Thousands of runners will take to the Detroit streets Sunday morning, October 16, for the Detroit Free Press/Talmer Bank Marathon. Here are a few things to keep in mind, whether you’re cheering on the athletes, looking for somewhere to park, or trying to get anywhere downtown (hint: don’t).
But first, don’t forget the 5K Saturday morning. That will take place near Rivard Plaza, so Jefferson from Rivard to Mt. Elliott will be closed Saturday morning. Race organizers are suggesting runners park at Chene Park or outside the race course.
Don’t plan on going to or from Canada by car Sunday morning. Both the Ambassador Bridge and the Tunnel will be closed. (5:45 AM to 9:00 AM for the Bridge, 6:45 AM to 10:00 AM for the Tunnel). A Detroit-Windsor shuttle will run on a limited schedule at that time.
The People Mover will be open at 5:00 AM Sunday morning.
The southbound lanes of the Lodge will start closing around 3AM at I-75.
It’s best to park outside the race course, which would mean anywhere north of Michigan Ave. in Corktown, north of Congress downtown, and north of East Lafayette from downtown to Indian Village. Runners will go down both Seminole and Burns in Indian Village for the race. Belle Isle will have restricted use.
Some suggestions for parking: the MGM Grand Casino has free parking. The Blue Cross Bricktown Garage on East Lafayette is also free. Most structures will charge $10, while most surface lots will charge $5.
A full list of road closures can be found here. And here’s your full 2016 map.