Happy finishers at Women Run the D on Belle IsleWELCOME, RUNNERS, WALKERS, TROTTERS!

We’re thrilled that you’ll be joining us for Women Run the D! Read on for all the important information you’ll need to help you get ready for the big day. Please check back here frequently for updates, and if you plan to print this guide, please wait until the day before the race as some information may change.

This event will follow the most up-to-date health and safety guidelines for the state of Michigan.  You can find them here.

It’s an Outdoor Expotique!

What: Packet Pickup and Outdoor Expotique.
Date: September 11, 2021
Time: 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Place: Belle Isle State Park at the Scott Memorial Fountain, the jewel of Belle Isle.

Just can’t make it to the Expotique? We have 2 more options for you:

  1.  American Home Fitness has made it possible to pick up your packet at their Ann Arbor location Friday, September 10 from 4 p.m – 6 p.m.
  2. You may also pick up your packet race morning between 6:30 a.m.– 7:45 a.m. at start line.


We have a fun and exciting schedule of events in store for you Saturday afternoon!

12:00 p.m. Fitz Koehler 

Join us at noon on September 11 for …. My Noisy Cancer Comeback!
Our beloved race announcer Fitz Koehler tells the tale of her battle with breast cancer, her bald tour around the US announcing races, and how the running community helped save her life! Book signing post-presentation.





1:00 p.m. Krav Maga with Suzanne! (Please sign up for this one!)

RUNNERS 911 class is back!  Kava Maga is by far the world’s best self-defense! Krav Maga (“contact combat” in Hebrew) was developed in the 1950s, combining the most effective techniques and philosophy from various martial arts and fight training. It was originally taught to the Israeli Army, and instruction for civilians began in the late 70s.   We are just beyond excited that Suznee is back to teach this women’s self-defense class for our goddesses! It’s an interactive, hands-on class, so please wear comfortable clothing…. and sign up as spaces is limited. Sign up now to reserve your spot!

2:00 p.m.  Women’s Heart Health with Dr. Audrey Wu

University of Michigan cardiologist, Dr. Audrey Wu will share her knowledge, expertise, and passion about women’s heart health and running at 2 p.m.

See you soon!

We are thrilled you will be joining us virtually…. here are some things for you to know:


Packets: All packets will be mailed Monday after the race unless you choose to pick yours up at the expotique.

Where to run or walk: You may walk or run any course any time you wish.  If you choose to run the actual race course, consider using RaceJoy to add a little fun.  You can see details in the Racejoy tab on this Athlete Guide.

Submitting your results: Virtual racing is all about doing it your way so it is not mandatory to submit your results, but we do encourage it… just for fun!  To submit your results, please CLICK HERE.  You may also use the button above.

Happy Goddess Racing and hope to see you in person sometime soon!

Detroit Bus Company will shuttle Women Run the D participants to the start line and back

We are putting the pedal to the mettle with the Detroit Bus Company!

Known for their city tours, Art Bus rentals, and free rides for Detroit kids provided with love, care, and a little hot sauce, never boring, always moving, Detroit Bus Company will swiftly and safely get you to the start line!

Here is the schedule:

Depart @ 7:00 am

Renaissance Center, 400 Renaissance Dr. Detroit, MI 48243

Drop Off @ 7:20 am

The Casino, Belle Isle, Detroit, MI, USA

That is it for getting to the start line… then….

Depart @ 7:50 am (Primarily for spectators)

Renaissance Center, 400 Renaissance Dr, Detroit, MI 48243, USA

Drop Off @ 8:10 am

The Casino, Belle Isle, Detroit, MI, USA

Depart @ 9:00 am

The Casino, Belle Isle, Detroit, MI, USA

Drop Off @ 9:20 am – 9/12/2021

Renaissance Center, 400 Renaissance Dr, Detroit, MI 48243, USA

Continue every 20 minutes – last trip leaves Belle Isle at noon.

