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Whipper Snappers cross the finish line first at Grandma’s – Duluth News Tribune
Whipper Snappers cross the finish line first at Grandma’s – Duluth News Tribune

The first runners have crossed the finish line of the 2024 Grandma’s Marathon Weekend.

Bayfront Festival Park hosted the Young Athletes Festival for Kids and the Whipper Snapper Races for Kids on Friday afternoon, before the William A. Irvin 5K in the evening and the Grandma’s Marathon and Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon on Saturday. Children under 14 were divided into six divisions, running between 1/8 mile and half mile depending on their age group. All participants received an official bib, finisher’s medal and goodie bag.

The 2024 Irvin 5K is scheduled for 6 p.m. Friday. The race begins in front of the William A. Irvin Oreship Museum and ends at Bayfront Festival Park, where the first night of Rock the Bayfront begins after the race, with The Reckoning from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Rock the Bayfront is free all weekend. Check out the Duluth News Tribune’s Grandma’s Marathon Spectator Guide for more events.

Children run in youth races

Girls ages 5 and 6 stretch before running in the Whipper Snapper Races for Kids on Friday at Bayfront Festival Park in Duluth.

Clint Austin / Duluth Media Group

Children run in youth races

A participant carries his shoe while running during the Whipper Snapper Races for Kids on Friday at Bayfront Festival Park in Duluth.

Clint Austin / Duluth Media Group

Children run in youth races

Boys ages 5 and 6 stretch before running in the Whipper Snapper Races for Kids on Friday at Bayfront Festival Park in Duluth.

Clint Austin / Duluth Media Group

Children run in youth races

Each child who ran received a medal at the end of the race at the Whipper Snapper Races for Kids on Friday at Bayfront Festival Park in Duluth.

Clint Austin / Duluth Media Group

Children run in youth races

Boys ages 5 and 6 run in the Whipper Snapper Races for Kids at Bayfront Festival Park in Duluth on Friday.

Clint Austin / Duluth Media Group

Children run in youth races

Viktor the Viking watches children run during the Whipper Snapper Races for Kids on Friday at Bayfront Festival Park in Duluth.

Clint Austin / Duluth Media Group

Children run in youth races

A competitor in the 4-year-olds and under age group receives support from his parents during the Whipper Snapper Races for Kids on Friday at Bayfront Festival Park in Duluth.

Clint Austin / Duluth Media Group

Children run in youth races

Five- and six-year-old boys do push-ups to warm up during the Whipper Snapper Races for Kids on Friday at Bayfront Festival Park in Duluth.

Clint Austin / Duluth Media Group

Children run in youth races

Girls ages 4 and under run in the Whipper Snapper Races for Kids at Bayfront Festival Park in Duluth on Friday.

Clint Austin / Duluth Media Group

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By Liam