perfect for smooth distilling. every oak barrel gets triple re-charred before bunking up for four long, cold years. the bourbon breathes while it storms and ices outside. the results are a hand- crafted, sweet and smoky good drink that’s brutally smooth. prairie organic gin an enjoyable herbal blend made with time and care. with a hint of juniper and delicate nish, this is a gin that’s light, refreshing and everything you want from organic. prairie organic cucumber vodka because you can taste the freshness. with prairie cucumber- flavored organic vodka we’ve crafted a light avor that’s crisp and garden-fresh. delivering an invigorating nish that truly pays homage to its roots. prairie organic vodka this attention to detail is a big reason why we make prairie organic vodka the way we do. we take the time to handcraft its naturally smooth taste, so you can take the time to enjoy drinking it. seaglass chardonnay this captures the best of santa barbara’s unique terroir. aromas of stone fruits lead to green apple and zesty citrus fruit avors on the palate, followed by a refreshing , lively nish. seaglass pinot noir this pinot noir captures the best of santa barbara’s unique terroir with a fresh, light- bodied prole that allows the grape’s varietal character to shine through. an inviting, delicate perfume emerges from the glass, while bright red cherry and strawberry avors lightly dance upon the palate. seaglass cabernet sauvignon our paso robles cabernet sauvignon has the distinct fruity aromas of black plum and cherry. the palate is complex with the ripe fruity avors of blackberry and black cherry and hints of spicy oak on the nish. joel gott california sauvignon blanc has aromas of papaya, grapefruit, pineapple, and guava with softer notes of lemongrass and citrus. on the palate, the wine opens bright, tropical avors, followed by crisp, refreshing acidity and a long, clean, balanced nish. please drink responsibly
24 2018 | 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 running along the world’s largest freshwater lake on the same path as some of the best runners in the world. grandma’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. when runners get to the finish take a quick dip in the big lake to cool off! 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 for speedy times. 3. world class event with a rich history since our initial race in 1977, grand- ma’s marathon continues to discover new ways to ensure runners have one of the most memorable running expe- riences. whether runners are experiencing their first marathon or their 42nd, our community takes care of the runners from start to finish. 4. small town charm experience the finest hos- pitality in road racing! as the smallest town (by far) listed in the top 15 largest marathons, runners experience hospitality like none other when the region comes to- gether for marathon weekend. generations of residents look forward to hosting the marathon each year with over 6,000 volunteers and thou- sands of spectators to cheer on the race participants! 5. family friendly bring the whole family! for many, grandma’s marathon has become a multi-gener- ational race. we believe in empowering kids to lead healthy, active lives. kicking off marathon weekend, sign up kids for the whipper snapper races on friday afternoon, and then come together with people from all over the world for the best carbo load in the midwest, the michelina’s all-you- can-eat spaghetti dinner. 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 came from all 50 states and over 50 countries last 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 allow- ing 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 mar- athon wants to help every participant be confident, happy and stress-free. we understand life happens and allow bib transfers up until a month and a half before the race. we are always willing to take a moment to chat – just give us a call. experience the cirrus life apply at cirrusaircraft.com “fun times? deal me in.” book your next getaway today! 800-472-6321 grandcasinomn.com |
26 2018 | grandma’s gazette – marathon issue welcome runners and fans to canal park! 1-800-426-7866 310 canal park drive. duluth, mn 218-720-3000 www.hampton.com/hi/duluth lightweight or well-cushioned? why not both? hoka one one’s innovative running shoes can offer something for every type of runner it was april 20, 2015, and something different was happening at the boston marathon. in each of the race’s four waves, runners of all stripes and speeds were wearing the clifton, a hoka one one model that had launched less than a year earlier. its ultra-soft cushion underfoot was appealing to runners who would take four, five or six hours to cover 26.2 relentlessly hilly miles on pavement. but the clifton wasn’t just on feet in the middle and back of the pack. in wave one, corral one, some of the fastest amateur runners in the world donned the well-cush- ioned shoe for its remarkable weight: as hokas went, these were light and nimble. even hoka professional runner sage canaday, stand- ing on the elite start line and eyeing the sub-2:18 time needed to qualify for his third olympic trials marathon, considered them light enough for one of his most important races of the year. “the cushion that the clifton provides makes my legs and feet feel good, and the fact that it is light makes it ideal for high performance running in all conditions,” said canaday. “the pop- ularity of the clifton is a testament to its innovative design.” in short, hoka wasn’t just an ultrarunning brand anymore. with shoes cush- ioned enough for beginners and joggers, yet light enough for elite competitors, the brand was well on its way to empowering runners of all ambitions and speeds to meet their running goals at this year’s grandma’s marathon – and maybe even enjoy the ride. with its continued addi- tion of elite road, trail, tri and track athletes, hoka has increased its stable of shoes to include lightweight train- ers, racing flats and track spikes alongside its original “max-cushion” models, with plenty of options in between. the mach and tracer, among other models, continue to refine the extraordinary weight-to-cushion ratio that has brought hoka to the feet of more and more runners since its founding. “hoka might be synony- mous with maximal cushion, but our shoes also happen to be some of the best light- weight performance models on the market, all with unique qualities designed to help everyone run easier, farther and/or faster,” said gretchen weimer, vice president of product at hoka. “our shoes truly offer something 310 canal park drive for every runner and walker.” ® duluth, mn 218-720-3000 hamptoninn.com/hi/duluth
