Welcome, Detroit Goddesses! We’re thrilled that you’ll be joining us for the American Home Fitness Detroit Women’s Half Marathon, 10K, & 5K. Read on for all the important information you’ll need to help you get ready for the big day: Sunday, September 17. Please check back here frequently for updates, and wait until the day before the race to print this guide out. Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter for more race details!
last update: 12 September 2017
Participant Look Up
To look up a participant and see the start list, click here.
We’ve got two opportunities for you to get your Women Run the D goodies:
- Saturday, September 16 from 12 PM to 4 PM at the Women Run the D Expotique at the Detroit Boat Club, East Picnic Way, Detroit, MI 48207. The Detroit Boat Club is the oldest yachting club in the United States, established in 1839. It is located next to Belle Isle State Park. Click here for directions to the Detroit Boat Club. Parking at the Detroit Boat Club is free, but you will need a State of Michigan Recreational Passport to enter Belle Isle.
- Please note that the Detroit Boat Club has a stairway at the entry and there is not a ramp or elevator. If you are going to need assistance to enter and exit, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will make arrangements for you.
- Sunday, September 17 from 6 AM to 7:30 AM at Belle Isle State Park (prior to the race).
You may pick up a packet for a friend or family member, but please let her know that you are picking up her race materials so there’s no confusion!
Goddesses picking up their packets on Saturday at the Expotique will also receive a special athlete’s goodie bag! In addition, the first 500 half marathoners and the first 500 10Kers and 5Kers will receive our 5th Anniversary Snappaheads buff, another excellent reason to pick up your packet on Saturday!
The Women Run the D Expotique
Come pick up your packet, shop, and get some pre-race pampering between 12 PM and 4 PM on Saturday, September 16 at the Women Run the D Expotique! The Expotique will be held at the oldest yacht club in the country, the Detroit Boat Club, East Picnic Way, Detroit MI and will feature vendors such as Michigan Runner Girl, Bondi Band, Stella and Dot, Rock City Skirts, and many more! Motor City Soap will be offering DIY bath soaks for $8 per jar, while our friends from the Detroit Medical Center will be kinesiotaping for $5 between 12 PM and 3 PM. You’ll also have the opportunity to meet our Epic Heart Heroes and take part in pre-race yoga on the Detroit Boat Club lawn. Be sure to put our Expotique on your calendar!
Sweat in Sweet Style
Our friends at Bondi Bands have created a unique American Home Fitness Detroit Women’s Half Marathon headband, just for our Goddesses! Made from a marvelous, no-slip wicking fabric, our event Bondi Band will keep the sweat out of your eyes while adding a touch of divine style. Order yours now by clicking here; they will also be available at the Women Run the D Expotique on Saturday, September 16.
Women Run the D Delights!
Commemorate your participation in the 2017 Detroit Women’s Half, 10K, and 5K with an eye-catching top, hoodie, or trucker hat! Our fabulous Detroit Women’s merchandise is available for pre-order through August 31. All pre-orders will be available for pick up at the Women Run the D Expotique and on race day. Order yours today at https://epic-races.myshopify.com/collections/women-run-the-d.
Savings Beyond the Expo
Directions and Details
The Strength, Heart, and Sole Dinner Cruise
Celebrate five years of the American Home Fitness Detroit Women’s Half Marathon, 10K, and 5K in a truly Epic way with the Strength, Heart, and Sole Dinner Cruise!
Join Michigan Runner Girl as our MC and special guests the Epic Heart Heroes as we cruise the Detroit River for a party like no other. We’re celebrating YOU, our remarkable participants, and the strength, heart, and soul it takes to train and race. This evening recognizes why we run, what brings us strength, and what fills our hearts.
Wear red, wear sneakers, and be where the action is on Saturday night!
Our Strength, Heart, and Sole Dinner Cruise caps at 75 people, so don’t delay! Everyone joining us will be entered in drawings for lots of fun prizes!
To Buy Your Dinner Cruise Ticket:
Not yet registered? Purchase your ticket as an add-on as you register for the American Home Fitness Detroit Women’s Half Marathon, 10K, and 5K.
