Victor Reynolds

First Detroit event: 2018

Favorite part of race weekend: Finally meeting people from the marathon’s Facebook group whom I’ve interacted with, chatted with, made friends with, or even just read their posts, all throughout the weeks of training leading to race weekend.

Why did you decide to go virtual: I decided to go virtual because I wanted to show support to a race I love and prove that any run can be a good run, racing or not. So, I am very much looking forward to Freep rocking the virtual raceverse this October!

 

 

Erin Dawkins

First Detroit event: My first Detroit Free Press / TCF Bank Marathon race was the U.S. Half in 2016. Up until that day, I never exceeded 10 miles!

Favorite part of race weekend: My favorite thing about race weekend is the PEOPLE! The runners, the fans on the sidelines, the sponsors. During the full marathon in 2018, I was at Mile 23 and uncertain if I could keep going. A kind lady saw I was wearing a green bib (first timer!) and came out to run with me and told me to “dig deep and I will finish.” I repeated this to myself until I crossed the finish line.

Why did you decide to go virtual: I am running The Wonder virtually this year. I am most looking forward to challenging myself and making sure that I keep my goal in mind. Without the spectators and energy that you normally get on race day in Detroit and Canada, it’s a good opportunity to “dig deep!”

 

Tanya Thornton

First Detroit event:  2018 Marathon.

Favorite part of race weekend: My favorite part of race weekend is the energy and excitement of the entire weekend! From meeting my runner friends at package pickup/the expo to the energy at the start line to the cheers along the way!

Why did you decide to go virtual: I decided to go virtual because I love this event and still wanted to participate. Going virtual keeps me in training mode!

 

 

 

Harvey Steinhoff

First Detroit event: My first Detroit Freepress/TCF Bank marathon event was the international half in 2017.

Favorite part of race weekend:  I can’t just pick 1 thing as my favourite (did you know Harvey was Canadian?)  thing about the race. I love the hype of the start line, the sunrise on the Ambassador bridge, and the underwater mile.

Why did you decide to go virtual: I decided to go virtual this so that I still have something to train for.

 

 

 

Carlos Orosco

First Detroit event: The 2019 Marathon.

Favorite part of race weekend: My favorite things about the event was going down to Detroit on Thursday to do the television, and newspaper interviews, volunteering at the expo, and at the Saturday races, doing the television interview on Sunday morning at 6am, and of course getting into the corral with my running partner, and just taking in the atmosphere of race day.

Why did you decide to go virtual: My training/race partner immediately decided to do the virtual, because we committed to each other last year that we’d be returning in 2020 to do the race again no matter what, and we’re absolutely looking forward to having fun with the virtual event, and including a few friends with us who are doing it as well.

Jacqueline Reneaud

First Detroit event: The 2019 International Full-Marathon.

Favorite part of race weekend: I love the energy of the weekend. The excitement at the starting line, the comradery of the participants, and the LOUD spectators!

Why did you decide to go virtual: I decided to go virtual so that I could still participate in a race this year and with my spring marathon cancelled, accomplish something that I’ve been working all year for.

 

 

 

Lauren Marcon

First Detroit event: My first Detroit Free Press/TCF Bank Marathon race was the full marathon in 2019. This was also my first full marathon – it was the PERFECT first 26.2!

Favorite part of race weekend: The Expo is HUGE and super fun – I loved watching a video drive of the 26.2 route they had on replay on a big screen! Also, flags are hung from each country that has someone racing that weekend and you walk through them all as you enter – so cool!

Why did you decide to go virtual: I’m excited about the virtual race because it gives me an opportunity to have someone cheering me on the ENTIRE race (my fiancé is going to follow me on a bike!), and providing water/honey stinger chews when I need them. I’m also grateful to not have any lines for the bathroom beforehand!

 

Dominique Passanante

First Detroit event: 2020 will actually be my first year doing a race with the Detroit Free Press/TCF Bank Marathon.

