Your 2017 Finisher Medal!

Featuring a 1978 Chevy Corvette, this year’s medal pays tribute to our long history. From finish lines on Belle Isle to our current course, we are proud to call the Motor City our home! (more…)

Your 2017 Participant Shirt!

We are proud to announce this year’s shirt design! Modeled by our own Marathon Staff, this year’s shirt draws design inspiration from the City of Detroit’s flag!

Check out some more information about this year’s shirt below!


  • Each event has a unique shirt, showcasing the distance and name of the event!
  • All shirts will be long-sleeved.
  • Each shirt is from New Balance and made of a technical, dry-fit fabric (Kids Fun Run shirts will be a cotton blend).
  • Shirts are gender-specific sizing, each with a crewneck cut.
  • 5K and Kids Fun Run shirts are a light, heathered blue. Full Marathon, Half-Marathon and Relay shirts are a dark, heathered blue.
  • Worried that you chose the wrong size during registration? No worries! You can either change your shirt size now by editing your registration here or exchanging your shirt after you receive it. We’ll be offering a shirt exchange and more information about this will be shared closer to race day!
  • Not a fan of the shirt? Here’s an article with pictures of 100 happy dogs which will hopefully brighten your day!

Detroit Free Press/Chemical Bank Marathon Partners with Lydiard™ Foundation, Running Lab and Gazelle Sports

(DETROIT) May 10, 2017 – Detroit Free Press/Chemical Bank Marathon, Lydiard™ Foundation, Running Lab and Gazelle Sports are pleased to announce a partnership to bring personalized training programs to runners training for the Full Marathon, International Half-Marathon, U.S.-Only Half-Marathon, Marathon Relay and 5K. Based upon the Lydiard™ Method, developed by Master Coach Arthur Lydiard, participants will be able to train with local certified coaches via training groups managed by Gazelle Sports and Running Lab.


“It Was A Marathon Of Errors, And God’s Runner Didn’t Help”

When the young man in the old overcoat walked up to me that autumn morning in 1978 and told me that he had been instructed by God to run in the Free Press International Marathon, I was pleased with the serenity of my response. (more…)

Where the fartlek is my shirt?!

We promise, they are not lost in the mail nor do we have an incorrect address on file.  We didn’t pace ourselves when we announced that you would have your shirt by Thanksgiving and we apologize for any miscommunication or lack of communication on our part.   

Here’s the scoop:  The fulfillment house that our shirt vendor contracted to send the shirts out didn’t realize what an undertaking mailing nearly 27,000 shirts would be. They needed to be sorted by gender, by size and by race – and make it in the correct envelope. They are working overtime to ensure everything is in the mail by Tuesday, December 6th and delivered to you by Tuesday, December 20th.

 We appreciate your patience and understanding of this unfortunate and rare situation “Shirt Happens” has put us all in.  (more…)

All You Can Eat Pasta Dinner

All You Can Eat Pasta Dinner at Fort Street Presbyterian Church

Saturday, Oct. 15, 2016 from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Tickets: $15.00 per person, $5.00 children 12 and under

Location: Fort Street Presbyterian Church:

631 W. Fort, Detroit, MI (corner of Fort & Third streets, just west of the Start/Finish Line)

To benefit The Fort Street Open Door Homeless Outreach Program.

Sometimes, Shirt Happens…

Dear Runners,

As we near race day of our 39th annual Detroit Free Press/Talmer Bank Marathon, we have some disappointing news to share. (more…)

Thanks For A Great 2015!


Thanks for taking part in Detroit’s Marathon Weekend! This event would not be possible without our volunteers, sponsors and staff.

Congratulations to all of our participants. You inspire us, and we hope to see you again next year!