Come run with Team JDRF in the Detroit Free Press/Chemical Bank Marathon!

Team JDRF participants join in on the fun of the Detroit Free Press/Chemical Bank Marathon weekend through miles, music, medals and most importantly moments!  This is your moment to fundraise and help turn type one into type none! There’s something for everyone at these events with race distances ranging from 5Ks to full marathons.

When you join Team JDRF, we’re committed to supporting you with group training opportunities and fundraising support before and throughout the race weekend. Know that you every step you take brings us closer to our finish line—a world without T1D.

When you join Team JDRF at any package level you will receive:

  • Official Detroit Free Press/Chemical Bank Event Finisher Medal
  • Team JDRF training performance t-shirt
  • Team JDRF race day singlet
  • Group Training opportunities
  • Personal fundraising page and one on one fundraising support
  • Team JDRF Celebration Dinner
  • And much more!

 

Registration is now open!

Fundraising Details

Team JDRF is a partnership: you commit to raising a minimum dollar amount and in exchange, JDRF provides you with support, group training opportunities and fun perks in the months leading up to and throughout the Detroit Free Press/Chemical Bank Marathon Weekend. Upon registering, you are asked to select your level of fundraising. Team JDRF is pleased to offer a variety of packages designed for all skill levels!

When you join Team JDRF at any package level you will receive:

  • Official Detroit Free Press/Chemical Bank Event Finisher Medal
  • Team JDRF training performance t-shirt
  • Team JDRF race day singlet
  • Group Training opportunities
  • Personal fundraising page and one on one fundraising support
  • Team JDRF Celebration Dinner
  • And much more!

Race options, fundraising minimums and benefits:

FULL WEEKEND EXPERIENCES WITH HOTEL

Full or Half Marathon – $1,350 fundraising minimum.

Benefits:

  • Marathon registration
  • Team JDRF performance training t-shirt
  • Team JDRF race day singlet
  • Team JDRF Celebration Dinner
  • Half of a hotel room. (The other half can be paid for by another runner of your choosing or you can pay for the other half.)
  • Personal fundraising page and one on one fundraising support

Wonder or Supreme Challenge - $1,800 fundraising minimum.

Benefits:

  • Marathon registration
  • Team JDRF performance training t-shirt
  • Team JDRF race day singlet
  • Team JDRF Celebration Dinner
  • Half of a hotel room. (The other half can be paid for by another runner of your choosing or you can pay for the other half.)
  • Personal fundraising page and one on one fundraising support

3-5 Person Marathon Relay – $1,100 fundraising minimum, per team member.

  • Marathon registration
  • Team JDRF performance training t-shirt
  • Team JDRF race day singlet
  • Team JDRF Celebration Dinner
  • Half of a hotel room. (The other half can be paid for by another runner of your choosing or you can pay for the other half.)
  • Personal fundraising page and one on one fundraising support

NO HOTEL OPTIONS

Half or Full Marathon – $750 fundraising minimum.

Benefits:

  • Marathon registration
  • Team JDRF performance training t-shirt
  • Team JDRF race day singlet
  • Team JDRF Celebration Dinner
  • Personal fundraising page and one on one fundraising support

Wonder or Supreme Challenge - $1,200 fundraising minimum.

Benefits:

  • Marathon registration
  • Team JDRF performance training t-shirt
  • Team JDRF race day singlet
  • Team JDRF Celebration Dinner
  • Personal fundraising page and one on one fundraising support

3-5 Person Marathon Relay – $500 fundraising minimum

Benefits:

  • Marathon registration
  • Team JDRF performance training t-shirt
  • Team JDRF race day singlet
  • Team JDRF Celebration Dinner
  • Personal fundraising page and one on one fundraising support

5K– $500 fundraising minimum.

Benefits:

  • Marathon registration
  • Team JDRF performance training t-shirt
  • Team JDRF race day singlet
  • Team JDRF Celebration Dinner
  • Personal fundraising page and one on one fundraising support

Supporter- $500 fundraising minimum. (For participants who have secured their own entry into the Detroit Free Press/Chemical Bank Full Marathon or Half Marathon distances and would like to fundraise to help find a cure for type 1 diabetes.)

Benefits:

  • Marathon registration
  • Team JDRF performance training t-shirt
  • Team JDRF race day singlet
  • Team JDRF Celebration Dinner
  • Personal fundraising page and one on one fundraising support

 

Registration Fee is $50 for any entry.

If you have questions or need additional information, please contact kmarria@jdrf.org.

