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Participant Email 9/17



Hello, %FIRST_NAME%!

We are having so much fun here at Epic HQ getting ready for the biggest and best Probility Ann Arbor Marathon EVER!


The weekend is going to kickoff at our Health and Fitness Expo where you will pick up your packet, get all your goodies, and visit all of our fun and exciting vendors!

Here is your ticket to get your stuff:


When you come to packet pickup, please have this handy. I recommend taking a screenshot and saving it in your photos. When you show your QR code, a volunteer or staff member will scan it and get you all checked in for the race!

You will find everything you need to know for a successful race weekend in our Athlete Guide


Quick list of important things to know:

Start times: Relay, 26.2 and 13.1 will start at 8 a.m. sharp. 10K, 5K, and ~19 mile will start at 8:30 a.m. Everybody must be checked in and ready to run by 8:15 a.m. If you miss the expo, packet pickup will be available at the registration table by the start line.

Shuttle bus for spectators and relays: There will be 2 buses shuttling between the start line and Gallup Park. A bus will depart every 20 minutes beginning at 7:45 a.m. The last bus will depart Gallup Park at 1 p.m. These are for spectators and relay participants. Tell your friends and family!  

Relay: If you are in the relay, only one person from the team will pick up your packet, but of course, all are invited to the expo. 

Cut-off time:  All full-marathon participants must be at mile 14 by 11:15 a.m. At this time, the sag vehicle will start on the course. Anybody behind this vehicle at this time should go to the finish line and call it a half-marathon!

We offer an early start option: If you think you may not make the cutoff time, you may start with the early shift at 6 a.m. Please know, that at this time, volunteers, aid stations, and police officers will not be out. You must know the course, bring a light, and bring hydration. If you did not choose the early start option when you registered, you may show up at that time and we will make the change for you. If you plan to finish within 6 hours, do not choose this option.

Course support: We will have 45 police officers and over 200 volunteers on the course! We thank our featured charities and local groups for providing many of those volunteers. A big shout out to our featured charities: MJR Foundation, Lost Voices, Families Against Narcotics, Concert Music Outreach Collective, and Girls on the Run for doing wonderful things in our community and helping to keep the course safe and entertaining for you. You can learn more and support them HERE.

Here are some things to know about the course.

19-Mile Training Run: (Yes, we offer that!) You will run two loops. Do the 10K first, then follow the course markings for 13.1.

26.2: 2 loops and you get to do the Arb Hill twice

13.1: 1 loop and you get to do the Arb Hill once

10K: 1 loop and you get to do the Arb Hill once

5K: 1 loop and you don't get to do the Arb Hill

Lost Voices will have busking stations in select spots along the course!

Don't forget about the KIDS RUN! .262 or .131 on Septmber 30! Kids race free with a participating adult!

Gear Check

Gear check will be available under the red and white tent. You may use your own bag which will be checked by security or use the clear bag given to you at packet pickup.                                  



Looking for some extra support to reach your goal? Are you looking to run a personal best? The Puma Pacers will help you meet your performance goals!


We will have pacers for all distances distances!PUM

How will I find the Puma Pacers on race day?

The pacers will be at the start line 15 minutes before the start of the race. This will give you a chance to talk to them, learn more about the plan for pacing, and ask any questions you might have. They will be holding signs with their goal pace and finish time and will be wearing a Puma Pacer uniform. 

Why should I run with a Puma Pacer?

The Puma Pacers are set up to help you reach your goal time in the race. The pacers have been selected from a pool of applicants and proved themselves to be excellent at this job. These runners have volunteered to run with you, cheer you on, and inspire you to get to your goal. 

How will I know which pace group is right for me?

The pace groups are assigned different finish times, to meet the goals of different runners. To determine your own goal time, use your past races, recent training runs, and current fitness. A good rule of thumb for beginners is to start at the pace of the longest run that you did during your race build-up. You can then accelerate during the later stages of the race if you find this pace is too easy. If you aren't sure how to match up your pace with your goal finish time, you can use this pace predictor to help choose your group.


There are several lots very close to the start line. See the locations here. There is also plenty of street parking. The Hampton Inn provides a shuttle. Check with the hotel for those details. Residence Inn is steps from the start/finish line!


Aid Stations will have water and Gatorade. There will be 20 Aid Stations on the marathon course, 10 on the half-marathon course, 6 on the 10K course, and 2 on the 5K course. Portable toilets at each of the Aid Stations. Gu will be available at miles 6 and 19 for the marathon and half-marathon.

Learn more in the Athlete Guide at!

See you soon!


Be fit, be well, and keep smiling,

Eva Solomon

Founder, CEO

Epic Races


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