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Oct. 14-16, 2022

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Oct. 14-16, 2022

Marathon News

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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,

May 25th, 2022|

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

October 7th, 2021|

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

July 29th, 2021|

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

June 29th, 2021|

Update June 24, 2021

THE ANNOUNCEMENT YOU’VE BEEN WAITING FOR  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

June 24th, 2021|

2021 In-Person Promotion Contest Rules

“WIN A HOTEL PACKAGE” SWEEPSTAKES Official Rules   NO PURCHASE REQUIRED TO ENTER OR WIN. MAKING A PURCHASE WILL NOT IMPROVE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING.  ALL FEDERAL, STATE, LOCAL AND MUNICIPAL LAWS AND REGULATIONS APPLY.  Sponsor Detroit Newspaper Partnership L.P. d/b/a Michigan.com (“Sponsor”), 7950

June 23rd, 2021|

Tips for Beginners

Tips for Beginners...From a Former Beginner! A guest blog post by 2021 Race ambassador, Tanya Thornton. Starting to run, especially starting to run when you just committed to 26.2 miles, can be daunting. If you never had a good relationship with running as a

May 24th, 2021|

Run Safe Run Smart

Run Safe Run Smart A guest blog post written by Jessica Smith using her personal experience to help you be safer as you run. Find Jessica at the following: Instagram: @Pcelovedesign Web: http://www.peacelovedesign.com/

May 10th, 2021|

Post-Run Vlog with Dianne

Dianne Bondy is one of our Ambassadors and she is pretty awesome. Dianne came to running later in life and is all about making sure you know that you can do whatever you set your mind to. She is a runner, a yoga instructor,

April 29th, 2021|

Update April 26, 2021

As April comes to a close, we are still moving forward with plans for both in-person and virtual events this October 15-17, 2021. We have been meeting with city, state, border officials, as well as our medical team at Henry Ford Health System, to

April 26th, 2021|

For the Love of Breathing

For the Love of Breathing A guest blog post by 2021 race ambassador, Robyn Childers   As a yoga teacher, marathon runner and health and wellness coach, there is no topic I find more important or fascinating than “Breath.” Breathing is living. It is

April 18th, 2021|

Rookie Giveaway!

For the month of April, we are giving all rookies the chance to win! Every rookie who signs up from now until April 30, 2021, will automatically be given the chance to win one of two prize packs from us including the new book

April 1st, 2021|

Update March 27, 2021

As March comes to a close, we are still moving forward with plans for both in-person and virtual events this October 15-17, 2021. The Detroit Free Press Marathon monitors all state and local COVID-19 mandates and recommendations for gatherings from the CDC, Michigan Health

March 27th, 2021|

Joining a Relay Team

Joining a relay team looks a bit different this year compared to our previous registration platform. Below are step-by-step instructions to join an established relay team. Visit: https://detroitmarathon.enmotive.com/events/register/2022-detroit-free-press-marathon Make sure there is no other registrations still in your cart in the top right corner.

March 19th, 2021|

Celebrate 313 Day with 3.13 Detroit Route

We like to think of March 13th as a day to celebrate Detroit, it is 313 Day after all. Whether you are near or far, we hope you’ll commemorate 313 Day by running, walking, or wheeling 3.13 miles and tagging us in your posts

March 10th, 2021|

Run with Local Support

Whether you have been a runner for years, or you are new to the long-distance running game, we all know that there is power in numbers. Joining a running club can have many mental and physical benefits. You can find other people like you,

February 22nd, 2021|

Update February 20, 2021.

While there is not a lot of new information to share regarding our upcoming event and COVID-19, we felt it was important to continue to update you on a monthly basis as we promised. We are cautiously moving forward with plans to hold our

February 19th, 2021|

Runner Spotlight: Ella Willis

This Black History Month, we just wanted to take a moment to celebrate Ella Willis. At 63- years-old, Willis has been running for 54 years and has been dubbed by some “Detroit’s Queen of the Marathon.”