Schedule of Events

Team JDRF events are designed for runners and walkers from all over the country to come together and meet new people in a fun, energetic atmosphere while being surrounded by the T1D community! After all your dedication, fundraising, and training, you’ll come together at race weekend and have a fun-filled experience with memories to last a lifetime.

Friday, October 19, 2018

The Metro Detroit Chevy Dealers Health & Fitness Expo

COBO Center, 2:00pm to 8:00pm

Saturday, October 20, 2018

The Metro Detroit Chevy Dealers Health & Fitness Expo

COBO Center, 10:00am – 7:00pm

Competitive 1-Mile, time TBD

American Home Fitness 5K, 9:00am

Meijer Kids Fun Run, time TBD

Sunday, October 21, 2018

Full and International Half Marathon, 7:00am

Marathon Relay, 7:00am

U.S.-Only Half Marathon, 10:30am

Marathon Afterparty, 8:00am – 2:00pm

Be sure to visit the Detroit Free Press/Chemical Bank Marathon website for specific event day and weekend details and updates.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Team JDRF?

Team JDRF provides entry into some of the country’s most exciting challenge events. Join a team that’s united in the common purpose of creating a world without type 1 diabetes.

Designed for JDRF supporters of all fitness levels, Team JDRF is a partnership. Participants commit to raising a minimum dollar amount, and in exchange JDRF provides support leading up to and throughout the challenge event.

Are there minimum age requirements?

Full and half marathon participants must be at least 16 years or older by race day.  Marathon relay and 5K participants must be 13 years or older by race day.

All participants under 16 years of age must be accompanied on the course at all times by a parent or guardian (who will be a registered fundraising participant) and must have a signed parental/guardian consent form.

Do I get any fun Detroit Free Press/Chemical Bank Marathon commemorative items?

Yes, in addition to the benefits that you get for being part of Team JDRF, you will also receive some special items from the Detroit Free Press/Chemical Bank Marathon. Some of those items include:  Detroit Free Press/Chemical Bank Marathon participant shirt, a finisher’s medal, live musical entertainment along the course, and admission into the Detroit Free Press/Chemical Bank Marathon After Party!

How much time do I have to commit to this?

How much time you train is completely up to you. If you are a novice, most coaches would recommend you begin training 16 weeks before a full marathon and 12 weeks before a half marathon.

Does the $50 registration fee count towards my fundraising?

Yes! The $50 required registration fee will be the first donation to your Team JDRF fundraising campaign.

Is there a fundraising minimum?

Yes, as a participant, you'll commit to a fundraising minimum (packages start at $500). In exchange, JDRF will provide you with support during the months and weeks leading up to the event. Please consult the fundraising packages guide for more information about minimums and benefits.

Is there a deadline for meeting my fundraising minimums?

Yes. We understand that this may be the most money you have ever attempted to raise, and you may feel unsure about whether you will be able to do it. If you follow the recommended guidelines and use the fundraising resources JDRF provides, you will be more successful than you think! Contact your JDRF Staff Member if you need additional assistance brainstorming ideas to help you reach your goals. Not to worry though, if you don’t reach your minimum, which we know you will exceed, you have 30 days after the event to continue raising funds!

What if I need to drop from the race?

Any participant dropping within 30 days from their event date, for any reason, will be responsible for completing 75% of their fundraising minimum, in addition to payments to JDRF for any costs incurred for accommodations arranged for them for the race. Registration fees are non-refundable. Any donations received will remain in the participant’s account. Transferring of money to any other participant’s account is not permitted.

Isn’t it hard to meet the fundraising requirement?

Not according to our past participants. Once you start contacting people, you will be surprised how quickly the money (and the admiration) rolls in. JDRF has created powerful online fundraising tools to make it easier for you to reach your goal, and your JDRF staff member will help you with materials, ideas and support as you meet and exceed your goal.

Will I have help fundraising?

Yes! Every participant has the support and help of the fundraising experts at their local chapter who are with them every step of the way, from the first donation to the day you exceed your minimum and increase your goal. In addition, the Team JDRF endurance program has a library of tools and tips that every registered runner has access to. If you have any questions about your ability to meet your fundraising minimum, contact Kristie Marria at kmarria@jdrf.org and we are happy to talk fundraising with you.

Do I need a passport?

All participants crossing the U.S./Canada border, and 16 years of age or older will need a passport, passport card or enhanced driver’s license or other acceptable Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative documents.  U.S. and Canadian children under the age of 16 participating in the Marathon Relay will be able to present the original or copy of their birth certificate or other proof of U.S. Citizenship such as a naturalization or citizenship card.

Please see the Detroit Free Press/Chemical Bank Marathon website to get answers to other specific event questions, including time limits, approved documentation, etc.

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