Athlete Guide: Probility Ann Arbor Marathon 2021

WELCOME, RUNNERS!

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.


Packet Pickup
THE EXCITEMENT STARTS SATURDAY!

COVID-19 Protocol At Health & Fitness Expo
The 2021 Probility Ann Arbor Marathon is following recommended CDC guidelines in order to produce a safe race experience.  Masks are REQUIRED at our Health & Fitness Expo.

Social distancing is always recommended and encouraged while attending this year’s race weekend. Masks are encouraged for all when in crowded areas.

Health and Fitness Expo

Date: October 23, 2021
Time: 12 – 4 p.m.
Location: 2|42 Community Center
Address: 648 S Wagner Rd. in Ann Arbor

Can’t make it to the expo?  You can get your packet and T-shirt race morning 6:30 – 7:45 a.m. at the registration table located by the start line, but will not receive the “goodie bag”.

Read on for more details:

Your race weekend kicks off with our Health & Wellness Expo on Saturday, October 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 Merch and many more!
Learn about our featured charities, fundraising through the Ann Arbor Marathon, and our Ann Arbor Track Club Pace Team will be ready to connect with you at the Expo. Pick up your race packet … or register if you haven’t already done so.

Be sure to bring the QR code that you received in your race confirmation and it has also been emailed to you.  This is your ticket to your packet!

Join us from 1:00 – 1:30 p.m. for a 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.

We will be treated to the music of local musicians including Mike Ball, Founder of Lost Voices.
Please plan to hang around and enjoy the music!
Here’s a short video.
Learn more at: https://www.lostvoices.org/.

Lost Voices from Samaritas on Vimeo.

Ann Arbor Marathon Kids Run
Saturday, October 23
11:30 a.m.
2|42 Community Center

648 S Wagner Rd
Ann Arbor, MI 48103

Ann Arbor Marathon Kids Run

Run your race THE DAY BEFORE THE 26.2 RACE!
12 & Under: Run the Full (.262)
8 & Under: Run the Half (.131)

Come kick off the Probility Ann Arbor Marathon weekend at 11:30 AM, prior to the expo opening, in you running gear or costume! Upon completion of your race, you will run through a festive finish arch and receive post race treats, including a finisher’s medal!

Registration will be open 10:45 AM-11:20 AM at 2/42 Community Center. There are openings for same day registration!

We look forward to cheering you on Saturday, October 23rd!

 

 

 

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

Our Epic Announcer, Ben Rollenhagen, will send you off at 8 a.m. sharp!

Ben has been announcing cycling and running races since 2014. Originally as a way to heckle racers and pass the time, Ben started announcing his own events as a race promotor for some of the top cyclo-cross races in Michigan. Since then, Ben joined the Epic Race team in 2016 as an announcer for the Waterloo Grit and Gravel bike event. He has since branched out to running races, charity events, and triathlons in the central Michigan area.

In his day job as a professor at Central Michigan University, Ben has been a “professional speaker” for over 12 years to his students in physical education, fitness, coaching and sport skill instruction classes. Ben currently consults with bicycling education curriculums across the world and has almost completed a doctorate in educational technology.

Ben started his competitive career as a road cyclist, toeing the line with professional racers across the Midwest region. This led him to race promoting where he directed the two top road race events in Michigan along with two top cyclocross events in the state for almost 10 years. His racing and promoting career recently took a back seat to his family, two lovely children and his beautiful wife, Chivon. He is grateful for the opportunity to work with Epic Races to keep his love for competitive endurance events alive.

 

art joslinWe will be treated by the golden voice of Art Joslin sending us off with the singing of the National Anthem.
Dr. Art Joslin hails from Ann Arbor, Michigan and is a graduate of the University of Michigan, School of Music and the University of Illinois, School of Music. He has been singing from the Classical, Operatic, Pop/Rock, and Gospel genres, as well as from the Great American Songbook for over 40 years. Trained as an operatic baritone, Art has appeared in leading roles, concerts, and recitals in Detroit, Philadelphia, San Diego, Sacramento, Windsor, Toronto, Windsor, Little Rock, Atlanta, Las Vegas, Washington, D.C., and Nairobi, Kenya. He has soloed at the National Cathedral, and the Kenyan National Theatre.

