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Athlete Guide: Probility Ann Arbor Marathon 2020

2021 Athlete Guide will be available two weeks prior to race day


We’re thrilled that you’ll be joining us for the 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 if you plan to print this guide, please wait until the day before the race as some information may change.

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Packet Pickup
Your race weekend kicks off with our Health & Wellness Expo on Saturday, March 21 from 12 PM to 4 PM at 2|42 Community Center located at 648 S Wagner Rd. in Ann Arbor.
This free event is open to both participants and the public!
Visit vendors such as Probility Physical Therapy, American Home Fitness, Run the City Marathon Retail and many more!
Learn about our featured charities, fundraising through the Ann Arbor Marathon and ready to connect with you at the Expo. Pick up your race packet … or register if you haven’t already done so.

Join us from 1:00 – 1:30 p.m. for a race course Q&A with Epic Races’ Founder and CEO, Eva Solomon. This session will take place in the student auditorium at the Expo, just to the right of the main entrance.

If you just can’t make it to the expo, you can also pick up your packet race morning between 6 – 7:15 a.m. at the race site.

The Packard Health Kids Run is on Saturday, March 23 at 11:30 a.m. at the 2|42 Community Center at 648 S Wagner Rd.

The run will be held outdoors so dress appropriately.

All participants will get a commemorative hat and finisher’s medal.

We recommend arriving by 11:15 a.m.

Use this address in your GPS to get to the parking area:   333 E Stadium Blvd, Ann Arbor, MI 48109


Follow the instructions below or view the tutorial video at the bottom of the page. If you still have questions,  check out the RaceJoy website for additional support!

To get started, please download the RaceJoy app from the App Store or GooglePlay.

When you have downloaded the app, open it and look for the Probility Ann Arbor Marathon.  We have set up the tracking for all distances.

IMPORTANT: In order for tracking to work, the runner must carry their phone with them on race day with the RaceJoy app running and the tracking enabled!



To setup your phone as a race participant to be tracked by someone, select the “I Want To Be Tracked” option.

  • Create a RaceJoy profile using the same information that you submitted when you registered for the race
  • Select which course you are doing and enter your BIB number when prompted (if you do not have your BIB number yet, you can choose the BIB pending option)
  • Select your name in the list to link your RaceJoy profile to your race registration
  • Confirm your profile
  • Confirm that the device you are using is the device you will be carrying with you along the course on race day
  • Setup the options you want for tracking (GPS Progress & Audio Alerts are on by default), if you choose the Facebook and Twitter options, you will need to grant access to RaceJoy to post on your behalf
  • Test your tracking to see if your device is connecting with RaceJoy

You can share on social media and send personal invitations to family & friends to track you on race day!


Team Set Up:

-All need to carry their own phone and click “I Want to Be Tracked” upon initial set up. Follow the prompts.

-Select “Relay Course” option in course selection section.

-Sign up with team or add team to list, if not shown.Relay Team START: ALL push START MY RACE as the first team member crosses the start line.

-Each team member clicks their own ”Start My Race” button in RaceJoy. In order to receive more accurate progress updates, ALL click this when the first member crosses the start line. Team members not present at the start line can click “Start My Race” when they get the alert that the first member has started the race.

Verify Proper Team Set Up:

-Click the More button on race page in RaceJoy.

-Click Profile: If you do not see your team name at the top of the screen, redo your setup by clicking your name and following the Team Set Up

  • Make sure that your Location Services are ALWAYS ON for RaceJoy
  • Make sure that Background App Refresh is ON for RaceJoy
  • Make sure that WiFi is turned off on your phone on race day so that tracking is not interrupted with your device seeking out wireless networks



To setup your phone as a spectator who is tracking a runner, select the “I Want To Track Someone” option.

  • Confirm that the person you want to track or Send-a-Cheer to has RaceJoy setup by searching their name or BIB number
  • Select the user from the list by clicking the plus icon
  • Create a spectator login by entering YOUR name and email address – DO NOT ENTER THE RUNNER’S INFORMATION!
  • Confirm your profile information
  • Select the alerts you want to receive on your device from the runner you are tracking

You are now ready to track your runner on race day!


