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Minnesota Mile

Registration for the 2024 Minnesota Mile will open on July 1.

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NEXT RACE

September 6, 2024

LOCATION

Duluth, MN

START TIME

6:00 p.m.

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5,280 FEET OF BEAUTY

Excellent for beginners and veterans alike, the Minnesota Mile offers a breathtaking racecourse for participants to kick off the fall running season.

Starting and finishing near historic Enger Park in Duluth and with a loop racecourse showcasing some of the best views of Duluth’s skyline and Lake Superior, the Minnesota Mile is an excellent option for participants of all ages and skill levels.

Whether you’re trying to set a new PR or just wanting to experience a race environment for the first time, the Minnesota Mile is the place for you.

Go the extra mile this year, and join us at the Minnesota Mile!

2024 RACE DETAILS

COURSE MAP

MINNESOTA MILE

The Minnesota Mile course starts and finishes near Enger Tower and Enger Park Golf Course in Duluth.

The course travels along Skyline Parkway around Enger Tower, offering picturesque and elevated views of Duluth’s Aerial Lift Bridge and Lake Superior. The course continues past Twin Ponds and alongside Enger Park Golf Course before arriving at the finish line.

ENTRY FEE STRUCTURE

Pricing Structure (Adults)
July 1-July 21 — $15
July 22-August 31 — $20
September 1-Race Day — $25

Pricing Structure (Youth – Ages 18 & Under)
July 1-Race Day — $10

REGISTRATION & PACKET PICKUP

Online registration will be open until 11:59 p.m. CT on Wednesday, September 4. Race packet pickup and in-person registration will be available at the following times and locations:

 

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 5
12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. @ Grandma’s Marathon Office
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 6
3:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. @ Enger Park Golf Course

RACE RULES

No pets, motor vehicles, bicycles, handcycles, hand-cranked wheelchairs, roller skis, inline skates, or unregistered participants are allowed on the racecourse.

Baby joggers and strollers are allowed at YAF events but must start in the back of the corral.

Pushrim wheelchair competitors, duo teams, and other adaptive athletes are encouraged to participate but must follow all Wheelchair & Adaptive Program GuidanceNOTE: Adaptive athletes are asked to contact Race Director Greg Haapala via phone at (218) 727-0947 prior to registering so that all reasonable accommodations can be provided.

RACE DAY SCHEDULE

The Minnesota Mile will be run in separate heats to help ease congestion on some more narrow portions of the racecourse. Non-competitive runners are encouraged to run in the recreational heats starting at 6:00 p.m., while competitive runners are encouraged to run in one of the evening’s later heats.

 

Recreational Heats — 6:00 p.m.

  • Will be separated by goal pace time into (3) different heats
    • 6:00 p.m. — 9:00/mile pace and under
    • 6:05 p.m.  9:00-11:00/mile pace
    • 6:10 p.m. — 11:00/mile pace and over

Masters Competitive Heat (40 & older) — 6:25 p.m.

  • Masters men and women will run together

Open Women’s Competitive Heat (39 & younger) — 6:35 p.m.

  • Recommended for 7:00/mile pace and under

Open Men’s Competitive Heat (39 & younger) — 6:45 p.m.

  • Recommended for 7:00/mile pace and under

 

The Skyline Grill at Enger Park Golf Course will also have food and beverages available for purchase before, during, and after the race.

TEAM COMPETITIONS

Create a team with your family, friends, neighbors, and co-workers to participate in this FREE friendly competition and a chance to earn team awards!

 

TEAM REQUIREMENTS

  • Each team must consist of a minimum of (3) three individuals. There is no maximum limit on how many individuals can be on a team – the more the merrier!
  • Team categories include:
    • All Female
    • All Male
    • Mixed (Great for families and co-ed teams!)
    • Corporate (All team members must be employed by the same corporation and consist of at least one male, one female and one person at least 35 years of age.)
  • Each team must designate a Team Captain, who will register for the Minnesota Mile first and create the team.
CORPORATE TEAM CHALLENGE

Come run the most scenic mile in Duluth while, at the same time, building community within your company. For some in your office, this one-mile run will be their first-ever race and for others, it will be a chance to accomplish a new goal.

 

No matter the motivation though, the Corporate Team Challenge
offers a chance for you and your colleagues to work together in pursuit of a common goal.

