Think “November” and visions of roast turkey undoubtedly come to mind. Epic Races invites you to envision — and experience — a totally different take on that famous fall bird with the A2 Turkey Trot. Join us on Saturday, November 10, 2018 at Hudson Mills Metropark for this annual autumn tradition — the Ann Arbor area’s original Turkey Trot! — and enjoy a late-season run that is fun for the whole family!
Let’s Talk Turkey!
The A2 Turkey Trot features three different distances to whet your racing appetite:
- a 5K loop around scenic Hudson Mills (paved trail with one small section of gravel)
- a 10K course comprised of two 5K loops
- a mile fun run for those who want just a taste of our Turkey Trot
For those who prefer a more sizable portion, there’s our Iron Turkey challenge: run both the 5K and 10K races, a total of 9.3 miles! If your feet love gobbling up the miles, then our Iron Turkey challenge is ideal for you! Don’t forget: the A2 Turkey Trot is walker friendly!
Whole Foods Market Turkeys for Overall and Master Winners!
Feathering from Afar – A Virtual Race Option
If you have a race-day conflict that keeps you from joining us at Hudson Mills, no worries! Already on your way to Mom’s for the holiday? Not a problem. Sleeping in on Saturday? That’s fine, too. You can now participate in the A2 Turkey Trot as a virtual racer! You’ll even receive the same sweet swag that our race-day participants receive. Simply pick a date to run or walk, then enjoy your virtual race anywhere, indoors or outdoors. Choose your distance: Virtual 5K or Virtual 10K (sorry, no Virtual Iron Turkey or Virtual Mile). Your Virtual Turkey run or walk must be completed by Sunday, November 25, 2018. To become a virtual racer, select the “Virtual Race” option when you register for the A2 Turkey Trot. Your shirt and medal will be sent to you approximately two weeks after the actual race. The deadline to register is 11:59 PM on Thursday, October 27, 2018. We look forward to seeing you… in spirit!
Tell us about your A2 Turkey Trot 5K by heading to the 2018 A2 TurkeyTrot Facebook event page, “join” the event if you haven’t already, you can upload a photo of your GPS tracker showing your mileage and time, share a selfie or a photos of where you did your 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 #A2TurkeyTrot! Note: You do not need to report your 5K Run/Walk to us. We encourage you to post about your Virtual 5K via our social media, but it is not mandatory!
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.
A Cornucopia of Athlete Treats – What you Get
All of our A2 Turkey Trot participants receive:
- race chip timing with results posted within 6 hours (please note: the mile is not a timed event)
- a fabulous finisher’s medal
- a high-quality, super-soft T-shirt (shirt sizes not guaranteed after October 27, 2018)
- Turkey dogs from Ray’s Red Hots
- Pumpkin pie
- free Greg Sadler Photography downloads of race photos, compliments of Epic Races
Above: Our 2017 Traditional Cut (left) and Women’s Fitted (right) race shirts.
Below: Our 2017 Iron Turkey long-sleeved top.
In addition to our A2 Turkey Trot race shirts, all Iron Turkey participants also receive a special Iron Turkey long-sleeved top!
Below: Our 2017 5K and 10K medals interlock to create the Iron Turkey medal!
We’ve Got All the Fixins’, too!
The A2 Turkey Trot has been endorsed by the Michigan Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness, Health, and Sports. All A2 Turkey Trot events are part of the Pure Michigan FITness Series and qualify for the Pure Michigan FITness Challenge. For details on the Pure Michigan FITness Series and to take part in the Pure Michigan FITness Challenge, click here.
Do you participate in the I Run 4 program? Click here for information about obtaining a medal for your I Run 4 buddy!
The Ann Arbor Turkey Trot is a Leave No Trace event. Learn more about our race-day recycling and composting efforts here. Want more information about running a great race and leaving no trace? Click here to visit Happy Planet Running!
Looking to PR or finish by a certain time? The Ann Arbor Track Club will have its pace team ready to help you meet your goals! Look for them in the starting area; they’ll be holding signs showing which pace they’ll be running. There will be pacers available at the following paces for both the 5K and the 10K: 7:00, 8:00, 9:00, 10:00, 11:00, and 12:00. Note: it’s perfectly fine to change from one pace to another while out on the course. After all, it’s your race!
Safeguard Your Entry with TicketGuardian
Epic Races is pleased to offer participants race insurance through TicketGuardian. TicketGuardian’s standard insurance coverage allows you to get your money back if you are unable to attend your event due to car accidents, severe weather, family emergencies, military duty, and even medical issues. For more information on TicketGuardian race insurance and instructions on how to purchase coverage, click here.
Putting Turkeys on the Table
Food Gatherers, the featured charity for the A2 Turkey Trot, is committed to distributing safe and nutritious food to 150 non-profit agencies and programs providing direct food assistance in the form of hot meals and emergency groceries to low-income adults, seniors, and children in Washtenaw County. Food Gatherers regards the gifts of food and money that it receives as a sacred trust to be administered for the most effective hunger relief possible. As you register for the A2 Turkey Trot, please consider making a donation to Food Gatherers to help put turkeys on the Thanksgiving tables of our fellow Washtenaw County residents. Please be sure to bring a donation of non-perishable food or fresh produce to their collection area at the A2 Turkey Trot on race day, Saturday, November 11. All donations collected on Saturday at the A2 Turkey Trot will be distributed in time for the Thanksgiving holiday on Thursday.
Need more of an incentive to donate to Food Gatherers? When you give a gift of food, you receive a gift in return: Donate 10 canned items or $5 cash and receive a vintage Epic Races race T-shirt! For 20 cans or $10, you’ll receive three shirts and for 30 cans or $15, 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.
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