Grandma’s Marathon was started in 1977 by the North Shore Striders - a group known to sometimes paint their own mile markers straight onto the road. Scott Keenan was there at the beginning, when the restaurant was secured as a sponsor and the big names in a relatively young sport started spreading the word about the course that runs from near Two Harbors to Canal Park.

Keenan retired as race director five years ago, but told tales of the early days - and gave a shout out to a racer who never got her proper due - in this edition of Pressroom Podcast hosted by reporters Christa Lawler and Jon Nowacki.

What we are into this week: Getting back into running, "North: Finding My Way While Running the Appalachian Trail" by Scott Jurek, and gardening.


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