February 17th, 2021|

When the Marathon Was Run on Belle Isle By Dr. Edward Kozloff

The Detroit Free Press International Marathon was to have celebrated the 43rd annual race on October 17th this year.  The race starts near downtown Detroit, crosses the Ambassador Bridge into Canada, continues through downtown Windsor, returning back to the United States through the Detroit-Windsor

December 14th, 2020|

2021 Registration Opening Announcement

Hello Detroit Free Press Marathon Family, While we all adapted to producing and participating in events virtually, we are hopeful and excited to bring athletes of all abilities back to the streets of Detroit and Windsor for the 2021 Detroit Free Press Marathon weekend,

December 10th, 2020|

Be an official ambassador for the marathon

What does it mean to be a Detroit Free Press Marathon ambassador? Our ambassadors personify all the best qualities of Detroit Free Press Marathon participants. They are dedicated, hardworking and love a good comeback. Our ambassadors represent us on social media through takeovers,

September 23rd, 2020|

2020 Medal Design

All participants in our 2020 virtual events will receive the following medal in their registered distances! Any Motor City Challenge participants will receive a medal for each distance they have completed as well as a Motor City Challenge Medal (design to be released shortly)!

July 29th, 2020|

2020 Shirt Designs Are Here!

  Our 2020 participant shirts designs 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 the designs here! This year’s

July 28th, 2020|

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

July 24th, 2020|

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.

June 24th, 2020|

10 Tips to Keep your Fundraising on Track

Tip #1: Post regular updates. Reached 50% of your fundraising target? Smashed your training run today? Use your online fundraising page alongside your social media accounts as your diary and keep friends, family and colleagues involved with your fundraising journey.

June 4th, 2020|

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.

April 21st, 2020|

Runner of the Week is back in 2020!

We are so excited to announce the return of our Michelob ULTRA Runner of the Week program! Starting on April 24, we’ll be highlighting our runners and walkers up until race day and sharing their stories with you.

April 9th, 2020|

Home Workout for Runners

We have been working at home for a full week now and like all of you, we are starting to get stir crazy. With gyms being closed, working out can be difficult but we are here to help with an at-home workout built with

March 19th, 2020|

Podcast or No Podcast? That is a question.

As you may have heard by now, we started a podcast at Marathon HQ (if you haven’t, you should totally check it out here)! Going behind the scenes, we’re covering different aspects of the race from the Ladies of COBO to how the medical

August 16th, 2019|

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

August 8th, 2019|

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

July 24th, 2019|

Featured Charities

2020 Features: Friends of the Rouge Mission: 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

July 15th, 2019|

Goodbye 2018!

Another year for the books! What a year it’s been! As our 41st running and 2018 comes to a close, we want to take a moment to look back

November 6th, 2018|

Race Day Etiquette

As we draw nearer to Detroit’s Marathon Weekend we’re reminded of just how many people will be joining us Detroit! Over 26,000 runners, walkers and wheelers will be celebrating our 42nd running. However, as with many large races (did you know we are Michigan’s

October 7th, 2018|

Hello, Saturday!

Saturday is shaping up to be stellar, folks! We’re so excited to announce all the details for our races on Saturday, October 20th. 

June 1st, 2018|

New Balance Runner of the Week returns in 2018!

We are so excited to announce the return of our New Balance Runner of the Week program! Starting mid-April we'll be highlighting our runners and walkers up until race day and sharing their stories with you. To be featured as one of our New Balance

April 6th, 2018|

New For 2018!

It’s Time To Show The Motor City What We’re Made Of Celebrating our 40th Running was awesome. Now we’re determined to make Michigan’s largest road race even bigger and better.

November 2nd, 2017|

Cruise Our Race Course

Join the Detroit Experience Factory for a course tour on race weekend! A guided bus tour will take you on about 20 miles of our 26.2-mile course. A great opportunity for runners and spectators!

May 18th, 2016|

Thanks For A Great 2015!

  Thanks for taking part in Detroit's Marathon Weekend! This event would not be possible without our volunteers, sponsors and staff. Congratulations to all of our participants. You inspire us, and we hope to see you again next year!  

