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 11, 2017 at Hudson Mills Metropark for this annual autumn tradition — the Ann Arbor area’s original Turkey Trot! — 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:
For those who prefer a more sizable portion, there’s our Iron Turkey challenge: run both the 5K and 10K races, 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!
If you have a race-day conflict that keeps you from joining us at Hudson Mills, no worries! Already on your way to Mom’s for the holiday? Not a problem. Sleeping in on Saturday? That’s fine, too. You can now participate in the A2 Turkey Trot as a virtual racer! You’ll even receive the same sweet swag that our race-day participants receive. Simply pick a date to run or walk, then enjoy your virtual race anywhere, indoors or outdoors. Choose your distance: Virtual 5K or Virtual 10K (sorry, no Virtual Iron Turkey or Virtual Mile) Your Virtual Turkey run or walk must be completed by Saturday, November 11, 2017. To become a virtual racer, select the “Virtual Race” option when you register for the A2 Turkey Trot. Your shirt and medal will be sent to you approimately two weeks after the actual race. The deadline to register is 4 PM on Thursday, November 9, 2017. We look forward to seeing you… in spirit!
Please note: Epic Races does not ship swag to Canada or internationally. If you are a resident of Canada or another country and wish to participate in an Epic Races virtual event, please provide us with a U.S. shipping address.
All of our A2 Turkey Trot participants receive:
Above: Our 2016 Women’s Fitted (left) and Traditional Cut (right) race shirts.
Below: Our 2016 Iron Turkey long-sleeved top.
In addition to our A2 Turkey Trot race shirts, all Iron Turkey participants also receive a special Iron Turkey long-sleeved top!
Below: Our 2016 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. Join us before the race for pre-race warm-ups to get your ready for your race!
The A2 Turkey Trot has been endorsed by the Michigan Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness, Health, and Sports. All A2 Turkey Trot events are part of the Pure Michigan FITness Series and qualify for the Pure Michigan FITness Challenge. For details on the Pure Michigan FITness Series and to take part in the Pure Michigan FITness Challenge, click here.
Looking to PR or finish by a certain time? We 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. We will have pacers available at the following paces for both the 5K and the 10K: 7:00, 8:00, 9:00, 10:00, 11:00, and 12:00. Note: it’s perfectly fine to change from one pace to another while out on the course. After all, it’s your race!
Food Gatherers, the featured charity for the A2 Turkey Trot, is committed to distributing safe and nutritious food to 150 non-profit agencies and programs providing direct food assistance in the form of hot meals and emergency groceries to low-income adults, seniors, and children in Washtenaw County. Food Gatherers regards the gifts of food and money that it receives 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 to help put turkeys on the Thanksgiving tables of our fellow Washtenaw County residents. Please 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 11. 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.
… 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. Please note that IR4 buddy medals may only be purchased by athletes officially matched with an IR4 buddy. The funds from orders received from unaffiliated participants will be donated to the IR4 Foundation.
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