Grandma's Marathon Housing FAQ


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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 15. The latest departure date is Sunday, June 18.  A two night minimum is required.

Q: Are bedding and towels provided?
A: Yes - we provide bedding (sheets, blanket, pillow, pillow case) 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 showers 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 designed for 4 guests and include 4 twin XL beds. 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 refrigerator, sink, and stove. Dishes are not provided.

Q: Is there a shuttle?
A: A shuttle for runners from UMD to the race start for both the full and half marathon (and from the race finish back to UMD) is provided by Grandma’s Marathon.  A shuttle is also provided by Grandma's Marathon to Canal Park on Friday and Saturday evenings.

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 cancelled reservations through June 1st.  A $25 cancellation fee does apply for any refunds issued.  After June 1st, 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 sumhsg@d.umn.edu or call 218-726-7390 between 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM, Monday - Friday.