Your City. Your Marathon.

By: Rachel Dybicki, a lifelong marathon fan and Marketing Coordinator at


Don’t miss the 40th running of the Detroit Free Press/Chemical Bank Marathon!


The Detroit Free Press/Chemical Bank Marathon has a storied history, and we’re excited for you to join the tale. The fabled event began 40 years ago when Detroit Free Press Managing Editor Neal Shine watched the Falmouth Road Race and became captivated with the event. After he initiated the event in Detroit, the rest became history.


How to Register


This is the last chance to join Detroit’s race weekend. Registration is still open for the 5K or Kids Fun Run on Saturday, October 14 and the U.S.-Only Half-Marathon on Sunday, October 15. Registration for these three races closes on Monday, October 9 at 11:59 p.m. It’s not too late to join!


This race weekend brings individuals from all around the world to celebrate and show off our great city. With more than 26,000 participants and 50,000 spectators, this is expected to be one of our largest Detroit Free Press/Chemical Bank Marathons yet!




6 things you need to know about Detroit’s race weekend!


  1. This year is the 40th running of the marathon! Participants can join the Full-Marathon (26.2 miles), International or U.S.-Only Marathon (13.1 miles), five-person Relay, 5K or Kids Fun Run (one mile)
  2. Every finisher will receive a medal (5K and Kids Fun Run included)! The medal size and custom ribbon will differ with the distance of the event
  3. Our theme this year is based off the Flag of Detroit. The race has been growing with Detroit, so we have decided to celebrate our city for our 40th year!



  1. The Detroit Free Press/Chemical Bank Marathon is the only road race to cross international boarders twice
  2. During race weekend, we have 4,000 volunteers! If you are unable to run the race and want to join in on race weekend, we need your help- sign up now to volunteer!
  3. Our Metro Detroit Chevy Dealers Health & Fitness Expo is open to the public! Join us for 2017 race gear, footwear, apparel, nutrition tips and more at COBO Center on Friday, October 13 (2 p.m. to 8 p.m.) and Saturday, October 14 (10 a.m. to 7 p.m.)



Don’t miss out on being a part of Detroit’s history, register for the Detroit Free Press/Chemical Bank Marathon today!