 

2023 Minnesota Mile Corporate Team Challenge Information


HOW DOES IT WORK?

  1. Designate a team captain from your company. This person
    will be responsible for creating your corporate team.
  2. Recruit full- and part-time employees to join your team. The
    more the merrier, and there’s even a traveling trophy for the
    team with the most participants.
  3. On race day, your team members can run or walk at their
    own pace before meeting at the finish line to celebrate
    together.

 

TIMED COMPETITION REQUIREMENTS

  • There must be a minimum of three (3) employees registered
    for your team, consisting of at least one male, one female,
    and one person 35 years or older. One runner can fulfill both
    the gender and age requirements (ex. a team member who
    is female and 35 years old would fulfill both requirements).

 

TIMED COMPETITION SCORING

  • The three fastest times of each team will be added together,
    with the lowest total time winning the Corporate Team Cup.
  • If a team fails to have one female, one male, and one member
    who is 35 or older complete the race, the team will not
    be officially scored or eligible for awards.

 

WHAT ARE THE PERKS?

  • Employee Engagement – In a world now filled with workfrom-
    home assignments and virtual meetings, connecting
    with co-workers is even more important. Our Corporate
    Team Challenge is a perfect way to encourage employee
    wellness and strengthen your team. Not only can they run
    together, but they can compete against other companies
    to win friendly bragging rights.
  • Team Awards – There are two Corporate Team Cups up for
    grabs each year. One will go to the fastest team (see competition
    requirements) and one will go to the team with the
    most overall participants. The winning company’s name
    goes on the cup, and you get to keep and display it until
    next year’s race.
  • 10% Off Registration for Companies – If your company
    would like to receive 10% off registration for employees,
    please reach out to Program Director Alivia Nelson
    via email at [email protected] to get a
    discount code set up.

 

For more information on registration for the Corporate Team
Challenge, please contact Program Director Alivia Nelson
at (218) 727-0947 or [email protected].

AWARDS

Awards will be presented to the overall winners of the men’s and women’s competitive heats, the overall winners of the men’s and women’s masters heats, and the top men and women age division finishers across all heats (including the recreational heats).

 

If you race in the competitive or masters heat and do not win the overall award, you will then become eligible to win an age division award. IMPORTANT: Overall winners cannot also win an age division award.

 

Awards for the Minnesota Mile will be available for pickup at the Enger Park Golf Course (1801 West Skyline Parkway) beginning at 7:00 p.m. the evening of the race. There will be no formal awards ceremony.

TRAFFIC & PARKING DETAILS

TRAFFIC ADVISORY

 

  • Enger Tower Park Drive will close at 5:00 p.m., and from 5:00-7:00 p.m., vehicles will not be able to leave Enger Tower Park.
  • West Skyline Parkway will close at 5:15 p.m. from Enger Park Golf Course to Twin Ponds. Also at that time, Hank Jensen Drive will close between Twin Ponds and West Skyline Parkway.
  • Enger Tower Park Drive will re-open at approximately 7:00 p.m., and all other roads will re-open at approximately 7:30 p.m.

 

PARKING & SHUTTLE BUS DETAILS

 

  • LAKE SUPERIOR COLLEGE: Participants and spectators are encouraged to park in Lot 1 at Lake Superior College (lot is to the right as you enter the campus from US Highway 53/Trinity Road). A shuttle bus will be available to transport participants and spectators to and from Enger Park Golf Course (see more shuttle bus information below).
  • ENGER TOWER: Participants and spectators are encouraged wishing to park near the start/finish area are encouraged to use the Enger Tower parking lot. NOTE: You will not parking lot between 5:15 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. as Hank Jensen Drive and Skyline Parkway around Enger Tower will be closed during the race.
  • SKYLINE PARKWAY: Participants and spectators will be able to park on both sides of Skyline Parkway between Enger Park Golf Course and 24th Avenue West for the duration of the event. Please use caution and follow the directions of staff and volunteers on site.
  • ENGER PARK GOLF COURSE: A limited number of parking spots will be available at Enger Park Golf Course. To access the Enger Park Golf Course parking lot, please use Piedmont Avenue to Skyline Parkway. Please use caution and follow the directions of staff and volunteers on site. NOTE: If possible, please leave these spots for our handicapped and elderly participants and spectators.


