Spectator’s Guide

Our 26,000 runners bring a huge support base with them on race weekend. If you’re one of those loved ones, you may be curious where the best place to watch the race is; or what exciting things there are to see and do on race weekend? We are here to help! Please use this page to help you have the best race weekend possible and enjoy the city we call home.


Podcast or No Podcast? That is a question.

As you may have heard by now, we started a podcast at Marathon HQ (if you haven’t, you should totally check it out here)! Going behind the scenes, we’re covering different aspects of the race from the Ladies of COBO to how the medical tent runs so smoothly over a five-part series.


Jams to Help you Breeze through Summer Training

As the weather gets hotter, you might find yourselves needing some extra inspiration to get those miles in every week. We are here to help!

Below, specially curated for our runners, are two playlists that are sure to give you a burst of energy while training.


Running on Vacation: 5 Tips to Keep you on Track

For most of us, Memorial Day weekend marks the start of Summer and more importantly, (more…)

New Balance Runner of the Week returns in 2019!

We are so excited to announce the return of our New Balance Runner of the Week program! Starting on May 17th, we’ll be highlighting our runners and walkers up until race day and sharing their stories with you.

To be featured as one of our New Balance Runners of the Week, simply tag us in your photos on social media. Make sure to use #freepmarathon #RunneroftheWeek so we know to enter you into the drawing. The more times you tag us in posts, the better. We’re looking for inspiring stories, awesome training pictures and dedicated runners and walkers. Or, if you’d like to nominate someone for our New Balance Runner of the Week, just email jfkelly@michigan.com with the subject line “ROTW Nomination.”

Each New Balance Runner of the Week will receive an awesome prize pack, to include:

  • Bumper Sticker from New Balance Detroit
  • 1 Sprinter Stick From The Stick

In addition to these great prizes, each New Balance Runner of the Week will have their story featured in the Detroit Free Press online and in Sunday’s paper. Read all about last year’s winners here.


Press Release: TCF Bank Secures Sponsorship of the Detroit Free Press Marathon

High School Alumni To Battle it Out in Detroit Free Press/Chemical Bank Marathon Relay

Two teams.  Two rivalries.  Two groups of friends.  One high school.  One marathon relay.  Who will be victorious in this year’s event?


WHTI-Compliant Documentation & Registration

A note about your registration if you’re registering for an international event: (more…)

Goodbye 2018!

Another year for the books!

What a year it’s been! As our 41st running and 2018 comes to a close, we want to take a moment to look back (more…)

Race Day Etiquette

As we draw nearer to Detroit’s Marathon Weekend we’re reminded of just how many people will be joining us Detroit! Over 26,000 runners, walkers and wheelers will be celebrating our 42nd running. However, as with many large races (did you know we are Michigan’s largest race?!), there are a few things everyone should remember! (more…)