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.
THE EXCITEMENT STARTS SATURDAY!
Your race weekend kicks off with our Health & Wellness Expo on Saturday, March 23 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.
Interested in PREMIUM PARKING? There is a lot just beside the start/finish area that will be available for parking for a fee of $10 to the lot owner. The address for this VIP spot is 214 E. Madison St. The entry will be well marked.
Here is how to get there:
South on Fifth Ave. from downtown.
Turn right on Madison St.
East on Madison from Main St.
For all other parking, use this address: 333 E Stadium Blvd, Ann Arbor, MI 48109
- 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.
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 you love you! Click “Manage Registration”.
Your progress can also be tracked by following our live updates here.
Your National Anthem Singer – Jim Diego
Jim Diego is from New York City and is an avid runner, having completed both a half marathon and a full marathon in all fifty states, completing the first round with half marathons in July 2016 after only a little over two years; and the second round for marathons in November 2018 in about four years! He has been highly recognized as a national anthem singer at road races large and small all over the country. Notably, in his home state of New York, he has sung at the start of the 2015, 2017, and 2018 TCS New York City Marathons. As his singing talents began to be recognized at road races, he decided to pursue the challenge of singing the national anthem in all fifty states, accomplishing that feat at the same race he finished fifty states of marathons in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Runners’ World published an article detailing Jim’s journey to running and singing in all 50 states shortly after finishing this challenge! In 2019, he’s shifted his focus to doing international marathons, as well as “bucket list” races – the Probility Ann Arbor Marathon actually falls into this latter category for him, as coming to A2 is somewhat of a homecoming; he went to college at the University of Michigan and graduated with his BS in Architecture in 2006. Though he wasn’t a runner back then, running around the city he knew so well will be quite nostalgic!
Your Announcer – Justin Shelton
A 22 year veteran of DJaying, Justin Shelton has played events large and small; from concerts, art shows and weddings to races, charity events and runway shows.
Shelton earned bachelor degrees from Arizona State University in communications and from Full Sail University in film. During college, Shelton DJ’ed and did play by play for the student radio stations. Since then, Shelton DJayed in Los Angeles for over 15 years while working in film for studios like Warner Bros. Shelton moved to Michigan recently to raise a family.
Lucky for us, that we discovered Shelton as a DJ and spotted a hidden race announcing talent. We invited him to announce at one of our races and we haven’t looked back!
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.
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 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.
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.
HERE IS ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW FOR A SMOOTH AND SUCCESSFUL RELAY DAY!
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 7:20 a.m.
- The second bus will leave from the same location at 8:30 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 12:00 noon 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!
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 all distances at 7:30 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.