Sunday, Oct. 16, 2022 at 7 a.m.

Registration opens Jan. 1. Sign up here.

Age Restriction

All participants of the Detroit Free Press Marathon must be 16 years of age or older by race day to participate.

The Course

As we prepare to return to an international route for 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 and improve the event experience.  All courses will require municipal approval and USATF measurement.

Stay tuned for more announcements regarding the 2022 courses. To view past course and event maps, click here.

With a wave start, participants are sent off at two-minute intervals beginning at 7 a.m., which eases congestion in those early miles. Groups are based on the projected pace indicated on the registration form, so an accurate response is necessary.

Time Requirements

You must be able to complete the marathon in 6.5 hours from the time the “Last Chance Pacer” crosses the start line. We will close the marathon finish line at 2 p.m., with roads incrementally opening along the course up to the 2 p.m. cutoff.

A “Last Chance Pacer” will be provided for your event. These pacers will travel at the average pace needed to cross the finish line at six and a half hours. Your progress will be monitored throughout the race. If you fall significantly behind the “Last Chance Pacer”, you will be given fair warning to pick up the pace. If you can’t keep pace, you will be required to board a bus following the pacers to be transported back to the Start/Finish area.

Marathon Pace Teams

We are currently in the process of organizing our pace teams for the 2022 event.  More details coming soon.


Prizing below is for Full Marathon Runners. All individual cash prizes are based on “clock time” (not chip time). We invite walkers to participate in this event, however no prizes will be awarded specifically for walkers.

Place Open Male/Female Masters Male/Female
1st $4,000 $2,000
2nd $2,000 $1,000
3rd $1,000 $500

NOTE: In the event that a Masters runner also places in the Overall division, they will receive both the Masters and the Overall cash awards.

Additional Marathon Prize Incentives:
First male to break race record of 2:13:07 (Greg Meyer, 1980) wins an additional $2,500
First female to break race record of 2:34:16 (Elena Orlova, 2004) wins an additional $2,500