Type: 100% Pavement
Year Running: 33rd!
Registration Fee: $75-$90 Early ($105-$125 late)
Charity Race? Yes... List of supported charities can be found here.
Runners: 3,227... 1,163 Females
Average Calculated Rating: 4.3/5.0
~ The race can use a little help with organization-- 1 GU stop isn't even worth it. Make at least 2-3 stops with GU available. Gatorade is the sponsor--instead of giving out thousands of free gatorades, give us their new gel. Also, post-race food is SO important. We need to up the types of food and not give us a feedbag, which we'll dump 50% of it. Smoshed banana and string cheese?... really? Also, I know there isn't a whole lot going on in Detroit, but there HAS to be more than the Casinos-- let us know about it!
~ This race had a fantastic group of spectators... I especially loved the Canadian side. They were so excitable, welcoming us over! There were groups throughout, never going too long without some sort of fans. Also... the race puts your names on the front of your bib so people could cheer you on personally! Besides the names, the bibs of the first time marathoners were colored and the spectators knew it, cheering them on big time! Also, I chose to wear my "Ohio State" shirt (yes while in Michigan) and of course got the appropriate responses. The michigan fans yelled "go blue" (like they had ANYthing to say) and the Ohio State fans were super excited!
Pace Group: NA/5.0
~ I know there were lots pace groups available, but I never pretty consistently between 2 groups, so I'm going to give this an NA.