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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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Twinkie Run 5K

Twinkie Run

2019 Twinkie Run – MONDAY, APRIL 1st!

The 2019 Twinkie Run will be back to the traditional April 1st date for 2019 – NO FOOLIN’!


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MONDAY AFTERNOON, April 1st, 2019
• Gallup Park
• Custom finisher medals for EVERY PARTICIPANT!
• 5:00pm – 6:29pm race number pickup
• 6:30pm RACE START  (sunset is 8pm)



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Early Bird registration (by midnight, February 10th) : $17 for adults; $15 for youth (12 years old and under)
Regular registration (February 11th – March 10th): $20 adults; $18 youth
Late online registration (March 11th – March 24th): $23 adults; $20 youth
WAY LATE ONLINE registration (March 24th – March 31st): $25 adults; $22 youth
RACE DAY registration – if not full! (April 1st): $30
OPTIONAL T-shirts: $13 (Design TBD – but they will be SOFT). Expect a modest shirt price increase on race day.
Shirts ordered after March 20th are first-come/first-served. Limited quantities may be available race day.
Awards: Custom age group awards for adults and youth
All proceeds from the run will benefit research and projects aggressively seeking a cure or effective treatment for ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease).
GRILLED TWINKIES and chocolate, post-race goodies, a homemade Twinkie contest, and awards!

Check out photos from last year’s race here: Twinkie Run 2018 Album #1  

Active Against ALS wishes to thank our two main sponsors, Blue Care Network and Bank of Ann Arbor, for their generous support – their contributions make the Twinkie Run a better event for our community and stronger fundraiser for ALS!

 

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*** A SPECIAL MESSAGE FROM YOUR RACE DIRECTORS:
Dear Twinkie Runner, 
You likely know that Active Against ALS formed way back in 2008 after our good friend and volunteer youth coach, Bob Schoeni, was diagnosed with ALS.  A close neighbor to Bob was Suzanne Ross.
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An A2A3 founding board member, Suzanne turned out to be a wonderful photographer for all of our events, including the Twinkie Run.

At the 2008 race, Suzanne showed up at the race to take photos at the bridge and finish as usual. What wasn’t usual was that she was battling cancer, and she wasn’t expected to be there that day.

Tragically, we lost Suzanne last fall. It was a devastating loss to all of us who knew her through her generous, tireless work with so many school and community groups, including A2A3.

Please think of Suzanne as you cross the bridge and finish line this year and appreciate her for so many photos and so much other work in our fight against ALS over the past ten years.

We wish to thank YOU for your support over the years as we – and perhaps you – have all endured our own challenges on the way to our ten-year milestone last fall.

Sincerely,
Joel and Jackie Dalton

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Race Details:

Here is a link to the Twinkie Eater Official Course Map: TWINKIE 5K Course Map (Official) – for Twinkie Eaters. (Twinkie SKIPPERS avoid the Twinkie tables and chip mats on a nearly-identical course… see below for REALLY specific details if you must…)

 

 

2018 shirt for reference – 2019 shirt design TBD

 

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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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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 supporters! The Twinkie Run would be only a dream without their amazing support:

In-Kind Donors:

 Meijer
Meijer – Ann Arbor-Saline Road

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 homemade Twinkie contest at the end of the race.  We also made it onto 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 this has turned into an annual tradition!”

Shawn

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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.