2020mon14sep(sep 14)12:00 AMsat10oct(oct 10)11:59 PMAnn Arbor "Mile-a-Day" Marathon Challenge12:00 AM - (october 10) 11:59 PM EST Anywhere You like, Anywhere in The WorldEvent Type :Kids,Run,VirtualRegister Here!Log your miles here!Swag StoreResults
The Ann Arbor Marathon Challenge is a precursor to The Probility Ann Arbor Marathon
One mile per day for 26.2 days, you can do this!
The Ann Arbor Marathon Challenge is a precursor to The Probility Ann Arbor Marathon held annually each March. These events support over one dozen local charities committed to ending the stigma surrounding mental health. Together, we are going to E-RACE THE STIGMA!
The event will begin on September 14 and will culminate on World Mental Health Day, October 10. After the final .2 mile run, there will be an award ceremony with raffle prizes and more!
Not sure how far a mile actually is? It’s 1760 yards and it is also 5280 feet. That’s it! It is also just 4 laps around a track or the distance of The University of Michigan Stadium to Burton Tower.
Why are we so obsessed with the mile?
The mile is a distance we can all relate to. We’ve run it in gym class, we’ve traveled for miles, we’ve had miles to go, we’ve been told it’s less than a mile away, and the list could go on. The mile is a magical distance and most anybody can run, jog, walk, or trot a mile a day!
To be guaranteed the updated medal and correct T-shirt size on September 10, you must register by midnight, August 27. Swag will be available after September 10, but medals will not be guaranteed only T-shirts. Local packet pickup is available, but not mandatory. You will be offered the option to have your packet mailed during the registration process.
Here’s what you get!
Now you understand our obsession with the mile, what about this marathon thing?
A marathon is 26.2 miles. Why such an odd distance?
Basically, the idea for the modern marathon was inspired by the legend of an ancient Greek messenger who raced from the site of Marathon to Athens, a distance of about 40 kilometers, or nearly 25 miles, with the news of an important Greek victory over an invading army of Persians in 490 B.C. After making his announcement, the exhausted messenger collapsed and died. To commemorate his dramatic run, the distance of the 1896 Olympic marathon was set at 40 kilometers. In the 1908 London Olympics, the course was laid out from Windsor Castle to White City stadium, but The Queen really wanted to watch the finish from the royal family’s viewing box so the extra distance was added making it 26.2 miles.
Fun fact: Only 0.5% of Americans can say they’ve completed a marathon!
In partnership with the Rotary Club, we are committing all our fundraising efforts for this event as well as the 2021 Probility Ann Arbor Marathon to organizations that help and support mental health and/or issues associated with mental health and play an active role in reducing the stigma around mental illness.
Epic Races will be donating 10% of each entry fee to one of our featured charities. You will have the opportunity to choose where you would like yours to go during the registration. Want to raise money for a specific organization that supports mental health and reducing the stigma? Have them apply below to be a featured charity.
If your organization fits our criteria, we welcome your application HERE.
Can my daily steps on my Fitbit count if they total one mile?
No, they can not.
If I run 3 miles today, can I take the next 2 days off?
No, you may not.
It’s now September 20 and I just learned about this event, can I join?
Yes, you may. You may join at any time, and the decision to make up missed miles is your choice, but please do not attempt to do anything you are not trained to do.
How do I log my miles?
See the button at the top right corner of this page. You can begin logging miles on September 14.
When and where do I pick up my packet?
Contactless packet pickup will be held on September 10 from 4 – 6 p.m. at 600 South Wagner, Ann Arbor. IF this time does not work for you, you can opt to have it mailed. You can add this to your registration by following these instructions.
Can I have my packet mailed?
Yes, you may. We will be mailing packets on September 21. You will be given the option to have your packet mailed during the registration process.
When will I get my medal?
All packets that are mailed will contain medals and buffs. If you picked up your packet, you medal and buff will be available to you as your award at the completion of your marathon at one of our 10 locations for our .2 celebration. Locations will be revealed soon! If attending a “live” run doesn’t work for you, your medal and buff will be available at 600 South Wagner or we can ship them to you!