Shane Bauer has been named as Grandma's Marathon's next executive director.
Bauer, 38, will succeed the current executive director, Jon Carlson, who is retiring. Carlson will guide the organization through next month’s Grandma’s Marathon weekend.
"Grandma's Marathon is the right place for my contribution to our community right now. I'm excited to be part of the team again, one that includes over six thousand community members coming together to create extraordinary experiences for both residents and visitors,” Bauer said. “And, I'm really looking forward to working with the incredible staff, board, sponsors, and volunteers who make it all possible."
Bauer was Promotion and Design director of Grandma’s from 2001 to 2007. He then launched his own company – Laughingstock Design – and in 2010 opened a Duluth retail store named Happy Space. He is the founder and director of the Twin Ports Bridge Festival, which celebrates its fifth anniversary on Sept. 11.
"On behalf of the Board of Directors, we are pleased to bring Shane Bauer forward as our new Executive Director,” said John Hartwick, chairperson of the 17-member board that governs Grandma’s Marathon. “Shane has a great passion for Grandma’s Marathon, and his previous experience with the organization will be an asset. We look forward to the 40th running of Grandma’s Marathon and many years of success with Shane as our leader.”