For the third time in the 44 years of the Detroit Free Press Marathon, this year’s event will be run solely in the City of Detroit. Running internationally is a beloved and unique component of our race, and because of that, we exhausted every opportunity and avenue, hoping that we would continue that tradition this year.
Our small (but mighty!) team works year-round to bring you a well-organized, fun and safe race every year. And with fewer than 90 days before we return to the start line, the fluidity of this pandemic and the current travel restrictions between the United States and Canada, we must move forward with a U.S.-only event. This means that the Full Marathon, Half-Marathon and the Marathon Relay that will take place on Sunday, Oct. 17, will all be run within the confines of the City of Detroit.
While crossing the U.S.-Canada border is a fantastic feature of our event, we are excited about the opportunity to showcase all that Detroit has to offer. The 2021 route will continue to use a combined start and finish line on Fort Street, head north with a route that passes by the Motown Museum, through the historic Boston-Edison neighborhood and the new development of District Detroit. Veteran full marathon runners will recognize much of our course, which as usual, runs through Indian Village, Belle Isle and the Detroit RiverWalk touting gorgeous views of the Detroit River and Windsor, Canada. We are confident this will be a race to remember. Given all we’ve collectively been through over the past 17 months, we hope you will come together with us to bring live racing back to the City of Detroit. We can’t wait to see you at the finish line and celebrate!
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