The Achatz Virtual Pi Run

The Achatz Virtual Pi Run

Mark your calendars: the granddaddy of all mathematical holidays is coming up. That’s right! We’re talking about the annual 3.14. Such an epic date deserves recognition beyond the realm of math… and that’s where we come in! In past years, we have produced both an actual, live event as well as a virtual option for our Pi Run. Going forward, we will only have the actual, live Pi Run when Pi Day falls on a weekend.  We hope that, until the next one — Saturday, March 14, 2020! —  you will join us in S-Pi-rit!

Run Virtually Anywhere!

Have your own private π celebration or find a group to join you!  You’ll receive our fabulous finisher’s medal and super-soft event T-shirt.

Here’s what you need to do:

  1. Complete your 3.14 miles by Wednesday, March 14 (preferably at 3:14!)
  2. Take a screenshot of your sports-tracking smartphone app or of your GPS watch showing the completed mileage
  3. Sharing your Virtual Pi Run is optional; there is no need to report your Virtual Pi Run to us! If you would like to, however, we love seeing your results! Post the photo on the 2018 Virtual Pi Run Facebook event page and be sure to tell us about your ex-Pi-rience! If you’re tweeting about your Virtual Pi Run, be sure to tag @epicraces in your Tweet!

Your race goodies will be mailed out by April 2, 2018.

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.

 

 

 

Interested in doing your Virtual Run with a Live Group?

Join Ann Arbor Running Company on March 14 for a 3.14 run followed by Achatz pie!  Also, check out the option to eat pie before the run!
Click here for details.

 

The Pi Run and Piece of Pi(e)

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The Pi Run and Piece of Pi(e)
presented by Achatz Handmade Pie Co.

Mark your calendars: the granddaddy of all mathematical holidays is coming up. That’s right! We’re talking about the annual 3.14. Such an epic date deserves recognition beyond the realm of math… and that’s where we come in!

 

Have Your Pi and Eat It, Too

Epic Races proudly presents The Pi Run, Michigan’s Original Pi Run, presented by Achatz Handmade Pie Co.: the race that celebrates this circle-related number and the circular edible it brings to mind. At 6:28 PM on Tuesday, March 14, 2017, participants will run or walk a 3.14-mile loop (as fans of π, we like to think of the course as a circle) at picturesque Hudson Mills MetroPark. And, since this is all about Pi, we’ll kick off the event with a special Pie Eat and Run Wave: a pie-eating division in which competitors start their run or walk once their pie plate is empty. Don’t want to hit the trail on a full stomach? You can still commemorate Pi Day with our optional Pie in the Face at the finish line!

Aiming for a Pi R? Need a little encouragement along the course? The Pi Run will feature pacers from the Ann Arbor Running Company, ready to help you run your best 3.14 miles ever! We will have pacers for 7:00, 8:00, 9:00, 10:00, and 11:00 pace times. Watch for the pace team at the starting area; they’ll be the ones in matching Ann Arbor Running Company shirts, holding pace signs.

Is 3.14 a bit too much Pi? Give our Piece of Pi(e) event a try! You’ll run or walk one mile through the park, with all the finishing touches the full Pi Run has to offer!

The Pi Run is walker friendly!

 

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The Pi Guy is Back!

Our special guest for this year’s Pi Run is The Pi Guy, Riley McLincha! A native Michigander, McLincha once held the Guinness World Record for memorizing Pi: he memorized it to 7,500 decimal places. McLincha joined us for our inaugural Pi Run and will be back in 2017, participating in the 3.14-mile run while demonstrating his own unique creation, “drubbling,” which involves dribbling three basketballs in a juggling pattern while running. Be sure to watch for The Pi Guy out on the course!

 

 

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PiRunShirts2017Goodies Galore!

Our Pi Run participants will receive:

  • race chip timing with results posted within 6 hours (please note: the mile is untimed)
  • a fabulous circular finisher’s medal
  • a high-quality, super-soft race T-shirt (T-shirt sizes are not guaranteed after February 28)
  • free downloads of their race photos, taken by Greg Sadler Photography
  • a slice of delicious post-race pie from the Achatz Handmade Pie Co.
  • a slice of yummy post-race pizza pie from Domino’s Pizza (choose from cheese, pineapple and cheese, pineapple and chicken, or spinach white pizza)

Join us in S-Pi-rit!

