Over 25,000 expected to participate in annual Detroit Free Press/Chemical Bank Marathon

Posted at 5:13 AM, Oct 21, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-21 15:57:55-04

More than 25,000 runners from 48 states and 19 other countries will gather in downtown Detroit on Sunday, October 21, to take part in the annual Detroit Free Press/Chemical Bank Marathon.

Beginning at 7:00 a.m., participants will run the course through downtown Detroit and Windsor, crossing the border at the Ambassador Bridge and Detroit-Windsor Tunnel. Runners will follow the race course through the historic neighborhoods of Corktown, Mexicantown, Indian Village, and around beautiful Belle Isle and along the spectacular Detroit RiverWalk, starting and finishing their event at West Fort Street and Cass Avenue.

Disabilities Division - Handcycle and pushrim participants navigate the half or full marathon course beginning at 6:58 a.m.

Marathon Relay Event - Teams of three to five relay runners will cover the entire 26.2-mile distance beginning their relay race at 7:00 a.m. Each relay participant will run designated legs of three to seven miles throughout the Marathon course.

International Half-Marathon - Participants of the International Half-Marathon will begin at 7:00 a.m. and run the first half of the full Marathon course, completing their race at the West Fort Street and Cass Avenue finish line.

U.S.-Only Half-Marathon - Beginning at 10:30 a.m., the US-only Half-Marathon course start line will begin near the intersection of Cadillac Square and Bates Street, run the back half of the full Marathon course, and finish at the same location as the full and International Half-Marathon runners.

During the Conquered Afterparty, participants, friends and family members are invited to celebrate their accomplishments from 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. at the official Marathon afterparty located at the corner of 3rd Street and Lafayette Boulevard. The event features live entertainment from the award winning cover band Collision Six; a chance to win over $5,000 in prizes including free 2019 race registrations; local food truck favorites Mac Shack and El Guapo will be there to satisfy post-race cravings; cold beer will be available for a nominal price (all proceeds are donated to charity); and family fun including games and more.

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