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The Original A2 Turkey Trot

Saturday, November 11, 2017 @ 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

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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!

 

Let’s Talk Turkey!

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
  • 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 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!

 

Feathering from Afar

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.

 

A Cornucopia of Athlete Treats

All of our A2 Turkey Trot participants receive:

  • race chip timing with results posted within 6 hours (please note: the mile is not a timed event)
  • a fabulous finisher’s medal
  • a high-quality, super-soft T-shirt (shirt sizes not guaranteed after October 29, 2017)
  • delicious post-race snacks
  • free downloads of their race photos, taken by Greg Sadler of Greg Sadler Photography
  • photo ops with Trotting Tom the Turkey

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Above: Our 2016 Women’s Fitted (left) and Traditional Cut (right) race shirts.
Below: Our 2016 Iron Turkey long-sleeved top.

Iron Turkey L/S 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!

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We’ve Got All the Fixins’, too!

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!

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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.

 

Keeping Pace

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!

 

 

Putting Turkeys on the Table

Food Gatherersfood-gatherers-logo, 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.

 

Thanksgiving is a Time to Share…

… 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.

 

Park Information

Hudson Mills Metropark is located off North Territorial Road in Dexter. Entrance for cyclists and pedestrians is free, but there is a daily vehicle entry fee of $10. 2017 Vehicle Entry Permits are available for sale at any Huron-Clinton Metroparks location. Annual permits are currently valid from the time of purchase through December 31 of that permit year. Click here to purchase yours today! Note: both 2016 and 2017 vehicle permits are valid for park entry right now!
Annual $35
Annual Seniors (62+) $21
Daily $10

 

 

Race Day Schedule

7:30 AM — Packet Pick-Up and Race-Day Registration open
8:45 AM — Packet Pick-Up and Race-Day Registration close (5K)
9:00 AM — 5K starts
9:30 AM — Post-Race Athlete Snack Area opens
9:45 AM — Packet Pick-Up and Race-Day Registration close (10K and Mile)
10:00 AM — 10K starts
10:30 AM — Mile Fun Run starts

Divisions

Male and Female Age Divisions: Age Divisions: 8 and under, 9-11, 12-14, 15-17, 18-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80+

Awards

All finishers receive a fabulous finisher's medal!

5K and 10K:

Our 1st Overall Male and Female and our 1st Overall Masters (40+) Male/Female will each receive a special award. The top 5 finishers in each age division for the 5K and 10K will receive a special age-group award. Age-group award winners can pick their awards up at our Awards Table inside the park's activity center.

Iron Turkey:

The 1st Overall Male/Female and the 1st Overall Masters (40+) Male/Female in the Iron Turkey will each receive a special award.

2017 Entry Fees

5K 10K Mile Iron Turkey Deadline
$35 $50 $20 $65 December 1 – December 31, 2016
$38 $53 $22 $70 January 1 – April 30, 2017
$41 $56 $24 $75 May 1 – August 31, 2017
$44 $59 $26 $80 September 1 – November 9 at 4 PM
$50 $65 $30 $90 Race-Weekend Registration

FAQs:

Q. I signed up for the 5K but I think the mile is more my distance. Can I transfer to the mile?
A. You can switch from the 5K to the mile — or from any one distance to another — by logging in to your Run Sign Up account, clicking the My Registered Races button, clicking Manage Registration by the A2 Turkey Trot, then clicking the Transfer Event button and following the onscreen instructions. If you are transferring to the longer distance from a shorter distance, you will be charged for the difference in price between the events. NOTE: the deadline to switch events online is Saturday, November 4, 2017. You can also switch events in person at Packet Pick-Up.

Q. Can I transfer my registration to someone else?
A. Yes! Log into your Run Sign Up account, click the My Registered Races button, click Manage Registration by the A2 Turkey Trot, then click Transfer to Another Runner and follow the onscreen instructions. There is a $15 charge to transfer your registration to another event, as well as a Run Sign Up processing fee. NOTE: the deadline to transfer your registration to another person is Saturday, October 28, 2017.


Q. I ordered the wrong shirt size/style. Can I change this?
A. Yes! Log into your Run Sign Up account, click the My Registered Races button, click Manage Registration by the A2 Turkey Trot, then click the blue Giveaway button and follow the onscreen instructions. NOTE: we do not guarantee shirt sizes for those participants who register after Saturday, October 28, 2017.

Q. I can no longer attend. How do I get a refund?
A. By registering for an Epic Races event, you have purchased a ticket to participate in one of the most exhilarating and enjoyable races in Southeast Michigan. As with a ticket to any sports or entertainment event, there are no refunds if you are unable to attend.

Q. I can no longer attend. Can I defer my registration to next year!
A. Yes! To defer your registration to 2017, email us at info@epicraces.com. NOTE: The deadline to defer your registration is Saturday, September 30, 2017.

Q. I can no longer attend. Can I get my race shirt and medal and bib sent to me?
A. We are happy to send you your race shirt and bib; please send a self-addressed, large padded shipping envelope (minimum envelope size is 13" X 16") with $5 affixed postage and a note stating your name, race, distance, and shirt size to us at Epic Races, 600 S. Wagner Road, Ann Arbor, MI, 48103 (details under Mailing Race Items on our Policies page). However, our finisher's medals are reserved for those who complete the race.

