DETROIT FREE PRESS/TALMER BANK MARATHON ADDS U.S.-ONLY HALF-MARATHON COURSE IN 2012
Organizers of the Detroit Free Press/Talmer Bank Marathon, the world’s only race to cross international borders twice, announced today the addition of a U.S.-Only Half-Marathon course. The U.S.-Only Half-Marathon will be run on the back half of the Full Marathon course and begin after the majority of runners have crossed the mid-point. Course plans, start times and other details are in development.
“Next year, half-marathoners will have the opportunity to see how beautiful Indian Village and Belle Isle are,” said Rich Harshbarger, executive race director. “Introducing the U.S.-Only half makes sense and is the right thing to offer a growing field of running enthusiasts,” he said.
The Detroit Free Press Marathon began in 1977 and has received multiple awards and distinctions. Most recently Rodale Publishing named Detroit as one of the 10 best races for first-time marathoners and Competitor Magazine named Detroit’s “underwater mile” one of the 26 most memorable marathon miles in 2010.
Race weekend begins with the Health & Fitness Expo that is free and open to the public. Race distances include 5k, Half-Marathon, 5-person Relay and Full Marathon. This year’s events will take place October 19-21 and participants may register online beginning January 1, 2012.