Note: Should we reach capacity before registration is over, we reserve the right to close without notice. These events do sell out, so you’ll want to take advantage of reduced rates and guaranteed participation by registering as soon as possible. Also note that on-site registration is not available for any events.
All participants of the Detroit Free Press/Talmer Bank Marathon Disabilities Division must be 16 years of age or older to participate.
Our marathon course offers international appeal, traversing both downtown Detroit and Windsor, Ontario, crossing the border at both the Ambassador Bridge and Detroit-Windsor Tunnel. You will go through historic neighborhoods, around beautiful Belle Isle, and along the spectacular RiverWalk. The shared Start/Finish area on W. Fort St. at Second Ave., near Detroit Free Press operations, has enabled organizers to combine resources and improve participant and spectator experiences alike.
You must be able to complete the Marathon in six and a half hours from the time the “Last Chance Pacer” crosses the start line. We will close the marathon course at 2:00 PM.
We consider our events “competitive”, and not simply fun runs or walks. A “Last Chance Pacer” will be provided for your event. These pacers will travel at the average pace needed to cross the finish line at six and a half hours. Your progress will be monitored throughout the race. If you fall significantly behind the “Last Chance Pacer”, you will be given fair warning to pick up the pace. If you can’t keep pace, you will be required to board a bus following the pacers to be transported back to the Start/Finish area.
We are fortunate to offer two international border crossings during the course of our event. To continue providing this unique opportunity, we MUST re-open the Detroit-Windsor Tunnel to vehicular traffic at 10:00 AM. To ensure your safety and to meet all time limits, we have established the following milestones:
|1.9||3.1||Bridge Entrance||7:50 AM|
|4.1||6.6||Bridge Exit||8:23 AM|
|6.9||11.1||Tunnel Entrance||9:01 AM|
|8.1||13.0||Tunnel Exit||9:22 AM|
|17||27.4||Indian Village||11:35 AM|
|22.6||36.4||Exit Belle Isle||12:58 PM|
|26.2||42.1||Finish Line||1:52 PM|
NOTE: If at any time you fall behind these milestone times, you may be required to board a bus to be transported back to the start-finish area.
All Disabilities Divisions are international events crossing U.S. and Canadian borders twice. It is a privilege and an honor to use the Ambassador Bridge and the Detroit-Windsor Tunnel. Do not drop articles of clothing, water bottles, tissue or paper cups as you cross these prestigious landmarks.
It is imperative that you accurately complete all information on the registration form, including middle name, date of birth, citizenship, and green card information (if applicable). All registrations are submitted to the Department of Homeland Security for pre-approval. For further requirements and restrictions click here.
All cash prizes in the Wheelchair and Handcycle divisions are based on “clock time” (not chip time). They will be awarded in the following categories: