Update June 24, 2021

Published On: June 24th, 2021Categories: COVID-19


Detroit’s Marathon Weekend is a celebration of athleticism, perseverance, community and the best our city has to offer.    

We are thrilled to announce that the weekend of October 15-17 will be live and in person for the 44th annual Detroit Free Press Marathon!   

We’d like to thank the City of Detroit and its health department, along with our official medical provider, Henry Ford Health System, for partnering with us over the last several months to help us move forward with our live race planning this year. We are excited to bring you the world-class event once again that we have brought to our runners and walkers for the past 43 years.  

The Canadian border remains closed for non-essential travel which currently prohibits us from crossing over the Ambassador Bridge and through the Detroit-Windsor Tunnel. If this remains the case and we are unable to visit our neighbors to the south, our plan is to have a U.S.-only marathon and half marathon course which will travel to the north-end of Detroit and past the Motown Museum, historic Boston-Edison District, Wayne State University and other landmarks the city has to offer. You can view the course  through the link below.   

21 Detroit Free Press Domestic Half Marathon Option Course Map DRAFT 19Jun21

21 Detroit Free Press Marathon Domestic Full Course Map Option DRAFT 19Jun21

We will continue to monitor the border restrictions with the hopes that by October we can run our traditional course. We will communicate updates as they become available.    


For currently registered participants and participants that register before the next price increase on July 5 at 11:59pm, you will have the opportunity to pick up a complimentary gift from the Marathon Shop at the Health and Fitness Expo as a token of our appreciation for your loyalty. For those who deferred from 2020 to 2021 but have not yet registered, please do so before the price increase so you can take advantage of the loyalty gift.  

To register for our in-person or virtual race and for more information, visit our website at www.freepmarathon.com. Click  here  for our FAQs.    

We are excited to return to the streets of Detroit in 2021. This race will not just be a run. It will be a celebration of our participants, supporters, volunteers and more. Come and celebrate with us!     


The Detroit Free Press Staff