One of only a handful of marathons that cross an international border, the 37th Detroit Marathon saw a record field of over 27,000 set off at 7am on Sunday (19 October) in ideal conditions. Starting in the Motor City, participants headed into Windsor, Canada via the Ambassador Bridge and returned to the US through the Detroit-Windsor Tunnel.
The course took participants on to Belle Isle and down the streets of Indian Village where spectators offered competitors beer and pretzels, whilst playing polka and Zydeco music to keep their spirits up. Mike Andersen, 27, of Walled Lake, was first male home with a time of 2:24:54 and Courtney Brewis, (2:45:52), finished fastest female.
RUNNING GUIDE correspondent, Christine Appel had returned home to Canada to take part in the race. She said afterwards: "I finished my first marathon in 3.44.22, 135th out of 1555 ladies. A reasonable result for a 41-year-old first timer, I think!
"All 10 toenails intact and I didn't lose the will to live until around Mile 24. Ran the whole thing, despite a lot of recurring toe pain. Can't have everything I guess!"
Though Christine had intended Detroit to be her first and last marathon, she's now considering taking on another: "I said I'd only do the one, but I appear to have qualified for a good for age place for both Boston and London. Hmmm!"
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