Q. Where do I park on race morning?
A. Parking will be available at Hudson Mills Metropark. Please note that there is a vehicle entry fee of $10 unless your car displays an annual Metroparks permit.

Q. What happens if it's raining on race day?
A. The A2 Turkey Trot will be held, rain, snow, or shine. Please be sure to dress accordingly for the weather.

Q. How many aid stations will there be?
A. There will be two aid stations on the 5K course (which 10K runners will pass twice and Iron Turkey runners will pass three times).

Q. Are jogging strollers allowed?
A. Yes! However, participants with jogging strollers may not race or run; they may only jog. Participants with strollers must remain courteous and respectful of all other participants; they must stay to the right of the course and may not weave in and out of the other participants. Children in jogging strollers must remain securely fastened in the stroller while on the course.

Q. Are dogs allowed?
A. No, dogs are not allowed on any of the event courses or at the post-race food area due to safety, security, and insurance reasons.

Q. Are headphones/ear buds allowed?
A. Yes, but we strongly encourage that you consider participating without portable music. This way, you will be able to hear the course marshals, as well as the spectators cheering for you. You will also be able to hear your fellow runners calling out that they are passing you.

Q. When will results be posted and where?
A. You'll find the results by clicking on the blue Results button at the top of this page. Results will be posted within 12 hours after the race ends.

Q. Can someone else pick up my race packet for me?
A. Yes! You can have someone pick up your packet for you if you are unable to make it to packet pick-up.

Q. My race shirt doesn't fit. Can I exchange it?
A. Yes! However, exchanges can only be done after the race and there is no guarantee of size.

Q. I left before results were posted and I won an award! How do I get it?
A. Congratulations! To receive your award, please follow the instructions outlined on our Policies page (http://www.epicraces.com/policies) under Mailing Race Items.

Details

Date:
Saturday, November 11, 2017
Time:
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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Organizer

Phone:
(734) 585-7101
Email:
info@epicraces.com
Website:
http://epicraces.com

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Packet Pickup Information
Friday, Nov. 10 from 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM at a location TBA. Saturday, Nov. 11 from 7:30 AM to 9:45 AM at Hudson Mills Metropark.

Venue

8801 North Territorial Road
Dexter, MI 48130 United States
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Phone:
(734) 426-8211
Website:
http://www.metroparks.com/
Course maps: A2 Turkey Trot 5K A2 Turkey Trot 10K

All courses are subject to change up to and including race day

Results

Year Race Results
2016 5K Results View Results
2016 10K Results View Results
2016 Iron Turkey Results View Results

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  1. Julie Eibach June 13, 2016 at 5:59 AM #

    Will this race be a part of the Michigan Fitness Challenge series?

    • Ana June 13, 2016 at 9:23 AM #

      We’ll be applying for recognition this week!

  2. Beth September 8, 2016 at 9:44 AM #

    I just want to clarify, participants in the one mile event DO receive finisher medals in this race? I was looking into races for my daughter–the Scare for Care race looks fun, but does not have medals for the 1 milers. She likes collecting her race medals, so it might be a reason for her to choose this one over the Halloween race.

    • ana September 8, 2016 at 5:11 PM #

      Hi Beth! Epic Races will as of today be offering finisher’s medals at all its mile events. The web sites do not reflect this yet, though!

      • Beth September 26, 2016 at 9:22 AM #

        Thank you–that is wonderful to know! Are the one mile medals generally the same as the 5k/10k medals or are they usually different/smaller?

        • ana September 26, 2016 at 9:45 AM #

          They will be the same medal that the 5K and 10K receive.

  3. Donna November 8, 2016 at 12:14 PM #

    When will the course map be available?

    • ana November 8, 2016 at 2:08 PM #

      We should have them within the next few days. The 5K and 10K both use the park’s inner-loop trail.

  4. Amy November 17, 2016 at 7:23 PM #

    I registered for the virtual 5K. Do I need to upload or post my stats (I use Strava) anywhere? The website only said I need to complete my run by Thursday Nov. 24th.

    • ana November 17, 2016 at 8:07 PM #

      Hi Amy! Our Virtual Trot is on the honor system. No need to prove your walk or run but, if you post about it on social media, please be sure to tag us!

  5. Maureen November 18, 2016 at 8:28 AM #

    I signed up yesterday at 315pm. Will my packet be available at oragnge theory today?
    Thanks!

    • ana November 18, 2016 at 9:05 AM #

      Yes! Everyone who is pre-registered will be able to pick up their packet this afternoon.

  6. Carol Ewasuik November 19, 2016 at 6:36 PM #

    Another great race. This is my third one this year. Really enjoy participating in the Epic Races. So well organized and I always have such a great time. Looking forward to the next one. Everyone is so friendly and supportive. Thank You and all the staff!!!

    • ana November 19, 2016 at 6:44 PM #

      Thank you, Carol! Looking forward to seeing you at our next event! 🙂

  7. Lilliana November 19, 2016 at 6:37 PM #

    Did you have to be at the awards table to get your reward? I got second in my age group but left early

    • ana November 19, 2016 at 6:45 PM #

      Hi Lilliana! Congratulations on your finish today! Awards were available for pick-up at the Awards Table in the park’s activity center. If you missed getting your award, please check our FAQs for instructions on how to receive yours!

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