Probility Ann Arbor Marathon Race-Day Guide

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Welcome, runners! We’re thrilled that you’ll be joining us for the 2018 Probility Ann Arbor Marathon. Read on for all the important information you’ll need to help you get ready for the big day. Please check back here frequently for updates, and wait until the day before the race to print this guide out. Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter for more race details!

Last updated on 15 May 2018

 

Participant Confirmation/Look-Up

To confirm your registration or to look up a participant, click here.

 

Participant Tracking

Participant tracking is offered through our timing service. Participant tracking will be enabled race morning, Sunday, May 20, once Packet Pick-Up closes and all bib numbers have been assigned.

Click here to track your family and friends!

Race Results

As part of Epic Races’ green initiative, we will no longer have paper results after the event. Instead, all participants will have QR codes on their bibs which can be scanned with QR Code Readers for race results. We will also have a Chromebook station with race results viewable there.

Packet Pick-Up and Race-Weekend Registration

Packet Pick-Up

We’ve got two opportunities for you to get your Probility Ann Arbor Marathon goods:

  • Saturday, May 19 from 12 PM to 4 PM at 2/42 Community Center 648 Wagner Rd. Ann Arbor (more details below!)
  • Sunday, May 20 from 6 AM to 7 AM at Elbel Field (prior to the race).

Athlete goodie bags will be available only for those participants who pick up their race packet on Saturday, May 19.

You may pick up packets for a friend or family member, but be sure they know you are picking up their race materials for them!

Join us for the Health and Wellness Expo on Saturday, May 19!

Our Health and Wellness Expo will be held at 2/42 Community Center (648 Wagner Rd., Ann Arbor) this year. Pick up your packet and goodie bag, plan to attend the Strength Training for Runners Clinic (below) and visit with fantastic vendors like  Probility Physical Therapy, Run the City Marathon Retail, American Home Fitness, Rock City Skirts, Elite Feet and many more! Learn about our Featured Charities, fundraising through the Ann Arbor Marathon and ready to connect with you at the Expo. Make it a family day! 2/42 Community Center also features a fun playscape and cozy cafe. Grab a coffee while you pick up your bib and let your kids play burn some energy in the foam pit!

Race-Weekend Registration

Race-weekend registration will be offered at all Packet Pick-Up venues. Race-weekend registration fees are as follows:

  • Marathon: $125
  • Half Marathon: $105
  • 10K: $55
  • 5K: $50

Directions and Details

Starting Line

All events start and finish at Elbel Field, 336 Hill St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104, in view of The Big House! Mayor Taylor will be the official starter for this year’s race!

Parking Information

Race day parking will be available on side streets as well as at the following U of M lots: SC4, SC5, SC6, and SC7  of South (Ross) Athletic Campus. Click HERE for a map that identifies these lots.  Be sure to lock your car and do not leave any valuables behind. Neither the Probility Ann Arbor Marathon nor the University of Michigan will be held responsible for loss or damages incurred while parked during the event.

All downtown Ann Arbor parking lots, structures, and on-street parking are free of charge on Sundays (race day). For a map of downtown Ann Arbor parking locations, click here.

There will be NO parking shuttles this year. 

Not sure what you can bring?

Bag Check

The Probility Ann Arbor Marathon provides gear-check service for our participants. We will provide clear bags in which you can store your belongings, which will be transported to the finish area. Personal bags will not be accepted. For security reasons, all items must be stowed in the clear bags provided for you. Should you have your belongings in a personal bag, you will need to empty the bag’s contents into a clear bag, then store your personal bag in your car or give it to a friend to hold. Personal bags will not be accepted in gear check, even if empty. Epic Races and Champions for Charity are not responsible for lost, stolen, or missing items, so please do not leave anything of value in your clear gear bag. Bag check opens at 6:30 AM and closes at 7:15 AM, at the race start.

Post-Race Showers

Our friends at the Ann Arbor YMCA will be offering our participants the opportunity to use their shower facilities after their race. Simply show your Probility Ann Arbor Marathon race bib at the front desk! The Ann Arbor YMCA is located at 400 West Washington, just west of the finish line.

Pace Groups

The Probility Ann Arbor Marathon features pacers provided by the Ann Arbor Track Club. Stop by and visit the pace team at the Health & Wellness Expo. On race morning, you’ll find the pacers lined up on South Main Street with their pacing signs. Pace groups are based on a wide range of ability levels, starting at a 7:00-minute (3:03) pace and ranging through a 13:30-minute (5:53 pace) and every time in between.

