The Detroit Free Press/Chemical Bank Marathon is the premier and largest road race in Michigan.
In 1978 Neal Shine watched the Falmouth Road Race and was overwhelmed by the event. As managing editor of the Detroit Free Press he suggested the newspaper sponsor a similar event in Detroit. Since then race directors, staff, volunteers, sponsors and participants alike have helped grow the event into Michigan’s largest (and we argue best) road race.
From then participants from Michigan, the United States and all over the world have traveled each year to Detroit to run with us. Elite runners and casual walkers alike, it has become an event the encompasses people from all walks of life.
From the new runner to the more seasoned marathoner, our race has something for everyone. And with multiple distance events available including marathon, half-marathon, disabilities & relay divisions, 5k walk/run, and a Kids Fun Run, our goal is to give every participant a once-in-a-lifetime experience…every year!
Central NYC Stadium