During the registration process, you had the option to put in a phone number of anybody who may want to track your progress during your race.  They will receive text message updates.  If you opted out, but have changed your mind, it’s not too late.  You can log in to your RunSignUp account and add the phone numbers of all the people who love you!  Click “Manage Registration”.

Your progress can also be tracked by following our live updates here.

6:00 A.M. EARLY START OPTION (see description on event page for details)




8:00 A.M. Marathon, Half-Marathon, Relay Races START

8:20 A.M. 10K and 5K, and 19-Mile Spring Training Run RACES START





  • On race morning, you may check your gear in a clear, plastic bag that we will provide.
  • You will find the gear check area located near the corner of 5th and Madison.
  • If you will be finishing your run at the Gallup Park relay exchange as a member of a relay team, we will transport your gear for you on the bus to the relay exchange .  Be sure to put your bag in the appropriate box at gear check when you check it. If you take the bus to Gallup to run towards the relay exchange near the finish, you may leave your bag on the bus and retrieve it at the gear check area.  It must be one of our supplied bags.  If not, it will not go back on the bus and will be left at Gallup Park.
  • The bag that we provide will be a clear drawstring bag measuring 11” x 14”.
  • No other bags will be accepted.
  • Luggage that does not fit within the pre-approved finish area bag will NOT be accepted.
  • You will label your bag with a label that will be provided with the bag.
  • You must affix the label to your approved gear bag before handing it to race personnel.
  • The drawstrings on the bag should be cinched and tied to ensure that your belongings do not fall out.
  • Do not check any valuables.
  • Although we will do our best to ensure that your gear is waiting for you at the end of the race, we are not responsible for lost items and/or gear check bags.

There will be 13 aid stations along the course.  All will have water, Gatorade and a portable toilet.

Aid stations will be approximately at miles: 1, 2, 3, 4.5, 5.5, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 16.5, 17.5, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25

Gu will be available at miles 9 & 20.

Ann Arbor Marathon Aid Station Map
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Ann Arbor Trck Club logoThe 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 Fifth Avenue 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 Pace Calculator or talk to the pacers at the Health & Wellness Expo or on race morning.







Looking forward to your post-race shower?  The Ann Arbor YMCA has graciously offered the use of their locker rooms to all Probility Ann Arbor Marathon participants!


Q: When is the Y open?
A:  Monday–Friday: 5:30 a.m.–10:00 p.m. Saturday–Sunday: 7:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m.

Q: Where should I park? 
A: While parking in downtown Ann Arbor can sometimes be challenging, there is typcially street parking available around the Y.  In addition, surface parking lot options are here.

Q: Where is the Y located?
400 W Washington St, Ann Arbor, MI 48103

Q: Does the Y provide towel service?
A: Yes, but the towels are just small gym towels and only one per person.  We highly recommend you pack a towel for your shower.

Q: Are lockers available?
A: There are lockers in the five locker rooms: Boys’ (under 18), Girls’ (under 18), Mens’, Womens’ and Universal Access. Parents may accompany a child of the same gender into the boys’ or girls’ locker rooms. Parents needing to accompany an opposite-gender child should use the Universal Access locker room. Individual changing cabanas are provided there for your convenience. You may put your belongings in any open locker and supply your own combination or key lock. Please remember to remove all belongings when you have finished for the day. Additionally, small security lockers are available on the first floor; tokens to operate these lockers are free and available at the Membership Desk. Master locks for the locker room lockers are for sale for $7.00.

Q: I am not a member, how will I get in?
A: Simply stop at the front desk and let the staff know that you just participated in the Probility Ann Arbor Marathon and you are there to take a shower. You will need to provide photo identification and sit tight for a quick 5-minute background check which is their standard policy for all members and guests.

Individual timing tags are affixed to the back of each bib number. Leave the tags on the back of the bib number and pin the bib number to 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 the torso
>>Race bib is unaltered and unmodified (do not fold, wrinkle, or remove back tag)
>>Race bib is pinned in all four corners
>>Race bib is not covered (by jackets, runner belts, water bottles, etc.)
>>Your race number should be worn on the front of your shirt and outside of your clothing (that way, the photographers can email you your photos after the race!).

Wondering if you won an award?

