(Duluth, MN) – The 2018 Explore Minnesota Tourism Conference was held in Mankato, MN, on March 6-7, 2018. Several individuals, organizations and tourism businesses were recognized at the annual Excellence in Tourism Awards banquet for their contributions to the state’s $15 billion travel industry. Grandma’s Marathon was presented with the “Minnesota Signature Event Award,” designed to highlight Minnesota-based, world-class events that bring strong coalitions together, produce substantial media exposure and generate significant travel dollars to and for the State of Minnesota.
Grandma’s Marathon was also recently named to The BibRave 100: A Definitive List of the Best Races in America. The marathon was listed as one of the top 20 best marathons in the country. Grandma’s Marathon was also included as one of the top 10 finalists in the runner-nominated category Exceptional Race Management.
“These awards go to our entire community that comes together around marathon weekend,” states Shane Bauer, executive director at Grandma’s Marathon. “It’s the second year for the Minnesota Signature Event Award, and a recipient last year was the Ryder Cup. These are great honors from our state tourism agency and the national running community.”
The 42nd running of the annual road race will take place in Duluth, Minnesota on June 16, 2018. The iconic race attracts runners from all 50 states and over 40 countries each year, bringing the race to prominence as the eleventh largest marathon in the United States. For more information or to register for the 42nd Grandma’s Marathon Weekend June 14-16, 2018 presented by Toyota and Members Cooperative Credit Union, please visit grandmasmarathon.com.