Ann Arbor Active Against ALS is a grassroots, nonprofit organization whose mission is to raise funds for research toward effective treatments and ultimately a cure for ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease), while raising awareness of the disease, encouraging physical activity, and building a compassionate community.

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Electric Bolt Run

electricElectric Bolt 2017 – Sunday, July 30th!

Watch this space for all the details on this year’s Electric Bolt!  (but you can register today!)

Run the race, or run remotely with us! Overall, last year’s race netted more than $10,000 for ALS research. Thanks to our primary sponsors, the Electrical Training Alliance and the American Technical Publishers, who make this picturesque race possible. Thanks also to: Ann Arbor Track Club; IBEW Local 639 San Luis Obispo; National Electrical Contractors Association Monterey Bay; Black Diesel Coffee; Physical Therapy in Motion; and Zingerman’s. Many thanks to Ann Arbor Running Company for hosting packet pick up and helping to promote the race. You can check out photos from the run here and the Argo Dam and Finish Line here. For race results, click here.

RESULTS: 2016 Electric Bolt results can be found here: RESULTS  (Email us know if you find any corrections to be made.) Congratulations to Bertrand Chu (5:51/mile) and Alyssa Krolewski (6:52/mile) for overall wins in the 5K, and to Cameron Trinh (5:38/mile) and Alyssa Swanson (6:49/mile) for wins in the 8K. Great times for a fairly technical course!

REMOTE RUNNERS OR DONORS NEEDED! The race is over, but we are still looking for remote supporters! Do you know anyone from one of the places we haven’t touched yet who might get out and run or walk or donate in affiliation with our race/fundraiser for ALS? (see the big blue box below). We’ve reached 17 states and one other country so far (thanks largely to Team Jerri and Team Schoeni)… Someone must know runners or ALS-touched people in Florida, Arizona, New York… North and South Dakota… Alaska? Maine?  Here is the link to signup/donate: REMOTE SUPPORTER FORM

Here is the Remote Supporter map (so far!):


This year’s races will again be held on roughly the same courses near Argo pond along the Huron River as in 2014 and 2015.  The races start in Riverside Park next to the Huron River (no crossing Riverside Park in the grass this year), run through Argo and Bandemer Parks, and eventually finish in Kerrytown.  Instead of finishing in Wheeler Park, the races now finish in the heart of Kerrytown on North 4th Street at the location of the Farmer’s Market, next to the outdoor Artisan’s Market and Braun Court, near Zingerman’s and Sweetwaters Coffee and Tea.  The main race is an 8K (4.97 miles), but a 5K run and 5K walk are also options. Check out the course maps here: Electric Bolt Course MapsBoth the 5K and 8K courses are USATF certified.



Brought to you by the Electrical Training Alliance and the Ann Arbor Track Club. Get active and fight Lou Gehrig’s Disease with Ann Arbor Active Against ALS! 

The finest electrical workers in the country receive their training through the Electrical Training Alliance of National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) and International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW).  In the past, participants of the ETA’s National Training Institute have also raised money for Food Gatherers and participated in Habitat for Humanity projects while in Ann Arbor. A few years ago, they generously chose to help fight ALS with Active Against ALS while in town for the training.  As the years have gone on, their support has grown along with the race participation!

From Active Against ALS and these other non-profits, we wish to extend a HUGE THANK YOU to the Electrical Training Alliance and their NTI participants!  Welcome – and thank you to the Electrical Training Alliance!


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Check out these 2016 medals! Everybody gets one!


We can always use more volunteers to keep everything running so smoothly! Sign up here if you can’t run! ELECTRIC BOLT VOLUNTEER SIGNUP


Get all of the details here and from the ONLINE REGISTRATION FORM.


The Details:

•  Race Day is Sunday, July 31st, 2016

•  7:45am 8K/5K Race Start (concurrent)
•  7:15am 5K Walk Start (untimed)

•  Registration Pricing:

• LATE online registration until July 28th, 9pm: $20 race; $12.00 for shirts
*** Order shirts online to be guaranteed a shirt.
We’ll try hard to order enough for later registrants, but some sizes may run out! Limited extra shirt quantities may be available race day.
• Late registration and RACE WEEKEND PACKET-PICKUP:
$23 race; $12.00 for shirts

•  EARLY PACKET PICKUP if you have registered by 5pm FRIDAY on SATURDAY, JULY 30th, 1pm-4pm at:

Ann Arbor Running Company
2755 Oak Valley Dr.
Ann Arbor, Michigan

•  Race Day Packet Pick-up at the START at RIVERSIDE PARK beginning at 6:30am!

•  Visit this link for directions to the start, Race Day PARKING SUGGESTIONS, and other tips

•  Beautiful race courses along the Huron River, finishing in the heart of Kerrytown in the Farmer’s Market area.

•  Shirts will be high-quality, soft fabric, SHORT SLEEVE – very wearable! 

•  Awards: Newly designed, custom finisher medals for all 700 registrants! Special prizes for overall male & female winners; custom pint glass age group awards for adults and youth

•  All net proceeds from the run will benefit research centers aggressively seeking a cure or effective treatment for ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease).

•  Please join us immediately following the run for post-race Popsicles, cookies, chocolate milk, coffee, other typical race fare goodies and awards!


Team Fundraisers

For 2016 we again have two main competing fundraising teams (in addition to our Electrical Training Alliance partners) – and we hope they TIE!
Team Schoeni is led by Ashley Zugay and the Pioneer High School Girls Soccer Teams – and Team Bob is locked in friendly competition, named after Bob Schoeni as well!

Click the links to donate to either, or donate using the race registration form. Check out their progress below (mouse over for the chart numbers):

Donate to Team Schoeni

Donate to Team Bob

The NTI participants are ALSO raising money for ALS, in addition to their sponsorship and more:

Donate to Team NTI


Electric Bolt 2014 Course Video


Questions about the run? Email [email protected].


Please support and thank our wonderful sponsors!

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