ANN ARBOR – Take to the downtown streets of the City of Trees with this year’s Probility Ann Arbor Marathon to promote wellness and fight the stigma surrounding mental health issues.
On Sunday, Oct. 2, runners will wind their way through the University of Michigan’s central campus, the Nichol Arboretum, along portions of the Huron River, and to (and from) the trails near Washtenaw Community College.
Participants can run the full marathon (26.2 miles), a half marathon, a 10K and a 5K at the event, or run home as part of a virtual marathon. There are also children’s “marathon” and “half-marathon” options and a 19-mile training run.
The full marathon can be run by individuals, or teams of 4 can sign up to run a relay. Find race maps here.
Each year, the event is committed to supporting local charities and organizations with the Ann Arbor Rotary Club. Area organizations that support mental health will be promoted during the event and free entry are offered to those recovering from addiction.
All runs will begin at 8 a.m. on South 5th Avenue between Hill and Madison streets.
This year, event organizer Epic Races is offering a new promotional and wellness opportunity for local businesses, the Corporate Wellness Program.
“With more and more pressures being placed on local businesses and their employees since the pandemic, we’ve been trying to think of more ways to support our local community as well as our participants,” said Epic Races CEO and Race Director Eva Solomon. in a release. “This corporate wellness initiative is the result of our ongoing commitment to the health and fitness of our neighbors, as well as an example of how local companies like us can work together to engage with their communities in a way that healthy and productive which ultimately improves the quality of their workplace as well.”
The health initiative gives businesses and corporate partners a chance to create their own teams and earn promotional benefits, including entry discounts, logo opportunities and bag inserts.
“Inclusive mobility is a core focus for our team and we are so passionate about serving our community in Ann Arbor! The Corporate Wellness Program partnership has provided an easy way for us to promote what we love in our community by being active with each other and our families,” said Emily Ellis, May Mobility Team Captain and Senior Manager of the Benefits and Wellness Program, in an announcement.
Learn more about Ann Arbor racing at www.annarbormarathon.com.
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