Tuesday, March 17, 2009

William A. Irvin Press Release


Field Increased to 1,500 for June 19 Race

(Duluth, Minn.) Online registration for the 2009 William A. Irvin 5K opens at 12:01 a.m. (CDT) on Wednesday, March 18.

To register, runners should sign up at www.GrandmasMarathon.com. The $30 entry fee includes an official event T-shirt and commemorative pin.

This year’s field capacity has been increased to 1,500 — an increase of 300 from 2008, when the race filled in just over two days.

“Even with the additional spots we still expect this race to fill quickly, so we encourage runners to sign up as early as possible,” says Scott Keenan, executive director of Grandma’s Marathon.

The 3.1-mile run begins at 6 p.m. on Friday, June 19, near the permanently docked William A. Irvin ore boat on Duluth’s waterfront and is the first of three major running events during Grandma's Marathon weekend. Registration remains open for the 33rd annual Grandma’s Marathon on Saturday, June 20, while registration for the 19th annual Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon is closed.

Runners and race fans from around the world will participate in the 33rd annual Grandma's Marathon weekend, which is presented by Target, Toyota and Wells Fargo Bank Duluth. For more information, visit www.GrandmasMarathon.com or call (218) 727-0947.

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