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Detroit Free Press has details on 2022 course, including return to international racing

It’s our newsiest course announcement in years! The Detroit Free Press has the details, including specifics on our return to Canada and all the exciting new additions on the U.S. side.

Highlights include the addition of Eastern Market, the Dequindre Cut and a finish line at the foot of Campus Martius.

Read the full story here.

Detroit Free Press has details on 2022 course, including return to international racing2022-06-23T18:45:48+00:00

New Balance is back as marathon’s official brand partner

For the 14th consecutive year, New Balance will be the official brand of the 2022 Marathon. The branded Marathon gear will include a variety of clothing, including windbreakers, sweatshirts, hats and more.

Additionally, Running Lab, a retailer based in Brighton that specializes in running and walking shoes, has been tabbed as the exclusive distributor of marathon-connected merchandise.

The Detroit Free Press has all the information related to the merchandise announcements.



New Balance is back as marathon’s official brand partner2022-06-23T14:23:23+00:00

Orangetheory Fitness is 2022 marathon’s official fitness center

Orangetheory Fitness is the official fitness center of the 2022 Detroit Free Press Marathon, the race is pleased to announce.

Based in Boca Raton, Florida, Orangetheory has over 1,400 studios in the United States. Among them are 23 in Michigan, including centers in Detroit, Royal Oak, Birmingham, Rochester, Farmington Hills, Northville, and Canton.

The Orangetheory approach is built around one-hour, group workouts that are focused on building endurance, strength, and power. The coach-led sessions utilize heart rate-based interval training, with class members wearing heart rate monitors during their workouts.

Through June, Orangetheory is offering Detroit Free Press Marathon registrants a special discount. Any registered runner who signs up as a new Orangetheory Fitness member will receive one free month, along with a $20 discount on a heart rate monitor.

The Detroit Free Press has more information about the Orangetheory news.

Orangetheory Fitness is 2022 marathon’s official fitness center2022-06-23T14:40:37+00:00

COVID-19 update as 2022 registration opens

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.

But as registration opens, there are a couple things we can say definitively in early 2022. They include a new requirement for registering for international races.

Because of the ever-changing nature of Covid-19, international border agencies are continuously adjusting policies regarding crossing the border. 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 these guidelines for our international races.

That means: 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 currently 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.

We will alert registrants and potential participants if any adjustments are made as the year moves forward.

COVID-19 update as 2022 registration opens2022-06-07T21:27:39+00:00

10/7/2021 update: Protocols for the 2021 marathon

We are following the recommended CDC guidelines in order to produce a safe race experience. The following protocols are in effect for all participants, staff, volunteers and spectators:

  • Social distancing is always recommended and encouraged while attending this year’s Marathon Race Weekend
  • Masks are REQUIRED at our Health & Fitness Expo
  • Masks are REQUIRED on all Relay Buses and Official Event Vehicles
  • Masks are NOT required in our outdoor areas, including the course, start/finish area and our CONQUERED after party

Thank you for helping us make our race weekend experience safe for all of our staff, participants and spectators!

10/7/2021 update: Protocols for the 2021 marathon2022-06-07T20:59:39+00:00

Update July 29, 2021

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!

Please visit our FAQs to learn more about registration, course update and race day experience.  If you have any questions we have not answered, please feel free to reach out to us at support@freepmarathon.zendesk.com

Update July 29, 20212021-07-29T07:29:08+00:00

Training Tips for a Marathon While Working a Physically Demanding Job



Lauren has been working at the Sea Life Aquarium for nearly 6 years and running for over 15 years. She has completed four half-marathons and one full marathon.


My first full marathon was the Detroit Free Press Marathon in 2019. Training for the big day was much harder than the race itself – I like to consider race day a victory lap to prove/celebrate all your hard work finally paying off! 

At the time (and still today!) I was working a very physically demanding job. Most people don’t have the experience of working in an aquarium, so it’s hard to explain generally what I do on a day to day basis. Simply put, I lift a lot of heavy things, turn a lot of big valves, and am on my feet 40+ hours a week! There are plenty of jobs that require similar demands, so I’d imagine my audience for this blog post will be able to translate similar duties to their own daily routines.

I think the biggest thing to keep in mind (especially if this is your first marathon!) is that you want to prevent injury at all costs. This typically goes for everyone, but when working a job where you twist and turn and move all day, you’re probably more likely to injure yourself than others. Here’s some tips that I hope will help you on the journey ahead!


