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Grandma's Marathon: Photos from Friday's YAF Festival for Kids and Whipper Snapper Races

A weekend full of races starts with the littlest runners as Grandma's Marathon hosted the first Young Athletes Foundation Festival for Kids at Bayfront Festival Park.

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Five and 6-year-old kids leave the starting line during the Whipper Snapper Races at the Young Athletes Foundation Festival for Kids on Friday, June 17, 2022, at Bayfront Festival Park in Duluth.
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DULUTH — Grandma's Marathon weekend got underway Friday at Bayfront Festival Park with the first Young Athletes Foundation Festival for Kids, which also included the annual Whipper Snapper Races.

The event led into the William A. Irvin 5K on Friday evening and Day 1 of the Rock the Bayfront Festival, which continues on Saturday night.

The Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon and Grandma's Marathon are scheduled for Saturday, with festivities continuing throughout the day at Bayfront Festival Park.

Kids outside being active Sunny day warm temperatures
Hunter Esboldt, 7, of Duluth, and Ethan Houston, 9, of Forest Lake, play on an inflatable tree frog during the Young Athletes Foundation Festival for Kids on Friday, June 17, 2022, at Bayfront Festival Park in Duluth.
Clint Austin / Duluth News Tribune
Kids outside being active Sunny day warm temperatures
Grayson Olson, 5, of Duluth uses a Lightspeed Lift during the Young Athletes Foundation Festival for Kids on Friday, June 17, 2022, at Bayfront Festival Park in Duluth.
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46TH ANNUAL GRANDMA'S MARATHON
More coverage of the 2022 Grandma's Marathon weekend in Duluth:
From the column: "I started crying. Instead of seeing these racers as strangers, I felt the way I would feel watching my own children starting the race."
What is it about Grandma’s that we find so inspiring?
A look back at Grandma's Marathon on Saturday from the viewpoint of an "official unofficial" spectator.
Minnesota runner, faster than ever, enjoys ‘best day ever.’
News Tribune photographers capture scenes from various areas of the race course.
A reduced field in 2021 due to COVID-19 led to fewer spectators along the course. Sold out races in 2022 brought people back to cheer on the runners and racers.
Fans with costumes and signs cheer on runners along Duluth's London Road.
In his first completed marathon since a 2019 injury, the Grandma’s marathon course record holder returned for a win and the second-best race time in the event’s history.
Aaron Pike and Susannah Scaroni broke their own course records, with Pike fighting off a challenger at the finish line.
While the men's winner took a commanding lead early, the women's winner had to fight her way back up to the front.

Kids outside being active Sunny day warm temperatures
Minnesota Duluth assistant volleyball coach Christyn May slaps hands with runners during Whipper Snapper Races at the Young Athletes Foundation Festival for Kids on Friday, June 17, 2022, at Bayfront Festival Park in Duluth.
Clint Austin / Duluth News Tribune
Kids outside being active Sunny day warm temperatures
Young athletes run from the starting line during Whipper Snapper Races at the Young Athletes Foundation Festival for Kids on Friday, June 17, 2022, at Bayfront Festival Park in Duluth.
Clint Austin / Duluth News Tribune

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Kids outside being active Sunny day warm temperatures
Pez Davila of Duluth hands out medals to runners as they cross the finish line during Whipper Snapper Races at the Young Athletes Foundation Festival for Kids on Friday, June 17, 2022, at Bayfront Festival Park in Duluth.
Clint Austin / Duluth News Tribune
Kids outside being active Sunny day warm temperatures
Ventriloquist Jeremy Lepak works with his ventriloquial figure Lucky while performing during the Young Athletes Foundation Festival for Kids on Friday, June 17, 2022, at Bayfront Festival Park in Duluth.
Clint Austin / Duluth News Tribune

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