Detroit Free Press Marathon Welcomes MSU Federal Credit Union as Presenting Sponsor!

MSUFCU becomes the Presenting Sponsor of the 46th running of the Detroit Free Press Marathon

DETROIT (April 21, 2023) – The Detroit Free Press Marathon today announced MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU), the globally-recognized Michigan-based financial institution, as its presenting sponsor for this year’s race weekend October 13-15, 2023.

“For over 85 years, MSUFCU has been committed to helping our members and communities achieve their financial goals, and ultimately their dreams,” said Susi Elkins, MSUFCU Chief Community Impact Officer. “We are proud and excited to be the presenting sponsor of the 46th Detroit Free Press Marathon, furthering our commitment to the Detroit community and providing us with a unique opportunity to support the marathon runners as they achieve their dreams.”

“We are delighted to welcome MSU Federal Credit Union as the new presenting sponsor of the Detroit Free Press Marathon,” said Aaron Velthoven, Vice President and Executive Race Director for the event. “This is a tremendous partnership for us; we are excited to showcase MSUFCU’s impact within the community and build awareness amongst our participants and running community of their strong presence right here in Detroit.”

Founded in 1937, on Michigan State University’s campus, MSUFCU has grown to have branches across the state of Michigan and serve Credit Union membership worldwide. MSUFCU will soon celebrate the opening of its new full-service branch in downtown Detroit, at 243 W. Congress Street. Since its founding, MSUFCU has remained focused on protecting and improving the financial health of its members and communities. MSUFCU’s sponsorship of the 46th Detroit Free Press Marathon and the new MSUFCU branch location in the historic Marquette Building further demonstrate the Credit Union’s commitment to investing in Detroit.

The Detroit Free Press Marathon is North America’s largest international road race and Michigan’s largest road racing event, featuring a unique and iconic course that crosses into Canada via the Ambassador Bridge and returns into the U.S. via the Detroit/Windsor Tunnel, the only underwater international mile of a Marathon in the world. The new in 2022 U.S. side of the course will continue this year, showcasing many historic Detroit neighborhoods, Midtown, Eastern Market and downtown Detroit.

About the Detroit Free Press Marathon:

The Detroit Free Press Marathon is Michigan’s largest road race and the only race to cross international borders twice. From the new runner to the more seasoned marathoner, there is a race for everyone. Races include the Competitive 1-Mile, 5K and Meijer Kids Fun Run on Saturday, Oct. 14, and the Full Marathon, Half-Marathon, U.S.-Only Half-Marathon and Marathon Relay on Sunday, Oct. 15. This is the 46th year of the event. It is owned and produced by

About MSU Federal Credit Union:

Founded in 1937, MSUFCU has a national reputation for excellence and has received several top industry and workplace awards, including being named a Best Credit Union to Work For® by American Banker for the sixth year, a Top Workplace by the Detroit Free Press for 12 consecutive years, and a National Best and Brightest Companies to Work For® winner for seven consecutive years. MSUFCU has also been certified as a Great Place to Work® for 10 consecutive years and has been recognized by the Credit Union National Association, earning first place for the people-helping- people philosophy Louise Herring Award. MSUFCU is headquartered in East Lansing, Mich., has 22 branches, nearly 335,000 members, over $7 billion in assets, and over 1,100 employees. For more information, visit

About is the business arm of the Detroit Free Press. It also produces a number of premier events in metro Detroit, including Freep Film Festival, Detroit Free Press Top 10 Takeover, The Detroit News Dish & Design Series, Top Workplaces and The Detroit Free Press High School Sports Awards. also manages the business operations of The Detroit News under the terms of a federal Joint Operating Agreement.

Detroit Free Press Marathon Welcomes MSU Federal Credit Union as Presenting Sponsor!2024-01-02T09:39:58-05:00

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.



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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 center2024-01-02T15:15:21-05:00

Tell Us Why!

With 26,000 runners, it’s safe to say that no two runners are the same. We all differ on our favorite parts, reasons for participating and running styles. Celebrating these differences, this July, we asked everyone to ‘in one sentence, tell us why…” for five different questions. Below are some highlights from each of the five questions!

With a special shout out to Stephanie Webb Miller: “I chose to run my first International Half in 2013 to overcome my fear of running through the tunnel. I’ve never been afraid to drive through it but had terrible nightmares of running through. I knew the only way to get over it was to do it! I didn’t know until race time that my friend/sole sister, Jeannie had the same concerns as me. We got through it together and have memories that will last a lifetime. The International Half is my favorite race ever. I can’t wait to be back in October! I’m bringing a first timer with me!!! We’re so excited! We’ll be running for my Dad and her Mom. They’re warriors, battling cancer right now. That tunnel won’t stop us!”

The start line is our favorite place to be on race weekend as well. There is nothing like the energy of thousands of people getting amped up to give it their all and see all of their training pay off.

