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Bling in the New Year with Shoe Year’s Day Virtual Race

Friday, December 1, 2017 @ 12:00 AM - Thursday, February 1, 2018 @ 11:55 PM

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Bling in the New Year with Shoe Year’s Day!

A portion of this event’s proceeds benefit our featured charity, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.

Start 2018 on the right foot — or left — with our Bling in the New Year with  Shoe Year’s Day Virtual Race, the perfect way to kick off your resolution for a healthy and fit new year! Anyone of any age and any ability can participate: you only need your own two feet and an outdoor location!

How to Bling in the New Year with Shoe Year’s Day

Follow these steps to become a 2018 Bling in the New Year participant:

  • Register for this event at RunSignUp; deadline to register is February 1!
  • Head to your chosen venue. This can be any park or public land managed by the State of Michigan Department of Natural Resources,  your favorite local park or trail, or right in your own neighborhood!
    • Complete your Bling in the New Year Shoe Year’s Day Virtual Race! You can run it, walk it, hike it, snowshoe it, cross-country ski it, skate it… do your Bling in the New Year any way imaginable as long as it’s non-motorized. It’s your New Year so set your own personal goal. Because these are personal goals versus a set distance or time limit, we are not requiring any specific finish time or completed distance.

Goal setting guidelines:

    • Challenge yourself, but be realistic
    • Be specific (for example, I will walk/run/snowshoe or XC Ski five miles; I will walk/run/snowshoe or XC Ski for half an hour)
    • Choose a goal that is meaningful and important to you, not to anybody else
  •  Be sure to complete your race between December 1 and February 28! 
  • Tell us about your Bling in the New Year with Shoe Year’s Day Race! Head to the 2018 Bling in the New Year with Shoe Year’s Day Virtual Race Facebook page, “join” the event if you haven’t already, then upload a photo of your GPS tracker showing your mileage and time, share a selfie of you where you did your race, or post a comment telling us about it. You can also post your photos on Instagram and tag us (@epicraces) or tweet about it on Twitter and tag us (@epicraces). Be sure to use the hashtags #BlingintheNew Year #ShoeYear’sDay! Note: You do not need to “prove” your race to us. We encourage you to post about your Bling in the New Year with Shoe Year’s Day Virtual Race via our social media, but it is not mandatory!
  • All swag will be sent out via Priority Mail on February 28!

Virtual Race, Real Swag!

Every Bling in the New Year with Shoe Year’s Day participant will receive a beautiful medal created especially for this event, along with a Bling in the New Year Shoe’s Year Day T-shirt. All medals and shirts will be mailed out via Priority Mail in early March. Wear your shirt all year round to show your support for Michigan’s state parks and your commitment to fitness!

Please note: Epic Races does not ship swag to Canada or internationally. If you are a resident of Canada or another country and wish to participate in an Epic Races virtual event, please provide us with a U.S. shipping address.


Benefits for You and for the Outdoors

2017newgovcouncilCompleting the Bling in the New Year with Shoe Year’s Day Virtual Race has definite health benefits, whether you’re taking your first step in a year of racing events or your first step towards fitness ever. Make your race more than just a one-time event, and encourage your friends and family to join you as you Bling in the New Year! Your participation also has benefits beyond these: a portion of the proceeds from this event go to the Michigan DNR to help fund reforestation efforts and fitness programs in state parks. The Bling in the New Year with Shoe Year’s Day Virtual Race is part of the Pure Michigan FITness Series of events and is endorsed by the Michigan Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness, Health, and Sports. For details on the Pure Michigan FITness Series and to take part in the Pure Michigan FITness Challenge, click here.



Ubly Schools 2017Park Information

A State of Michigan Park permit is required to enter all DNR-managed properties. The Recreation Passport is your $11 ticket to Michigan’s state parks and outdoor adventures for an entire year! Michigan residents are not able to purchase a one-day park pass. For State Park entry, all Michigan residents must have a Recreation Passport. For details about the Recreation Passport, click here.

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All finishers receive a Bling in the New Year with Shoe Year's Day Virtual Race medal and an event T-shirt. Swag will be sent out to all participants on February 28!

