Get In On The Spirit!
Thousands of runners from across the country and around the world will be running through downtown Detroit and Windsor on Sunday, October 20. We welcome you to come out and cheer them on!
We have included important information below that you’ll want to be aware of for race weekend. Thank you for your patience, participation and cooperation. We hope you enjoy the excitement in Detroit!
**All course maps are subject to final approval and certification.**
Important Race Day Info
Please note that between the hours of 6:00 AM and 2:00 PM, streets in the surrounding course area will be closed to traffic at certain times during the race. Police officers will allow vehicles to cross the course when possible, according to runner safety.
Please help us make a clear path for runners. Do not park your vehicle on the Marathon course beginning on Saturday night.
6:58 AM- Disabilities Division
7:00 AM- Marathon, International Half-Marathon Run/Walk and Marathon Relay
7:25 AM- 5k (using unique start line on Lafayette at Washington Blvd.)
10:00 AM- U.S.-Only Half-Marathon (using unique start line on E. Congress between Brush St. & Randolph St.)
Race Day Parking
There are 12 garages or lots conveniently located near the Start/Finish line. Most spots are within walking distance, while others will have easy access to The People Mover – which will be in full operation race weekend.
When choosing a location, we strongly recommend parking outside the course route for easier egress after the race. Also, because of the congestion, we suggest you are in your parking spot before the streets close at 6:00 AM.
The People Mover
The Detroit People Mover will be in full operation on Marathon weekend from Friday afternoon to Sunday evening. Extended hours begin on Sunday at 5:00 AM. Two People Mover stations are located near the Start/Finish Line – Michigan Avenue and Fort/Cass. The Cobo Center station is also fairly close to the Finish. The cost is $.75 each way.
There will be multiple road closures downtown throughout the weekend and race day as we prepare the course. We strongly recommend early arrival on race day to ensure you don’t experience difficulties with our 6:00 AM closures for the course. To be safe, we suggest you park outside the course perimeter. Plan ahead!
Two key times to note:
- The Ambassador Bridge will have restricted traffic from the hours of 5:45 AM to 9:00 AM.
- The Detroit-Windsor Tunnel will close between the hours of 6:45 AM to 10:00 AM.
Peak Runner Times
We have estimated peak runner times throughout the course on race day. Now you’ll be able to strategically cheer on the runners or know where to avoid if you’re trying to move about the community.
Best Places To Watch
- Start/Finish Line
- Detroit-Windsor Tunnel Exit
- Mexican Town
- Michigan Ave
- Indian Village
- Belle Isle
- The RiverWalk
- Washington Blvd/Fort St.
Get Involved and Volunteer
Be part of the Detroit experience and join our volunteer family that helps make our marathon first-class year after year! It takes thousands of volunteers to keep the event running smoothly. Volunteers are our most valuable asset and each position is crucial to the success of the event. There are volunteer positions for every type of person, whether you want to be at the center of the competition or behind the scenes. Positions are available for individuals or groups. In appreciation of your support, each volunteer will receive a volunteer t-shirt, refreshments throughout the day and a ticket to our Thank You Party! Learn more and sign up here.
Join Us At The Health & Fitness Expo
Our FREE Health & Fitness Expo has something for everyone. We’re expecting over 90 exhibitors this year showing the latest designs in running gear and offering information on fitness, training, equipment and nutrition. Bargains on anything to do with running, along with product samples from food to footwear, make this event a must-attend whether you’re running or not. More info here.
Conquered: The Official Marathon Afterparty
FREE and open to the public, grab a friend and come celebrate with all of the runners. Vendors will be selling a variety of food and drinks, live music will be provided and more! The party takes place from 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM in the surface lot near the corner of W. Lafayette Blvd. and Third St. See a list of all of the activities happening here.