Not sure which pace is right for you? Check out this Race Prediction Chart or talk to the pacers at the Health & Wellness Expo or on race morning. Running with a pacer is a great way to meet your goal… but if you want to go ahead, feel free to break away. It’s also okay to slow down and do your own thing, then pick up with a slower pacing group.

 

Race-Weekend Schedule

In an effort to be green, we will not have printed race-weekend schedules available at the Expo or on race day.

Saturday, May 19

12:00 PM — The Health & Wellness Expo opens at 2/42 Community Center

12:00 PM — Packet Pick-Up and Race-Weekend Registration open at the Health & Wellness Expo (marathon: $125/half marathon: $105/10K: $55/5K: $50)

 

4:00 PM — The Health & Wellness Expo, Packet Pick-Up, and Race-Weekend Registration Close

 

Sunday, May 20

6:00 AM — 7:00 AM Packet Pick-Up and Race-Day Registration at Elbel Field

6:30 AM — 7:15 AM Bag Check open

7:30 AM —Race starts (Mayor Taylor will start the race!)

8:00 AM — Post-race athlete’s festivities begin

1:30 PM — Marathon course opens to vehicle traffic; all marathoners still on the course must continue on the sidewalk at this point.

2:00 PM — Race timing suspends & Shuttle-bus service stops

2:15 PM — Post-race festivities end

 

Race Bibs and Timing

Race Bibs

The Probility Ann Arbor Marathon uses the Chronotrack B-Tag Timing System. This timing system provides each participant with an accurate time from the start to the finish line. You will receive a race bib featuring your individual race number. Individual timing tags are affixed to the back of each race bib. Leave the tags on the back of the bib and wear the bib on your front torso, so that it is clearly visible on the outside of your clothing.

Bib Quick Tips:

  • Race bib is clearly visible on the FRONT of your torso
  • Race bib is unaltered and unmodified (do not fold, wrinkle, or remove back tag)
  • Race bib is pinned in all four corners or secured to a race belt
  • Race bib is worn on the outside of your clothing and is not covered (by jackets, runner belts, water bottles, etc.)

 

Results

Results for the Probility Ann Arbor Marathon will be posted by race-day evening on the Probility Ann Arbor Marathon web page. Click the blue Results button to jump down to the results link.

 

Course Details

The Probility Ann Arbor Marathon full- and half-marathon courses are USATF certified. As with all of our events, we strive to be green and will not have printed course maps available at the Expo or on race day. To view the course maps, go to our site and click the blue Course Maps button at the top of the page.

Entertainment on the course!

Aron Kaufman will be on site to entertain and inspire our runners! Catch Aron before his appearance later that day at the Michigan Theater at 7:30 PM to discuss his original work for “Cuba’s Forgotten Jewels” before a screening of the film. He will speak briefly before a live performance with other musicians. Need more? You can also catch his performances at Kerrytown Concert House on Sunday June 3 at 8 PM with Lunar Octet or Sunday, July 15 at 8 PM with his own band. Both bands feature original, hot, spicy World Beat Jazz and Aron’s band will play his compositions exclusively.

Course Clock and Mile Markers

We will have a course clock and timing mat (for splits) at the 13.1-mile mark. Each mile of the marathon and full marathon will have a mile-marker sign.

 

Aid Stations and Portable Toilets

The Probility Ann Arbor Marathon features 11 aid stations on the course! There is one aid station on the 5K loop; 10K participants will pass this aid station twice. All aid stations will feature water and Gatorade. Gu energy gel will be offered at miles 7 and 20.

For your convenience, a number of portable toilets will be located at the start and finish areas as well as at each aid station. The start and finish lines will each have a handicapped-accessible port-o-potty. Participants are requested to respect the surrounding private and public property by using the portable toilets provided. Please use these portable toilets and help us reflect well on the Ann Arbor community and especially on the residents who live along the course.

 

Finish Times

Marathon participants must complete the course within 6 hours (13:30-minute/mile pace). You may run, run/walk, or walk as long as you finish within 6 hours. If you go over the 6-hour cut-off, we ask that you move to the sidewalks to complete the course. The race clock will discontinue timing at 2 PM (6:30 hours after start time).

There is no cut-off time for the half marathon, provided you finish within 6 hours.

