Detroit Free Press Marathon

September 20, 2011


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Detroit Free Press Marathon is a 26.2 mile race, run every October in Detroit, Michigan. The marathon course is international, crossing the Ambassador Bridge and the Detroit-Windsor Tunnel between Detroit, Michigan, USA and Windsor, Ontario, Canada. Due to its use of the tunnel, the race is able to boast that it has the only official underwater international mile in the world, as the tunnel runs underneath the Detroit River.

Race Date

Oct 18, 2015


Detroit, Michigan, USA

Event Type

Start Times

Men: 7:00 am
Women: 7:00 am

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Race Registration

The entry fees is $125 for early registrations. To participate in Detroit Free Press Marathon you can register in the official website.

Course / Route Map

The marathon course offers international appeal traversing both downtown Detroit and Windsor, Ontario, crossing the border at both the Ambassador Bridge and Detroit-Windsor Tunnel. You will run through historic neighborhoods, around beautiful Belle Isle, and along the spectacular RiverWalk. The shared start-finish area on W. Fort St. at Second Ave., near Detroit Free Press operations, has enabled organizers to combine resources and improve runner and spectator experiences alike.

Race Profile / Elevation Map

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Time Limits & Cutoffs

Runner must be able to complete the marathon in six and a half hours from the time the “Last Chance Pacer” crosses the start line. The marathon course will close at 2:00 PM.

Course Records

Men: Greg Meyer 2:13:07 (1980)
Women: Elena Orlova 2:34:16 (2004)

Prize Money & Awards

Open Male/Female
1st – $4,000
2nd – $2,000
3rd – $1,000

T-Shirts, Medals, Certificates

Finishers in all races receive a medal.

Water Stops & Refreshments

Lemon-lime Gatorade Endurance Formula and water will be available at every fluid station throughout the course. There will be three flavors of GU at the 16th mile of the Full Marathon.

Expected Race Day Weather

The race day has fine autumn weather, allowing for cool starts and pleasant highs. The average temperature is 41 degrees – with a wind chill of 36 – at the start of the race.

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