10 Reasons to Enjoy the 2014 Detroit Free Press/Talmer Bank Marathon

The 2014 edition of the Detroit Free Press/Talmer Bank Marathon, taking place Friday, October 17 to Sunday, October 19, is set to be a fun, family-friendly weekend. Never been before? Here are 10 reasons to partake in the marathon in one form or another!


The Marathon was founded in 1978. This is the 37th year for this annual event!

Race Map

The race provides numerous chances to cheer runners through beautiful parts of the city – take a look!


Race Director Barbara Bennage’s Radio Interview

In an interview on the Opportunity Detroit Radio Show, Executive Race Director Barbara Bennage dives into the details and highlights of this year’s race. Listen here!

Health and Fitness Expo

Held at Cobo Center October 17 and 18, this is your chance to browse the latest running footwear, apparel, nutrition, technology and marathon merchandise from over 90 exhibitors. Informative speakers on health and fitness topics will be on stage throughout the two-day expo.

MarathonRunnerSaturday Runs

In an effort to spread the enthusiasm over the entire weekend, this year the American Home Fitness 5k and the Meijer Kids Fun Run both take place on Saturday, October 18 at 9:00 a.m. Both of these runs incorporate the scenery found around the Detroit RiverWalk.

Cruise the Course

On Saturday, October 18, guided bus tours will be available to help you get a pre-race look at 20 miles of the 26.2-mile course. The one-hour tour will showcase Detroit’s rich history and exciting future. Find more details here.

Conquered Afterparty Event

This free, public event starts at 8:00 a.m. on Sunday and runs through 2:00 p.m. Live entertainment, music, dancing, a beer tent and a host of other options will provide a great place to eat, drink, shop and celebrate. Find more details at

Play First Mobile Gaming Truck

Featured at the Conquered Afterparty, this amazing truck will feature the Xbox One and the PlayStation 4, and will have many other systems on hand to help pass the time.

Food Trucks

Located at the Conquered Afterparty, you’ll have your choice of delicious cuisine with Dago Joe’sChicken Coupe and The Mean Weenie, just to name a few.

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Patrick Hayes


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