The Detroit Free Press Marathon has a storied history, and we’re excited for you to join the tale.

43 years ago, Neal Shine watched the Falmouth Road Race and was overwhelmed by the event. As managing editor of the Detroit Free Press he suggested the newspaper sponsor a similar event in Detroit. Since then race directors, staff, volunteers, sponsors and participants alike have helped grow the event into Michigan’s largest (and we argue best) road race.

From then participants from Michigan, the United States and all over the world have traveled each year to Detroit to run with us. Elite runners and casual walkers alike, it has become an event the encompasses people from all walks of life.

From the new runner to the more seasoned marathoner, our race has something for everyone. And with multiple distance events available including marathon, half-marathon, disabilities & relay divisions, 5k walk/run, Compettive 1-Mile and a Kids Fun Run, our goal is to give every participant a once-in-a-lifetime experience…every year! The only way we can make an event like this happen is with the phenomenal support of race volunteers and the generosity of our sponsors.

2019 Accolades


Voted best Marathon and Half-Marathon in the State of Michigan by RaceRaves. Voted one of the best weekend experiences, in the top 20 Best Marathons, Half-Marathons and top 10 Awesome Medal & Bling categories by BibRave.

2018 Accolades


Voted best Marathon in the State of Michigan by RaceRaves. Voted in the top 20 Best Marathons, Half-Marathons and top 10 Awesome Medal & Bling categories by BibRave.

Who We Are

Barbara Bennage – Executive Race Director

Matt Scodellaro – Assistant Race Director, Saturday Events Director

Georgette Adkins – Event Coordinator

Bobby Albers, DO – Medical Director

Mari Anzicek – Start-Finish Area Director, Waste Management Manager

Adrian Berkeley – Windsor Operations Manager

Nicole Berlin – Packet Pick-Up Manager

Andrea Boucher – Course Section Manager

Kim Branch – Communications Director

Maureen Breisch – Start Line Manager

Kathy Cannon – Gear Check Manager

Ed Carter – Course Section Manager

George Dubrish – Disabilities Division Director

Bill Ewing – Operations Director

Christine Eyers – Athletic Medicine & Community Outreach Director for Henry Ford Health System

Bart Gregoroff – Fluids Director

Pat Irwin – Contestant Notification & Recovery Manager

Lauren Johnson – Marathon Relay Director

Jacqueline Kelly-  Digital Manager, Volunteer Services Director

Tricia Kelly – Problems & Solutions Director

Adam Korrick – U.S.-Only Half-Marathon Director

Katie Lakin – Course Set-Up Director

Joe Lipman – Finish Line Manager

Bryan Lively – Charity Director

Jeff MacBane – Social Community Manager

Danielle Marlett – Course Section Manager

Brian Mullaly – Lead Vehicles Manager

Laura Owczarek, MD – Medical Director

Heather Pacheco – Saturday Events Manager

Lauri Schippert – Finance Manager, Information Manager

Ron Smerigan – Course Section Manager

Chris Stilwell – Course Security Director

Aaron Velthoven – VP, Executive Producer

Marcy Viselli – Conquered After-Party Director

Mike Whittaker – Security Director

Leah Yanuszski – Digital Director, Health & Fitness Expo Director