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HeartMISnow Virtual 5K

February 28 @ 12:00 AM - 11:55 PM

"Just Add Snow" snowshoeing event at P.J. Hoffmaster State Park, Gillette Nature Center.
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HeartMISnow Virtual 5K


Ubly Schools B 2017A portion of this event’s proceeds benefit our featured charity, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.

Start 2017 on the right foot — or left — with our HeartMISnow Virtual 5K, 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 HeartMISnow

DebAndrewsSnowshowSmall2017Follow these steps to become a 2017 HeartMISnower:

  • Register for this event at RunSignUp; deadline to register is February 28!
  • Head to your chosen venue for your HeartMISnow Virtual 5K. 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 HeartMISnow Virtual 5K! You can run it, walk it, hike it, snowshoe it, cross-country ski it, skate it… do your HeartMISnow Virtual 5K any way imaginable as long as it’s non motorized. Be sure to complete your 5K between January 1 and February 28!
  • Tell us about your HeartMISnow Virtual 5K! Head to the 2017 HeartMISnow Virtual 5K 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 HeartMISnow 5K, 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 hashtag #HeartMISnow! Note: You do not need to “prove” your 5K to us. We encourage you to post about your HeartMISnow Virtual 5K via our social media, but it is not mandatory!
  • All HeartMISnow swag will be sent out via Priority Mail in early March!


The HeartMISnow Virtual 5K caps at 500 participants!

Give triathlon a try with our HeartMITri Virtual Triathlon!


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HeartMISnow2017Virtual 5K, Real Swag!

Every HeartMISnow participant will receive a beautiful finisher’s medal created especially for this  event, along with a HeartMISnow T-shirt. All medals and shirts will be mailed out via Priority Mail in early March. Wear your HeartMISnow 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 HeartMISnow Virtual 5K 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 5K more than just a one-time event, and encourage your friends and family to join you as you HeartMISnow! Your participation in the 2017 HeartMISnow Virtual 5K also has benefits beyond these: a portion of the proceeds from this event go to the Michigan DNR to help fund reforestration efforts and fitness programs in state parks. The HeartMISnow Virtual 5K 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.



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.

Race Day Schedule

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All finishers receive a HeartMISnow Virtual 5K medal and an event T-shirt. Swag will be sent out to all participants in early March 2017!

HeartMISnow Virtual 5K Entry Fees

Virtual 5K Deadline

December 12, 2016 – January 31, 2017


February 1, 2017 – February 15, 2017


February 16, 2017 – February 28, 2017


February 28
12:00 AM - 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?

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