My Journey to Grandma's Marathon – History & Heroes


Toboggan Run
A Collection of Short Stories

A daring adventure for six young boys on a beautiful late-winter night, with the full moon glistening off the pure white snow. As they looked down the steepest section of the ski hill summit, you could see the fear in each of our eyes as we were contemplating our next move. Two well-used toboggans were now in position side-by-side. Hearts were racing as we jointly shouted out “3-2-1-Go!”

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About Scott Keenan

Scott Keenan, the founder of Grandma’s Marathon in 1977, went on to lead the event as Executive Director for 37 years.  During his tenure at Grandma’s Marathon,  the event grew to include over 20 annual events, tens of thousands of athletes, and 9 National Championships. 

After Scott’s retirement in 2013, he started his own consulting company, focusing on helping nonprofit and special event organizations develop the necessary skills to succeed.

Scott served eight years on the Duluth City Council and has been an active community member for decades.  He is now once again following his true love, coaching Cross Country Runners.

This is Scott’s first book.  He is also currently working on a children’s book that should be finished in the near future

Book Reviews

Scott Keenan and the North Shore Striders have meticulously groomed what was a footrace with only a $600 budget into one of the nation's premier running events. In Scott's book, My Journey to Grandma's Marathon, he will certainly captivate you with his many stories and adventures. This is a must read.
Garry Bjorklund
1976 - 10,000 Meter Olympian
In Scott Keenan's book, he lets us inside the story of his life and relationship with running. Not only do we see this tenancity to never quit, but he shows us a rich history of Duluth and American distance running. With charm and honesty, Scott takes the reader on his adventures, including many legends of the sport. This book is about running, community, and pushing to be your best.
Kara Goucher
2012 Marathon Olympian

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