Detroit Free Press Marathon

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Detroit Free Press Marathon
Date 3rd Sunday in October
Location Detroit, Michigan, United States and Windsor, Ontario, Canada
Event type road
Distance Marathon
Established 1978
Course records Male: 2:13:07 (Greg Meyer, 1980)
Female: 2:34:16 (Elena Orlova, 2004)
Official site www.freepmarathon.com

The Detroit Free Press/Talmer Bank Marathon is a 42.195-kilometre (26.219 mi) race run every October in Detroit, Michigan, United States and Windsor, Ontario, Canada since 1978. The predecessor to this race was the Motor City Marathon which started in 1963 and featured multiple laps on Belle Isle. The marathon course is international and has featured the Detroit-Windsor Tunnel for all but two years of its existence. From 1978 to 1998 the race started in Windsor and finished in Detroit. The current course crosses the Ambassador Bridge and the Detroit-Windsor Tunnel between Detroit and Windsor. Due to its use of the tunnel, the race is able to boast that it has the only official underwater international mile in the world, as the tunnel runs underneath the Detroit River. The race is a USATF-certified, Boston-qualifier course.[1]

Apart from the main event, there is also a half-marathon, a relay and a 5 km fun run.

The 2009 overall winner was Nicholas Stanko (Haslett, Michigan)[2] in a time of 2:20:24. The female winner was Sarah Plaxton (Highland, Michigan),[3] who achieved a time of 2:57:10. The first prize for the marathon was $5,000.

2009's field was a record 19,326 runners who participated.[4]

In 2009, three men died participating in the half marathon race.[5][6]

In 2010, there was musical entertainment, such as the Detroit Party Marching Band at the half mile station.[7]

Winners[edit]

Date Time Men's Winner Country Time Women's Winner Country
1978 2:17:37 Robert McOmber  United States 2:55:51 Erma Tranter  United States
1979 2:15:42 Gordon Minty  England 2:44:29 Karen Blackford  United States
1980 2:13:07 Greg Meyer  United States 2:49:17 Debbie Froehlich  United States
1981 2:15:47 Mike McGuire  United States 2:48:40 Maureen Griffiths  Canada
1982 2:17:41 David Hinz  United States 2:45:05 Karen Blackford (2)  United States
1983 2:16:10 David Olds  United States 2:46:22 Cindy Keeler (1)  United States
1984 2:23:40 Loren Bandt  United States 2:43:00 Karen Blackford (3)  United States
1985 2:23:58 Tim Fox  United States 2:51:49 Elizabeth Watch  United States
1986 2:17:24 Ahmed Mohamed Ismail  Somalia 2:47:56 Pat Wassik-Hinson  United States
1987 2:18:03 Doug Kurtis (1)  United States 2:47:25 Christine Iwahashi  United States
1988 2:20:14 Doug Kurtis (2)  United States 2:41:49 Ella Willis (1)  United States
1989 2:17:24 Doug Kurtis (3)  United States 2:38:22 Ella Willis (2)  United States
1990 2:19:36 Doug Kurtis (4)  United States 2:44:56 Barbara Remmers  United States
1991 2:18:36 Doug Kurtis (5)  United States 2:42:49 Ella Willis (3)  United States
1992 2:19:25 Doug Kurtis (6)  United States 2:45:21 Karen Blackford (4)  United States
1993 2:19:53 Peter Maher  Canada 2:43:07 Amy Manson  United States
1994 2:21:24 Donald Johns  United States 2:34:55 May Allison  Canada
1995 2:18:11 Michael McGowan  Canada 2:38:36 Ann Boyd  United States
1996 2:20:50 Michael Dudley  United States 2:43:36 Cindy Keeler (2)  United States
1997 2:15:50 Brad Hudson  United States 2:39:59 Lyubov Klochko  Ukraine
1998 2:18:51 Zithulele Singe  South Africa 2:45:06 Tatyana Maslova  Russia
1999 2:18:27 Fred Kieser  United States 2:43:58 Irina Kramova  Russia
2000 2:24:47 Joseph Maina  Kenya 2:54:30 Lisa Veneziano  United States
2001 2:17:49 Jacom Kirwa  Kenya 2:52:16 Lupe Hegan  United States
2002 2:19:14 John Kariuki  Kenya 2:43:22 Angela Strange  Canada
2003 2:19:27 Hilary Lelei  Kenya 2:46:59 Elvira Kolpakova  Russia
2004 2:19:15 Joseph Ndirtu  Kenya 2:34:16 Elena Orlova  Russia
2005 2:14:59 Andrey Gordayev  Belarus 2:40:46 Wioletta Kryza (1)  Poland
2006 2:18:22 Josephat Ongeri  Kenya 2:41:26 Elena Orlova (2)  Russia
2007 2:15:15 Christopher Toroitich  Kenya 2:34:50 Anzhelika Averkova  Ukraine
2008 2:16:44 David Ngeny Cheruiyot  Kenya 2:40:17 Tatyana Belovol  Ukraine
2009 2:20:24 Nicholas Stanko  United States 2:57:10 Sarah Plaxton  United States
2010 2:28:30 Jordan Desilets  United States 2:52:14 Paula Keating  Canada
2011 2:28:22 Derek Nakluski  Canada 2:44:09 Wioletta Kryza (2)  Poland
2012 2:25:26 Viacheslav Shabunin  Russia 2:46:33 Lyubov Denisova (1)  Russia
2013 2:20:11 Zachary Ornelas (1)  United States 2:44:53 Lyubov Denisova (2)  Russia
2014 2:24:54 Michael Andersen  United States 2:45:52 Courtney Brewis  United States
2015 2:20:21 Zachary Ornelas (2)  United States 2:41:35 Lyubov Denisova (3)  Russia
2016 2:19:20 Alan Peterson  United States 2:43:54 Lioudmila Kortchaguina  Canada

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