One of Detroit’s richest traditions returns this weekend as the 40th Annual Detroit Free Press/Talmer Bank Marathon will unite seasoned and new runners in a trek across Detroit and Windsor. Over 26,000 registered runners, walkers, wheelers, and handcyclists will be filling the streets of Detroit and Windsor in one of the biggest marathons of the year.
Spectators of the marathon can keep tabs on their favorite runners through the use of the Detroit Free Press app. You can follow where your runner is in the pack, their time, and more. The marathon’s Facebook and Twitter pages will also be posting the latest updates throughout the races.
The two day event begins on Saturday with the American Home Fitness 5K which will take participants along the Detroit Riverwalk, past Milliken State Park, past Chene Park, and finishing in front of the DNR Outdoor Adventure Center.
The Meijer Fun Run will also take place on Saturday at 10:30 a.m. The race will begin at the Outdoor Adventure Center and finish along the Detroit Riverwalk, where all finishers will receive a medal.
Sunday will feature the major races with the Full Marathon, International Half-Marathon, U.S. Only Half-Marathon, and Marathon Relay all taking place throughout the day. The Full Marathon will take runners over the Ambassador Bridge, through the Detroit-Windsor Tunnel and around Detroit. The routes will be slightly different this year, and you can see all of the details on the course map.
There’s more to the event than just running as there will also be an afterparty at Conquered, which is between Cass and Washington, and admission is free. There will be music, food, games, and a massage tent at the event.
The Metro Detroit Chevy Dealers Health & Fitness Expo at this year’s marathon will feature exhibitors on site offering 2016 marathon merchandise, the latest footwear and apparel, technology and more. There will also be an open shoe drive where anyone can donate by putting gently used running shoes in the back of a brand new Silverado truck bed. Shoe donations will be give to the homeless through Fort Street Open Door in Detroit.
There’s plenty of excitement surrounding this year’s Detroit Free Press/Talmer Bank Marathon as it proves to be one of the biggest races yet. Good luck to all of this year’s participants!