There is no cut-off time for the 5K or 10K.

 

First Aid

There will be a Huron Valley Ambulance Medical Aid Station located near the finish line on South Main Street. HVA paramedics will also be patrolling the marathon course on bicycles. We ask that participants and spectators be aware and respectful of sirens and emergency vehicles that may end up on the course. If you hear or see an emergency vehicle, please move to the side of the road.

Should you become injured or ill during the course of the race, please make your way to the nearest aid station and alert the radio-communications volunteer that you need medical assistance. The radio-communications volunteer will send a call out for first-responder assistance.

 

Four Legs and Wheels

For insurance and safety reasons and to ensure everyone’s enjoyment of the Probility Ann Arbor Marathon, dogs, roller skates, in-line skates, and unauthorized wheeled vehicles are not permitted on the course.

Jogging strollers are permitted. All participants using jogging strollers must follow these guidelines:

  • Your child must remain securely fastened inside the stroller while on the course for safety and insurance reasons.
  • You must keep your stroller to the right side of the race course, to allow a clear path on the left for runners and walkers. No weaving in and out of the other participants is allowed.
  • You may not race or run, only jog. This is to ensure the safety both of your child and of the other participants on the course.

 

Virtual Half Marathon

Participants running the Probility Ann Arbor Marathon virtual half must complete their run by Sunday, March 25. All virtual participants are invited and encouraged to post a photo of themselves running/walking their virtual 13.1 miles, of their course/trail/venue and/or of their GPS watch or smartphone running app on the Virtual Half Marathon Facebook event page to share their accomplishment with our running community. Be just to “join” the event in order to post! Please note that this is optional. You are not required to “report” your virtual run to us! All virtual half swag will be mailed out by early April.

 

Awards

All Probility Ann Arbor Marathon finishers receive an amazing finisher’s medal. In addition, special awards will also be presented to the 1st Overall Male and Female, the 1st Masters Male and Female, and the top 5 finishers in each age division for the full marathon, half marathon, 10K, and 5K. To have your award mailed, please click on Mailing Race Items on our Policies page.

 

Making Registration Changes

Please click the blue FAQs button at the top of the Probility Ann Arbor Marathon web page to learn about the deadlines for transferring your registration to another person and for switching from one distance to another. Please note that the Probility Ann Arbor Marathon has a no-refund/no-credit policy and that shirt sizes are not guaranteed after February 13.

 

Race Photo

Be sure to smile for our sports photographers on the course and as you come across the finish line! All of our participants receive free downloads of their photos… another reason the Probility Ann Arbor Marathon is so Epic! We will post the link to the race photo gallery shortly after the event.

Before race day, go to the app store and download the Snapchat app to share your race day fun with your friends! At the start and finish line of the Ann Arbor Marathon, snap a fun before or after picture and swipe through the filters to find ours!

 

Ditch the Discomfort

If you experience any aches, strains, or pain during your training or race, contact our title sponsor, Probility Physical Therapy, for a free injury assessment.

 

 

Spectator Etiquette

The Probility Ann Arbor Marathon’s urban race courses lend themselves naturally to spectating. If you are coming to cheer on loved ones and watch the event, please follow these guidelines:

  • DO offer a high five if inspiration grabs you, but remember that a few high fives go a long way. Don’t be offended if a runner doesn’t take you up on your offer
  • DO cheer on everybody, not just the participants you know
  • DO keep dogs leashed and well away from the course
  • DO be inspired to run yourself next year
  • DO have a great time! A road race can be a wonderful, inspiring event to watch
  • DON’T enter the race course! Big no-no! Even if your friends are across the road on the other side!
  • DON’T smoke anywhere near the race
  • DON’T say “You’re almost there!” unless the finish line is actually in sight

27 Responses to “Probility Ann Arbor Marathon Race-Day Guide”

  1. Cheryl Bailey March 27, 2016 at 4:06 PM #

    How do I track a runner?

    • ana March 27, 2016 at 4:49 PM #

      We’re sorry, but we do not offer runner tracking.

  2. Jack April 2, 2016 at 3:57 PM #

    Is there any additional race-day check-in? Or do I simply line up in the race line and begin running with the bib number on the front?

