Join us Virtually in 2020!

Register Now for Our Virtual Events!

As you have probably heard by now, this year we are taking the Detroit Free Press/TCF Bank Marathon Weekend virtual. While we are disappointed that we will not be able to be together downtown this October, we are really excited about the virtual options we will be bringing to all participants this October.

If you decide to join us virtually, you will receive:

  • A premium tech shirt with your registered distance on it.
  • A 2020 medal for your registered distance and bonus: Motor City Challenge Participants will receive a medal for each distance they complete as well as a Motor City Challenge Medal.
    • Medal design graphics can be found here!
  • Your own Detroit Free Press/TCF Bank Marathon Bib, with room for customization, to help bring the race day experience to your own backyard.
  • All Motor City Challenge Participants will receive a Motown-themed pullover in addition to the participant shirt for the highest individual distance they complete.
    • This means that The Temptation participants will also get a 5k shirt, The Wonder participants will also get a 13.1 shirt and The Supreme participants will also get a 26.2 shirt.
    • Photos of the pullover and participant shirts can be found here!
  • We are committed to bringing as many aspects of the race day experience to you and will be sharing more goody bag details as we get closer to the event!
  • BONUS, add on this Premium Virtual Jacket brought to you by TCF Bank, featured below:

 

Check out the size chart here!

Virtual registration prices available below:

Marathon: $55

Half: $50

Relay: $175

5K, 1-Mile and Kids: $40

Temptation: $75

Wonder: $100

Supreme: $110

Your new registration includes everything you see above EXCEPT the Premium Virtual Jacket brought to you by TCF Bank. Those jackets are available as an add on to your registration for an additional fee.

To register for our virtual race, please visit the link below:

Virtual Registration Now Open

 

If we still haven’t convinced you to join us virtually in 2020, consider these ten reasons below:

1) It’s as competitive as you want it to be.

2) You can do it wherever you want.

3) The start time is much more flexible.

4) You can leave your passport at home this year!

5) It’s a great time for gear or food testing!

6) It can motivate you to keep on running.

7) A virtual race is a perfect time to try out a longer distance!

8) It’s an embarrassment-free zone.

9) The same great swag!

10) No Porta-Potty Lines!

2020 Detroit Free Press/TCF Bank Marathon

Detroit’s Marathon Weekend is not just any weekend. It’s a celebration of athleticism, perseverance, community and the best Detroit has to offer. In March when our world as we knew it seemed to change, we were hopeful that we would be able to run together in October.  As time has gone on, it has become clear to us that this will not be the case.  It is with a heavy heart that we are announcing we will not be gathering together at the start line this year. (more…)

Update June 24, 2020.

As we have stated previously, we are still monitoring the situation closely and working with our local, state, federal and international public safety officials.

As the State of Michigan begins to reopen, the primary focus of the government and public health agencies has been evaluating and setting guidelines for those business sectors identified to reopen first.  We are hopeful that current downward trends continue and the state will be able to look toward new recommendations set forth on mass gatherings for 2020. Since the onset, this continues to be a very fluid situation, and we are closely monitoring our neighboring states as they begin to permit large gatherings in July. While we understand the benefits that this event has on our community, we also think it is important to be responsible members of our health community which could mean we need to move away from an in-person event to prevent the spread and help everyone to remain healthy.

We recognize this is not just our event as organizers, it’s the thousands of those who are already registered as well as those who have participated over the past 42 years. Keeping that in mind, we would like to hear from you. If interested, we welcome you to complete the following survey regarding the 2020 race as it relates to the pandemic: www.Freepmarathon.com/COVID-19Survey.

As many of you begin your training journeys and seeing some other fall events be cancelled, we know that you are looking for answers as for what our race will look like. At this time we are unable to definitively say whether or not the race will proceed as scheduled but we promise to share our contingency plans as well as any updates as soon as we are able.

Update May 21, 2020.

As stated in April, we are committed to providing monthly updates to the status of our October race weekend.  We are still monitoring the situation closely and working with our local, state, federal and international public safety officials. In addition we are consulting with other industry leaders to understand the potential modifications our event landscape could see in the future. While our planning continues and we are hopeful about having a race this October, we have been working through multiple contingency options if we were forced to modify.

We recognize that 20 week training plans are kicking off and many participants have questions about how they should proceed due to the immense planning that goes into participating in an endurance event.  Our recommendation is to take advantage of the improved weather and begin those programs in preparation for fall.

Although we don’t have a final decision yet, we are confident that we will be able to share more details the week of June 22.

At this time we can share that if the event cannot take place October 17 – 18, we will be unable to hold the event on another date in 2020 and will communicate alternative options.  If you have any other questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to us on our Facebook page or at support@freepmarathon.zendesk.com. Thank you.

Update April 22, 2020.

We are closely monitoring the current COVID-19 situation as it relates to Detroit and the greater community by maintaining a line of communication with our local, state, federal and international public safety officials.

As of now, we are still working to make 2020 the best year yet. We understand and share the many questions still to be answered, not only with our race, but about what our world is going to look like six months from now. While we are still hopeful about seeing you at the start line this October, we are evaluating all of the viable options if our weekend can not take place in October as planned. We are committed to sharing monthly updates as we move through the spring.  We are wishing you all good health as we navigate the days, weeks, and months ahead. We expect to have our next update available by Mid-May.