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April Fools Day Twinkie Run

The 2015 April Fools Day Twinkie Run

Twinkie RunThe 6th Annual Twinkie Run is just HOURS away! Toe the line and choke down those Twinkies on Wednesday, April 1st at 6:15pm. No foolin’! Being on a Wednesday, it won’t mess up the weekend, either.

And this year, we WILL have post-race GRILLED TWINKIES! (we worked out our technical issues with the grill – so no delays this year!)

We’re getting more famous! SHAPE magazine recently included the Twinkie Run in their list of “10 Food Fueled Races Around the Country“.  Plus, we were included in a new book, The Runner’s Bucket List,” by Denise Malan.

Calling creative bakers! We will have the usual homemade Twinkie contest. Have a unique Twinkie idea? Join the contest! Past entries have included Jamaican rum-raisin-cocoa Twinkies, vegan Twinkies, strawberry Twinkies, potato Twinkies, cornbread Twinkies, dipped Twinkies… Go for it! Just bring enough to for at least three judges and whatever else you are willing to share.

For 2015, expect NEW finisher medals as well as typical age-group and overall and masters awards.

Twinkie Run is ON today, Wednesday at 6:15pm. If you receive a text that it is cancelled, this is a (bogus) April Fool’s Joke – maybe sent out by fans of Ding Dongs, Ho Hos, or baby carrots.

Twinkie Run is NOT cancelled! Twinkie on! It’s a beautiful day!

LATE NOTICE!
Important Race Day INFO:
Plan to eat Twinkies at the race? CLICK here for your important, specific information on the course (most-importantly, Twinkie Eaters should line up generally in the middle to right side of the starting pack):
TWINKIE EATER info

Plan on SKIPPING the Twinkies? CLICK here to check out YOUR specific information on the course (Twinkie Skippers should line up on the LEFT side of the starting pack, so they can easily turn LEFT after crossing the wooden car bridge at the start of the race):
Twinkie SKIPPER info
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Long-sleeved shirts were a hit in 2014 – check out the newly designed long-sleeved shirt of same brand as last year (ringspun cotton). Order yours in advance to be sure you get one.

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Want to be a sponsorship hero? Sponsors who help cover our costs so we can donate as much as possible from registration to ALS research.  Help pay for race timing, T-shirts, Twinkies, medals… Remember that we Ann Arbor Active Against ALS is a 501(c)3 non-profit – sponsorship donations are tax-deductible if you can use the donation.

Contact us at [email protected].

Thank you very much to our generous sponsors! The Twinkie Run would be only a dream without their amazing support.

Sponsors:

Jyco
Dakotech
Ajax Spring
Transition Rack

In-Kind Donors:

Meijer
Meijer – Ann Arbor-Saline Road

Watch a slideshow of photos from the event:

Twinkie Run 2013
 

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Enter the homemade Twinkie contest!

The 2012 Twinkie Run

Our wacky 5K run was featured in Gourmet Magazine this year!  Of course, they like the home-made Twinkie contest at the end of the race.  We also made it on to Greatist.com for the Most Incredible Themed Races list.  Thanks for being active with Ann Arbor Active Against ALS and supporting the effort to increase awareness of Lou Gehrig’s Disease while raising funds for research toward a cure!  And thank you to our terrific sponsors!

April 1st 2011 – The Annual April Fools Twinkie Run! 

The Twinkie Run was started in 2010 by Shawn Jyawook, of Jyco Sealing Technologies, Inc.  The race is in memory of his employee and friend, Jim Mong, who passed away from ALS in 2009.  Shawn and his wife wanted to do something to honor Jim’s memory. As Shawn explained, “I wanted a great way to have something continue that was humorous, like Jim Mong’s personality, and that linked into something that I enjoy- running.  The Twinkie part is just funny and a great way to remember someone with a smile and not with sadness – and that is the person Jim was, a man of great humor and great compassion.”

We are pleased to be turning this into an annual run!   The run was again held in Gallup Park with the start near the canoe livery. With (optional) Twinkie-eating at the start and again after mile 1.5, we had lots of laughs and great photo opportunities!

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Check out this article about the 2011 Twinkie Run in the Ann Arbor Chronicle: Monthly Milestone: Internet Twinkies

AnnArbor.com also published some photos: Images from the Twinkie Run held Friday evening at Gallup Park

Read about the very first Twinkie Run in 2010 to honor Jim Mong.