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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

2018 Twinkie Run – APRIL 22nd!

The 2018 Twinkie Run was held APRIL 22nd! The race WAS NOT ON APRIL 1st this year due to Easter weekend and other events that just recently finalized. We plan to be back to April Fools Day in 2019!

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***2018 TWINKIE RUN RESULTS can be found at Race Timing Services and at Run Michigan. Let us know if you find discrepencies or if you need to pick up an award!


Watch this space for links to great photos from Suzanne Ross, and links to other pics from less-capable photographer-cameras!

 

*** A SPECIAL MESSAGE FROM YOUR RACE DIRECTORS:

Active Against ALS formed way back in 2008 after our good friend and volunteer youth coach, Bob Schoeni, was diagnosed with ALS.

In a 2008 email from Bob and Gretchen, we were all devastated to read that “…we received some very bad news yesterday that Bob has ALS/Lou Gehrig’s disease. It is a terrible diagnosis because there is no cure (or even treatment). We do not know how quickly the disease will progress. It could be months or years. Each person is different…”

Bob’s friends and neighbors formed Ann Arbor Active Against ALS in response. Together, we created fundraising events like the Twinkie Run to raise awareness and funds for research while doing the opposite of the disease – getting people moving, talking and having fun. Bob encouraged us to foster and teach compassion.

Ten years later, Bob is still here, and so are we. And SO ARE YOU. Thank you.

ACTIVE. COMPASSIONATE. TOGETHER.

ACT.
Ten years ago.
Today.
Tomorrow.
Against ALS.

Thank you for your support over the years as we – and perhaps you – have all endured our own challenges on the way to this ten-year milestone.

Sincerely,
Joel and Jackie Dalton
Volunteer Race Directors

Thank you to our generous Silver sponsors, Bank of Ann Arbor and Blue Care Network of Michigan. Special thanks also to The Local Bike Shop A2 and Tortoise and Hare. We could not do it without your support as well as the support of our volunteers! And thanks to Black Diesel Coffee for donating the yummy coffee and caffeine that gets us going early race morning – and to Meijer for helping out with the Twinkies that will stuff so many faces!

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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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2018 Race Details:

SUNDAY MORNING, April 22nd, 2018
Gallup Park
Custom finisher medals for EVERY PARTICIPANT!
6:30am – 7:59am race number pickup
8:00am RACE START
Early Bird registration (by midnight, February 28th) : $17 for adults; $15 for youth (12 years old and under)
Regular registration (March 1st – March 31st): $20 adults; $18 youth
Late online registration (April 1st – April 14th): $23 adults; $20 youth
WAY LATE ONLINE registration (April 15th – April 21st): $25 adults; $22 youth
RACE DAY registration – if not full! (April 22nd): $30
OPTIONAL T-shirts: $13 (Long sleeve – and they will be SOFT). Expect a modest shirt price increase on race day.
Shirts ordered after April 9th 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!
Calling creative bakers! We will again have the usual homemade Twinkie contest – but we need MORE! 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.

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…)

 

 

 

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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 sponsors! The Twinkie Run would be only a dream without their amazing support.

 

 

The 8th Annual Twinkie Run was held on SATURDAY MORNING, APRIL 1st… Hooray for a morning run!  Approximately 680 participants, including teams ISR Runs for Bob and U-M Relay For Life – College of Pharmacy, ran the race at Gallup Park.

Check out photos from last year’s race here: Twinkie Run 2017 Album #1  and Twinkie Run 2017 Album #2.

We’re getting more famous! Runner’s World recently included the Twinkie Run in their “Bucket List: 10 Wacky Food Races” and also made us their “5K of the Day” during the week before the race!

Plus, we were included in a new book, The Runner’s Bucket List,” by Denise Malan.


Please thank and support all of our Twinkie Run sponsors and donors!

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 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!”

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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.