Think “November” and visions of roast turkey undoubtedly come to mind. Epic Races invites you to envision — and experience — a totally different take on that famous fall bird with the A2 Turkey Trot. Join us on Saturday, November 19 at Hudson Mills Metropark for this annual autumn tradition and enjoy a late-season run that is fun for the whole family!
The A2 Turkey Trot features three different distances to whet your racing appetite: a 5K loop around scenic Hudson Mills, a 10K course comprised of two 5K loops, and a mile fun run for those who want just a taste of our Turkey Trot.
For those who prefer a more sizable portion, there’s our Iron Turkey option: run both the 5K and 10K, a total of 9.3 miles! If your feet love gobbling up the miles, then our Iron Turkey challenge is ideal for you! Don’t forget: the A2 Turkey Trot is walker friendly!
All of our A2 Turkey Trot participants receive:
In addition, our Iron Turkey participants will receive a special Iron Turkey participant award. A special bonus for our Iron Turkey participants: the 5K and 10K medals magnetically interlock to create the Iron Turkey medal!
All of our participants and spectators will also have the opportunity to enjoy the musical rhythms of the Gratitude Steel Band, who will be joining us at the A2 Turkey Trot to share their sunshine-filled sounds.
Please join us prior to the event start for yoga with Marie Brooks from Breathe Yoga and get your mind and body race ready!
The A2 Turkey Trot has been endorsed by the Michigan Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness, Health, and Sports. All events are part of the Pure Michigan FITness Series. For details on the Pure Michigan FITness Series and to take part in the Pure Michigan FITness Series Challenge, click here.
Looking to PR or finish by a certain time? Our friends from the Ann Arbor Running Company will have a pace team ready to help you meet your goals! Look for them in the starting area; they’ll be holding signs showing which pace they’ll be running. Note: it’s perfectly fine to change from one pace to another while out on the course. After all, it’s your race!
Register for the Scare for CARE 5K and Mummy Mile, the Hot Cocoa Classic 5K and Marshmallow Mountain Mile, and the A2 Turkey Trot by Sunday, October 30 and receive a totally Epic knit running hat!
Food Gatherers, the featured charity for the A2 Turkey Trot, exists to alleviate hunger and eliminate its causes in our community. They are committed to distributing safe, usable, nutritious, and appealing food to 150 non-profit agencies and programs providing direct food assistance in the form of hot meals, nutritious snacks, or emergency groceries to low-income adults, seniors, and children in Washtenaw County. Food Gatherers rescues food that would otherwise go to waste from more than 300 local sources including food retailers, restaurants, and food wholesalers. Food Gatherers regards the gifts of food and money that they receive as a sacred trust to be administered for the most effective hunger relief possible. As you register for the A2 Turkey Trot, please consider making a donation to Food Gatherers and be sure to bring a donation of non-perishable food or fresh produce to their collection area at the A2 Turkey Trot on race day, Saturday, November 19. All donations collected on Saturday at the A2 Turkey Trot will be distributed in time for the Thanksgiving holiday on Thursday.
Need more of an incentive to donate to Food Gatherers? When you give a gift of food, you receive a gift in return: Donate 10 canned items and receive a vintage Epic Races race T-shirt! For 20 cans, you’ll receive three shirts and for 30, five shirts! One item of fresh produce (a head of cabbage, a squash, a bunch of radishes, a pint of cherry tomatoes, etc.) may be substituted for one canned item.
Interested in walking the A2 Turkey Trot 5K? Consider joining the Walk for Willy! The Walk for Willy will be held as part of our 5K in memory and celebration of William Miller. Friends, relatives, and everybody can join the Walk for Willy team; the team will walk the course together on race day. Each Walk for Willy participant will receive a hat or headband and a pin commemorating this memorial walk, and Epic Races will donate 15% of the team’s registration fees to the C.S. Mott Bone-Marrow Transplant unit. To register as a Walk for Willy team member, go to https://runsignup.com/
… so why not share your A2 Turkey Trot accomplishment with your I Run 4 buddy? To help your buddy feel more special, we’ve created a race add-on so that your buddy can receive his or her own A2 Turkey Trot medal. We applaud those runners who dedicate their miles to buddies with special needs whose conditions span the spectrum from total physical disability to developmental delays to autism spectrum disorders and more. Look for the IR4 add-on when you register, or log into Run Sign Up to manage your registration and add the IR4 add-on. For more information on the I Run 4 program or to be matched with a buddy of your own, visit the I Run 4 web site.
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