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On October 16, runners are set to take part in the 45th annual Detroit Free Press Marathon and International Half-Marathon. The races are unique in that they require participants to cross an international border, with a small portion of the route traversing over into Windsor, Ontario.
Race organizers announced on Wednesday that in addition to proof of vaccination, runners will also be required to fill out the ArriveCAN app in order to be eligible for the international section of the race.
According to the National Post, runners will make their way across the Ambassador Bridge, along the waterfront, and then back to the United States via the Detroit-Windsor Tunnel.
Vice-president and executive producer of the race, Aaron Velthoven, said that he had originally sought an exemption from the ArriveCAN app, noting that most runners would only be in Canada for twenty minutes, however, the request was denied.
“We certainly understand that the more restrictions put in place, the fewer registered runners that we have,” Velthoven admitted, adding that the policy has impacted registration for this year’s race.
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