DULUTH (AP) -- Lots of trash, disrespectful crowds and not stellar business. Some local storeowners wouldn't mind if Grandma's Marathon would run away.
"It's a very bad day for us," said craft store owner John Kessler about the nation's 10th-largest, 26.2-mile running race.
Kessler and his wife, Marilynn, own Corner Cupboard, which is near the halfway mark of the marathon. In 26 years, they have watched the event swell from 150 runners to 9,432 runners entered for Saturday's race.
Each year, the runners and spectators have become a little more disrespectful, they say. Race watchers have jammed their tiny gravel parking lot and yard, strewing trash and trampling grass.
They have seen marathoners urinating in bushes. Neighbors have come home to see naked runners changing in their back yard. And the Kesslers doubt the alleged economic impact of Duluth's largest annual tourism draw.
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