Detroit Free Press Marathon runners no longer need ArriveCAN, vaccination proof

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The Canadian government’s removal of COVID-19 protocols at the U.S. border means people running in the international stretch of the Detroit Free Press Marathon are no longer required to complete ArriveCAN or carry proof of vaccination.

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“The lifting of the COVID-19-related entry restrictions will simplify the race preparations for our participants and is yet another step toward returning our great International race to pre-pandemic norms,” said Aaron Velthoven, marathon vice-president and executive producer.

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The Canadian government announced Monday it will remove all border restrictions related to COVID-19, including testing, quarantine and isolation requirements. Proof of vaccination and ArriveCAN will also no longer be required.

Race organizers said that means participants will no longer have to provide proof of vaccination at the marathon Health and Fitness Expo, carry vaccination proof on race day, fill out the ArriveCAN form or carry an ArriveCAN receipt on race day.

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But all international runners will still need to present a passport, NEXUS card or other document compliant with the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI) to pick up their race bibs. They will also need to carry their WHTI document during the race.

Organizers said the government announcement will not affect the deadline for registration, deferrals, transfer or change in category.

The deadline to enter the international races was Aug. 24, which means new runners will not be accepted. The deadline to defer 2022 race registrations is Sept. 30.

The 45th annual event starts Oct. 14 with three days of races. The full Marathon and International Half-Marathon run Oct. 16.

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