Mark your calendars: the granddaddy of all mathematical holidays is coming up. That’s right! We’re talking about the annual 3.14. Such an epic date deserves recognition beyond the realm of math… and that’s where we come in!
Epic Races proudly presents The Pi Run, Michigan’s Original Pi Run, presented by Achatz Handmade Pie Co.: the race that celebrates this circle-related number and the circular edible it brings to mind. At 6:28 PM on Tuesday, March 14, 2017, participants will run or walk a 3.14-mile loop (as fans of π, we like to think of the course as a circle) at picturesque Hudson Mills MetroPark. And, since this is all about Pi, we’ll kick off the event with a special Pie Eat and Run Wave: a pie-eating division in which competitors start their run or walk once their pie plate is empty. Don’t want to hit the trail on a full stomach? You can still commemorate Pi Day with our optional Pie in the Face at the finish line!
Aiming for a Pi R? Need a little encouragement along the course? The Pi Run will feature pacers from the Ann Arbor Running Company, ready to help you run your best 3.14 miles ever! We will have pacers for 7:00, 8:00, 9:00, 10:00, and 11:00 pace times. Watch for the pace team at the starting area; they’ll be the ones in matching Ann Arbor Running Company shirts, holding pace signs.
Is 3.14 a bit too much Pi? Give our Piece of Pi(e) event a try! You’ll run or walk one mile through the park, with all the finishing touches the full Pi Run has to offer!
The Pi Run is walker friendly!
Our special guest for this year’s Pi Run is The Pi Guy, Riley McLincha! A native Michigander, McLincha once held the Guinness World Record for memorizing Pi: he memorized it to 7,500 decimal places. McLincha joined us for our inaugural Pi Run and will be back in 2017, participating in the 3.14-mile run while demonstrating his own unique creation, “drubbling,” which involves dribbling three basketballs in a juggling pattern while running. Be sure to watch for The Pi Guy out on the course!
Our Pi Run participants will receive:
Can’t make it to the race? Have your own private π celebration? No problem! The Pi Run has a virtual option, so you can run or walk for π anywhere: on a treadmill, around your neighborhood, even in Pi-ttsburgh or Mississip-Pi! You’ll still receive our fabulous finisher’s medal and super-soft T. Here’s what you need to do:
Your race goodies will be mailed out to you shortly after the completion of the actual Pi Run event.
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.
The Pi Run has FOUR race divisions:
• The Pi Run, in which participants will run (or walk) 3.14 miles
• The Pi Pie Run, the pie-eating division in participants will eat a 6-inch pie in the traditional pie-eating-contest style (no hands) before beginning their 3.14 mile run.
• The Piece of Pi(e), in which participants will run (or walk) one mile
• The Virtual Pi Run, in which participants will run (or walk) 3.14 miles wherever in this circular world they may be.
The Pi Run is part of the Pure Michigan FITness Series of events and is endorsed by the Michigan Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness, Health, and Sports.
Epic Races recognizes the compassion, support, and friendship that exists between a runner and their 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 Pi Run 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.
Check out the action from the 2015 Pi Run…
Can I pay my park entrance fee with pie?
We wish! But unless you have an annual Metropark permit, you’ll have to pay a $10 per vehicle admission fee.
Do I get anything special for finishing the race in 31:41?
Yes! You receive applause and the right to be recognized as the Ultimate Pi Runner!
I missed online registration and now I’m unhapPi.
No worries! We’ll have race-weekend registration, where you can sign up in person for the race.
π is an infinite number. Does that mean I have to keep on running and running?
Remember that π also does not repeat, so you are officially done after completing the 3.14-mile loop.
I’d prefer walking the Pi Run. Is that okay?
Absolutely! You can run, jog, walk, skip, cartwheel, dance, crawl… whatever makes you hap-Pi!
Can I dress up like Albert Einstein for this race?
Well, Albert wasn’t a mathematician, but 3/14 is his birthday, so go right ahead! Or maybe consider an Isaac Newton costume, since Newton was a mathematician and is sort of associated with apple pi.
It’s been a few years since I was in school. What is π again?
Pi, or π, represents a mathematical constant: the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter. For basic calculations, π is recognized as 3.14159, although in actuality it has been calculated to more than one trillion digits past the decimal point. It’s an irrational number and continues infinitely without repetition or pattern. And don’t worry… we aren’t irrational and will not require you to memorize π. Unless you really want to.
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2016 Race Photos: http://www.backprint.com/sadlershots/135701
2015 Race Photos: http://www.backprint.com/sadlershots/130221