We understand your need to see our mile and kilometer markers out on the course, so that you know how far you have run or walked. We take great pride in placing these markers in their precise locations.

We have stenciled the locations of these markers along the course already.

  • The Full Marathon mile markers are painted in blue, while the kilometer marks are painted in white. on the pavement. Both markers will always be on the right side against the curb, where possible. The 24 mile marker is painted with a blue dot only, since it is on the Detroit RiverWalk.
  • The International Half Marathon mile markers are painted in red on the pavement. The kilometer markers are painted in white. The International Half Marathon markers will always be on the left side against the curb, where possible. The kilometer markers will be on the right side.
  • The U.S Only Half Marathon mile markers are painted in yellow on the pavement. These markers will always be on the left side against the curb, where possible.
  • The 5K mile markers are painted in orange on the pavement. These markers will always be on the right side against the curb, where possible. The 2 mile marker is identified with a white paint dot only, since it is on the Detroit RiverWalk.

On race day, we will place a tall feather banner on top of the painted markers. The markers and the banners are color coded to match the bib color for the event that you are running.

The banner locations likely will not match the distances on your personal tracking devices. Our marker and banner locations are determined by strict USA Track and Field (USATF) course certification standards. There are a number of references online to explain the difference. See the USATF explanation here.

To find a complete list of all mile marker locations for each race, please click on the corresponding link below:

5K

International Half-Marathon

U.S.-Only Half-Marathon

Full Marathon