Goddess Run returns to Ann Arbor for first time in 3 years

By Jordyn Pair | jpair@mlive.com

The Ann Arbor Goddess Run is returning to the city this spring.

The run, which starts at 8 a.m. Sunday, April 3, includes a 5K run/walk, a 1-mile “fun run” and a 200-meter children’s run. It also features a traditional “Chocolate Mile.” Participants race along Liberty Street, down Main Street and do a loop near Ebel Field.

This is the run’s first return to Ann Arbor since 2018. It took place in May 2019 at Hudson Mills Metropark and was canceled in 2020 and 2021 due the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Ann Arbor Goddess Run raises money for women-focused charities and has brought in more than $190,000 since the inaugural race in 2015. This year’s featured charity is the University of Michigan’s Sexual Assault Prevention and Awareness Center.

“After two years of virtual racing, I’m just so happy to be able to give hugs and high-fives at the finish line,” Eva Solomon, founder and CEO of race organizer Epic Races, said in a statement. “I love seeing the achievements, my eyes fill with tears every time. I have really missed that, it’s my favorite part.”

The Ann Arbor Goddess Run is the first section of a three-part race series, which also includes the Tri Goddess Tri and the American Home Fitness Women Run the D Half Marathon, 10K and 5K. In 2021, the Goddess Run was partially rolled into the Tri Goddess Tri run, which was hosted in Grass Lake.

For this year’s race, Epic Races has partnered with Lynx Dx, a diagnostic center based in Ann Arbor, to provide free signups for children age 13 and younger. Each registered adult can also register a child 13 and younger for free.

“I’m always so happy when I see families out at our races,” Solomon said. “I know it’s expensive, so I wanted to find a way to make it more affordable for them yet still be able to cover our costs.”

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