13.1 Reasons to Run the Detroit Free Press International Half Marathon
May 22, 2016
Running over the Ambassador Bridge to Canada – It’s a little over three miles into the run, before you start to feel tired, and it’s an amazing view. It’s also steeper than you think. There will be lots of people stopping to take pictures and the Border Guards cheer you on as you cross into Canada.
Running through the tunnel back into the U.S. – How many marathon courses take you UNDER a river? The half-way point, with the U.S. and Canadian flags, is a popular spot for pictures (so you'll have to run around a lot of people posing) and there are no cars. Also, if it’s chilly that morning you will definitely warm up in the tunnel. More cheering Border Guards, who WILL stop you if they can’t see your bib number.
It’s a huge party – There are thousands of runners, thousands of volunteers, and thousands of people standing around cheering. There is music, food, and those cool silver blankets when you finish. It’s one of the best feel-good days in downtown Detroit. The After Party goes until 2 pm.
They hand out M&Ms at Mile 8.
Running on the stretch where Jefferson turns into The Lodge. Not only is it cool to run on the freeway but there are people on the overpasses above looking down and cheering you on. It’s the closest a regular person will ever come to feeling like a celebrity on a red carpet.
You get a pass for the rest of the day. Eat what you want, do what you want – you just ran 13.1 miles!
It’s a great excuse to splurge on new running gear. And there are lots of great options on the Marathon website or at the MDCD Health & Fitness Expo when you pick your bib.
It’s a great way to give back. You can use the race to fundraise for a charity. Also, you’ll want to layer up for the start of the race, it’s usually pretty chilly. All the clothing discarded by runners on the course is collected and donated to the Fort Street Presbyterian Church for the needy. (And the leftover finish line food and drink is donated to Forgotten Harvest).
You need an updated passport – and as long as it’s updated you may as well plan that trip abroad!
Your training will totally set you up for the holidays. You’ll have developed great running/work out habits by the race date, October 16, and they will see you through Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas and Hanukah. Well done!
Free massage for every participant!
It’s a great way to meet people. Not only will you meet people before, during, and after the race but running a half-marathon is a great conversation starter. I was on the Hogwarts Express at Universal Orlando this year and had a great time chatting with the other people in my compartment after we realized we were all runners. Which leads me to ….
It’s a great way to talk about Detroit. Without talking about crime, crooked politicians, or crumbling buildings.
13.1 I can get you a discount on registration! Just use the code “staceyrocks” when you sign up. See you there!