Can’t make it to the race? Have your own private π celebration? No problem! The Pi Run has a virtual option, so you can run or walk for π anywhere: on a treadmill, around your neighborhood, even in Pi-ttsburgh or Mississip-Pi! You’ll still receive our fabulous finisher’s medal and super-soft T. Here’s what you need to do:

  • Complete your 3.14 miles by Tuesday, March 14
  • Take a screenshot of your sports-tracking smartphone app showing the distance or of your GPS watch with the completed mileage
  • Post the photo on the 2017 Virtual Pi Run Facebook event page and be sure to tell us about your ex-Pi-rience! If you’re Tweeting about your Virtual Pi Run, be sure to tag @epicraces in your Tweet! Please note that sharing your Virtual Pi Run is optional; there is no need to report your Virtual Pi Run to us!

Your race goodies will be mailed out to you shortly after the completion of the actual Pi Run event.

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.

 

Packet Pick-Up Information

Packet Pick-Up will be held at the following locations:

  • Sunday, March 12 from 2 PM to 4 PM at the Ann Arbor Running Company, 2275 Oak Valley, Ann Arbor 48103
  • Tuesday, March 14 from 4 PM to 5:45 PM at the race venue, Hudson Mills Metropark, Dexter, inside the park Activity Center

 

Let’s Circle Back and Sum That Up!

The Pi Run has FOUR race divisions:
• The Pi Run, in which participants will run (or walk) 3.14 miles
• The Pi Pie Run, the pie-eating division in participants will eat a 6-inch pie in the traditional pie-eating-contest style (no hands) before beginning their 3.14 mile run.
• The Piece of Pi(e), in which participants will run (or walk) one mile
• The2017newgovcouncil Virtual Pi Run, in which participants will run (or walk) 3.14 miles wherever in this circular world they may be.

The Pi Run 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.

Do you participate in the I Run 4 program? Click here for information about obtaining a medal for your I Run 4 buddy!

The Pi Run and Piece of Pi(e) 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!

 

Here’s Pi in Your Eye!

Check out the action from the 2015 Pi Run…

 

About that Pi…

Can I pay my park entrance fee with pie?
We wish! But unless you have an annual Metropark permit, you’ll have to pay a $10 per vehicle admission fee.

Do I get anything special for finishing the race in 31:41?
Yes! You receive applause and the right to be recognized as the Ultimate Pi Runner!

I missed online registration and now I’m unhapPi.
No worries! We’ll have race-day registration, where you can sign up in person for the race.

π is an infinite number. Does that mean I have to keep on running and running?
Remember that π also does not repeat, so you are officially done after completing the 3.14-mile loop.

I’d prefer walking the Pi Run. Is that okay?
Absolutely! You can run, jog, walk, skip, cartwheel, dance, crawl… whatever makes you hap-Pi!

Can I dress up like Albert Einstein for this race?
Well, Albert wasn’t a mathematician, but 3/14 is his birthday, so go right ahead! Or maybe consider an Isaac Newton costume, since Newton was a mathematician and is sort of associated with apple pi.

It’s been a few years since I was in school. What is π again?
Pi, or π, represents a mathematical constant: the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter. For basic calculations, π is recognized as 3.14159, although in actuality it has been calculated to more than one trillion digits past the decimal point. It’s an irrational number and continues infinitely without repetition or pattern. And don’t worry… we aren’t irrational and will not require you to memorize π. Unless you really want to.

 

Park Information

Hudson Mills MetroPark is located off North Territorial Road in Dexter. Entrance for cyclists and pedestrians is free, but there is a daily vehicle entry fee of $10. 2017 Vehicle Entry Permits are on sale now at any Huron-Clinton Metroparks location. Annual permits are currently valid from the time of purchase through December 31 of that permit year. Click here to purchase yours today!
Annual $35
Annual Seniors (62+) $21
Daily $10