november, 2018

2018sat10nov9:00 amOriginal A2 Turkey Trot5K • 10k • Iron Turkey9:00 am EST Hudson Mills Metropark, 8801 N. TerritorialEvent Type :Kids,Run,VirtualRegister Now!Volunteer Signup!Athlete Guide

Epic Races Turkey Trot

Event Details

The Original A2 Turkey Trot

Epic Races - Turkey Trot

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!


The A2 Turkey Trot features three different distances to whet your racing appetite:

  • 5K loop around scenic Hudson Mills (paved trail with one small section of gravel)
  • 10K course comprised of two 5K loops
  • 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: all distance of the A2 Turkey Trot are walker friendly!


Turkey Trot Swag… aka… What you get:

  • Chip Timing with Freaky Fast Results (please note: the mile is not a timed event)
  • Fabulous Finisher’s Medal (or two aka “Iron Turkey”
  • Super-Soft T-shirt*
  • Turkey dogs from Ray’s Red Hots
  • Pumpkin Pie
  • Free Race Photos compliments of Epic Races

*shirt size not guaranteed after October 28, 2018


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 the 5K& 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!

Food Gatherers, the featured charity for the A2 Turkey Trot, exists to alleviate hunger and eliminate its causes in our community. Food Gatherers regards the gifts of food and money that they receive as a sacred trust to be administered for the most effective hunger relief possible. Please bring a donation of non-perishable food or fresh produce to the Food Gatherers collection area on race day. All donations collected on Saturday at the A2 Turkey Trot will be distributed locally in time for Thanksgiving on Thursday.

Need more of an incentive to donate to Food Gatherers? Donate 10 canned items and receive a vintage Epic Races race T-shirt! For 20 cans, you’ll receive three shirts and for 30, 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. Food donations will be accepted on Saturday, November 10 (race day) only! Thank you!

Food Gatherers fighting hunger where we live


epic races happy planet runningThe event 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!

We send the goodies, but since we know you may want to run with your family on Thanksgiving morning, in your race shirts and with your medals waiting at your finish line, we are happy to send your goodies before hearing from you.

Please tell us about your Original 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.


9:45 am Packet Pick-Up and Race-Day Registration end

8:50 am Race Announcements and Warm Up

9:00 am 5K Starts

10:00 am 10K Starts

10:30am Mile Fun Run Starts

9:15 am Post race party begins (approximate time)

10:00 am 5K, 10K & Iron Turkey Awards Ceremony (approximate time)


A2 Turkey Trot 5k

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A2 Turkey Trot 10K

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Age Groups (Male and Female Age Divisions):

8 and under, 9-11, 12-14, 15-17, 18-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80+


1st Place Overall Male/Female
1st Place Masters Male/Female
Top 5 in each in each age-group


1st Place Overall Male/Female
1st Place Masters Male/Female
Top 5 in each in each age-group

Iron Turkey

1st Place Overall Male/Female
1st Place Masters Male/Female

  • FAQ’s:

I signed up for the 10k but I think that the 5K is more my distance. Can I switch?

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You can switch your event distance by logging in to your Run Sign Up account, clicking the My Registered Races button, clicking Manage Registration by Ann Arbor Turkey Trot, then clicking the Transfer Event button and following the onscreen instructions. Note, you will be charged the difference of the events if your new event costs more.

I signed up for a virtual event the same day as the race . Do I need to register and pay for both?

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Yes! If you plan on participating in an Epic Race event, you must register and pay in order to be allowed on the race course, regardless of whether or not you are also participating in a virtual event.

Where do I park on race morning?

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Plenty of parking will be available at Hudson Mills Metropark! You will need a one day or annual Metropark pass which can be purchased at the park race day.

What happens if it is raining or snowing on race morning?

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All Epic Races will be held, rain, snow, or shine.

I can no longer participate. How do I get a refund?

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We do not offer refunds, but if you purchased insurance when you registered, please click this link.  You will need to present documentation for claim reason(s) based on the Terms & Conditions of your Policy if the Policy ID starts with “TGSD” , “TGFS” , “TGTS”, or “TGRS” (Ex: Doctor’s Note, Work Travel Schedule and Receipt, Jury Summons, Policy Report, Transportation Delay Printout, etc.)

How do I transfer my registration to another person?

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To transfer your registration to another person, log into your Run Sign Up account, click Manage My Registration, then click Manage Registration by Ann Arbor Turkey Trot. Click the blue Transfer to Another Runner button, then follow the onscreen instructions.  Please note that there is a $15 transfer fee plus a processing fee for this service.

how do I confirm my registration?

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Click here and click the blue Find a Participant button, then look yourself up.

I ordered the wrong shirt size. Can I change this?

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Yes! Log into your Run Sign Up account, then click Manage My Registration, then click Manage Registration by Ann Arbor Turkey Trot. Click the blue Giveaways button, then follow the onscreen instructions.

Can someone else pick-up my packet for me?

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Yes! Friday, November 9th – Packet Pick-Up will be at Epic Races HQ  from 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. along with our annual pre-season sale. Epic Races HQ 600 S. Wagner Rd. Ann Arbor, MI 48103. Saturday, November 10th – Packet pick-up will be from 7:45 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. (prior to the races) in the activity center at Hudson Mills Metropark.

I wasn't able to stay for the awards ceremony. Where can I get my award?

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Send us a self, addressed, stamped 9 x 12 envelope (please have $5.00 postage affixed to your envelope) and we will send your award!


SASE Epic Races awards

  • Friday, November 9 – Packet Pick-Up will be at Epic Races HQ  from 11:00 a.m. – 7:00p.m. along with our annual pre-season sale. Epic Races HQ 600 S. Wagner Rd. Ann Arbor, MI 48103
  • Saturday, November 10 – Packet pick-up will be from 7:45 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. (prior to the races) in the activity center at Hudson Mills Metropark.






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