SHUTTLE BUS: A shuttle bus will be available to transport participants and race fans from Lake Superior College to the Enger Park Golf Course clubhouse and back. The bus will run a continuous loop between Lake Superior College and Enger Park Golf Course from 4:00 p.m. to 7:45 p.m

THE SWAG

2023 PARTICIPANT SHIRT

All Minnesota Mile participants will receive a commemorative long sleeve shirt, included with the entry fee. NOTE: Adult and youth sizes may vary in color and style.

 

2023 PARTICIPANT SOCKS

All Minnesota Mile participants will also have the option to purchase commemorative Fitsoks for $7, either during registration or at packet pickup.

Fitsoks Sizing Information

  • Medium — Men’s Shoe Size 6-8; Women’s Shoe Size 7-9
  • Large — Men’s Shoe Size 9-11; Women’s Shoe Size 10-12

RACE RESULTS & PHOTOS

Once a top competitive race in the region, the Minnesota Mile is home to two of the fastest mile times in the state. Ben Blankenship set the men’s event in 2013 with a time of 3:52.7 while Gabriele Anderson set the women’s event record the same year with a time of 4:21.3.

Full historical results of the Minnesota Mile can be seen HERE.

ALL-TIME MINNESOTA MILE MEN’S CHAMPIONS
2023 – Kendall Hill, 4:31
2022 – Cameron Stocke, 4:29
2021 – Matthew Rosen, 4:39
2020 – John Curley, 4:51
2019 – Tom Sederquist, 4:41
2018 – Josh Kerr, 4:10
2017 – Ben Blakenship, 4:07
2016 – Chris O’Hare, 4:01
2015 – Jack Bolas, 4:06
2014 – Jack Bolas, 4:02
2013 – Ben Blakenship, 3:52
2012 – Craig Miller, 4:01
2011 – Craig Miller, 4:03
2010 – Aron Rono, 3:58
2009 – Haron Lagat, 3:59
2008 – Christian Hesch, 4:10
2007 – Brad Lowery, 4:08

ALL-TIME MINNESOTA MILE WOMEN’S CHAMPIONS
2023 – Madeline Strandemo, 4:59
2022 – Hanna Torvi, 5:47
2021 – Emi Trost, 5:30
2020 – Elisabeth Hanson, 6:10
2019 – Erin Teschuk, 4:50
2018 – Amanda Eccleston, 4:47
2017 – Heather Kampf, 4:41
2016 – Emily Lipari, 4:36
2015 – Gabriele Anderson Grunewald, 4:38
2014 – Heather Kampf, 4:29
2013 – Gabriele Anderson, 4:21
2012 – Heather Kampf, 4:36
2011 – Brenda Martinez, 4:44
2010 – Carmen Douma Hussar, 4:35
2009 – Carrie Vickers, 4:40
2008 – Carrie Vickers, 4:43
2007 – Kathleen Monaghan, 5:06

ALL-TIME MINNESOTA MILE NON-BINARY CHAMPIONS
2023 – Samantha Frey, 7:33
2007-2022 – n/a

ALL-TIME MINNESOTA MILE MULTIPLE TIME MEN’S CHAMPIONS
2 – Craig Miller (2011, 2012)
      Jack Bolas (2014, 2015)
     Ben Blankenship (2013, 2017)

ALL-TIME MINNESOTA MILE MULTIPLE TIME WOMEN’S CHAMPIONS
3 – Heather Kampf (2012, 2014, 2017)
2 – Carri Vickers (2008 2009)
     Gabriele Anderson Grunewald (2013, 2015)

ALL-TIME MINNESOTA MILE MULTIPLE TIME NON-BINARY CHAMPIONS
n/a

YOUNG ATHLETES FOUNDATION

The Young Athletes Foundation (YAF), the charity arm of Grandma’s Marathon, was created in 1990 to assist with the promotion and development of healthy and active lifestyles for youth throughout Carlton, Cook, Douglas, Lake, and St. Louis Counties. Since its inception, the YAF has donated more than $1.3 million to the community’s youth athletic, recreational, and nonprofit organizations.

If you are interested in volunteering for any of our Young Athletes Foundation (YAF) events or have any other questions, please contact our Program Director Alivia Nelson via email at [email protected] or call our office at (218) 727-0947.