Running over a bridge and into another country makes our race pretty unique. We love how this experience brings our two countries together.


he tunnel isn’t everyone’s favorite part of this race, but it’s the only underwater mile in the world! Did you know that the tunnel is 90 feet

underground? We have another special shout out from Yoop Erx, “I love running through the tunnel so I can take a selfie at the border while running. It never turns out, is always blurry and I always explain, ‘It’s because we’re running under water!’”

Asking why our runners listen to music while running started a debate greater than the water or Gatorade first at the fluid station. We think it’s important to say that if you do listen to music while you run, it’s important to make sure that the conditions are safe, for example if you’re getting some miles in on a treadmill, and that if you are running outside you are making sure that you can still pay attention to your surroundings, and hear everything going on around you! Some of our runners on this post suggested running with one ear bud out, or using headphones that don’t actually go into your ears. If you have any tips for runner safety don’t hesitate to share them with us!

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It’s T-shirt Time!

Our 2019 participant shirts are in! If you haven’t already gotten a sneak peek of our shirts in the Detroit Marathon Runners or Rookie Round-up Facebook groups, we are so excited to share some pictures of our race staff wearing them here! Inspired by the Ambassador Bridge and the Spirit of Detroit, the international landmarks appear on the back of the shirts. If you’re running a Sunday race (Full Marathon, International Half-Marathon, U.S.-Only Half-Marathon, Five-person Marathon Relay, The Wonder, and The Supreme), your shirt will feature the Ambassador Bridge. If you’re running a Saturday race (1-Mile, 5k, and Temptation), your shirt will feature the Spirit of Detroit. Every shirt will showcase the distance on the front and back of the shirt!

Check out the shirts below, modeled by our own Marathon Staff!

  • Each event has a unique shirt, showcasing the distance and name of the event on the front and back.
  • All shirts will be long-sleeved.
  • Each shirt is from New Balance and made of a technical, dry-fit fabric (Kids Fun Run shirts will be a cotton blend).
  • Shirts are gender-specific sizing, each with a crewneck cut.
  • The shirts will either be Outer Space or Summer Fog.

Let us guess what you’ll say next…

These shirts are awesome! I can’t wait to get mine!
Thanks! We’ve been working on them since late February and are so excited to share them with you! Special shout-out to our designer, Kevin, who worked tirelessly on them.

How’s the sizing?
Great question! The women’s shirts run a little small and the men’s shirts run a little big this year. All models above are wearing either a women’s medium or men’s large.

I’m running a Motor City Challenge race. What do I get?
You’ll get shirts specifically designed for you with your distance on them! You’ll also get a cool CCC goodie bag- any guesses what CCC stands for?!

Can I see or update the size shirt I picked during registration?
You bet! Click on this link to update your sizing on our registration platform. Just follow the instructions to edit your registration details. You can update your shirt size as many times as you want until August 26th!

Do you offer a shirt exchange at the Expo?
Yes! We added a shirt exchange area to our Health & Fitness Expo last year. When you pick up your bib and race bag, volunteers will give you the shirt requested on your registration. If you need to change it, just head to the shirt exchange area near the exit of the Expo. We’ll get you hooked up with whatever sizes we have on hand.

I’m not sure if I like these…
Here’s some outtakes of our models jumping a running…. they should clearly leave the running to you.

But really, there are TONS of fun extras that we hope you like! This year’s race bag will include a Race Wrap (or buff, as they’re often referred to) and gloves. Plus, this year’s medals are going to be THE BEST YET. And we’re not just saying that. They’re seriously off the hook.

It’s T-shirt Time!2019-07-24T08:33:32-04:00

Featured Charities

2020 Features:

Friends of the Rouge


To restore, protect, and enhance the Rouge River watershed through stewardship, education, and collaboration.

Length of Operation:

34 years.

How long have you been partnering with the marathon?

2020 will be our fifth year participating.

Most heartwarming moment:

People gathering together to run for something greater than themselves.

What is the most interesting story you have from a past race weekend?

The first year our executive director “ran” the 5K seven months pregnant with her two year old in a stroller, husband and parents together.  She wants everyone to know that she “runs this race for [her] children AND the Rouge River – because [she] sees the health of our backyard waterways directly linked to [her] children’s health and the health of world [she] hopes they can live in someday.

What do you want others to know?

Every action we take today will directly affect a future yet unseen.  Let’s make sure it’s one we can be proud to make come true.

Why did you choose to partner with the Detroit Free Press/TCF Bank Marathon?

Opportunity to partner with a well-respected event, to offer people a unique way to “give back” to the Rouge and engage with our mission, while at the same time celebrating as a collective community the incredible resiliency of Detroit (economic, social and environmental) in the heart of the city.

How can people help your charity?

Volunteer, become a member, be a “Friend” of the Rouge everyday with choices and actions that positively impact the Rouge River and all water wherever you call home!

2019 Features:




To reduce animal homelessness and needless euthanasia by making high quality, affordable spay/neuter services available to our community.

Length of Operation:

Almost 8 years.

How long have you been partnering with the marathon?

This is our first year!


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