Already registered? Log into your Run Sign Up account and click My Registered Races. Located the American Home Fitness Detroit Women’s Half Marathon, 10K, and 5K on your race list and click Manage Registration. On your race page, click the blue Add-Ons button, then follow the onscreen instructions to purchase your dinner cruise ticket! You can also purchase your ticket by CLICKING HERE.
Boarding Time: 4:45 PM
Cruise: 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Cost: $38 per person
Diamond Jack’s River Tours
201 Joseph Campau Ave., Detroit MI 48207
$5 parking located at the end of Joseph Campau Avenue, right near where the boat boards
Click here for directions to Diamond Jack’s from the Detroit Boat Club.
(vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options available)
Penne Pasta with Marinara
Optional Grilled Chicken
Fresh Baby Carrots
Fresh Steamed Roll
Soft Drinks, Coffee, and Dessert
Our friends at DetroitPartyCoach.com will once again be providing shuttle service for participants staying at our host hotel, the Crowne Plaza Downtown Detroit. Participants wishing to take the free shuttle to Belle Isle on race-day morning will find the shuttle-boarding area located outside the main hotel lobby. To view shuttle times and to reserve your space, click here.
Please note that shuttle service is only for race participants staying at the Crowne Plaza (friends and relatives must provide their own transportation to Belle Isle). If you plan to take the shuttle, you must reserve your seat by midnight on Thursday, September 14; there are no race-weekend shuttle reservations. Seats are limited! In order to board, you must show your bib number and give your name to our shuttle volunteer.
Entry to Belle Isle State Park
As a Department of Natural Resources property, Belle Isle State Park requires a State of Michigan Recreation Passport for entry. What is a Recreation Passport? When Michigan residents check YES for the Recreation Passport when renewing a Michigan license plate with the Secretary of State, they gain access to more than 100 state parks, hundreds of miles of pathways, and much more. Learn more about these sites at www.michigan.gov/recsearch. In addition, buying a Recreation Passport means saying YES to protecting Michigan’s natural resources for future generations and to supporting recreation opportunities in municipal parks and trails through a grant program funded by your Recreation Passport purchase.
Michigan Residents: If you did not purchase a Recreation Passport upon renewing your license plates, you will need to purchase one for $11. Michigan residents may not purchase the daily permit. You can bring your registration to a Secretary of State branch office at any time to pay the $11 and receive a replacement license-plate tab with two small P’s, indicating that you purchased the Recreation Passport. You can also purchase a window sticker for $11 at a state park or Customer Service Center. The sticker should be placed on the inside lower- right side of the passenger window. The Recreation Passport is valid until your next vehicle-plate renewal date.
Out-of-State Participants: You will be required to purchase a daily permit for $9 or a annual permit for $31. You can purchase an annual pass in advance at www.michigan.gov/estore, or buy an annual or daily pass in person at a state park.
The park rangers will have in-state and out-of-state permits available for purchase. If, for some reason, you park your car without a permit, you will receive what appears to be a ticket on your car. It is not a ticket; it is a notice. Please take the notice to the entry gate and pay the daily or annual fee. Please direct any questions to the DNR.
Epic Races is thrilled to have our wonderful state park system for our events, for training, and to just visit and enjoy. These permits is how our parklands are supported.
All participants and spectators will be parking in the same parking lot on Belle Isle, near the Scott Memorial Fountain. Please see this map for more details:
In an effort to be green, we will not have printed race-weekend schedules available at the Expotique or on race day.
