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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.

THE EXCITEMENT STARTS SATURDAY! Your race weekend kicks off with our Expotique on Saturday, September 14 from 12 p.m. – 4 p.m. at The Crowne Plaza Hotel, 2 Washington Blvd, Detroit, MI 48226.

Parking at the Crowne Plaza is valet only and located on the West Larned St. side of building at loading zone A. There is construction in the valet area, but it is open.

The best place to self-park is on the TCF Center (formerly the Cobo Center) roof at 1 Washington Boulevard.

Don’t miss the course talk and Q&A with Race Director, Eva Solomon, taking place at the Expotique at 12:00 p.m., and again at 2:00 p.m.

RUNNERS 911 class is back! This women’s self-defense class for runners will take place just before the Expotique opens from 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. in the same room as the Expotique. This class is taught by Suzanne Dougherty – instructor of Krav Maga, marathoner, mom, and founder of Philadelphia-based Haven Defense. You will walk away from the session feeling more empowered and confident! It’s an interactive, hands-on class, so please wear comfortable clothing. Spaces are limited. Sign up now to reserve your spot!

If you just can’t make it to the Expotique, you can also pick up your packet race morning between 6:30 a.m.– 7:45 a.m. at the race start area.

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.

Race shuttles will be available (signup mandatory — please use this form) for participants staying at the Detroit Marriott or the Crowne Plaza. Details on departure times are on the signup form.

Your Announcer – Fitz Koehler

After a clean mammogram this past December, Fitz was surprised to find a lump in her breast just two months later. Soon after, she was diagnosed with breast cancer and has been aggressively fighting it.  See her message to us here:

In spite of this sad news, Fitz has been doing what she does best, making noise at races.  We are thrilled that she will be at both our Ann Arbor Goddess Run and Women Run the D!  She is one of the premier race announcers in America, hosting some of the largest and most prestigious races from coast to coast. Along with inspiration from the microphone at that start and finish lines of races, she teaches millions in person via corporate speaking engagements and seminars in over a dozen countries, Fitz has promoted fitness through every avenue of mass media: books, television, films, radio, magazines, journals, and online and is the founder of Fitzness and of the Morning Mile, a nationwide program aimed at improving children’s fitness.


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 For information on pacing the 5K, please contact Justin Craig at

All of the courses start and finish near the fountain! Familiarize yourself with the courses before you race:

5K course

10K course

13.1 course

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!).

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!

7:58 a.m.: Handcycle

8:00 a.m.: 13.1, 10K, and 5K