Top 10 Reasons to ride The Detroit Bus Company Shuttle:

10. The purchase of your seat gets a child in Detroit a free ride to school on their Ride for Ride program.
9. Masks will be mandatory on the bus so you won’t need to endure any of those post-race smells.
8. The bus will leave promptly at 7 a.m. so you won’t be late because you’re running partner who is your ride overslept.
7. If traffic gets backed up on the bridge, we will not start the race until the bus has arrived.
6. There’s a tremendous need for safe youth transportation in Detroit yet most schools and programs cannot afford the high cost of bussing. They work closely with quality youth programs to identify the kids most in need of transportation to build true educational equality across all neighborhoods.
5. You’ll run a faster race with all of that pre-race camaraderie created on the bus.
4. You’ll get door-to-door service with drop-off close to the start line.
3. Everybody on the bus will be treated to the official superfood snack bar of Epic Races – a WhyBar and Absopure bottle of water.
2. You won’t need to tie your car key to your shoelace and have it scratch your other ankle.
…and the #1 reason to ride the shuttle…. Detroit Bus Company provides city tours, Art Bus rentals, and free rides for Detroit kids provided with love, care, and a little hot sauce. Never boring, always moving.

Three important things to know:

You need to sign up here to ride the Detroit Bus Company shuttle bus.
You must wear a mask on the bus.
First come, first served.

That’s all! See you on the bus!

There is parking available at the race site on Belle Isle. The start/finish area will be near the fountain, so plan to park in the lots near the casino.

Vehicles with a Recreation Passport will not need an additional fee.  Vehicles without Recreation Passports will need to pay when entering the park.  If you arrive so early that nobody is at the gate to pay, you may find something that looks like a ticket when you return to your car.  No need to fret, it is not a ticket, just a notice asking you to pay the regular fee.  For details and pricing for both in state and out of state Recreation Passports CLICK HERE.

All races start at 8 a.m.  You will be sent off by our Noisy Announcer – Fitz Koehler!

We are excited to be back IRL and have Fitz back to see us off on our Women Run the D journey and welcome us back at the finish line!

Fitz is one of the premier race announcers in America, hosting some of the largest and most prestigious races from coast to coast. Her job is to organize, engage, entertain, inform, excite and launch each race making every participant feel like a star as they cross both the start and finish lines. Her commanding style is big, bold and fun, fun, fun. Races aren’t just races when Fitz is on the microphone; they are experiences!


We are thrilled that GoalMakers and Run Detroit will be providing pace teams for this year’s race. Looking to run a certain pace or achieve a goal?  Choose the right pace group for you and look for them holding up signs in the start area.  You can also stop by their booth at the expo the day before for a meet and greet.

5K – pacers for :21, :24, :27, :30, :33, and :36 total finish time

10K – pacers for :42, :48, :54, 1:00, 1:06, and 1:12 total finish time

Half Marathon – 1:35, 1:45, 2 hours, 2:15, 2:30 total finish time

Not sure what pace to run? Check out the pace predictor here to help choose your group.

Interested in being a pacer?
In order to be a pacer, you must have extensive running and racing experience and plan to run a pace at least 2 minutes per mile slower than your typical race pace. For more information on pacing the 13.1 or 10K, please contact Bruce Seguin from Goal Makers at seguin.bruce@gmail.com. For information on pacing the 5K, please contact Justin Craig at justin@run-detroit.com.

Please see course maps on the event page.

There will be 4 aid stations along the course which will be passed twice for the 13.1, once for the 6.2, and one aid station will be passed for the 3.1.  All will have water and Gatorade.

Individual timing tags are affixed to the back of each bib number. Leave the tags on the back of the bib number and pin the bib number to your front torso, so that it is clearly visible on the outside of your clothing.

Bib Quick Tips:

>>Race bib is clearly visible on the front of the torso
>>Race bib is unaltered and unmodified (do not fold, wrinkle, or remove back tag)
>>Race bib is pinned in all four corners
>>Race bib is not covered (by jackets, runner belts, water bottles, etc.)
>>Your race number should be worn on the front of your shirt and outside of your clothing (that way, the photographers can email you your photos after the race!).

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Wondering if you won an award?

You can check several ways:
>>First, note the age groups and award categories on the event website.
>>Check the QR code on your bib with a QR scanner on your phone (if you don’t have one, you can download the app).
>>Visit the results table which will set up by the awards table.
>>Check the “results” tab on the event website.
If you did win an award, you can pick it up at the award table. We know your time is valuable. For this reason, we offer grab-n-go awards. Grab your award, take a moment for the photo opp on the podium, then go!

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