Saturday, September 16
12:00 PM — The Women Run the D Expotique opens at the Detroit Boat Club, East Picnic Way, Detroit, MI 48207
12:00 PM — Packet Pick-Up and Race-Weekend Registration open
1:00 PM — Yoga on the lawn of the Detroit Boat Club with Ensoul Yoga, presented by Breathe in Detroit
3:00 PM — Yoga on the lawn of the Detroit Boat Club with Ensoul Yoga, presented by Breathe in Detroit
4:00 PM — The Women Run the D Expotique, Packet Pick-Up, and Race-Weekend Registration close
5:00 PM — The Strength, Heart, and Sole Dinner Cruise starts
7:00 PM — The Strength, Heart, and Sole Dinner Cruise ends
Sunday, September 17
6:00 AM — Packet Pick-Up and Race-Day Registration open at Belle Isle State Park ($95 half marathon, $70 10K, $50 5K; cash only for race-weekend registration if available)
7:15 AM — Gear Check opens
7:30 AM — Packet Pick-Up and Race-Day Registration close
7:30 AM — Massage/stretching by Tri-Covery opens in Goddess Village
7:30 AM — Pre-Race Warm Up
7:45 AM — Half Marathon and 10K line up by the finish-line arch
8:00 AM — Half Marathon and 10K start
8:00 AM — Handcycle and 5K participants line up by the balloon towers
8:15 AM — Handcycle and 5K start
9:00 AM — 5K Awards (approximate time)
10:00 AM — 10K Awards (approximate time)
10:20 AM — Half Marathon Awards (approximate time)
12 PM — Course and Post-Race Feast close
The American Home Fitness Detroit Women’s Half Marathon, 10K, and 5K uses the Chronotrack B-Tag Timing System. This timing system provides each participant with an accurate time from the start to the finish line. You will receive a race bib featuring your individual race number. Individual timing tags are affixed to the back of each race bib. Leave the tags on the back of the bib and wear the bib on 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 your torso
- Race bib is unaltered and unmodified (do not fold, wrinkle, or remove back tag)
- Race bib is pinned in all four corners or secured to a race belt
- Race bib is worn on the outside of your clothing and is not covered (by jackets, runner belts, water bottles, etc.)
The Chronotrack B-Tag Timing System provides each participant with an accurate time from the start to the finish line. Check out the QR code with your smartphone after you cross the finish line for (almost) instant results. You will need a QR code reader on your smartphone to use this feature. You will find a variety of QR code readers in the Apple App Store and at Google Play.
Results for the American Home Fitness Detroit Women’s Half Marathon, 10K, and 5K will be posted by race-day evening on the event page.
The half marathon, 10K, and 5K courses are USATF certified and will be run entirely on Belle Isle, starting and finishing near the Scott Memorial Fountain. In an effort to be green, we will not have printed maps available at the Expotique or on race day.
Half marathon participants must complete the course within 4 hours (18-minute/mile pace). You may run, run/walk, or walk as long as you finish within 4 hours. If you go over the 4-hour cut-off, we ask that you move to the bike path.
10K participants must complete the course within 2 hours (a 19-minute/mile pace). You may run, run/walk, or walk as long as you finish within 1 hour. If you go over the 2-hour cut-off, we ask that you move to the bike path.
5K participants must complete the course within 1 hour (a 19-minute/mile pace). You may run, run/walk, or walk as long as you finish within 1 hour. If you go over the 1-hour cut-off, we ask that you move to the bike path.
Course Clock and Mile Markers
A course clock will be located approximately at the 6.2-mile mark for the half marathon and at the finish line. Timing mats will be located at the start line, 6.2 split (half marathon only), and finish line. Mile markers will be located at each mile of the half marathon, 10K, and 5K courses.
Aid Stations Plus!
5K: There will be an aid station at the 1.5-mile mark, plus we will have water at the start and finish lines. The aid station will offer Gatorade first and water second.
10K: Aid stations will be located at the 2-mile, 3.5-mile, and 4.5-mile markers. Aid stations will offer Gatorade first and water second. Aid stations will also offer broth by Zoup! There will be energy gel at the 2-mile aid station.
Half Marathon: Aid stations will be located at the 2-mile, 3.5-mile, 4.5-mile, 5.5-mile, 7.5-mile, 8.5-mile, 10-mile, and 11.5-mile markers. Aid stations will offer Gatorade first and water second. Aid stations will also offer broth by Zoup! There will be energy gel at the 2-mile and 7.5-mile aid stations.
