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Jon Carlson is the new executive director of Grandma’s Marathon in Duluth. He replaces Scott Keenan, who ended his 37-year run as the Grandma’s boss following last year’s race. Carlson said the 2014 race changes are primarily cosmetic including personalized bibs for runners, a permanent move to a 6:15 a.m. start time for the half marathon and a “shakeup” of the entertainment lineup. Clint Austin /

Grandma’s Marathon stays the course under new leadership

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Perched ominously on the edge of Jon Carlson’s desk during a recent interview was a three-ring binder titled “Jon’s Calendar.”


Not a personal planner, a tidy to-do list or a stack of Post-it notes, but a binder.

And it’s filling up fast for the first-year executive director of Grandma’s Marathon.

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