Starting in 2020, all participants of International Events will need a WHTI-compliant document to register. This applies to Full Marathon, International Half-Marathon, Marathon Relay Legs 1 and 2, The Wonder and The Supreme of the Motor City Challenge Series.

Based on your citizenship, the below documents are WHTI-compliant:

  • U.S. citizens can present a valid U.S. Passport; Passport Card; Enhanced Driver’s License; Trusted Traveler Program card (NEXUS, SENTRI or FAST); or Form I-872 American Indian Card, or (when available) Enhanced Tribal Card. NOTE: REAL ID cards cannot be used.
  • WHTI does not affect U.S. Lawful Permanent Residents, who are still required to present their permanent resident card (Form I-551) or other valid evidence of permanent residence status.
  • Canadian citizens can present a valid passport, Enhanced Driver’s License, or Trusted Traveler Program card (NEXUS, SENTRI or FAST).
  • Mexican citizens are required to present a passport with visa, or a Border Crossing Card.
  • Bermudian citizens are required to present a valid passport.
  • All other travelers entering the United States from all other countries need a valid machine-readable passport upon arrival (regardless of their country of citizenship). Permanent residents and foreign nationals may also need a valid U.S. visa.  You must apply for a VISA before you start your trip.

REAL ID cards cannot be used for border crossings into Canada, Mexico or other international travel.

All entries are submitted to the Department of Homeland Security, Customs and Border Protection (“CBP”) and the Canadian Border Services Agency (“CBSA”), for screening before the race. Personal identification information is securely shared with these two agencies for the sole purpose of screening participants before race day. If your screening requires additional information than what was provided during registration or you are deemed inadmissible, one of these agencies may reach out to you via email or telephone for more details.

Health & Fitness Expo: You will be required to show your WHTI-compliant document to volunteers and officers of CBP and CBSA at the Health & Fitness Expo. You will NOT be able to pick up your bib and event bag without WHTI-compliant documentation.

REAL ID cards cannot be used for border crossings into Canada, Mexico or other international travel.

Race Day: Per government regulations, you’re required to carry WHTI-compliant documents when crossing the border, at any time. Running across the border as part of our race counts as “crossing the border.” If you’re not carrying a WHTI-compliant document and encounter a Canadian Border Services Agency or Customs and Border Protection officer, you’ll risk extra wait time and questioning. Please note it is not the intention of CBP and CBSA to actively or randomly pull runners out of the race to review their documentation, however they do reserve the right to question runners on race day.

REAL ID cards cannot be used for border crossings into Canada, Mexico or other international travel.

For questions or more information on CBP, click here.

For questions or more information on CBSA, click here.