Bling in the New Year with Shoe Year's Day Virtual Race Entry Fees


Friday, December 1, 2017 @ 12:00 AM
February 1 @ 11:55 PM
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  1. Barbara January 1, 2016 at 4:19 PM #

    Are the shirts Female Specific or Unisex ?

    • ana January 1, 2016 at 4:35 PM #

      You have your choice of either during the registration process. 🙂

      • Cara January 4, 2017 at 9:54 PM #

        Is the fitted XL really a size 6-8 as indicated? That’s very tiny for an XL. Thanks!

        • ana January 4, 2017 at 9:59 PM #

          Hi Cara! The women’s fitted sizing is correct as listed. Most race-shirt manufacturers size women’s fitted shirts to be very tight and clingy; we list the numerical sizes to provide a better idea of the shirts’ true sizing. We recommend choosing a size two sizes larger than what you usually wear. For example, I wear a traditional cut small but a woman’s fitted large. Hope this helps!

  2. Teri January 29, 2016 at 2:38 PM #

    Hi! I registered and ran the virtual ‘Shoe Year’s Day’ race, but I can’t find a place to input my time. Could you send me a link so that I can send in my results?


    • ana January 29, 2016 at 2:56 PM #

      Here you go: http://bit.ly/FBShoeYearsDay5K

      You’ll find all the details about posting about your run in the section called Commit to Stay Fit. Congratulations on completing your 5K!

  3. Carrie January 9, 2017 at 9:34 AM #

    Are the shirts tech material then? Short or long sleeved? I may be able to get a handful of people to participate early next month.

    • ana January 9, 2017 at 9:54 AM #

      Our event shirts are short-sleeved, super-silky Ts. They are not traditional tech shirts but they are made from a wicking material. They are Epic Races’ customary soft Ts that we are known for having at our events.

  4. Shannon Kokkonen January 31, 2017 at 7:25 PM #

    I tried to sign up but it says the race is full 🙁

    • Eva February 1, 2017 at 6:54 AM #

      So sorry, Shannon. This event exceeded our expectations and we are out of medals. If you are interested in participating in the event with a T-shirt, but no medal, you can sign up here: https://runsignup.com/heartmisnow and choose the “no medal” category which was just added. The additional money will be donated to the DNR.

  5. Kaitie March 7, 2017 at 8:29 AM #

    My mom and I signed up and completed the vitural I heart MI snow 5K. I was curious when we should be expecting our medals and t-shirts. We have problems with our neighbors getting our mail sometimes so I was curious if you could give any kind of information when they might be mailed out. Just so my mom and I can be on the lookout. Thank you!

    • Eva March 7, 2017 at 1:09 PM #

      Heart MI Snow packages were mailed this past Friday. I know that several people received their packages yesterday. It’s possible your neighbor has your packages?

  6. Dawn November 21, 2017 at 11:26 AM #

    Do you have a “buddy” medal option for purchase?

    • Eva January 2, 2018 at 11:19 AM #

      Sorry about my delay in responding. If the option is not available during registration, then we don’t have one available for that race. After the race has ended, you can always contact us to purchase additional medals. You would send a self-addressed stamped envelope along with $10. Let me know if I can help with anything else!

  7. Carol V December 23, 2017 at 3:41 PM #

    I just signed up for the $100 SPECIAL but my receipt only shows the Shoe’s Year Day race. Will the system send out information on the other 4 races as they get closer?

    • Eva December 24, 2017 at 12:56 PM #

      Yes, you’ve got it! We have you registered for all 5 and as one closes, you will receive your confirmation for the next race.

      • nancy January 2, 2018 at 11:04 AM #

        Why can’t I still register for this $100 special? It says online registration closed.

        • Eva January 2, 2018 at 11:15 AM #

          That offer was only available for a few days. Sorry!

        • Eva January 2, 2018 at 11:16 AM #

          That was a limited offer. Very sorry.

  8. Jeanne January 2, 2018 at 10:17 AM #

    Where is the information on the $100/ 5 event special. I just read about it in one of the comments from 12/23/17.

    • Jay January 7, 2018 at 2:56 PM #

      That was a limited offer, only available for a few days.

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