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Running: Changes coming to Minnesota Mile

The Minnesota Mile is getting a makeover.

Starting this year, the Grandma's Marathon-hosted event switches from a Sunday morning to a Thursday evening, and leaves behind downtown Duluth for Skyline Parkway. The Sept. 7 race will cover a loop that starts and finishes near Enger Park Golf Course, with views of Lake Superior and the St. Louis River Bay prominent throughout.

Part of the Bring Back the Mile Grand Prix Tour, the Minnesota Mile is open to runners of all abilities and includes numerous divisions. Registration opens today, with an entry fee of $20 until Sept. 5, when it increases to $30. The cost for youth ages 7-14 is $10.

Once again, 250 Minnesota Mile finishers (age 12 and older) will be randomly selected to receive guaranteed entries into the 2018 Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon. Additionally, all finishers will receive a long-sleeve shirt. Registration is available at grandmasmarathon.com.

The Minnesota Mile, which used to go along Superior Street, has produced the two fastest miles run in Minnesota — Ben Blankenship (3 minutes, 52.7 seconds) and Gabriele Grunewald (4:21.3).

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