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Detroit Free Press Marathon drops ArriveCAN protocols

Race participants will no longer be required to carry proof of vaccination during the race

On Monday, the Detroit Free Press Marathon announced that participants are no longer required to complete ArriveCAN or carry proof of vaccination during the race. The Canadian government’s removal of COVID-19 protocols at the U.S. border means people running in the international stretch of the Detroit Free Press Marathon on Oct. 16 will not need to carry around extra documents.

“The lifting of the COVID-19-related entry restrictions will simplify the race preparations for our participants and is yet another step toward returning our great International race to pre-pandemic norms,” said race director Barbara Bennage in a press release

This means that Detroit Free Press Marathon international race participants will no longer have to provide and carry proof of vaccination during race kit pickup, provide and carry proof of vaccination on race day, complete the ArriveCAN form before race day or carry the ArriveCAN receipt around on race day.

The changes will not impact the Detroit Free Press Marathon’s deadlines for registration, deferrals, transfer or change in category. The deadline to enter this year’s international half and marathon was Aug. 24, meaning new international runners can no longer register.

Although the marathon starts and finishes in Detroit, all runners cross the Ambassador Bridge into Windsor, Ont., to run a small portion of the race along the riverside, and then return to Detroit via a tunnel under the Detroit River.

The course map for the Detroit Free Press Marathon: runners will spend five miles of the marathon in Windsor, Ont

The Detroit Free Press Marathon has been a fixture on the North American running calendar since the late 1970s. The race is a USATF-certified course and is a popular race destination for many Canadians looking to qualify for the Boston Marathon.

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