Capacity

Detroit free press/talmer bank Marathon Participants: 7,000

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.

Age Restriction:

All participants of the Detroit Free Press/Talmer Bank Marathon must be 16 years of age or older to participate.

The Course

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 run 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 runner and spectator experiences alike.

With a wave start, smaller groups of participants are sent off at two-minute intervals beginning at 7:00 AM, which eases congestion in those early miles. Groups are based on the projected pace indicated on the registration form, so an accurate response is necessary.

MapMyRun 2014 Course Map

PLEASE NOTE: In the event of road closures due to construction, we have detours planned and ready to go. Stay tuned to our website, and the Facebook and Twitter accounts for updates.

Time Requirements

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.

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 the unique opportunity of crossing the border twice, 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:

Milestones:

Miles Kilometers Landmark Time
1.9 3.1 Bridge Entrance 7:58 AM
4.1 6.6 Bridge Exit 8:31 AM
6.9 11.1 Tunnel Entrance 9:09 AM
8.1 13.0 Tunnel Exit 9:30 AM
13.1 21.1 Half 10:41 AM
17 27.4 Indian Village 11:43 AM
22.6 36.4 Exit Belle Isle 1:06 PM
26.2 42.1 Finish Line 2:00 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.

Marathon Pace Teams

Want to run with a group? Hope to finish within a certain time? Trying to qualify for Boston?

If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, consider signing up for our Pace Team service at the Health & Fitness Expo. For more information about Pace Teams, click here.

International Requirements:

The Marathon division is an international event 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 run across 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.

Prizes

Prizing below is for Full Marathon Runners. All individual cash prizes are based on “clock time” (not chip time). We invite walkers to participate in this event, however no prizes will be awarded specifically for walkers.

Place Open Male/Female Masters Male/Female
1st $4,000 $2,000
2nd $2,000 $1,000
3rd $1,000 $500

NOTE: In the event that a Masters runner also places in the Open division, they will receive both the Masters and the Open cash awards.

Additional Marathon Prize Incentives:
First male to break race record of 2:13:07 (Greg Meyer, 1980) wins an additional $2,500
First female to break race record of 2:34:16 (Elena Orlova, 2004) wins an additional $2,500