About Us

History of the North Shore Striders:
The North Shore Striders (NSS) running club of Duluth, Minnesota started in 1968 as a competitive track and road racing organization. The club included legendary Duluthian Garry Bjorklund, a 1976 10,000 meter Olympian and two-time Grandma’s Marathon champion. In the early 1970′s the NSS changed its mission to be an exclusive road racing organization and their primary objective was to organize recreational running events throughout the community.

In August 1976, the NSS decided to host an official marathon along the north shore of Lake Superior. On June 25, 1977 Grandma’s Marathon was born, forever rooting the NSS’s legacy in the upper Midwest.

After a 23-year hiatus, the North Shore Striders was revived in 2011 by an 11-person volunteer board of directors and a generous grant from Grandma’s Marathon – Duluth, Inc. and the Young Athletes Foundation.

North Shore Striders Mission Statement:
The primary purpose of the North Shore Striders running club is to enhance and further develop the sport of running in the upper Midwest.

The club will focus on the following goals:

  • Citizen participation in running events
  • Youth participation and programming (under 18 years old)
  • Membership social functions and events
  • Development of cross-country, road, and trail running in the upper Midwest
  • Fundraising for club development

Meet our Board of Directors

Read the letter to the North Shore Striders from President Barack Obama


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