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 worldâ€™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.
â€śNext year, half-marathoners will have the opportunity to see how beautiful Indian Village and Belle Isle are,â€ť said Rich Harshbarger, executive race director. â€śIntroducing the U.S.-Only half makes sense and is the right thing to offer a growing field of running enthusiasts,â€ť 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 Detroitâ€™s â€śunderwater mileâ€ť 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 yearâ€™s events will take place October 19-21 and participants may register online beginning January 1, 2012.