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Detroit Free Press Marathon Pre & Post-Race Sanctuary at the Fort Pontchartrain Hotel Downtown Presented By 501 Running Club & Sponsored By Fleet Feet

Sun October 15, 2023 Detroit, MI 48226 US Directions


Fort Pontchartrain Hotel
2 Washington Blvd, Detroit, MI
Detroit, MI US 48226


501 Running Club is thrilled to continue its long-standing tradition of hosting a pre-race and post-race private "Sanctuary" for runners and spectators coming downtown for Detroit Free Press Marathon & Half-Marathon on October 15, 2023. This year, we are heading back to Grand Ballroom on the Terrace level of Fort Pontchartrain hotel (because the Huntington Place’s new policy would not allow us to book a space), which was made possible due to generous partnership with Fleet Feet. The hotel is located on the corner of Washington Boulevard & Larned Street, a couple of blocks from the Start Line and a close walk from the new Finish Line in Campus Martius.

Doors open at 5:15am, and the room will remain open to all registrants until 3:00pm.  There will be complimentary coffee, water, and hot tea, with access to hot water for those of you who need your pre-race instant oatmeal. You are welcome to bring whatever pre-race fuel you need.  Thanks to Fleet Feet, we’re also able to continue providing monitored gear check area inside the room (as in years past, please do not leave any valuables)

Cost is $15.00 per person (non-refundable) for adult runners AND spectators alike.  

As in the years past, we’re capping the capacity at 150 to make sure that everyone has plenty of room, and to avoid creating too long a bathroom line between 6:15am - 6:45am before the racers head to the start line.  We will have access to private bathrooms near the Ballroom, as well as access to additional restrooms on the ground floor of the hotel.

See you bright & early on the 15th of October!

Note:  The Sanctuary is not affiliated with the Detroit Free Press Marathon.  A ticketed entry to the Sanctuary does not provide entry to any of the Detroit Free Press Marathon races.

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