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March to Mariners' Church of Detroit

Presentation of iron ore cargo & bell-ringing ceremony
Map of March to Marniers' Church
March to Mariners' Church - Map #1
March to Mariners' Church - Map #2
 March to Mariners' Church
  Map #2 - East Riverwalk
March to Mariners' Church - Map #3
 March to Mariners' Church
  Map #3 - Central Riverwalk
March to Mariners' Church - Map #4
 March to Mariners' Church
  Map #4 - West Riverwalk
March to Mariners' Church - Map #5 (Finish Close-up)
 March to Mariners' Church
  CLOSE-UP OF FINISH
Map of March to Marniers' Church (Close-up of Finish)

DESCRIPTION:  After presenting our delivery of iron ore to receiving dignitaries at the Detroit Belle Isle Beach, all swimmers who participated in the Edmund Fitzgerald Memorial Swim and their guests will be invited to lead a tentatively scheduled 4.7-mile march from the swim's finish line to the Mariners' Church of Detroit.  Participants will follow the Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Trail from the beach to the MacArthur Bridge, cross the Detroit River, follow the Detroit Riverwalk west to Bates Street (located just past the Renaissance Center), and follow Bates one block to the church.  In a memorial service, the church bell will be rung 29 times for each crew member of the Edmund Fitzgerald.      

DATE:  Thursday, August 28, 2025

START LOCATION – Detroit Belle Isle Beach (Finish line of Edmund Fitzgerald Memorial Swim)

START TIME FOR CARGO PRESENTATION (Followed by March):  10:00 a.m. EDT

 

FINISH LOCATION – Mariners' Church of Detroit

START TIME FOR BELL-RINGING CEREMONY:  12:10 p.m. EDT

MILEAGE:  4.7

HOTEL:  Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center

IMPORTANT NOTES
  • The Mariners' Church of Detroit memorial service is confirmed, but permits are still pending for the march.

  • All Edmund Fitzgerald Memorial Swim participants, their guests, and the general public are invited to participate in the March to Mariners' Church of Detroit for FREE.

  • The event will attempt to negotiate a discounted room block for swimmers and their guests at the hotel listed.  ​

  • More details on the March to Mariners' Church of Detroit is forthcoming and will be posted here.  At this date, information is still subject to change.

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