Please continue reading for more information on 2021 registration, deferrals from previous years, and more.
Specifically for 2020 registrants:
Q: I deferred my 2020 registration to 2021. What do I need to do?
A: You will need to re-register for your event on our registration platform. Starting the week of December 14, 2020 we will email you a unique deferral code, plus instructions, that will allow you to re-register for our 2021 event. You will need to register for the same distance (for example, if you registered for the Full Marathon in 2020, you’ll need to register for the Full Marathon in 2021). Your code will be good for both our in-person and virtual events. You are able to register with the code up until registration ends for your specific event. Please note, this email will be coming from Detroit Free Press Marathon, at firstname.lastname@example.org, so if you do not receive it you may need to check your junk/spam folder. If you do not receive your code, you can reach out to marathon staff at email@example.com.
Q: I deferred my 2020 registration to 2022. What do I need to do?
A: In December of 2021 we will email you a unique deferral code and instructions that will allow you to re-register for our 2022 event. You will need to register for the same distance (for example, if you registered for the Full Marathon in 2020, you’ll need to register for the Full Marathon in 2022).
Q: What if I deferred my 2020 registration to 2021, but still don’t feel comfortable registering?
A: We understand a lot is going into people’s decisions to register for events. That’s why we are offering a virtual option to all of our event distances. In addition, since the deferral codes only need to be used during the deferral registration period (for example, you can register using your code from registration opening until the registration deadline for 2021), you do not need to register for the races immediately. Once the registration period for 2021 has closed, the code will expire.
Q: Do I need to worry about an event being sold out?
A: No. If you deferred your entry to 2021, we are reserving a spot for you in our events unless otherwise communicated. Your code will not have an expiration date, meaning you can use it to register within our normal registration periods.
Q: I purchased individual protection insurance on imATHLETE when I registered in 2020. What happens to that?
A: Participants who registered in 2020 on imATHELTE, purchased individual protection insurance, and deferred their registration to 2021 or 2022 during our selection period may be able to transfer their insurance to their deferred year. In order to do this, participants will need to visit this website to update the policy information with the 2021 or 2022 race date. You can see our race dates here.
Q: If I did not do anything with my 2020 registration, what happened to it?
A: All registered participants were required to fill out a form making an alternative registration selection when the Detroit Free Press/TCF Bank Marathon events went virtual in 2020. Participants had from July 30, 2020, to August 11, 2020, to indicate if they wanted to participate virtually, defer their registrations to 2021 or 2022, or request a partial refund. If a participant did not make a selection during that period, their registration was waived.
COVID-19 and Registration Policies:
Q: If the in-person event cannot proceed as scheduled because of COVID-19, what happens to my registration?
A: If the 2021 Detroit Free Press Marathon in-person event cannot proceed as scheduled due to a government order related to the COVID-19 pandemic, all participants will be given the option to participate in our virtual event or defer their registration to 2022 free of charge. Participants will be given a one-month period to make their alternative registration selection. If no selection is made during that time, then they will forfeit their registration. There will be no partial or full refunds offered for the event – no exceptions.
Q: What if the race gets canceled for other reasons, like lightning on the course?
A: Entry fees are still non-refundable. The Detroit Free Press Marathon, in accordance with management executives, city officials and local law enforcement has the authority to cancel any of the events for emergency purposes such as, but not limited to, inclement weather or threat of terrorism. If such emergency conditions force cancellation, refunds cannot be provided since funds will have been spent in preparation for race day.
Q: Can I purchase race insurance? What does the registration insurance cover?
A: Individual registration insurance may be purchased for a nominal fee when registering for any of our events. All policy information can be found here. Individual Event Insurance typically covers approved medically related situations (see policy for details) but will not cover your registration fee if the event is canceled either by organizers or the government for incidents like COVID-19, inclement weather, etc.
Q: When will you decide about having an in-person event?
A: We will continue to have conversations and consult with our local, state, federal and international public safety officials. We will be providing monthly updates that relate to our status and planning. As in 2020, if the in-person event is canceled, participants will be notified in early July. We continue to appreciate everyone’s patience as we continue to navigate planning for our event.
Q: Is the race still running internationally? What if that changes?
A: While the border remains closed to non-essential travel, we remain hopeful that October 2021 and our plan is to run internationally. However, we must be prepared for all situations. If the border between the United States and Canada does not allow for our race to be run internationally, other courses will be routed, certified and communicated to participants. Refunds will not be given if our races are run in the United States only. If our course changes, you are welcome to transfer your entry to another year or a different individual for a fee within registration deadlines.
Registration and Race Details:
Q: What are my options for registration?
A: You can choose to register for any of our event distances either virtually or in-person. The price does not change between our in-person and virtual event.
Q: If I choose to run virtually, what do I get?
A: You’ll receive our in-person race packet that includes the race shirt, medal, bib and goodie bag. An additional virtual swag item will be included as well, more details to come!
Q: Can I switch between in-person and virtual events? What about between distances?
A: Yes, you can transfer between distances as well as in-person and virtual. To find out more on transfers please visit our page here.
Q: Can I transfer my registration to another person once I’m registered for the 2021 event?
A: Unfortunately, at this time, this option is not available. We hope to have this available for participants in the coming months.
Q: What are your event fees?
A: You can see the pricing schedule for all of our events here. Participants will be able transfer or defer their registrations for a nominal fee. However, at this time, transfers are not able to be processed by our registration platform. We hope to have an update on this in February.