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Race Dates

2017: Sunday, October 15, 2017
2016: Sunday, October 16, 2016

Course Information

Profile: Mostly Flat
Type: Loop
Surface: Road/Pavement
Certified?: Yes

Race Day Weather

Mean Temp.: 51°F (10°C)
Average High: 58°F (14°C)
Average Low: 44° F (6°C)

Historical Weather


PR Score & Course Score

PR Score: 99.05
Course Score: 99.05

Race Size

2016: 3,215 Finishers
2015: 3,802 Finishers
2014: 3,993 Finishers

BQ Percentages

2017: N/A
2016: 8.6%
2015: 7.7%

Miscellaneous Information

Pace Groups?: Yes

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Course Description

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Marathon Rankings

The Detroit Free Press Marathon was the 25th largest marathon in the U.S. last year and was the 22nd largest in 2015.

Last year 8.6% of finishers qualified for the Boston Marathon and 7.7% of runners qualified for Boston in 2015.

This gives the Detroit Free Press Marathon the 259th highest percentage of Boston Marathon qualifiers in the U.S. last year and the 273rd highest percentage in 2015.


Its Course Score of 99.05 ranks it as the 176th fastest marathon course in the U.S. and the 8th fastest course in Michigan.

The typical race time temperature and humidity levels are within the ideal range for optimal marathon performance. This, coupled with the Course Score, gives the Detroit Free Press Marathon a PR Score of 99.05. This PR Score ranks it as the 124th fastest marathon in the U.S. and the 5th fastest in Michigan.

Learn more about PR Scores and Course Scores on the FAQ page.


Elevation Chart

Max Elevation: 722 feet (220m)
Min Elevation: 495 feet (150m)

Detroit




Ratings & Reviews for the Detroit Free Press Marathon

4.8 Stars from 12 Reviews



review of 2016 Detroit Free Press Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars

Review

Flat and fast, bridge and run into Canada was super cool. Nice race, fun to cross borders during a marathon. Traffic and parking sucked before the race.

Race Tips

Get there super early for parking and traffic. Quite flat. Savor the sunrise over the bridge into Canada and just enjoy it.

Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

The race sent out list of parking garages and places. Just make sure you get there early. Also I sat in parking garage for 3 hours after race in traffic just to get out of the garage, so don't plan to get anywhere in a hurry after the race if you're anywhere on an upper-level in the garages.



review of 2016 Detroit Free Press Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars

Review

It's international 2 countries, run over a Bridge, through a tunnel, and a major city's downtown.

Race Tips

Train hills the bridge and tunnel can be tough.

Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

I liked the MGM GRAND.



review of 2016 Detroit Free Press Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars

Review

Crossing international borders is an amazing feeling running over the bridge & then back through the tunnel.

Race Tips

This marathon has hills!!!! Just because Windsor & Detroit r flat the on ramp to the ambassador bridge & the ramp to come out the tunnel can take a toll!!! Practise hill running!

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review of 2016 Detroit Free Press Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars

Review


Race Tips


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review of 2016 Detroit Free Press Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars

Review

This race crosses into Canada over the Ambassador Bridge and back to the United States. It is a well organized race and fun to participate.

Race Tips

Never can predict the weather in Michigan. In 2016, the weather was nice and warm in the early morning, but rain hit after 11am or so, cooled it down somewhat but not bad. However, it seemed that the runners and volunteers made the best of a great event, despite the weathter.

Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

Check the website freepmarathon.com to check all this info out.



review of 2016 Detroit Free Press Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars

Review

Fantastic Route. Overly helpful staff. Surprisingly great weather. Only improvement needed is food at the end of the race!

Race Tips

The first half is very crowded (but did not effect pacing). No bananas or food of any kind (2 gel shots) given.

Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

Parking was tricky but getting their early made it easy (write down where you parked as I got lost downtown).



review of 2016 Detroit Free Press Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars

Review

Its run through both the US and Canada. Good rehydration stops.

Race Tips

Ambassador Bridge to Canada is 1 miles incline and 1 mile decline (2 miles total)

Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)




review of 2016 Detroit Free Press Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars

Review

Great course - crossing the Ambassador Bridge at sunrise to enjoy a view over the Detroit River, run a few miles in Canada (!), an entire mile underwater (The Underwater Mile is the tunnel coming back from Canada to the US). Historic neighborhoods - Mexicantown, Corktown, Indian Village - have a great vibe. Three-mile loop on Belle Isle on the same pavement that hosts a Formula One race! Fast, flat course - great for beginners.

Race Tips

Prepare for any weather - temperature at the start line for the past four years has been 38, 35, 31, 55 (!). It has rained and snowed on the course in different years, so be ready. Just make sure you can have your bib visible for border crossings.

Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

If you want a downtown hotel, book early - they go quickly. And there are a lot of great restaurants and activities downtown for before and after the race.



review of 2016 Detroit Free Press Marathon.   

4 / 5 Stars

Review

Overall a good course...of course it's international. The one thing I didn't like was going on to Belle Isle and back out. It just doesn't ever make sense to me. Going through Indian Village is always great... a lot of people cheering you on.. bands etc..

Race Tips

I didn't hydrate enough. I didn't run enough 20 milers, because it was such a hot summer.. I should have changed to the half.

Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

Marriott Hotel was a great place to stay!! Great food and location!!



review of 2014 Detroit Free Press Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars

Review

International race that crosses into Canada and then back to the US. Beautiful sunrise will crossing the Ambassador Bridge. Awesome crowd support.

Race Tips

The race starts at 7am. You need to be through the Detroit Windsor Tunnel by 10am. Make sure you can keep that pace or use one of the pace team members.

Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)




review of 2014 Detroit Free Press Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars

Review

The sun rises as you run over the Ambassador Bridge into Canada. The crowds in both Detroit and Windsor are the best I've experienced. The trip back to the US through the Windsor Tunnel is a crazy experience with just you and thousands of your new closest friends. Running out to Bell Isle and along the Detroit River walk is beautiful. The Medals... Please! They are the best!

Race Tips


Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

Park away from the start an take the People Mover (really fun on race day). Eat at Greek Town after the race!



review of 2013 Detroit Free Press Marathon.   

4 / 5 Stars

Review

This was a very well organized event from the starting line to the finish at both the US and Canadian side. runners were in corrals that started in 2 minute waves so that the bridge and tunnels wouldn't be overwhelmed. Border security was also well organized and we were asked several times before the start to make sure to have bib numbers visible prior to reaching the bridge if not we would be stopped by security. some people thought that you passed one set of security that was it, no they would radio ahead for the next set of security to get a hold of you.

Race Tips

The first half of the race was awesome but i thought the 2nd half was boring. Miles 13-17 was just too flat and too straight. Do Not watch the course video at the expo if you are the type that likes to be surprised. The most challenging part of the course were the mile or 2 before the bridge, a long uphill run, not too bad of an ascent, but just long and gradual. Second is Belle Island because of the head winds from the lake. if you can survive 2 miles of that, then your in the clear, but there is a hill at mile 25. its not bad, but its a hill at mile 25.

People may say this was a flat and fast course fail to note that this was a tough course because of the elements. It was a chilly day, but winds were a factor

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