The Sanders Chocolate Mile will be located at approximately the 2.5-mile mark for the 5K, at approximately the 5.5-mile mark for the 10K, and the 12.5-mile mark for the Half Marathon.
Port-o-Potties: These will be located at the start and finish areas, as well at these locations:
- 5K — 0.5-mile mark, 1.5-mile mark
- 10K — 2-mile mark
- Half Marathon – 2-mile mark, 3.5-mile mark, 5-mile mark, 6-mile mark, 7.5-mile mark, 9-mile mark, 10.5-mile mark, 11.5-mile mark
Four Legs and Wheels
For insurance and safety reasons and to ensure everyone’s enjoyment of the American Home Fitness Detroit Women’s Half Marathon, 10K, and 5K, dogs, bicycles, roller skates, in-line skates, and unauthorized wheeled vehicles are not permitted on the course.
Jogging strollers are only permitted in the 5K event. Please familiarize yourself with our stroller policies (see also our Policies page):
- Your child must stay strapped securely in the stroller for the entirety of the race.
- Strollers must stay to the right of the course at all times
- Strollers may not race or run, only jog
There will be a Medical Aid Station located at the start/finish line and at approximately the 3.2-mile mark and the 8.5-mile mark, on the opposite side of the start/finish line. Ambulance service will be provided by DMC Care Express.
We ask that participants and spectators be aware and respectful of sirens and emergency vehicles that may end up on the course. If you hear or see an emergency vehicle, please move to the side of the road.
Watch for the Women in Red!
Among the participants at the American Home Fitness Detroit Women’s Half Marathon, 10K, and 5K will be a few special women: our Epic Heart Heroes. What is an Epic Heart Hero? An Epic Heart Hero is a woman who has come back from a heart issue, has taken control of her health, and refuses to let her heart issue stop her from having an active lifestyle. An Epic Heart Hero takes action to minimize the risks of heart disease and she educates others. She isn’t perfect, she might not be fast, but she is determined. Watch for our Epic Heart Heroes on the course — they will be wearing red race bibs and distinctive Heart Hero running tops by sponsor Fellow Flowers — and be sure to cheer them on!
Looking for other opportunities to support our featured charity, the American Heart Association? Join them on Friday, October 13 for the 2017 Heart Ball at the Jack Roth Stadium Club. This Arabian Nights-themed evening, which celebrates the American Heart Association’s lifesaving work and honors the individuals who have played a significant role in advancing its mission, will take you from a black-tie cocktail reception and dinner service to dancing and throwing passes on the field of The Big House with University of Michigan alumni football players.
Can’t make the ball? The fun continues at The Big House following the Heart Ball with the 2017 Pulse Party! Join Ann Arbor’s most influential professionals and leaders of the local health community for dancing and drinks plus access to the University of Michigan football field and locker room. Tickets for both the Heart Ball and the Pulse Party are available for purchase by clicking here (Pulse Party entry is included with the purchase of a Heart Ball ticket).
Unavailable on October 13th? You can still help out the American Heart Association by reaching out to your favorite store, restaurant, spa, activity center, gym, etc., and ask them to donate an item, gift card, or a special experience to the Heart Ball Silent Auction. The funds raised from this auction will go directly to the American Heart Association to help us build healthier lives that are free of cardiovascular disease and stroke. Click here to download an American Heart Association donation form.
Half Marathon and 10K
Please arrive at your corral 15 minutes before the scheduled start time. Participants will line up in the corrals according to their estimated minute-per-mile pace. Please line up behind the correct pace sign!
The Half Marathon and 10K starting line is to the left of the blue arch when looking at the course map.
Please arrive at your corral immediately after all the half-marathon and 10K participants have cleared the fountain. Runners will line up in the start corral according to their estimated minute-per-mile pace. Please line up behind the correct pace sign.
If you plan to walk, please line up at the last corral. If you plan to use a jogging stroller, you will line up behind the walkers (please see our stroller policies above or on our Policies page).