28 2018 | grandma’s gazette – marathon issue cirrus aircraft & grandma’s marathon– duluth strong duluth’s cirrus aircraft returns for the 9th straight year to sponsor grandma’s marathon “grandma’s marathon and cirrus aircraft are proud lead- ers in the duluth community, with a dedication to helping to propel this community forward and make it stronger than ever. that’s why cirrus is excited to sponsor grandma’s marathon for the ninth year in a row,” said cirrus co-found- er and ceo, dale klapmeier. “our two businesses have a lot in common, both with a growing global presence as well as a heartfelt dedication to sustaining and celebrating the community that has shown so much support for us.” cirrus aircraft put down roots in duluth in 1994 – a small airplane design and manufacturing company that quickly grew to become a commanding global presence on the general aviation stage. customer aircraft deliveries for the company’s best-selling sr series soared to over 350 aircraft in 2017, with an active presence in over 60 countries. the company continues to ramp up production of its turbine aircraft – the sf50 vision® jet, which has already won widespread industry accolades, including plane & pilot’s 2017 plane of the year as well as popular science’s 2017 best of what’s new. cirrus is also expanding facilities and employment opportunities across all enterprise locations: duluth, minnesota, grand forks, north dakota, and knoxville, tennessee – with over 300 positions added over the past year. the vision center campus in knoxville will be opening doors in later 2018 to its new world-class cirrus ap- proach™ training center, home to a level d full-motion vi- sion jet simulator for the most advanced transition training in the world. “our goal remains to revolutionize the personal flying experience for pilot and passenger through innovation in performance and safety,” added klapmeier. many are familiar with cirrus because of their nickname, “the plane with the parachute.” committed to building safe, industry-leading airplanes since day one, every single cirrus comes equipped with the innovative cirrus airframe parachute system® (caps®), a full-aircraft canopy that, when deployed, lowers the entire airplane to the ground in the event of an emergency. to date, 150 people have returned safely to their families through the use of caps. cirrus aircraft remains duluth strong and continues to give back to the commu- nity through sponsorships, airplane rides, tours and participation in regional events. “cirrus will be cheering for all who race this year, especially our em- ployees and cirrus owners who fly in to run,” continued klapmeier. “best of luck to all the runners, and thanks to grandma’s marathon for making this such a premier event for duluth!” for more information on cirrus aircraft, visit cirrusaircraft.com great haircut, great price. 148 great northern mn/wi and twin cities area locations. greatclips.com | greatclipscareers.com | greatclipsfranchise.com find us at affordable, quality education superior destination lsc.edu
grandma’s gazette – marathon issue | 2018 29 a zero waste event continued from page 32 scour the course to ensure all trash is collected for sorting. “considering our location on the shore of lake superior, we have to make a dedicated effort to be conscious of the impact on our community and the environment that occurs when over 50,000 runners and spectators travel to our region during race weekend,” states grandma’s marathon executive director shane bauer. one thing that grandma’s marathon is particularly proud of is the continued development of its green team. the green team works diligently to assist race participants with sorting all recyclable and compostable materials to minimize overall waste. the efforts of the green team can be seen throughout the event; however, the finish line area is where runners will see the impact firsthand through the green team’s assistance with proper waste sorting and disposal choices. grandma’s marathon is proud to host sustainable events with positive environmental and social impacts, and truly embrace the challenge of working towards becoming a zero waste event while providing runners with the distinctive opportunity of racing along the largest freshwater lake in the world. grandma’s marathon would like to thank all of their sustain- ability partners including clif bar, coca-cola, duluth cof- fee company, duluth transit authority, goodwill industries, north shore scenic railroad, proprint, super one foods, toyota, upper lakes foods, verso, voyageur bus company, waste management, and wlssd. making grandma’s marathon greener as north america’s largest residential recycler, waste management is proud to sponsor grandma’s marathon in duluth. for over 30 years, waste management has provided environmental solutions to the duluth area communities that it serves and has supported over one hundred area organizations and events. on june 16, we’ll be doing just that by providing recycling and trash services for the event and getting an important message out to the community to “recycle often and recycle right”. with thousands of par- ticipants and attendees, we want to encourage everyone to recycle as much material as possible and to do it right. that means putting only re- cyclable materials in the re- cycling bin and only trash in the trash bin. better recycling practices helps keep recycling costs down for events like the marathon but especially at home, in your own commu- nities. for information on how you can recycle often and recycle right, go to: recycleoftenrecycleright.com. at waste management, we’re into recycling for the long run! over 30 years of producing high quality pa- per and recycled pulp products using sus- tainable and clean practices benefiting our business, our customers, our community and our planet.
