In its 38th year, Marathon organizers continue to improve weekend events.
DETROIT FREE PRESS/TALMER BANK MARATHON UPDATES COURSE FOR 2015
WHAT: The 2015 Detroit Free Press/Talmer Bank Marathon, now in its 38th year, is the largest race in Michigan. This year, another registration record will be set with approximately 27,600 runners registered for all races. With updated courses for all races, runners are sure to make this a memorable Marathon year.
This year also marks a high for charity involvement, with 43 official charities participating, more than double last year’s number, and a total of 70 charities benefitting from runner fundraising. Approximately $2 million was raised last year and this year is sure to exceed.
WHEN/ Oct. 16-18, 2015, Detroit
WHERE: (See below for event-specific details.)
- Health and Fitness Expo – Oct. 16, 2-8 p.m., and Oct. 17, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. – The Expo will host approximately 100 exhibitors at Cobo Center and will provide the opportunity to see the latest in running gear and technology, pick up race packets and 2015 Marathon gear.
- American Home Fitness 5K – Oct. 17, 9 a.m. – This 3.1 mile race Saturday morning starts at Atwater and St. Aubin. It takes runners through the Rivertown Warehouse District and around the Detroit RiverWalk before finishing near the DNR Outdoor Adventure Center.
- Meijer Kids Fun Run – Oct. 17, 10:30 a.m. – Kids ages four through 12 can participate in this one-mile fun run/walk near the 5K course, starting and finishing at the 5K finish line at Atwater and Orleans.
- Disabilities Division – Oct. 18, 6:58 a.m. – Handcycle and pushrim participants navigate the half- or full marathon course.
- Marathon – Oct. 18, 7 a.m. – The updated course offers international appeal, traversing downtown Detroit and Windsor, crossing the border at the Ambassador Bridge and Detroit-Windsor Tunnel. Runners trek through historic neighborhoods like Indian Village, around beautiful Belle Isle and along the spectacular RiverWalk, starting and finishing at W. Fort St. at Cass, new for this year.