In its 37th year, Marathon organizers offer events across the entire weekend.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

DETROIT FREE PRESS/TALMER BANK MARATHON ENHANCES SCHEDULE FOR 2014

DETROIT, Michigan, Oct.14, 2014 – The Detroit Free Press/Talmer Bank Marathon, the only marathon to cross international borders twice, celebrates its 37th year with an enhanced schedule. This year, the updated schedule features events throughout the entire weekend, starting Friday, Oct. 17, and running through Sunday, Oct. 19. The Health and Fitness Expo starts Friday and continues Saturday, the American Home Fitness 5K and Meijer Kids Fun Run will bring nearly 3,000 runners and walkers to Detroit on Saturday morning, and more than 27,300 will participate in the six events on Sunday, including half- and full marathons, the disabilities division marathon, a marathon relay and an afterparty. The Detroit Free Press/Talmer Bank Marathon events offer participants even more opportunities to experience the scenic views of Detroit and Windsor.

“This year’s marathon is on track to be one of the best. With nine events, we have the opportunity to include participants of many ages and abilities. Our goal is to provide an excellent experience for those who travel near and far to participate, while showcasing what Detroit has to offer,” said Barbara Bennage, executive race director of the Detroit Free Press/Talmer Bank Marathon. “The Ambassador Bridge and Detroit-Windsor Tunnel; historic neighborhoods of Corktown, Mexicantown and Indian Village; riverfronts in Windsor and Detroit; and the natural beauty of Belle Isle are just some of the many reasons we attract runners from 48 states and 19 countries.”

The 2014 schedule features:

  • Health and Fitness Expo – The Expo will host more than 90 exhibitors at Cobo Center and will provide the opportunity to see the latest in running gear and technology, pick up race packets and 2014 Marathon gear, and hear from informative speakers on health and fitness topics. Friday, Oct. 17, 2-8 p.m.
  • Saturday, Oct. 18, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. American Home Fitness 5K – This event Saturday morning takes runners along the Detroit RiverWalk, through the William G. Milliken State Park & Harbor and the Rivertown Warehouse District before finishing near Rivard Plaza. Saturday, Oct. 18, 9 a.m.
  • Meijer Kids Fun Run – Kids ages four through 12 can participate in this half- or one- mile fun run/walk near the Detroit RiverWalk. Saturday, Oct. 18, 10:30 a.m.
  • Disabilities Division – In this event, handcycle and pushrim participants navigate the half- or full marathon course. Sunday, Oct. 19, 6:58 a.m.
  • Marathon – The full marathon course offers international appeal, traversing both downtown Detroit and Windsor, crossing the border at both the Ambassador Bridge and Detroit-Windsor Tunnel. Runners trek through historic neighborhoods, around beautiful Belle Isle and along the spectacular RiverWalk, starting and finishing on W. Fort St. at Second Ave. Sunday, Oct. 19, 7 a.m.
  • Metro Detroit Chevy Dealers International Half Marathon – The international half marathon runs the first half of the full marathon course, circling back to finish at the W. Fort St. and Second Ave. line. Sunday, Oct. 19, 7 a.m.
  • Metro Detroit Chevy Dealers U.S. Half Marathon – The U.S.-only course takes place on the back half of the Marathon, starting at E. Congress between Brush St. and Randolph St. and finishing at the same location as the full and international half marathon runners. Sunday, Oct. 19, 10:30 a.m.
  • Marathon Relay – Teams of three to five runners will cover the entire 26.2 mile distance. Each runner will run designated legs of three to seven miles throughout the course. Sunday, Oct. 19, 7 a.m.
  • Conquered Afterparty – Participants and friends and family are invited to celebrate the event with live entertainment, official gear and great food at the Conquered Afterparty at Lafayette and Third St. Sunday, Oct. 19, 8 a.m.-2 p.m.Other highlights of the weekend include “Cruise the Course” guided bus tours to get a pre-race look at 20 of the 26.2-mile course on Saturday, Oct. 18, and entertainment and spirit stations spread throughout the courses on Sunday to keep runners energized and excited.The Marathon was founded in 1978 and, throughout the past 37 years, has grown in size and participation, and has made a difference in the lives of many. Already this year, runners have raised funds for 27 participating charities, helping local and international causes. Last year, more than $3 million was raised. Through the support of participants and sponsors, the 2014 event is sure to be a success.

    Runners from Michigan, the United States and all over the world have traveled to Detroit to take part in this award-winning Marathon. Competitor magazine has included Detroit when picking its 26 most memorable miles from marathons across the country. The magazine called the mile over the bridge as the “more scenic,” but the mile through the tunnel the “more memorable.” Rodale publishing, parent of Runner’s World magazine, has selected Detroit as one of its 10 best events for first-time marathoners. Marathon & Beyond magazine has included Detroit it its ranking of the Top 25 finisher medals for North American marathons. In addition, the 2013 Detroit Free Press/Talmer Bank Marathon received the Governor’s Fitness Award for Extraordinary Event/Organization.

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