The Defeat Depression Dash

Saturday, October 15, 2016 @ 9:00 AM

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The Defeat Depression Dash

presented by the National Network of Depression Centers and the University of Michigan Comprehensive Depression Center

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Mental health and fitness is just as important to one’s overall well-being as is physical fitness. The National Network of Depression Centers and the University of Michigan Comprehensive Depression Center, in partnership with the Wolverine Support Network, invite runners and walkers of all ages to join them this October 15 for the 2nd Annual Defeat Depression Dash. This event is professionally managed by Epic Races, Southeast Michigan’s premier multi-sport race company.


Good for the Body, Mind, and Soul

If you’ve never run a 5K or even walked anything near a mile, the Defeat Depression Dash is the ideal event for first timers. Not only is the course picturesque and relatively flat, but there’s nothing like llamas, goats, and pigs to put a smile on your face! To help you reach your 5K goals, our friends at the Ann Arbor Running Company will be there with their pace team! Pacers run at a set pace (for example, a 9-minute mile/27-minute finish, a 10-minute mile/30-minute finish, etc.). To join a pace group, look for their signs, stating the pace at which they will be running, then let the pacer guide you through the course for a successful finish!

New this year:

  • a Mile Fun Run/Walk, perfect for first-time race participants and for those who just want to walk or run to raise awareness about a very important cause.
  • a Kids’ 100-Meter Dash, FREE for children ages 8 and under
  • a Virtual 5K, for those who live outside of the Ann Arbor area or simply cannot join us on October 15. Complete your 5K between September 1 and October 15 by running or walking in the location of your choice — a track, a treadmill, a trail, even around your neighborhood — then let us know by posting about your Virtual 5K on our Facebook event page. Share photos of your run or walk! Share screenshots of your fitness app, showing your finish time and your course. Tell us how it went! All Virtual 5K participants receive the same race shirt and finisher’s medal as our race-day participants (mailed out upon completion of the actual event).

The Defeat Depression Dash is walker friendly!


Free Race Photos!

Sports photographer Greg Sadler will be on hand at the Defeat Depression Dash to capture those special race moments for our participants. All race photos are downloable for FREE, thanks to Greg!

In addition, everyone who participates in the Defeat Depression Dash 5K and Mile Fun Run receives:

  • A high-quality, super-soft event T-shirt
  • A fabulous finisher’s medal
  • A virtual race bag with offers and discounts from our sponsors
  • Post-race snacks to refuel your body
  • A coupon for one FREE entry to Domino’s Petting Farm on race day


The More, the Merrier!

What’s better than enjoying an invigorating run or walk on a beautiful morning? Sharing it with friends! Spread the sunshine with your loved ones by forming a team and participating in the Defeat Depression Dash together! Give your group a unique name and consider outfitting your group in a fun way to bring smiles to the faces of your fellow runners and walkers!


Special Divisions

If you are a youth participant (18 or under), a college student, a United States military service member, veteran, or military dependent, or a first responder, the Defeat Depression Dash has special pricing just for you! Youths, click the Special Pricing button when you select the 5K option. Military, first responders, and college participants, select the 5K option, then select your discount (military/first responder or college) on the screen immediately after the waiver.


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Serving Our Community

The Defeat Depression Dash is presented by the National Network of Depression Centers and the University of Michigan Comprehensive Depression Center, in partnership with Wolverine Support Network. In recognition of the impact of depression in our own community, we will honor the memory and family of Garrick Roemer, who died by suicide at age 19 on May 4, 2014. Garrick was a Saline High School graduate and member of the school’s track team. He was in his sophomore year at the University of Michigan and a member of the U-M track team.

We appreciate our venue partner for this event, the Petting Farm at Domino’s Farms and encourage you to help support them. The Petting Farm at Domino’s Farms features 20 acres of farmland with traditional farm animals in the historic Zeeb Barn and surrounding pastures. Opened in 1984, it has become one of the most beloved, family-friendly attractions in Ann Arbor.
The Petting Farm at Domino’s Farms is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that receives no government assistance and relies on the generosity and patronage of the Ann Arbor community to continue to provide family friendly fun, educational tours, and public activities year round. The Petting Farm at Domino’s Farms needs your financial support to be sustainable and to continue its mission of being an authentic and fun educational experience for all. Please consider making a donation during registration to help in this mission.


In the Spirit of Health and Safety…

The Defeat Depression Dash welcomes runners and walkers of all ages and abilities as well as parents and grandparents with strollers. Participants with strollers must line up at the back of the starting-line group, behind the walkers, with the runners at the front. Please view our participating-with-strollers policy in the FAQs and on our Policies page.

