Detroit Free Press Marathon

Detroit Free Press Marathon

Detroit Free Press Marathon

( 120 reviews )
95% of reviewers recommend this race
  • Detroit,
    United States
  • October
  • 13.1 miles/Half Marathon, 26.2 miles/Marathon, Virtual Race
  • Road Race
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Two countries, one great race. From 26.2 to 5K, we have a distance for you.

Emily White

Chandler, Arizona, United States
74 58
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Emily White's thoughts:

This was a well-organized marathon/half marathon event. Plenty of pre-race communication regarding logistics for race day. The organizers are very involved in social media, which was fun. The expo was decent, but crowded.

This race gives you the unique opportunity to run into another country! We start off in downtown Detroit near the river. Unfortunately the half and full start at the same time so it is quite crowded, event with the wave start. The route takes you over the Ambassador Bridge into Canda, along the water, and then back through the tunnel into the US. Then you continue through neighborhoods and onto Belle Isle.

The shirt was a great tech shirt with the course outline on it. We share the course with half marathoners for the entire first 13.1 miles of the race, so the crowds don't thin out until after that. I was surprised to see that there weren't any time clocks except for the half way point and the finish. There were plenty of aid stations, water, gatorade and gels given out. Also the opportunities for beer, bourbon and bacon along the way! Parking was also a real challenge. Practically every major road coming into downtown was closed, and we had the added challenge of a home game for the Detroit Lions at Ford Field near the finish line, so it made getting out that much worse.

Detroit gets a really bad rap, but this race is worth doing! Nice scenery and check out this beautiful medal! They change the car on the medal every year.

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