October 19th, 2014|

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,

May 25th, 2022|

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

October 7th, 2021|

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

July 29th, 2021|

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

June 29th, 2021|

Update June 24, 2021

THE ANNOUNCEMENT YOU’VE BEEN WAITING FOR  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

June 24th, 2021|

2021 In-Person Promotion Contest Rules

“WIN A HOTEL PACKAGE” SWEEPSTAKES Official Rules   NO PURCHASE REQUIRED TO ENTER OR WIN. MAKING A PURCHASE WILL NOT IMPROVE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING.  ALL FEDERAL, STATE, LOCAL AND MUNICIPAL LAWS AND REGULATIONS APPLY.  Sponsor Detroit Newspaper Partnership L.P. d/b/a Michigan.com (“Sponsor”), 7950

June 23rd, 2021|

Tips for Beginners

Tips for Beginners...From a Former Beginner! A guest blog post by 2021 Race ambassador, Tanya Thornton. Starting to run, especially starting to run when you just committed to 26.2 miles, can be daunting. If you never had a good relationship with running as a

May 24th, 2021|

Run Safe Run Smart

Run Safe Run Smart A guest blog post written by Jessica Smith using her personal experience to help you be safer as you run. Find Jessica at the following: Instagram: @Pcelovedesign Web: http://www.peacelovedesign.com/

May 10th, 2021|

Post-Run Vlog with Dianne

Dianne Bondy is one of our Ambassadors and she is pretty awesome. Dianne came to running later in life and is all about making sure you know that you can do whatever you set your mind to. She is a runner, a yoga instructor,

April 29th, 2021|

Update April 26, 2021

As April comes to a close, we are still moving forward with plans for both in-person and virtual events this October 15-17, 2021. We have been meeting with city, state, border officials, as well as our medical team at Henry Ford Health System, to

April 26th, 2021|

For the Love of Breathing

For the Love of Breathing A guest blog post by 2021 race ambassador, Robyn Childers   As a yoga teacher, marathon runner and health and wellness coach, there is no topic I find more important or fascinating than “Breath.” Breathing is living. It is

April 18th, 2021|

Rookie Giveaway!

For the month of April, we are giving all rookies the chance to win! Every rookie who signs up from now until April 30, 2021, will automatically be given the chance to win one of two prize packs from us including the new book

April 1st, 2021|

Update March 27, 2021

As March comes to a close, we are still moving forward with plans for both in-person and virtual events this October 15-17, 2021. The Detroit Free Press Marathon monitors all state and local COVID-19 mandates and recommendations for gatherings from the CDC, Michigan Health

March 27th, 2021|

Joining a Relay Team

Joining a relay team looks a bit different this year compared to our previous registration platform. Below are step-by-step instructions to join an established relay team. Visit: https://detroitmarathon.enmotive.com/events/register/2022-detroit-free-press-marathon Make sure there is no other registrations still in your cart in the top right corner.

March 19th, 2021|

Celebrate 313 Day with 3.13 Detroit Route

We like to think of March 13th as a day to celebrate Detroit, it is 313 Day after all. Whether you are near or far, we hope you’ll commemorate 313 Day by running, walking, or wheeling 3.13 miles and tagging us in your posts

March 10th, 2021|

Run with Local Support

Whether you have been a runner for years, or you are new to the long-distance running game, we all know that there is power in numbers. Joining a running club can have many mental and physical benefits. You can find other people like you,

February 22nd, 2021|

Update February 20, 2021.

While there is not a lot of new information to share regarding our upcoming event and COVID-19, we felt it was important to continue to update you on a monthly basis as we promised. We are cautiously moving forward with plans to hold our

February 19th, 2021|

Runner Spotlight: Ella Willis

This Black History Month, we just wanted to take a moment to celebrate Ella Willis. At 63- years-old, Willis has been running for 54 years and has been dubbed by some “Detroit’s Queen of the Marathon.”