    • ana April 2, 2016 at 8:34 PM #

      Jack, there is no need to check in on race day unless you have not yet picked up your race bib and shirt. Otherwise, line up at the starting line according to the pace you will be running. There are two different starting lines. For the 5K and 10K, the faster runners are in the front, with the walkers and strollers in the back. For the half marathon and full marathon, line up according to the pace signs. The 7:00-minute pace group will be near the starting line, with each pace group 30 seconds apart, ending with the 13:30-minute pace group. And yes, your bib number should be pinned horizontally to the front of your outermost layer of clothing in order to give you an accurate finish time.

  3. Haiyong Liu April 3, 2016 at 7:14 PM #

    Thank you for the outstanding organization work overall! Keep up the good work!

  4. Darnell Mitchell April 5, 2016 at 6:16 PM #

    I’m having a hard time finding my photos. Does anyone have the link? Have they been posted yet?

    • ana April 5, 2016 at 6:45 PM #

      The link to the first photos was published yesterday. Here it is:
      https://flic.kr/s/aHskue8qYE

      Once we receive the links from our other photographers, we will post them!

  5. Ellen March 5, 2017 at 9:08 AM #

    Don’t see the course maps in the event guide?

    • Eva March 5, 2017 at 9:17 AM #

      You will find the course maps on the event page at a2marathon.com. Click “Course Maps”.

  6. Dan Reasoner March 19, 2017 at 6:41 PM #

    …the aid stations at miles 6 and 19 will also feature Zoup! What is Zoup?

    • ana March 19, 2017 at 9:35 PM #

      Zoup! is a restaurant chain and one of our race sponsors (see http://www.zoup.com/). Zoup’s aid-station offerings feature hot, nourishing broth.

      • Dan March 25, 2017 at 4:04 PM #

        Thanks!

  7. Laura March 19, 2017 at 10:42 PM #

    Are there stairs on the course? From the map it looks like we will go down the stairs to the river??

    • ana March 20, 2017 at 11:12 AM #

      Hi Laura! Not to worry, there are no stairs by the river!

  8. Steve March 20, 2017 at 9:37 AM #

    Are small backpacks allowed?

    • ana March 20, 2017 at 11:10 AM #

      Hi Steve! To keep our race secure and our participants, volunteers, and staff safe, no backpacks or bags of any kind are allowed on the course. You can check your backpack at our Bag Check prior to the race and retrieve it from Bag Check after finishing the race.

      • Ryan May 13, 2018 at 4:03 PM #

        Your bag check says to put nothing of value in a checked bag and to leave nothing of value in your vehicle. I run with a camel pack which also holds my phone, wallet and car keys. So what am I supposed to do with these things?

        • Eva May 15, 2018 at 3:20 PM #

          You can leave valuables in your car or bag check, but we are not responsible. I think they will be safe in either place!

  9. Audrey Cook March 21, 2017 at 10:13 AM #

    What are the main crossroads where the marathon ends. I will be getting a ride at the finish, and want to know where should be picked up.

    • ana March 21, 2017 at 11:52 AM #

      Hi Audrey! The marathon finish line is in downtown Ann Arbor on South Main Street. Because the course runs through downtown Ann Arbor, many of the roads will be closed to traffic until 1:30 PM. Your best bet would be to take one of the provided shuttle buses back to Ann Arbor Pioneer High School and be picked up there. Another convenient pick-up spot with vehicle access is the Ann Arbor YMCA at 400 West Washington. 🙂

  10. Eli March 26, 2017 at 8:45 AM #

    I am walking to the see my friend finish now. Can’t access the course map because the website says “this event has passed”. That’s a really terrible way to make the website work.

    • ana March 26, 2017 at 1:50 PM #

      Hi Eli! You can access the Ann Arbor Marathon site and its course maps at any time by going to http://www.theannarbormarathon.com and. clicking the blue Course Maps button.

      • June April 20, 2018 at 3:53 PM #

        Ana, is it okay to just walk the 5 or 10k instead of run? Is that allowed?

        • Eva April 20, 2018 at 5:22 PM #

          It is absolutely OK!

  11. C May 15, 2018 at 10:03 AM #

    Will the event be canceled if there is a thunderstorm?

    • Eva May 15, 2018 at 3:21 PM #

      In the event of a thunderstorm, we will institute our severe weather safety plan. We will delay in 20-minute increments until we make a final decision about holding the race or not.

    • Eva May 15, 2018 at 5:56 PM #

      If there is a thunderstorm, we will follow our severe weather policy which you can read under “policies”. Canceling is highly unlikely.

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