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Race Dates

2018: TBD
2017: Sunday, October 15, 2017

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

2017: No Results
2016: 3,215 Finishers
2015: 3,802 Finishers

BQ Percentages

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

Miscellaneous Information

Pace Groups?: Yes

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Course Description

No course description available at this time.



Marathon Rankings

The Detroit Free Press Marathon was the 26th 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 257th highest percentage of Boston Marathon qualifiers in the U.S. last year and the 270th highest percentage in 2015.


Its Course Score of 99.05 ranks it as the 187th fastest marathon course in the U.S. and the 9th 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 131st 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




Recent Detroit Free Press Marathon Reviews

4.8 Stars from 13 Reviews
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review of 2017 Detroit Free Press Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars

Review

I really enjoyed the route. Crossed over into Canada by bridge and back to Detroit through an underwater tunnel. Well marked course and plenty of spectators. Well organized. Tons of visible security. Extremely windy this year but could easily be a PR if you get great weather.

Race Tips

Bag check was a little too far from start/finish line would be better not to check a bag. Definitely start this race slowly as your biggest hill is mile 3.

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

Plan ahead for meals after the marathon. Many places not open late on Sunday. If you stay in a hotel downtown it is a short walk to the start/finish line.



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!

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




review of 2016 Detroit Free Press Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars

Review


Race Tips


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




Finish Time Equivalent

If you ran the Detroit Free Press Marathon in 4:31:00, what would your time in the Boston Marathon be?

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