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.
The pacer 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 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 2023 event. More details coming soon.
On Pace Race will be providing pacers for the Marathon, International Half-Marathon and U.S.-Only Half-Marathon. On Pace is a vibrant community of athletes who can be found pacing races throughout the United States. This is On Pace’s first time working with the Detroit Free Press Marathon. It has 76 members on its team, each helping other runners get to the finish line in their goal time.
You can connect with the pacers in the starting corrals. They will be in order of pace (faster pacers closer to the start) at least 15 minutes prior to the start of the race. Feel free to introduce yourself — and run with a pacer! On Pace’s strategy will be to run mainly even splits.
They will be pacing the following times:
Marathon: 3:00, 3:05, 3:10, 3:15, 3:20, 3:25, 3:30, 3:35, 3:40, 3:50, 4:00, 4:15, 4:30, 4:45, 5:00, 5:15, 5:30, 5:45, 6:00, sweeper
International Half-Marathon: 1:30, 1:35, 1:40, 1:45, 1:50, 1:55, 2:00, 2:10, 2:15, 2:20, 2:30, 2:45, 3:00, 3:15, 3:30, sweeper
U.S.-Only Half-Marathon: 1:30, 1:35, 1:40, 1:45, 1:50, 1:55, 2:00, 2:10, 2:15, 2:20, 2:30, 2:45, 3:00, 3:15, 3:30
Click here for prizing details for 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.
To be eligible for our prizes, you must adhere to all rules and regulations, including our new Anti-Doping Policy.
Additional Marathon Prize Incentives:
First male to break race record of 2:13:07 (Greg Meyer, 1980) wins an additional $500
First female to break race record of 2:34:16 (Elena Orlova, 2004) wins an additional $500