Detroit Free Press Half Marathon Race Report – Sarah Hillenbrand

Race: Detroit Free Press Half Marathon

Runner: Sarah Hillenbrand

Race Date: 10/17/2021

Location: Detroit, MI

Results: Time 2:18:22

3 Bests – What aspects of the Detroit Half Marathon did you like the most?

1. Running with fellow Team Run Run-er and my brother-in-law Tyler Zenk!
2. Since the border to Canada was closed, it was a new course running through Detroit and it was a great race course through some cool neighborhoods.
3. Perfect running weather! Mid-50s.

Not so much – Aspects of the race that didn’t do it for you

Because of the course change, it was harder for spectators to get to multiple places on the course to cheer you on.

Weird factor – What’s the weirdest thing about this race?

There were new traffic humps put into some neighborhoods so you had to keep an eye out so you don’t trip on them! Plus watching out for potholes because… Michigan roads.

Highlights of your race – What did you do well and enjoy about your race in particular?

Running with Tyler helped me keep up my pace and do much better on this race than I thought I would!

Lessons for others – Share your pro-tips on the race to help the next runner

I feel like I’m not qualified to give expert advice but I’d just say don’t start out too fast! Especially easy to do this in races.

Lessons you learned that will help you next time around

Find a pacer and stick with them!

Aesthetics – Is it a pretty course?

Yes! They’ll likely go back to their usual course if the Canada border is open which is still a great course.

Difficulty – Is it a tough course?

No, it’s pretty flat which I loved!

Organized and well run – Did it feel like a well-oiled machine or were they flying by the seat of their pants?

Yes, it was very organized.

Competition – Is there a strong field?


Logistics – Does it require a special handshake, registration a year in advance, hotels all booked? Give us the low down on the nuts and bolts of making the race happen.

The biggest thing is finding parking outside of the race course, but there are a lot of options.

Aid Stations – Standard fare or anything special to know about the aid stations in terms of what’s available or when?

Plenty of aid stations with water and Gatorade.

Weather and typical race conditions

Cool and cloudy.

Gear – Did you need anything special or is there anything you’d recommend for the next runner?

Bring a sweatshirt to keep warm before the race starts!

Spectators – Is this a friendly course for your friends?

The usual course is better to see runners multiple times but still a good one for spectators.

How’s the Swag?

Cool shirt and Buff! Lots of food available after the race.

The Overall Score – How many stars do you give this race and do you recommend that others run it?

10 out of 10!

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