February 17th, 2021|

When the Marathon Was Run on Belle Isle By Dr. Edward Kozloff

The Detroit Free Press International Marathon was to have celebrated the 43rd annual race on October 17th this year.  The race starts near downtown Detroit, crosses the Ambassador Bridge into Canada, continues through downtown Windsor, returning back to the United States through the Detroit-Windsor

December 14th, 2020|

2021 Registration Opening Announcement

Hello Detroit Free Press Marathon Family, While we all adapted to producing and participating in events virtually, we are hopeful and excited to bring athletes of all abilities back to the streets of Detroit and Windsor for the 2021 Detroit Free Press Marathon weekend,

December 10th, 2020|

Be an official ambassador for the marathon

What does it mean to be a Detroit Free Press Marathon ambassador? Our ambassadors personify all the best qualities of Detroit Free Press Marathon participants. They are dedicated, hardworking and love a good comeback. Our ambassadors represent us on social media through takeovers,

September 23rd, 2020|

2020 Medal Design

All participants in our 2020 virtual events will receive the following medal in their registered distances! Any Motor City Challenge participants will receive a medal for each distance they have completed as well as a Motor City Challenge Medal (design to be released shortly)!

July 29th, 2020|

2020 Shirt Designs Are Here!

  Our 2020 participant shirts designs 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 the designs here! This year’s

July 28th, 2020|

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

July 24th, 2020|

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.

June 24th, 2020|

10 Tips to Keep your Fundraising on Track

Tip #1: Post regular updates. Reached 50% of your fundraising target? Smashed your training run today? Use your online fundraising page alongside your social media accounts as your diary and keep friends, family and colleagues involved with your fundraising journey.

June 4th, 2020|

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.

April 21st, 2020|

Runner of the Week is back in 2020!

We are so excited to announce the return of our Michelob ULTRA Runner of the Week program! Starting on April 24, we’ll be highlighting our runners and walkers up until race day and sharing their stories with you.

April 9th, 2020|

Home Workout for Runners

We have been working at home for a full week now and like all of you, we are starting to get stir crazy. With gyms being closed, working out can be difficult but we are here to help with an at-home workout built with

March 19th, 2020|

Podcast or No Podcast? That is a question.

As you may have heard by now, we started a podcast at Marathon HQ (if you haven’t, you should totally check it out here)! Going behind the scenes, we’re covering different aspects of the race from the Ladies of COBO to how the medical

August 16th, 2019|

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

August 8th, 2019|

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

July 24th, 2019|

Featured Charities

2020 Features: Friends of the Rouge Mission: 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

July 15th, 2019|

Goodbye 2018!

Another year for the books! What a year it’s been! As our 41st running and 2018 comes to a close, we want to take a moment to look back

November 6th, 2018|

Race Day Etiquette

As we draw nearer to Detroit’s Marathon Weekend we’re reminded of just how many people will be joining us Detroit! Over 26,000 runners, walkers and wheelers will be celebrating our 42nd running. However, as with many large races (did you know we are Michigan’s

October 7th, 2018|

Hello, Saturday!

Saturday is shaping up to be stellar, folks! We’re so excited to announce all the details for our races on Saturday, October 20th. 

June 1st, 2018|

New Balance Runner of the Week returns in 2018!

We are so excited to announce the return of our New Balance Runner of the Week program! Starting mid-April we'll be highlighting our runners and walkers up until race day and sharing their stories with you. To be featured as one of our New Balance

April 6th, 2018|

New For 2018!

It’s Time To Show The Motor City What We’re Made Of Celebrating our 40th Running was awesome. Now we’re determined to make Michigan’s largest road race even bigger and better.

November 2nd, 2017|

Cruise Our Race Course

Join the Detroit Experience Factory for a course tour on race weekend! A guided bus tour will take you on about 20 miles of our 26.2-mile course. A great opportunity for runners and spectators!

May 18th, 2016|

Thanks For A Great 2015!

  Thanks for taking part in Detroit's Marathon Weekend! This event would not be possible without our volunteers, sponsors and staff. Congratulations to all of our participants. You inspire us, and we hope to see you again next year!  

October 19th, 2014|
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