As an accomplished and sought-after interpreter of the Great American Songbook, Art has performed the songs of many of the greats including Sinatra, Martin, Crosby, Tormé, Damone, Darin, and others. In the Southern Gospel Genre, he was the Baritone/MC of the group, The Redeemer’s and performed over 150 concerts each year in the gospel genre. Over the last 41 years, he has performed nearly 3000 concerts, recitals, and singing events in his career and still maintains an active performance schedule.

His broadcasting credits include Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp Public Radio with the Faculty/Staff Big Band, ESPN for the minor league baseball world-series at Mudhen Stadium, and various other television and radio broadcasts. Other recorded and live credits include the Detroit Music Hall, the Ford Motor Company, the UAW, and UAW-Ford National Meetings in Detroit, Dearborn, and by video in Las Vegas.

Art studied the classical literature and earned his Doctor of Musical Arts degree under the tutelage of world-class tenor Jerold Siena. At the University of Michigan, he studied with baritone Stephen Lussman, a much sought-after performer and teacher of voice. During Art’s undergraduate degree in music, he was fortunate to study with renowned Metropolitan Opera Basso, Ara Berberian. Additional study with the late Dr. Kim Renas of Liberty University. Other study included Rick Fracker, Nathan Gunn, Robert McIver, Jeannie LoVetri, Mark Trammel, and coaches John Wustman, Jean Schneider, Julie Gunn, and Cara Chowning.

Originally trained as an operatic baritone, Art has performed the role of Rigoletto, in Verdi’s Rigoletto, Budd in Albert Herring, Antonio in Le nozze di Figaro, Pistola in Falstaff, Angelotti in Tosca, Melchior in Amahl and the Night Visitors, and has covered roles such as Commendatore in Don Giovanni, and Scarpia in Tosca. His music theatre credits include Daddy Warbucks in Annie, Professor in Little Women, Father in Children of Eden, Governor/Innkeeper in Man of La Mancha, and Father in Into the Woods.

Art has been a member of the voice faculties of the University of Illinois (visiting), Cornerstone University (Director of Voice Studies), Grace Bible College, Oakland University, Grand Valley State University, and Aquinas College. His students are currently music teachers in public schools, professional performers, and choir teachers and members throughout the U.S.

Art’s studies and research have earned him the Certificate of Vocology granted jointly by the University of Utah and the National Center for Voice and Speech (NCVS). He is a part of the NCVS research consortium and was a member of the original editing team for Ingo Titze’s groundbreaking book, Vocology: The Science & Practice of Voice Habilitation. As a trained Vocologist, Art has worked with singers, speakers, radio personalities, Pastors, Actors, and Voice-Over personalities to habilitate their voices for professional use. Art is a founding and charter member of PAVA, the Pan-American Vocology Association, and a member of NATS, the National Association of Teachers of Singing.

The 6 a.m. early start option will be sent off by John Wilt.
John Wilt will be running his 98th marathon on October 24th at the Probility Ann Arbor Marathon! His goal is to complete 100+ marathons in all 50 states. Michigan is state #39. John is USAFR veteran of 30 years active duty/reserves. He is a semi-retired educator who is an adjunct instructor teaching sociology classes at Blue Ridge CC in Wyers Cave, VA and criminal justice classes at Mary Baldwin University, Staunton, VA. John is professor emeritus from Danville CC. Other than running, John’s passion is singing at local assisted living facilities and he has produced 15 one-man shows in HI, KS, NC, and VA where he has sung Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett or Dean Martin classic songs with Big Band CD accompaniment. John is married and he and his wife Jean have three children and four grandsons who live on Maui and Topeka, Kansas respectively. John is a native Kansan and a graduate of Kansas State University, University of Alaska (Fairbanks) and Averett University. John recently performed the National Anthem for 1,400 10 miler and 4 miler runners on September 25th at the 47th annual Virginia 10-miler and at the Revel Big Cottonwood Marathon on September 11, 2001 for 900 marathoners at the 9,969 ft. level in the Wasatch Mountains, Salt Lake, UT. He has performed the National Anthem at college graduation ceremonies, veteran’s ceremonies, local baseball games, South Boston Speedway, ACJA-LAE regional and national conferences and at the annual Durham, NC and Roanoke, VA Half-Marathon events.

