2022 Detroit Free Press Marathon: News updates as registration opens 

Here are some key things to know as registration opens on Jan. 1 for our 2022 events: 

The bridge and tunnel beckon 

We are preparing to return to an international route for the full marathon in 2022. We are currently exploring different course options.  Staples that will remain include starting and finishing in Downtown Detroit, crossing the Ambassador Bridge and running the underwater mile through the Detroit-Windsor Tunnel. We are also assessing opportunities to showcase other iconic features in Detroit and improve the event experience. We’ll be sharing more information about the course as the year progresses.  

International Half-Marathon 

In addition to bringing back an international course for the full marathon in 2022, we also are planning a return for the International Half-Marathon. 

COVID-19 information 

As we move forward with plans for an international race in 2022, we will be closely monitoring ongoing developments related to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

We’ll be deciding on race weekend protocols — and communicating them to the marathon community — as we approach October. This will include answering questions about which specific safety measures will (or won’t) be mandated. 

We are working with the U.S. Custom and Border Protection Agency and Canada Border Service Agency to ensure we are following all guidelines for international border crossing. As it stands at the opening of registration (Jan. 1, 2022), both the U.S. Custom and Border Protection Agency and Canada Border Service Agency require proof of Covid-19 vaccination to cross the border. The marathon will follow their guidelines for our international races. 

New COVID-19 registration requirement 

For our international races, you must be vaccinated at the time of registration — and show proof of it. This will include uploading a photo of your vaccination card. 

Your proof of vaccination should align with current Canadian rules, which presently include having at least two doses of a vaccine accepted for travel, a mix of two accepted vaccines or at least one dose of the Janssen/Johnson & Johnson vaccine. For more info on Canadian requirements, click here.