Meet your 2017 Pacing Team and stop by and visit them at the Expotique! Hansons Running Shop will be providing pacers for the half marathon and 5K. On race morning, the Pacing Team will be found just before the start area, lined up near the pace signs along the grass. Pace groups are based on a wide range of ability levels, starting at 1:35 (7:15 pace) through 3:00 (13:44 pace) and every time in between.
Not sure which pace is right for you? Check out this Race Prediction Chart or talk to the pacers at the Expotique or on race morning. Running with a pacer is a great way to meet your goal… but if you want to go ahead, feel free to break away. It’s also okay to slow down and do your own thing, then pick up with a slower pacing group.
All American Home Fitness Detroit Women’s Half Marathon, 10K, and 5K finishers receive our gorgeous Women Run the D finisher’s medal! Special awards will also be presented to:
- 1st Overall finishers in the half marathon, 10K, and 5K*
- 1st Masters finisher (40+) in the half marathon, 10K, and 5K*
- Top 5 finishers in each Age Division: 7-10 (5K only), 11-13 (5K only), 14-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80+
- Top three finishing duos in Mother-Daughter in the half marathon, 10K, and 5K
- Top three finishing trios in Three Generations in the half marathon, 10K, and 5K
*Overall winners are not eligible to win age-group awards.
Awards for Teams
Team Categories (registered groups of 5 or more participants – friends, families, clubs, or corporate groups)
- Half Marathon
Awards will be presented to the top 3 registered teams in each category. Teams are scored by averaging the times of the entire team. All team members must participate in the same distance race.
Have you participated in every Detroit Women’s Half Marathon, 10K, & 5K since our debut in 2013? Amazing! We are presenting this special five-year tote to the ladies who have participated all five years. Please stop by the Goddess Gifts table at our Women Run the D retail booth and pick up your gift!
Did you participate in two Goddess races in 2017? Please pick up your Goddess Racing Series hoo-rag at the Goddess Gifts table at your second race. Completing all three Goddess races? Please pick up your Goddess Racing Series medal at Goddess Gifts. The Goddess Gifts table is located at our Women Run the D retail booth.
Michigan MarathonHERs, please stop by the Goddess Gifts table at our Women Run the D retail booth to pick up your Michigan MarathonHER medal!
Be sure to smile for our photographers from Greg Sadler Photography on the course and as you come across the finish line! All of our Goddesses receive free downloads of their photos, another reason our races are so Epic!
Gear-check bags will be available at Packet Pick-Up at the Women Run the D Expotique and at the race venue. These will be clear in color. You must use the provided bag if you choose to check your gear. For the safety of our staff, volunteers, and participants, we will not accept any personal bags. Should you have a personal bag you’d like to check, you’ll need to empty it into the provided clear bag.
Gear Check opens at 7:15 AM on race day. It will be located under a tent labeled Bag Drop (near Packet Pick-Up).
Epic Races is not responsible for lost or stolen items. Please keep money, keys, and valuables on you and not in your checked bag.
Virtual Goddess Details
Participants running the American Home Fitness Detroit Women’s Half Marathon, 10K, and 5K virtually must complete their run between Monday, August 1 and Sunday, September 17. We ask that our Virtual Goddesses post a photo of themselves running/walking and of their GPS watch (or a screenshot of their smartphone running app) on the American Home Fitness Detroit Women’s Half Marathon Facebook event page to share their accomplishment with us and their fellow goddesses. Be just to “join” the event in order to post!
Ditch the Discomfort
If you experience any aches, strains, or pain during your training or race, contact our friends at Probility Physical Therapy for a free injury assessment.
The starting line and the finish line are less than a half-mile apart on foot. This will give you a great chance to see both ends of the race.
- DO offer a high-five if inspiration grabs you but remember that a few high fives go a long way. Don’t be offended if a runner doesn’t take you up on your offer
- DO cheer on everybody, not just the participants you know
- DO keep dogs leashed and well away from the course
- DO be inspired to run yourself next year
- DO have a great time! A road race can be a wonderful, inspiring event to watch
- DON’T enter the race course! Big no-no!
- DON’T smoke anywhere near the race
- DON’T say “You’re almost there!” UNLESS the finish line is actually IN SIGHT