'Right-Sized' International Marathon (about: 2000)|
A Runner from Oakwood, Ohio (10/28/00)
The Detroit Free Press International Marathon was my first in 16 years. The field of runners (about 2,200) is large enough to generate a decent runner's expo and plenty of aid stations, yet allows even a 9:00+ miler like me to cross the start line within 50 seconds of the gun.
This year's course was mostly fun, with an early international bridge crossing into Windsor, Ontario, (150 ft. gradual uphill followed by a 150 ft. gradual downhill). Then after about 5 miles in Windsor, you return to Detroit via a tunnel under the Detroit River.
After passing old Tiger stadium, winding through downtown Detroit, past the Tiger's new stadium, you end up mile 17 entering Belle Isle park. Seven long miles on beautiful, but seemingly endless Belle Isle leaves you with a 2 mile home stretch to a finish across the front of the stage of the Chene Park ampitheater.
Plenty of other friendly runners, but not too crowded to maneuver.