You can check several ways:
>>First, note the age groups and award categories on the event website.
>>Check the QR code on your bib with a QR scanner on your phone (if you don’t have one, you can download the app).
>>Visit the results table which will be set up by the awards table.
>>Check the “results” tab on the event website.
If you did win an award, you can pick it up at the award table. We know your time is valuable. For this reason, we offer grab-n-go awards. Grab your award, take a moment for the photo opp on the podium, then go!
If you happen to leave the race without picking up your award (not sure why you would, but it does happen,) please follow the instructions for unclaimed awards in our FAQ section.

Each team member will get an official race bib that does not have a timing chip. All members must wear a bib (when you are running you will have two bibs) on the outside of their top. Each team will receive ONE timing belt with one team bib. This will be buckled around the active runner and will be passed to each team member. Teams will receive individual and total times. You will receive all bibs, belt, and timing chip at packet pickup.  We really recommend picking up your packet at the expo on Saturday!

Please use our buses for transportation to Gallup Park if you are running leg 2 or 4.
Here is what you need to know about the buses:

  • The first bus will leave from 5th and Madison at 7:50 a.m.
  • The second bus will leave from the same location at 9:00 a.m.
  • When the second bus arrives at Gallup Park, the first bus will head back to the start line with those who have finished leg one. It will then shuttle back and forth from the start/finish area to Gallup Park until noon.  Any leg 3 runners arriving at Gallup Park after 12:30 p.m. will need to be picked up by their wonderful teammates or at least get reimbursed by their teammates for an Uber.
  • Bag check will be available for legs 1 & 3 to have dry clothes waiting at Gallup Park and for legs 2 & 4 to leave a bag of excess clothing to be transported back to the start/finish area. The bags and labels will be available at our “bag check” area as well as on the buses.  You may not use your own bag and all contents within the bag will need to be visible.  Any other bags will be left behind.

Leg #1 (7.05 miles)
You will begin at the official start line with everybody.  If you would like to have warm, dry clothes for you when you finish your leg, you should put your belongings in a “bag check” bag and put it in the cargo area of the 7:20 a.m. bus.  You can get a bag at our “bag check” area and we will also have them on the bus. When you arrive at Gallup Park, your stuff will be there and there will be a bus to transport you back to the start/finish area.

Leg #2 (6.05 miles)
You will take the bus to Gallup Park and may leave your belongings in the cargo area of the bus as long as they are in one of our supplied bags. Your belongings will be available to you at the “bag check” area of the start/finish area.

Leg #3 (7.05 miles)
This transfer spot is at Green and Hill. There is a parking lot there. We encourage you to arrive early to secure a spot in that lot.  We will do our best to reserve it only for “Leg 3” participants.  You can access the lot by entering Green off of Hoover.  The road will have a barricade, but you will be let in if you can produce your bib showing you are on a relay team. Before staging yourself to run, you may want to put your warm, dry clothes in a “bag check” bag in the cargo area of the 8:30 a.m. bus so they will be there for you when you arrive at Gallup Park.

Leg #4 (6.05 miles)
Same as leg #2, but you may want to take the 8:30 a.m. bus as opposed to the 7:20 a.m bus. Your choice!
When you are approaching the finish line, your teammates will join you to the finish where you will all receive your well-deserved medals because there is no “I” in TEAM!

Relay Tracking
Find instructions for tracking your relay team here under “Relay Team How-To”. Check the Participant Tracking: RaceJoy tab for more information about RaceJoy!

This 19-mile training run is a combo of the Ann Arbor 10K and the Ann Arbor 13.1.

You will start the race together with the 5K and 10K at 8:20 a.m.  You will do the 10K first.  As you approach the finish line, you will turn as though you are doing the second loop for the marathon.  There will be signs indicating for you to turn.  You will then complete the half-marathon and head to the finish line!

Participants in this division will get EVERYTHING that all race participants get (swag, food, beer, chip timing, etc.) excluding overall and age-group awards as this is a training run, not a race.

For those visiting the Ann Arbor area for this race, visit Destination Ann Arbor’s website for information on hotels, restaurants, and other fun attractions and activities. We hope you enjoy your stay and race in our wonderful and unique city! You can also find more information on Destination Ann Arbor’s social media below.