Favorite part of race weekend: Race weekends are always full of excitement and I’m always in my best mood when I know it’s race week.

Why did you decide to go virtual: I decided to go virtual so I could still get a race experience, even if it isn’t the typical one! I’m still excited to participate and share this special race experience with everyone else!

 

 

Brian Schembri

First Detroit event: My first Detroit Free Press/TCF Bank Marathon race was in 2014 when I did my first official half marathon with my lovely wife. I have been back every year since, rotating between the Half and the Full.

Favorite part of race weekend: There are so many great things about the weekend; such a great group of racers and volunteers. Highlights include sunrise while on the Ambassador Bridge, the fans after leaving the Tunnel, “breaking the wall” in Indian Village are just a few.

Why did you decide to go virtual:  I decided to go Virtual to keep me motivated to train during this crazy year. Having a goal to work towards always helps me to stay on track. I want to be ready next year to beat my personal best.

 

Jessica Smith

First Detroit event: I ran the International Half in 2016

Favorite part of race weekend: My favorite thing about race weekend is the energy, the camaraderie, being part of something bigger than just myself.

Why did you decide to go virtual: I decided to go virtual because having something on the calendar keeps me motivated. I’m really looking forward to celebrating other runners and seeing how they make Freep 2020 their own in a unique way.

 

 

 

 

Caroline Brooks

First Detroit event: My first year running was 2019! I feel like I got a taste for how amazing an event it is and can’t wait for 2021.

Favorite part of race weekend: There’s something electric about Detroit that weekend: from the excitement at the Expo to the night-before jitters, the adrenaline and music at the start line and overwhelming gratitude at the finish line, thousands and thousands of people are feeling the same things. The volunteers keep the energy going for miles on end, and you can feel that the pride of the city and all its people with each mile you run.

Why did you decide to go virtual: Just because we can’t experience the in-person race doesn’t make the Freep running community non-existent! Lots of people have their reasons to defer, but now that I live in the Detroit area, I feel like it’s a fantastic opportunity to stay connected with people I’ve met training (and my amazing ambassadors!), and work together and cheer one another on up until race weekend, all while getting to know my new town.

 

Lindsay Parsell

First Detroit event: My first marathon was Detroit in 1999 when the finish line was the home plate at Tigers Stadium.

Favorite part of race weekend: My favorite thing about race weekend is spending the whole weekend with my family.

Why did you decide to go virtual: For the virtual race I’m looking forward to finally being able to run side by side with my dad for a whole marathon.

 

 

 

 

Robyn Childers

First Detroit event: My first Detroit Free Press/TCF Bank Marathon race was the Half Marathon in 2016!

Favorite part of race weekend: I love the energy that comes with being a part of a supportive community!

Why did you decide to go virtual: I decided to go virtual to maintain a sense of community in whatever way we can right now. Running is a gift. I’m grateful we have it.

 

 

 

 

Emily Broxterman

First Detroit event: My first Detroit experience was in 2010 when I walked the half marathon with my two sisters and my mom.

Favorite part of race weekend: I love the atmosphere and energy at the expo and starting line the most about race weekend as well as running over the Ambassador Bridge and through the Detroit-Windsor Tunnel.

Why did you decide to go virtual: I decided to go virtual because when in life can you ever say you ran 26.2 miles on your own during a global pandemic. We’re living history. Well, that and of course the awesome SWAG!

 

 

Kelsey O’Connor

First Detroit event: 2015 US Only Half Marathon

Favorite part of race weekend: There are so many parts of the race weekend that I love. The expo is amazing and it gets me pumped up to run the race. The spectators are fantastic especially when you come out of the tunnel and running to the finish line. Also, running over the ambassador bridge and seeing the sunrise are a few of my favorite things.

Why did you decide to go virtual: I went virtual because it allows me to have a goal to work towards and I’ll be able to run the race even if it is different than I originally planned. I am excited to still be able to participate virtually and am really looking forward to it!