Our 26,000 runners bring a huge support base with them on race weekend. If you’re one of those loved ones, you may be curious where the best place to watch the race is; or what exciting things there are to see and do on race weekend? We are here to help! Please use this page to help you have the best race weekend possible and enjoy the city we call home.

First, the Guidelines:

Before we share all the fun, we wanted to make sure you were aware of some rules we have for spectators to ensure everyone has a safe and fun weekend.

  1. Cheer for everyone!
  2. Only participants with race bibs are allowed on the course.
  3. No scooters, strollers, or dogs on the race course.
  4. Your hands may get tired from clapping and cheering- pick up a cowbell or noisemaker at the expo to keep the energy going.
  5. Don’t be discouraged if some runners don’t like the noisemakers or give you a high-five back. Each runner is different, some might be focused on the end goal, while others might just be tired- they have been running for about as long as you have been cheering.
  6. Participants and spectators are asked to not bring or wear backpacks or duffel bags.  All bags are subject to search by security.
  7. Do not leave bags or backpacks unattended. They will be removed.
  8. Don’t tell runners that they are almost finished with the race unless they are about to cross the finish line. Do not give estimates on distance left to complete. Misinformation confuses and sometimes frustrates runners. We do love positive cheers though!
  9. Have fun!

Great Places to Watch the Race:

  • Start/Finish Line: Fort and 1st Street
  • Detroit-Windsor Tunnel Exit: Jefferson and Randolph
  • 18th and Bagley (Course Entertainment area)
  • St. Aubin and E Lafayette (Course Entertainment area)
  • Mt. Elliott and E Lafayette (Course Entertainment area)
  • Cadillac Square: Cadillac Square and Randolph
  • E Grand Blvd and E Lafayette
  • Along Michigan Avenue in Corktown (Course Entertainment area)
  • Indian Village (Course Entertainment area)
  • Trumbull and Porter (Course Entertainment area)

Places to See and Things to Do:

Fort Street Galley

The Warm Up:

8:00-10:30PM, October 18

  • Access to the party with special guest, HGTV’s Nicole Curtis
  • A chance to mix and mingle with other runners, walkers and Detroit Free Press/TCF Bank Marathon staff and 2019 Race Ambassadors
  • Swag bag including pint glass, bottle opener and custom print drawstring backpack

Tickets available at: Eventbrite

Saint Peter & Paul Jesuit Church

“Blessing of the Sneakers” Mass:

5:00-6:00PM, October 19

“Mass of Thanksgiving”

7:30-8:30PM, October 20

Open Door All-You-Can-Eat Pasta Dinner

Fort Street Presbyterian Church

631 W. Fort Street (between 2nd and 3rd street)
Saturday October 19, from 4:00-8:00pm.

All-You-Can-Eat Dinners include spaghetti, salad, beverages, rolls and dessert.
Adults: $15
Kids (under 12): $5
All proceeds support Fort Street Presbyterian Church’s Open Door Ministry to feed the hungry and homeless.

Register Here

Call (313) 961-4533 for more information, or email opendoor@fortstreet.org

Motown Museum

Tuesday- Saturday 10:00AM to 6:00PM


Detroit Institute of the Arts

Tuesday- Thursday 9:00AM to 4:00PM

Friday 9:00AM to 10:00PM

Saturday- Sunday 10:00AM to 5:00PM


Eastern Market