Disabilities Division 6:58 a.m.
International Half-Marathon Run/Walk & Marathon Relay 7 a.m.
5K 9 a.m.
U.S.-only Half-Marathon & Kids Fun Run 10:30 a.m.
1-Mile $20-$25, Kids Fun Run $15-$20, 5K $30-$40, US-only Half-Marathon $90-$115, Intl. Half-Marathon $90-$115, Marathon Relay $275-$375, Marathon & Disabilities Division $95-$120
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Are you ready to run?
The marathon may happen during the third weekend of October, but the journey brings out the best in people year-round. Get ready to join 30,000 of your newest running friends at the Detroit Free Press/TCF Bank Marathon’s 42nd annual run.
Join the thousands who run for their own reasons and support each other every step of the way. Ready for the full 26.2? The course will take you through two countries, through the international tunnel and over the beautiful Ambassador Bridge. If the half is more your style, there are two unique courses to choose from. With a group of friends or family or both, you can participate as a relay team that relies on each other. And for those who want to ease in, there is have a 5K, Kids Fun Run and Competitive 1-Mile on Saturday!
New this year to race weekend:
– Competitive 1-Mile timed event along the Detroit Riverfront available to any runner, not just Marathon participants, and is available as an individual race; and the inaugural
– Motor City Challenge Series for those who want to run in more than one event during Marathon Weekend
– Late registration for the 1-Mile, 5K, Kids Fun Run and the US-only Half-Marathon which will be accepted on Friday only at the annual Metro Detroit Chevy Dealers Health and Fitness Expo held at TCF Center, while available entry spots last
Nearly 4,000 of the participants are expected to run to raise over $2 million for more than 40 charities. The race, which runs throughout the streets of Detroit and Windsor, Canada, is the largest running race of its kind in the State of Michigan and is celebrating its 41st year of competition. This year’s Marathon will draw runners from countries as far away as Nigeria, Sweden and Taiwan.
TCF National Bank (TCF Bank), a subsidiary of TCF Financial Corporation (TCF) (NYSE: TCF), announced it will be the co-titled sponsor of the Detroit Free Press/TCF Bank Marathon. “Giving back to the communities we serve is important to all of us at TCF Bank, and sponsoring the Detroit Free Press/TCF Bank Marathon is one way we can continue this strong tradition in the city of Detroit and throughout Michigan,” said Michael Jones, executive vice president, consumer banking at TCF Financial Corporation. “Alongside team members from our offices and 50 branches in Michigan, we look forward to bringing the community together to create memorable experiences that showcase the beauty of Detroit and to celebrate the strength and perseverance of runners.”
Michigan Supreme Court Justice Richard Bernstein will be First Blind State Supreme Court Justice to Run in Detroit Free Press/TCF Bank Marathon
Michigan Supreme Court Justice Richard Bernstein, the first blind State Supreme Court Justice in the US, will be taking part in the Detroit Free Press/TCF Bank Marathon on October 20. This marks the first time he has run his hometown marathon since a devastating accident seven years ago which led to a 10-week stay in Mount Sinai Hospital in New York. The accident occurred as Bernstein was walking in the pedestrian lane in Central Park, on a walking path he had memorized and walked many times previously, when he was hit in the back by a speeding bike that had lost control. His hip and pelvis were shattered.
From being a competitive runner who had competed in 17 marathons prior to the accident, Justice Bernstein had to learn to walk again. Even now he admits that he copes with tremendous pain every day because of the accident. “It’s with me all the time, but the more I move the better and running has helped me get stronger every day. I’m very excited to run the marathon in my home city.” Justice Bernstein will have a running guide during the race, local marathon runner, IRONMAN athlete, and former Michigan State University All American Athlete Sara Reichert.