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2019 Athlete Guide

There is plenty of parking at Hudson Mills Metropark.  The fee to enter the park is $10.  For details on daily parking and annual permits please click here.

Packet PickupYou have two options to pick up your packet:

  • Friday, November 8 – Packet Pick-Up will be at 2/42 Community Center (648 Wagner Rd., Ann Arbor) which is right beside Epic Races HQ  from noon – 7:00p.m. Packet pickup will be held along with our annual Epic Pre-Holiday Sale.
  • Saturday, November 9 – Packet pick-up will be from 7:45 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. (prior to the races – but be sure to get your packet before your race as the first race begins at 9 a.m.) in the activity center at Hudson Mills Metropark.

You may pick up a packet for a friend or vice versa, but please be sure you have communicated with your friend to avoid any confusion!

Here is what you will get:
>> Athlete Bag
>> Custom Running Bib
>> Safety Pins
>> T-shirt in the size you ordered.  You may only change your T-shirt size online two weeks before the race.  If you are not happy with your shirt size when you pick it up, please come back to the T-shirt table after the race where we will have “shirt exchange” set up.  You will notice that we offer 2 different shirt colors, one for the women’s fitted and one for the traditional T-shirt.  This is for 2 reasons: 1.  Most often the distributors do not offer the same color in both shirt options. 2.  It makes it much simpler to differentiate the different shirts and avoids a volunteer mistakenly giving a women’s fitted XL (fits most children) to a participant who ordered a traditional XL.

Epic Races partners with Food Gatherers
Food Gatherers, the featured charity for the A2 Turkey Trot, exists to alleviate hunger and eliminate its causes in our community. Food Gatherers regards the gifts of food and money that they receive as a sacred trust to be administered for the most effective hunger relief possible. Please bring a donation of non-perishable food or fresh produce to the Food Gatherers collection area to packet pickup on Friday or on race day. All donations collected at the A2 Turkey Trot will be distributed locally in time for Thanksgiving on Thursday.

Need more of an incentive to donate to Food Gatherers? Donate 10 canned items and receive a vintage Epic Races race T-shirt! For 20 cans, you’ll receive three shirts and for 30, five shirts! One item of fresh produce (a head of cabbage, a squash, a bunch of radishes, a pint of cherry tomatoes, etc.) may be substituted for one canned item.  Bring your cans to packet pickup and our Epic Holiday Pre-sale!

7:45 AM PACKET PICK-UP AND RACE-DAY REGISTRATION START

9:45 AM PACKET PICK-UP AND RACE-DAY REGISTRATION END

8:50 AM RACE ANNOUNCEMENTS AND WARM UP

9:00 AM 5K STARTS

10:00 AM 10K STARTS

10:30AM MILE FUN RUN STARTS

9:15 AM POST RACE PARTY BEGINS (APPROXIMATE TIME)

10:00 AM 5K, 10K & IRON TURKEY AWARDS CEREMONY (APPROXIMATE TIME)

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!).

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 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!
First Place Overall Male/Female and First Place Overall Masters Male/Female in all races will receive Thanksgiving turkeys! (Yes, you can win 3 turkeys!)
Special age group awards will also be given for the 5K and 10K.  Iron Turkey only offers overall and masters, but those same age groupers will get age-group awards for both the 10K and 5K.

We are thrilled to have The Livingston Lamplighters send off our runners with our national anthem!

They will be singing for their "THANKS” giving for Vets Program.

All donations collected will provide Thanksgiving meals to veterans and their families.

Consider stashing a few bucks in your pocket to drop in the “Veterans Bucket”.
Want to hear more?  You can see them perform TONIGHT and further support their “Thanks” Giving for Vets program.