Count your steps

If you’re on your feet all day, you’re probably walking a lot further than you think. Some days you might travel further than others, causing you to be more tired than usual (it may be harder to notice if you work in a building – nurses for example!). Wearing a watch or tracker that counts your steps is a great way to take into account your work mileage when structuring your training plan for the week. On weeks where I walked 5+ miles per day at work, I would reduce my training miles by a few miles (nothing too drastic, but just taking into account how tired my legs were). You want to get your legs used to running when they’re tired, but nothing too extreme! Below are some options for step counting:

  • “Steps” app – free and great if you have your phone on you all day
  • Garmin or Apple Watch 
  • Fitbit


Lift for the job

Lifting improves form! You need proper form to weight lift without injuring yourself, right? Once you get in a good groove of lifting frequently and properly, your form while doing everyday tasks will also improve by muscle memory. This will help you prevent injury during training, and will also reduce any soreness you’d typically have from a hard day at work. Below are a few tasks I have to perform at work alongside exercises I do at the gym to stay in shape for them.







Do dynamic stretches before your runs, and static stretches after. I warm my legs up before a run by standing still while swaying each leg 10x forward and back, and 10x side to side. After a run, I do a lot of lunge stretches to open my hips and stretch my calves/thighs. This prevents you from feeling too sore the following day!



Get enough sleep! You’ll need more now considering all the miles you’re logging. This is dependent on your personal needs, but I typically need at least 8-9 hours of sleep during training (and occasional naps!).


Replace Your Work Shoes

You know how running shoes need to be replaced every 300-500 miles? Your work shoes need to be replaced too, especially if you’re walking and lifting heavy things in them daily! In the past, I’ve worn shoes WELL past their deadlines, and it’s given me foot pain (and knee pain) that I couldn’t figure out the source of. I now replace my shoes at least twice a year, sometimes even more often! I’ve also seen a podiatrist who gave me a list of good work shoes to wear for the correct support (apparently Converse don’t have great support… ). You want to make sure you’re finding the right fit for you and your needs just like you would when picking out running shoes!


Give yourself a break if you need it!

Training for a marathon is HARD! Give yourself some grace if you’re absolutely too exhausted to move, chances are your body is trying to tell you something. You won’t lose fitness from an extra day off, so take it if you need it!


Good luck training Freep runners! I’ll see you on the start line in October :)

Training Tips for a Marathon While Working a Physically Demanding Job2021-07-15T16:31:02+00:00

Being on Both Sides of the Start Line

Being on Both Sides of the Startline

A guest blog post by race ambassador, Lindsay Parsell Soter. Lindsay and her family have been involved in our race since basically, its inception. They have made a tradition of our race weekend, both running it and supporting it.

Follow Lindsay on Instagram at: @conqueryourfinishline


Being on Both Sides of the Start Line2021-06-29T01:00:22+00:00

Update June 24, 2021


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  

Update June 24, 20212021-06-24T07:25:35+00:00

2021 In-Person Promotion Contest Rules


Official Rules




Detroit Newspaper Partnership L.P. d/b/a Michigan.com (“Sponsor”), 7950 Jones Branch Drive, McLean, Virginia 22107.



The “Win A Hotel Package Sweepstakes” (the “Sweepstakes”) is open only to persons who are legal residents and physically reside within the fifty (50) United States (or the District of Columbia) who are eighteen (18) years of age or older or the age of majority at the time of entry (each, the Entrant, and, collectively, the “Entrants”). Employees, contractors or interns of Sponsor and its parent company, subsidiaries, affiliates, divisions and agents and those prize providers and advertising and promotion agencies that are involved in the development or execution of this Sweepstakes or any of its materials, and the immediate family (spouse, parents, siblings, and children) and household members of each such person are not eligible to enter the Sweepstakes.  The Sweepstakes is subject to all applicable federal, state, and local laws.


Agreement to Official Rules

By participating in the Sweepstakes and submitting an Entry (as defined below), the Entrant fully and unconditionally agrees to and accepts these Official Rules and the decisions of Sponsor, which are final and binding in all matters related to the Sweepstakes.


Entry Period

The Sweepstakes begins at 12:01 a.m. Eastern Time (“ET”) on January 1, 2021 and ends at 11:59 p.m. ET on July 5, 2021 (the “Entry Period”).


How to Enter

There are two (2) ways to enter the Sweepstakes:


Auto Entry With Marathon Registration

Any individual who registers to participate in the 2021 Detroit Free Press Marathon (the “Marathon”) during the Entry Period will receive one (1) entry into the Sweepstakes drawing (the “Registration Entry”.




Free Method of Entry (No Marathon registration)

During the Entry Period, to enter without registering for the Marathon, the Entrant should enter online at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1J0Umk9VlXp9XSQNyC-zxZ37rMNFt2tSrA-EqjVBMSck/edit (the “Free Entry”). For each Free Entry, the Entrant will receive one (1) entry in the Sweepstakes drawing.


