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


 ELECTRIC BOLT 2018 is coming on Sunday, July 29th!

Watch this space… and our ELECTRIC BOLT FACEBOOK PAGE!




For 2018…   

    • NEW medal design – one for every finisher, as always!
    • Excellent, high-quality T-shirts, as usual… order one to guarantee yours.
    • Great support for Saturday packet pickup and on race day from Ann Arbor Running Company – now right down the street from the finish line in Kerrytown!
    • Massages and recovery help after the race…A guide for walkers!
    • A guide for walkers!
    • CrowdRise fundraising tool for anyone wishing to help raise even more funds for ALS research projects – this REALLY makes a difference!  Donate or set up your own fundraiser on our CrowdRise page and encourage anyone you know to donate or join in themselves!

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.


ALREADY REGISTERED?  Get your race number from the Alpha List ahead of time if you registered by 5pm on Friday – you can pick up your bib at Ann Arbor Running Company on North Fourth Avenue in Ann Arbor on Saturday between 1pm and 4pmWe will update the Alpha List again on Saturday afternoon for late online registrants so you can have your number when you show up on race morning.

REMOTE RUNNERS OR DONORS NEEDED! Even if you cannot run on race day, you can still make a real difference! We love our 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)… Do you 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 2017 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 30th, 2017 (tentative start times below)

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

•  Registration Pricing:

• Way Early online registration until April 28th, 9pm: $17 race; $13.00 for shirts
• Early online registration until June 28th, 9pm: $20 race; $13.00 for shirts
• Late online registration until July 27th, 9pm: $22 race; $13.00 for shirts
• Late registration and RACE WEEKEND PACKET-PICKUP: $25 race; $15.00 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.


•  EARLY PACKET PICKUP if you have registered by 5pm Friday on SATURDAY, JULY 29th, 1pm-4pm at:

Ann Arbor Running Company
200 N. Fourth
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!



Electric Bolt 2014 Course Video


Questions about the run? Email [email protected].


Please support and thank our wonderful sponsors!

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