Enhanced Safety Policies

The Detroit Free Press Marathon, in partnership with the Detroit Police, local, state, federal and international agencies, will be taking additional security and safety precautions at our event. These additional security precautions may or may not be visible to event attendees and will be implemented to create the safest environment possible for the public, volunteers and participants on race weekend.

In order to maximize the safety of the public during the Detroit Free Press Marathon, we need your support. Please review the following security-related items:

  • Drones will be flown according to FAA rules by the Detroit Free Press Marathon.
  • Participants and spectators are asked not to bring or wear backpacks or duffle bags to the Detroit Free Press Marathon event. Please be aware that all bags and backpacks will be subject to search by security personnel.
  • Backpacks or duffle bags will not be accepted at Gear Check. Only the clear bags, which will be distributed to participants at packet pickup, will be accepted at Gear Check.
  • Additional security measures have been added to the course. At the event start line on Fort Street, only participants with a runners’ bib will be allowed to enter the corrals.
  • Participants will only be allowed to enter the corrals in which they are assigned; Corral assignments are clearly posted on the front of each runner’s bib.
  • Do not leave bags, backpacks or items left unattended. Any bags or items left unattended will be removed by security personnel.

It is the goal and intention of the Detroit Free Press Marathon to ensure a safe environment for our community and family event. Thank you in advance for your cooperation.


You will be notified in the following manner if the race is terminated due to an emergency:

(1) Race staff along the course will use hand-held P.A. speakers to announce that the race has been terminated;

(2) Public safety personnel will use vehicle-mounted P.A. speakers to announce that the race has been terminated; and

(3) Race staff along the course will fly the BLACK flag indicating that the race has been terminated.

When the race is terminated, the Finish Line will be closed and all timing mats disabled. After the event is terminated, all runners will make their way back to the area of the finish line as pedestrians where contestant services (e.g., Gear Check; Lost and Found; etc.) and their personal means of transportation home are located.

In the event that the border crossings are closed while runners are in Windsor, then those runners will be instructed to assemble at the University of Windsor Stadium/Field House (2555 College Ave – in close proximity to the foot of the Ambassador Bridge) until arrangements can be made for them to walk back across the border to the area of the finish line. If bus transportation is required to cross the border, then runners will be dropped off at the Washington Blvd. entrance to Cobo Hall – a few blocks away from the area of the finish line.

See Something Say Something

Event attendees are encouraged to report any suspicious activity or information to the nearest event security personnel. If you see suspicious activity, please report it to your the police department. If you are experiencing an emergency, please call 911.


Additional Helpful Links

Preventing Terrorism: http://www.dhs.gov/preventing-terrorism

Seven Signs of Terrorism: http://www.homelandsecurity.ms.gov/docs/msaic_seven_signs_terrorism.pdf

Suspicious Package Checklist: http://hsema.dc.gov/sites/default/files/dc/sites/hsema/release_content/attachments/20982/Susp_Mail_DHS.PDF