University of Michigan Stadium
Main Street, between Liberty and William Streets.
All distance events — marathon, half marathon, 10K, and 5K — start just outside one of Ann Arbor’s most memorable landmarks: the University of Michigan Stadium. From the Big House, participants run through the vibrant streets of downtown Ann Arbor, then wind their way through the panoramic University of Michigan campus. The marathon and half courses also encompass stretches along the Huron River and Gallup Park and through Nichols Arboretum before returning to campus and downtown. All races end with a spectacular finish right on Main Street.
If you’re a college football fan, the starting line is likely to be quite familiar to you — it’s near the northwest corner of the University of Michigan Wolverines football stadium on Main Street, also known as the “Big House.”
From there, the course for the full and half marathon share the same route for the first mile; shortly after the first mile, those running the half marathon turn right to head south on State Street, where they’ll run an out-and-back stretch south and then north again on State before turning right again onto University Avenue.
Those running the full skip the State Street turn and instead head east on University, and then join Geddes Avenue for a stretch that takes them past the Forest Hill Cemetery and Nichols Arboretum.
Runners in the half marathon head back along University through downtown Ann Arbor and then onto tree-lined Washtenaw Avenue, where they’ll run a long, out-and-back stretch (with some hills), which turns more residential the further away you get from downtown.
When Washtenaw nearly converges with Stadium Boulevard, the course reaches the turnaround point and heads back northwest, taking runners along the route they just ran all the way back into downtown Ann Arbor.
The next stretch of the race brings runners into the second half of the half marathon, along South University Avenue and then south on State Street, back through campus and then south toward the athletic stadiums and facilities.
Runners cross the finish line on Main Street, between Liberty and William Streets.
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