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Garry Bjorklund, a two-time Grandma's Marathon champion, cited for DWI in Eden Prairie

Garry Bjorklund won the inaugural Grandma's Marathon in 1977, and won the race again in 1980. The Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon is named in his honor.

Garry Bjorklund
Garry Bjorklund stands in the finish area in Canal Park in Duluth during Grandma's Marathon on Saturday, June 18, 2022. Bjorklund won the inaugural Grandma's Marathon in 1977 and captured a second title in 1980. The Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon is named after him.
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EDEN PRAIRIE — Garry Bjorklund, a Minnesota running legend and namesake of Grandma's half-marathon, was cited Monday for misdemeanor fourth-degree driving while impaired and careless driving.

The incident involving his SUV occurred just after 6 p.m. Monday on the 14000 block of Pioneer Trail . The Eden Prairie Police Department declined to share further details Wednesday, saying, “the investigation is active and considered confidential.”

Bjorklund, 71, of Fort Collins, Colorado, is a Duluth native who ran for Proctor High School. His time of 4:05.1 in the 1-mile run in 1969 remains a Minnesota state meet record. Bjorklund went on to compete in the 10,000 meters at the 1976 Olympics in Montreal. He also won a national championship at the University of Minnesota in the 6-mile run in 1971.

Garry Bjorklund, left, receives water from a volunteer during the 1980 Grandma’s Marathon.
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Bjorklund won the inaugural Grandma’s Marathon in 1977 and won the race along Minnesota’s North Shore again in 1980.

In 1991, a half-marathon was added to the weekend’s events, taking place just before the running of Grandma’s Marathon on the third Saturday of June. Over 7,000 runners completed this year’s Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon.


While you won’t find Bjorklund running in the race that carries his name, he remains part of Grandma’s Marathon weekend in Duluth, joining Dick Beardsley and Carrie Tollefson for their annual pre-race talk show at the Grandma’s Marathon Expo.

Grandma’s Marathon declined to comment on Bjorklund’s arrest.

The 47th annual event goes off on June 17, 2023.
Stocke's time was the event's fastest since 2018.
Runners will take a lap around Enger Park and Enger Tower, starting and finishing near Enger Park Golf Course

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