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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 260th highest percentage of Boston Marathon qualifiers in the U.S. last year and the 281st highest percentage in 2015.

Its Course Score of 99.05 ranks it as the 176th 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 124th fastest marathon in the U.S. and the 6th 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)


Ratings & Reviews for the Detroit Free Press Marathon

4.7 Stars from 3 Reviews

review of 2016 Detroit Free Press Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars


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 2014 Detroit Free Press Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars


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 2013 Detroit Free Press Marathon.   

4 / 5 Stars


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

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

Finish Time Equivalent

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