The registration deadline for the international portions of the annual Detroit Free Press/TCF Bank Marathon is on August 26, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. The international portions of the weekend race events include: International Marathon, International Half-Marathon, Marathon Team Relay, the Disabilities Division for pushrim and handcycles, The Supreme and The Wonder. Less than 230 spots are currently available for the full 26.2-mile marathon. Deadlines to register for domestic races is Monday, October 14, all events are on a space available basis. More than 26,000 runners from every state including the District of Columbia and 50 other countries are expected to take part in race weekend, now in its 42nd year and being held on October 19-20, 2019. The event is Michigan’s largest road race through the streets of Detroit and Windsor, Canada and the only race to cross international borders twice, over the Ambassador Bridge and through the Detroit-Windsor Tunnel. Information on registration can be found here.
Building on the success of events introduced last year, the Motor City Challenge Series (where participants take part in a variety of weekend races) and the Competitive 1-Mile Race will remain part of this year’s line-up. Other Marathon weekend races include: US-Only Half-Marathon, the 5K, Kids Fun Run and The Temptation. In addition, October 18 will kick off the weekend events with a Health and Fitness Expo at COBO Center featuring more than 100 exhibitors, showcasing the latest in running footwear, apparel, nutrition, technology and more.
“For anyone considering running in marathon weekend events they can be assured we’ve got as much information as they’ll need to be ready in time for the event. We have tips and suggestions on our website along with access to local running groups to keep you energized,” said Barbara Bennage, Executive Race Director of the Detroit Free Press/TCF Bank Marathon. “The camaraderie amongst our runners, combined with a unique running experience of crossing international borders twice, will make this an event to remember.”
More than 4,000 participants will run to raise funds for 40 charities at the Detroit Free Press/TCF Bank Marathon, with more than $2 million expected to be raised. In 2018, more than 35,000 cheering spectators lined the racecourse with an estimated economic impact to Detroit at $13.8 million.
About the Detroit Free Press/TCF Bank Marathon:
The Detroit Free Press/TCF Bank Marathon is Michigan’s largest road race and the only race to cross international borders twice. From the new runner to the more seasoned marathoner, there is a race for everyone. Participants can join the Competitive 1-Mile, 5K or Meijer Kids Fun Run on Saturday, October 19, or the Full Marathon, International Half-Marathon, U.S.-Only Half-Marathon and Marathon Relay on Sunday, October 20. This year is the 42nd year of the event. Visit us to learn more about the Detroit Free Press/TCF Bank Marathon.
The Detroit Free Press/TCF Bank Marathon is owned and produced by Michigan.com. Michigan.com also produces a number of premier events in Metro Detroit, including the Freep Film Festival, the Wine & Food Experience, Detroit Free Press/Metro Detroit Chevy Dealers Top 10 Takeover, The Detroit News Dish & Design Series, Top Workplaces and The Detroit Free Press High School Sports Awards. Michigan.com also manages the business operations of The Detroit News under the terms of a federal Joint Operating Agreement.