Grandma's Marathon Housing FAQ

Q: Does UMD offer a single night rental?
A: No

Q: When is the earliest arrival date? Latest departure date?
A: The earliest arrival date is Thursday, June 16. The latest departure date is Sunday, June 19.  A two-night minimum is required.

Q: Are bedding and towels provided?
A: Yes - we provide bedding (sheets, blanket, pillow, pillowcase) and towels and washcloths for guests.

Q: What are the bathrooms like?
A: Residence halls have communal restrooms. Each restroom contains at least two toilet stalls, at least two shower stalls, and at least two sinks. There will be both a men’s and women’s restroom located within one floor of your room. Within the Residence Halls, there are gender-neutral bathrooms (without showers) in the public areas of the buildings. Each apartment has its own bathroom.

Q: What is the capacity of the rooms?
A: Rooms within the Residence Halls are designed to accommodate 2 guests and include 2 twin XL beds. Our apartments are 2-bedroom units designed for 4 guests total and include 2 twin XL beds in each bedroom. We are unable to provide cots or cribs to our spaces.

Q: If I depart on Saturday, can I shower after the race?
A: Yes, you can request a towel at the Ianni Hall lobby desk after the race to take a shower before you depart.

Q: Can I cook?
A: There are no cooking facilities in the residence halls. Each residence hall room has a small refrigerator and there is a microwave for communal use in the Ianni Hall lobby. Each apartment has its own kitchen with a refrigerator, sink, and stove. Dishes and other cooking utensils are not provided.

Q: Is there a shuttle?
A: UMD is working closely with Grandma's Marathon to determine the feasibility & availability of shuttles for the 2022 marathon weekend.  Updates will be provided as they become available.

Q: Is parking available?
A: Yes, complimentary parking is available at UMD for guests staying on-campus.

Q: How far is UMD from the race?
A: UMD is four miles from the race finish line in Duluth’s Canal Park.

Q: We loved staying at UMD for Grandma’s Marathon weekend! Can I stay a different weekend?
A: We’re glad you had a great stay! Sorry, but with the exception of marathon weekend, UMD offers neither short-term weekend nor vacation rentals. We’ll see you again next year!

Q: Can we block rooms for our local Running Club?
A: Unfortunately no, we are unable to hold blocks of rooms for Grandma's Weekend. All reservation requests and payments must be made by individuals and the refund policies outlined will apply. If individuals from a running club would like to have the units near each other, they can indicate that on their reservation forms.

Q: Are reservations refundable?
A: We are able to offer refunds on canceled reservations through May 31st.  A $25 cancellation fee does apply for any refunds issued.  After May 31st, refunds are only offered for cancellations if a medical situation prevents a guest from participating in the race - documentation from a medical provider will be needed to issue a refund.

Additional questions? If you have any additional questions not answered here, please e-mail [email protected] or call 218-726-7390 between 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM, Monday - Friday.