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Martian Invasion of Races

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Distance Marathon

Date 25 Jul 2020

About Martian Invasion of Races

The Martian Marathon may not have the absolute oddest or strangest inspiration for a road race out there, but it’s certainly got one of the most interesting stories around its genesis of any race.Set to mark its annual running this year, the race has already become one of the state’s most popular races, drawing nearly 4,000 runners and walkers to the full, half and kids’ marathons in each of the last few years.

The race gets its name from observing the movements of the planets in the solar system. As the timing of planetary orbiting would have it, Earth passes Mars in its orbit around the sun within two hours of the official starting time for the race, in every other year.So as our planet makes its way around the sun over 12 months, we lap our closest neighbor Mars every two years, which of course is reason enough to organize a marathon running around, isn’t it?!The race has certainly garnered the attention of spectators and participants, who come decked out for the occasion with “Martian” clothes and toys, and no doubt enjoy the big green Martian-style mile markers spread throughout the out-and-back course, which features a mix of hills and flat stretches that begin in Ford Park, near the edge of the University of Michigan-Dearborn campus. 


Martian Marathon

  • 42.195km

Martian Half Marathon

  • 21.097km

Meteor 10K

  • 10km

Meteor 5K

  • 5km


Age Limit

There is no age requirement. However, all minors must submit a registration signed by their parent and a parent/guardian must be present on race day.

Aid Stations

Aid stations will be available every 2-3 miles with Absopure water and Gatorade. There will be two GU stops in the Half Marathon and 4 GU stops in the Full Marathon. Bathrooms will be available every 5 miles, either port-o-johns or park bathhouses. There are no showers available to athletes post race. However, if you are staying at one of the nearby hotels most of them are offering our runners late check out times.

Maximum Time

There is a 5 hour time limit for the half marathon and a 6.5 hour time limit for the full marathon. The 5k and 10k have no time limit and are walker friendly.


Chip timing.

Martian Invasion of Races Route Map

Martian Invasion of Races Route Map


Ford Field Park



The out-and-back course, which features a mix of hills and flat stretches that begin in Ford Park, near the edge of the University of Michigan-Dearborn campus.

From there, the course takes runners on a loop around the university grounds and on an out-and-back trek along Edward Hines Drive, following through the tree-lined roads and pathways of Lower and Middle Rouge Parkway as well as Warrendale Park, and just past Dearborn’s Warren Valley Golf Club.

The turnaround point is near the intersection with Edward N Hines Dr. and N Telegraph Rd. Aid stations are located approximately every 2 miles, with two GU stops in the half marathon.

However, the full marathon continues up to Tonquish Creek then  makes it U-turn back to the start.

The race information has been found on the official website of the event or through publicly available sources. Always refer to the official website the latest race information. Please let us know if any data is wrong or missing, by emailing us.