Throughout these Official Rules, the Registration Entry and the Free Entry will together be referred to as the “Entry” or “Entries”.


Entry Limit: One (1) Entry per person during the Entry Period, regardless of method of entry. All Entries that are in excess of the stated limits may be disqualified from the Sweepstakes in Sponsor’s sole and absolute discretion.  Sponsor reserves the right to void all Entries made through any robotic, automatic, mechanically programmed or similar entry duplication method and to disqualify any Entrant using such methods.   Any questions regarding the number of Entries submitted shall be determined by Sponsor, in its sole discretion.


Multiple Entrants are not permitted to share the same email address or mobile phone number.  “Account holder” is the natural person assigned an email address by an Internet access provider, online service provider or other organization responsible for assigning email addresses for the domain associated with the submitted address. A potential winner may be required to show proof of being the authorized account holder, in Sponsor’s sole and absolute discretion.


Sponsor shall have the right, at any time and in its sole discretion, to immediately disqualify any Entrant if Sponsor determines or suspects that the Entrant has attempted to undermine the legitimate operation of the Sweepstakes by cheating, hacking, deception, tampering or other fraudulent, deceptive, or unfair playing practices.


Sponsor is not responsible for late, lost, tampered with, deleted or misdirected Entries that are not timely received or are lost due to computer or electronic malfunctions or other error.  Assurance of delivery of the Entry is the sole responsibility of the Entrant.



On or about July 8, 2021, Sponsor will select one (1) winner (the “Winner”) in a random drawing from all Entries received during the Entry Period (the “Drawing”).


Odds of Winning

The odds of winning depend on the number of eligible Entries received by Sponsor during the Entry Period, as detailed above.


Prize Package

The Winner will be awarded the following prize package (the “Package”):


  1. One (1) night hotel stay for Saturday, October 16, 2021 (one-room, double–occupancy) at a hotel within close proximity to the start and finish line of the Marathon in Detroit, Michigan selected by Sponsor in its sole discretion, based on availability;


  1. Invitation to the VIP Breakfast on Sunday, October 17, 2021 before the start of the Marathon; and


  1. $100 gift certificate to the New Balance/Playmakers exhibit area at the Health and Fitness Expo at the Marathon


The approximate retail value (“ARV”) of the Package is $500.00.  The actual retail value of the Package awarded to the Winner may vary depending on market conditions, changes in  hotel rates and other reasons.  Sponsor is not responsible for and the Winner will not receive the difference between the actual value of the Package at the time of award and the stated ARV.


Prize Conditions

  1. No substitution or transfer of the Package will be allowed, except at the sole discretion of Sponsor. Sponsor reserves the right to substitute prizes of equal or greater value.


  1. The Package has no cash value and may not be redeemed for cash at any time.


  1. If any portion of the Package is not redeemed and used by the Winner, no additional compensation will be awarded and that portion of the Package will be forfeited in its entirety.


  1. The Package does not include in-room charges, meals, taxes, insurance, telephone charges, personal expenses, laundry services, spa treatments, tips and gratuities, incidental charges, parking, or any other item not specifically described in these Official Rules, and all expenses for any of the foregoing are the responsibility of the Winner.


  1. Winner may be required to provide a major credit card upon hotel check-in or prior thereto and all in-room charges will be charged to the credit card. Any damage to the room, and/or any other venue related to the prize, attributed to the Winner and/or his/her guests will be the responsibility of the Winner. Sponsor is not responsible for the availability or proper functioning of any hotel feature or amenity and no credit or compensation will be awarded by Sponsor with respect thereto.


  1. No compensation will be given for lost, stolen, mutilated or expired gift certificates. Sponsor is not responsible for replacing lost, stolen, mutilated or expired gift certificates.  Fulfillment of gift  certificates is the sole responsibility of the merchant, not Sponsor.  The gift certificate must be surrendered upon redemption and no photocopies or reproductions will be honored.



All local, state and federal taxes incurred by accepting a prize will be the sole responsibility of the Winner.  Any person winning over $600 in prizes during any one (1) year period will receive an IRS Form 1099 at the end of the calendar year, and a copy of such form will be filed with the IRS.


