The Ann Arbor Marathon, a new event, will take place June 17th in Ann Arbor. The event will be sponsored by the Champions for Charity, a local organization that indicates that all proceeds will be given to the local schools ( Ann Arbor Public Schools Educational Foundation

The race is scheduled to begin at 6:45 a.m. in the morning and has the support of the Ann Arbor Area Convention and Visitors Bureau. The marathon will be limited to 2,500 participants. A second race ( a 1/2 marathon) will have a 5000 per capacity.

The route will be begin at the corner of The Big House and continue through downtown Ann Arbor, through central campus, across the crosswalk near the campus bus station and then head out Geddes to Huron Parkway and Plymouth Road. After a turn, the route will be generally similar as it heads back to

According to the plan approved by the city, marathoners will start on Main Street at Keech Avenue and head north toward downtown, turn right on Liberty Street, right on State Street, left on North University to the crosswalk by the bus station there, left to a pedestrian bridge, right on Observatory, left on Geddes and north on Huron Parkway to Plymouth Road with a turn around at Gallup Park. The route back is completely different but again combines various locations on campus, South University and finally Eblel Field (for the finish line).

The Ann Arbor Marathon scheduled for June 17th will draw a number of people that require overnight accommodations. The Lamp Post Inn will have a special rate for race participants. Please use the promo code BIGRACE.