WHY RACE ALONE WHEN YOU DON’T HAVE TO?
SHARE RACE DAY WITH YOUR SUPPORTING FAMILY AND FRIENDS!

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!

 

FOR RUNNERS

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

PROFILE SETUP
  • 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
TRACKING SETUP
  • 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!

SPECIAL NOTES FOR RELAY TEAMS

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

TIPS
  • 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

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FOR SPECTATORS

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

ADDING RUNNERS TO TRACK
  • 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
PROFILE SETUP
  • Create a spectator login by entering YOUR name and email address – DO NOT ENTER THE RUNNER’S INFORMATION!
  • Confirm your profile information
TRACKING SETUP
  • 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!

CLICK HERE FOR MORE DETAILS PLUS A VIDEO

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.

We ❤️  spectators!!

To be sure your spectators have an EPIC experience and so that they are where you need them most, we have some suggested spectator spots with parking suggestions.

Bring your spectators to the EXPO where will have a cheer sign-making station compliments of Benchmark Design and Printing of Ann Arbor!

Canadian Running Magazine

 

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

6:00 - 7:30 A.M. PACKET PICK-UP AND RACE-DAY REGISTRATION

6:30 - 7:45 A.M. RACE BAG CHECK AVAILABLE

7:50 A.M. RACE ANNOUNCEMENTS & LINEUP

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

8:30 A.M. POST-RACE PARTY BEGINS

8:40 A.M. AWARDS AVAILABLE FOR PICK-UP

2:00 P.M. OFFICIAL CUT-OFF TIME

2:45 P.M. POST-RACE FESTIVITIES END

  • 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.

There is currently construction on our course and we have posted updated maps below.  We will keep you updated as we have more course information. With ever-changing construction and weather, please note that courses can change at any time due to unplanned road construction, weather, or any other unforeseen circumstances.

Courses will be marked race morning at 6 a.m. with directional signs and mile markers.
Course marshals and police will be on the course at 7:45 a.m.  We are grateful for all of them!!

CLICK HERE FOR MARATHON AND HALF-MARATHON TURN-BY-TURN INSTRUCTIONS

Please note that this interactive map is to best show you directions, but the distance it shows Is not accurate.  The nature of how the map is created shows a long course. The actual course is a 26.2 USATF certified course.

26.2 is 2 loops.
GU will be at the “Mitchell Field” aid station at about miles 9.5 & 22.5.

Click map for printable PDF

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.

RACE BIBS
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!).

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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!
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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.

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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 7:50 a.m.
  • The second bus will leave from the same location at approximately 8:30 a.m. and every 40 minutes thereafter.
  • 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 give it to your teammate.  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 a bag with your teammate in one of our supplied bags. Your teammate can leave it at the “bag check” area of the start/finish area.

Leg #3 (7.05 miles)
This transfer spot is at Greene St. between Hoover and Hill.   Before staging yourself to run, you may want to put your warm, dry clothes in a “bag check” bag and have your leg #2 teammate bring them to Gallup Park for you so they will be there for you when you arrive.

Leg #4 (6.05 miles)
Same as leg #2, but you may want to take a later bus than the 7:50 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.

Looking for the best pre-race pasta in town?

We highly recommend the authentic Italian dishes of Palio.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here are some other favorites that also have some excellent pre-race menu selections:

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