Notification of the Winner

The Winner will be notified within five (5) business days after the Drawing in accordance with the contact information supplied by the Entrant at the time of entry (“Prize Notification”).  Prize Notification is deemed to have occurred immediately upon the placing of a phone call or sending of an e-mail or any other form of communication Sponsor may use to contact a potential Winner.  Sponsor is not obligated to leave a voice mail or any other type of message.  If a potential prize winner does not respond to the Prize Notification within five (5) business days after the Prize Notification, Sponsor may select an alternate winner in a random drawing from all remaining eligible Entries for that Drawing.  Sponsor reserves the right to modify Prize Notification procedures in connection with the selection of any alternate potential winner, if any.


Required Documentation

The potential Winner must sign and have notarized an Affidavit of Eligibility, Liability and Publicity Release (the “Affidavit”), as well as any other documentation required by Sponsor in its  sole discretion,  within five (5) business days following the date of first attempted notification regarding the documentation in order to be eligible to accept the prize.  Failure to sign and return to Sponsor such forms within the requisite timeframe may result in disqualification, and an alternate winner may be selected in a random drawing from all remaining eligible Entries.


All potential prize winners are subject to verification and the potential winner’s full compliance with these Official Rules before any prize will be awarded. 


Waivers, Disclaimers and Releases

By participating in this Sweepstakes, each Entrant agrees to release, discharge and hold harmless Sponsor and its divisions, affiliates, parent companies, subsidiaries, advertising and promotion agencies and its respective directors, officers, employees and agents (collectively, the “Sweepstakes Entities”)  from and against any and all claims, liability, costs, losses, damages or injuries of any kind arising out of or related to an Entrant’s participation in this Sweepstakes and/or related to any prize (including, without limitation, losses, damages or injuries to Entrant’s or any other person’s equipment or other property, or to their persons, related to participation in this Sweepstakes; or arising out of any violation of rights of publicity or privacy, or claims of defamation or portrayal in a false light; or based on any claim of infringement of intellectual property; or from any typographical, human or other error in the printing, offering, selection, operation or announcement of any Sweepstakes activity and/or prize).



Entrant agrees that: (a) any and all disputes, claims and causes of action arising out of or connected with this Sweepstakes or any prizes awarded shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action, and exclusively by the appropriate Michigan State Court; and (b) any and all claims, judgments and awards shall be limited to actual out-of-pocket costs incurred, including costs associated with entering the Sweepstakes, but in no event attorneys’ fees. All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of these Official Rules, or the rights and obligations of the Entrant and Sponsor in connection with the Sweepstakes, shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with, the laws of the State of Michigan, without giving effect to any choice of law or conflict of law rules (whether of the State of Michigan or any other jurisdiction), which would cause the application of the laws of any jurisdiction other than the State of Michigan.


Entrant’s Personal Information

Information collected from Entrants is subject to Sponsor’s Privacy Policy located at https://www.freepmarathon.com/terms-of-service.



  1. The invalidity or unenforceability of any provision of these Official Rules or the Affidavit will not affect the validity or enforceability of any other provision. In the event that any provision of the Official Rules or the Affidavit is determined to be invalid or otherwise unenforceable or illegal, the other provisions will remain in effect and will be construed in accordance with their terms as if the invalid or illegal provision were not contained herein. Sponsor’s failure to enforce any term of the Official Rules will not constitute a waiver of that provision. When terms such as “may” are used in the Official Rules, Sponsor has sole and absolute discretion. Entrants agree to waive any rights to claim ambiguity of the Official Rules.


  1. Headings are solely for convenience of reference and will not be deemed to affect in any manner the meaning or intent of the documents or any provision hereof.


  1. In the event there is a discrepancy or inconsistency between disclosures or other statements contained in any Sweepstakes-related materials, privacy policy or terms of use and/or the terms and conditions of the Official Rules, the Official Rules shall prevail, govern and control and the discrepancy will be resolved in the Sponsor’s sole and absolute discretion.


  1. This Sweepstakes is not intended for gambling. If it is determined that an Entrant is using the Sweepstakes for gambling purposes, he/she will be disqualified and reported to authorities.
  2. Sponsor will not be responsible for typographical, printing or other inadvertent errors in these Official Rules or in other materials relating to the Sweepstakes.


  1. Sponsor reserves the right to change, alter, or amend these Official Rules as necessary, in its sole discretion, to ensure the fair administration of the Sweepstakes or to comply with applicable law.


  1. Any and all decisions of Sponsor regarding the Sweepstakes are final.


Name of Winner

To obtain the name of the Sweepstakes winner, contact Barbara Bennage, Executive Race Director,  at bbennage@michigan.com  by October 1, 2021.



Any questions on this Sweepstakes should be directed to Barbara Bennage, Executive Race Director,  at bbennage@michigan.com.



2021 In-Person Promotion Contest Rules2021-06-23T23:11:33+00:00
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