Please, no smoking in the staging, start, or finish areas or while on the course.

Due to the nature of the course and its path through Domino’s Petting Farm, as well as for safety and insurance reasons, no pets of any kind are allowed.

Event Schedule

7:30 AM — Packet Pick-Up and Race-Day Registration Start
8:30 AM — Pre-Race Yoga with Lisa Hesse
8:45 AM — Packet Pick-Up and Race-Day Registration End
8:50 AM — Participants Line Up
9:00 AM — Kids' Dash Starts
9:05 AM — 5K starts
9:15 AM — Mile Starts
9:20 AM — Post-Race Snacks available (athletes only, please!)
10:20 AM — Course Closes
10:30 AM — Awards Presentation (approximate time)


Male and female 8 and under, 9 - 10, 11 - 12, 13 - 14, 15 - 17, 18 - 19, 20 - 29, 30 - 39, 40 - 49, 50 - 59, 60 - 69, 70 - 79, 80+


All 5K and mile participants receive a commemorative finisher's medal upon crossing the finish line.

Special awards will be presented in the 5K to the 1st Place Overall Male and Female and to the 1st Place Overall Masters (40+) Male and Female.

The top 5 finishers in each 5K age division will receive a special age-group award.


Q. Can I transfer my registration to someone else?
A. Yes! Log into your Run Sign Up account, click the My Registered Races button, click View/Edit by Defeat Depression Dash, then click Transfer to Another Runner and follow the onscreen instructions. There is a $15 charge to transfer your registration to another event, as well as a Run Sign Up processing fee. NOTE: the deadline to transfer your registration to another person is Saturday, October 1.

Q. I can no longer attend. How do I get a refund?
A. By registering for an Epic Races event, you have purchased a ticket to participate in one of the most exhilarating and enjoyable races in Southeast Michigan. As with a ticket to any sports or entertainment event, there are no refunds if you are unable to attend.

Q. I can no longer attend. Can I defer my registration to next year!
A. Yes! To defer your registration to 2017, email us at NOTE: The deadline to defer your registration is September 3.

Q. I can no longer attend. Can I get my race shirt and medal and bib sent to me?
A. We are happy to send you your race shirt and bib; please send a self-addressed, large shipping envelope with $5 affixed postage and a note stating your name, race, distance, and shirt size to us at Epic Races, 600 S. Wagner Road, Ann Arbor, MI, 48103. However, our finisher's medals are reserved for those who complete the race.

Q. Where do I park on race morning?
A. Parking will be available at the race venue. Please watch for our parking volunteers!

Q. What happens if it's raining on race day?
A. The Defeat Depression Dash will be held, rain, snow, or shine. Please be sure to dress accordingly for the weather.

Q. How many aid stations will there be?
A. There will be one aid station on the 5K course.

Q. Are jogging strollers allowed?
A. Yes! However, participants with jogging strollers must start at the back of the pack with the walkers and can only jog at a maximum pace of 12:00 minutes/mile. Please see our Policies page at for full details about participating with a jogging stroller.

Q. Are dogs allowed?
A. No, dogs are not allowed on any of the event course due to safety, security, and insurance reasons.

Q. Are headphones/ear buds allowed?
A. Yes, but we strongly encourage that you consider participating without portable music. This way, you will be able to hear the course marshals, as well as the spectators cheering for you. You will also be able to hear your fellow runners calling out that they are passing you.

Q. When will results be posted and where?
A. You'll find the results by clicking on the blue Results button at the top of this page. Results will be posted within 12 hours after the race ends.

Q. Can someone else pick up my race packet for me?
A. Yes! You can have someone pick up your packet for you if you are unable to make it to packet pick-up.

Q. My race shirt doesn't fit. Can I exchange it?
A. Yes! However, exchanges can only be done after the race and there is no guarantee of size.

Q. I left before results were posted and I won an award! How do I get it?
A. Congratulations! Finisher's and overall awards will be available to pick up at the Petting Farm at Domino's Farms, 3001 Earhart Rd, Ann Arbor, MI 48105, during their regular business hours. Prizes will be available through Monday, October 31.


Saturday, October 15, 2016
9:00 AM
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Packet Pickup Information
Saturday, Oct. 15 from 7:30 AM to 8:45 AM at the race venue,


4251 Plymouth Rd #1300
Ann Arbor, MI 48105 United States
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(734) 585-7101
Course maps: DDD 5K USATF Certified 5K Course

All courses are subject to change up to and including race day


Year Race Results
2016 Searchable Results View Results
2015 Searchable Results View Results

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