For more than 38 years, Linda Hanson has worked behind the scenes to make Grandma’s Marathon Weekend – and 21 other events throughout the year – happen. As the Finance & Operations Director, she does whatever is needed on any given day, working toward the “greater good of the events.”
The People and the Place
From budget-friendly family activities to hidden waterfalls to recommendations from locals, check out our blog for trip ideas and to learn more about what makes Duluth so special.
A Spectator’s Guide to Grandma’s Marathon
Wondering where the best spots are to cheer on runners during Grandma’s Marathon? No sweat! We’ve mapped out the best locations along the route in Duluth to show your support – and have some fun while you’re at it.
Faces of Duluth: Jake Magdzas
Whether you know much about the sport or not, even casual hockey fans have probably dreamt of driving a Zamboni across the ice. For Jake Magdzas, that childhood dream became his everyday reality when he was hired on to the ice department at the DECC (Duluth Entertainment Convention Center) to keep the ice in pristine condition for every game and event. We were lucky enough to catch up with him to hear all about how he got here and what he loves about his gig.
Puck Drop on Duluth: Celebrate the City’s Hockey Culture
Duluth’s strong hockey culture can be seen all over the city, no matter the season. It’s produced many NHL greats, members of Olympic teams, collegiate titles and high school state champions. It is also home to a loyal and enthusiastic fan base, one of the many reasons why Minnesota is dubbed, “The State of Hockey.”
For visitors to this great hockey city, we’ve outlined Duluth’s hockey history, where to catch or play a game and where to cheer on your team with fellow hockey enthusiasts.
Celebrate Valentine’s Day in Duluth
With its picturesque landscape full of winter wonder, vibrant entertainment, and plenty of warm spots to cozy up, Duluth is for lovers: outdoor lovers, craft beverage lovers, arts and culture lovers, or just lovers of a good time.
Faces of Duluth: Beargrease Musher, Colleen Wallin
The John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon is not only an Iditarod qualifier, but is also the longest sled dog race in the lower 48 states that’s been drawing mushers and spectators alike from across the country for over 40 years. But for many Duluth and North Shore residents, it’s more than a race.
For musher Colleen Wallin, what started as a passion has become a family affair. We caught up with Colleen to hear all about how she got started and what keeps her sled going.