30 2018 | grandma’s gazette – marathon issue toyota a proud sponsor and supporter of grandma’s marathon in an effort to be a constant without the support of the duluth-area dealers – kolar toyota, kari toyota, iron trail toyota, and ashland toyota – toyota’s participa- tion in grandma’s marathon would never be possible. vehicle for progress, toyota takes every opportunity to support local communities like duluth. with programs focused on education, safety and environmental health, toyota hopes to strengthen communities all across the united states. toyota is proud to help organizations like grandma’s marathon that are devoted to improving the lives of others – organizations that share the belief that when we work together, great things are possible. toyota loves helping communities that help one another, and is thrilled to sponsor and support grandma’s marathon for another year. to learn more on toyota vehicles visit toyota.com, or explore special offers at buyatoyota.com best of luck to all the runners! toyota, let’s go places. it’s that time of year again. time for everyone to get out and get a move on at grand- ma’s marathon! toyota is excited to celebrate its 28th year as the official vehicle of this historic event. toyota will be providing numerous cour- tesy vehicles, so keep an eye out for all of the innovative new models, as well as some of your toyota favorites. and don’t miss the 2018 highlander featuring the names of each and every runner participating in the 5k, half marathon & marathon. find it at miller hill mall in the days leading up to the race, in the spaghetti dinner on thursday & friday, and then around the plaza the rest of the weekend! snap a picture of your name and share it with your fellow run- ners using #letsrunplaces, #gmas18. good luck runners! official medical team of grandma’s marathon orthopedics & sports medicine 218.786.3520 3920 airpark blvd • duluth, mn 55811 218-722-9805 • proprintduluth.com essentiahealth.org/ortho hiduluth.com 218-722-1202
grandma’s marathon is working towards becoming a zero waste event sustainability efforts and environmental practices can be discovered everywhere you turn. companies and people are continually exploring ways to go green and learn about how they can help create a positive impact on the environment. the same applies to the world of special events. a large scale event like grandma’s marathon involves ongoing efforts every step of the way to minimize the impact on our local environment. grandma’s marathon is committed to host- ing an eco-friendly marathon each year with green initiatives comprising a critical part of race weekend. the organization continuously reviews current best practices and implements new strategies in accordance with the latest technology and information. partnering with major sponsor waste management and other companies committed to sustainability provides opportunities for participants and volunteers to be educated as well. current sustainability initiatives include simple yet impactful practices such as: • sourcing local vendors and local products whenever possible • recycling leftover heatsheets® and finisher medals • upcycling race course sponges to be made into carpet-backing • donating unused food to local food shelves • supplying water responsibly: via water trucks and fire hydrants on the racecourse, and in dasani’s recyclable bottles that are made of 30% plant-based material • providing a free phone app to electronically access real-time information versus printed materials goodwill industries of duluth is a new partner of grandma’s marathon, serving as the event’s official clothing recycler. the partnership includes the collection of all apparel items that are discarded by runners along the race course, which will then be donated to goodwill, con- tributing to their mission. goodwill also sends any extra race finisher shirts to textile streams to be repurposed into other products. each year, runners are encouraged to bring their old running shoes with them during grandma’s marathon weekend to participate in toyota’s “fill the tundra” shoe drive at the essentia health fitness expo and at kolar toyota in duluth and kari toyota in superior. runners will also have the option to donate their shoes after they cross the finish line this year as there will be collection bins located in the finish area. at the culmination of the race weekend shoe drive, goodwill will assist in refurbishing and distributing the shoes for use by those in need. a distinctive initiative that has occurred for decades at grandma’s marathon includes the transportation of over 15,000 runners to the starting lines via bus and train, which not only reduces the environmental footprint of the event, but also allows participants to experi- ence a unique ride up the north shore. the partnership with north shore scenic railroad makes grandma’s marathon one of the only marathons in the world where participants can take a scenic train to the start line. grandma’s marathon also provides shuttle service back to local hotels, campuses and area towns. after all participants head down the race course, there are several different clean-up crews that continued on page 29 s s $ t t k e h 5 2 d t i c h n i g n t e o k e r b w e o f limited advance tickets available at grandmasmarathon.com $20 friday june 15 saturday june 16 $10 gates open at 7:00 p.m. | all ages gates open at 7:00 p.m. | ages 21+ devon worley band viva knievel with special guests belfast cowboys big wave dave and the ripples big wave dave and the ripples standing room only. rain or shine events. s o l u t i o n s