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Twinkie Skipper Information – Twinkie Run 5K

 Hello Twinkie Skipper!

Key Details and Suggestions: 

• IMPORTANT Twinkie SKIPPING information (REALLY!): If you are receiving this, you’ve indicated that you DO NOT PLAN to eat Twinkies (we won’t hold you to it.) We will be using special mats to count Twinkies eaten – IF YOU ARE NOT EATING TWINKIES AT THE START, YOU WILL BE DIVERTED HARD LEFT ONTO THE PATH RIGHT AFTER CROSSING THE WOODEN CAR BRIDGE AT THE START.

• TWINKIE SKIPPERS should line up on the LEFT side of the starting pack so they can EASILY make the hard left turn after crossing the wooden car bridge right after the start of the race.
• ….For your information, for Twinkie EATERS ONLY, there will be TWO mats at the start – one START mat right at the start line BEFORE the bridge, and a second for TWINKIE EATERS ONLY RIGHT AFTER CROSSING THE BRIDGE ON THE ROAD WHERE THE ROAD CURVES LEFT. (Twinkie Eaters will NOT take the HARD left onto the path right after the bridge – that is for Twinkie Skippers ONLY.)

• TWINKIE SKIPPERS, after turning hard left onto the path, will proceed down the path paralleling the road all the way to the east end of the park. Near the end the Twinkie EATERS, running down the road to your right, will merge onto the path with you.
• The SECOND Twinkie will be eaten just as runners are finishing the first lap around 1.5 miles, as TWINKIE EATERS leave the canoe area and veer left on the path heading back toward the bridge. THIS TIME, Twinkie SKIPPERS will go straight out onto the parking lot road (instead of veering left onto the path) and will instead turn left AT THE ROAD/Parking Lot toward the bridge.
• FOR THE SECOND LOOP, ALL RUNNERS will turn hard LEFT right after crossing the wooden car bridge to stay on the path. (this will be coned). SO, on the second loop, ALL RUNNERS will stay on the path (not the road) all the way around Gallup Park after crossing the wooden car bridge.

• Here is the course TWINKIE SKIPPERS will run: TWINKIE RUN COURSE – TWINKIE SKIPPERS

• Here is the course TWINKIE EATERS will run: TWINKIE RUN COURSE – TWINKIE EATERS


• PACKET PICKUP
 starts in earnest at 7:30am at the Gallup Park Canoe Livery (3000 Fuller Road, Ann Arbor, MI)

•     HOT TIP! To get to/through the line quickly, GET YOUR RACE NUMBER IN ADVANCE! If you registered by March 31st, by 8pm-ish, you can look yourself up online on the preliminary registration list sometime on the afternoon of the 31st.  Note your bib number (write it down) and bring that to packet pickup line(s). If you forget, no worries… just go to the next bullet point…
•  At the canoe livery, get your race number by looking up your name on the ALPHA LIST, which will be posted near packet pickup. Remember or write your number BIB No. down and take it to the volunteers at the bib number lines to get your bib.

•  Get your pre-ordered shirt AFTER your bib. If you aren’t racing with it, you MAY want to pick it up AFTER the race.
•  If you want to buy a shirt, you’ll pay for that at the shirt table.
•  You’ll pick up your first TWINKIE near the start line – don’t eat it until told to do so AT THE START!

• PARKING: There are only about 140 parking spots in all of the Gallup Park parking lots accessed through the livery driveway. (There may be 42 more spots in the Elizabeth Dean Butterfly Garden accessed off Geddes, as well.) In fact, because of the pond, the parking lot at the far end of Gallup is actually FARTHER AWAY than almost all spots at Huron High School.

•  Unless you arrive VERY early, we suggest parking across Fuller Road at Huron High School, where there are MANY MORE SPOTS.  Check this map: Gallup-Huron High Map
•  Frustration may ensue after driving all the way through Gallup Park to park and having to turn around and drive all the way back out and over to Huron High.
•  Don’t forget that it can be a long walk from the parking lots in Gallup Park to the canoe livery!  Parking at Huron High School is actually CLOSER than the far lot at Gallup!

 

 SHIRTS! BRING $15 if you think you might want a shirt but didn’t order one!  (pay at the shirt table)



• PLEASE BE COURTEOUS DURING THE RACE! Since this is a TWO-LOOP course, the fastest runners may catch up to you during the race. If you hear the lead bikes coming, be ready to STEP TO THE RIGHT and let the bike and leaders pass.  Some people take Twinkie Running very seriously – and it would be no fun to get hit by a bike!

• GRILLED TWINKIES, post-race goodies, a Homemade Twinkie contest, and awards will be right after the race!

Questions about the run or about A2A3? Visit www.activeagainstals.org or contact A2A3 at [email protected].

HELP US OUT! Visit our Twinkie Run Facebook Page and “LIKE” it – and/or SHARE IT with your friends to spread the word and the latest info! Thank you! We will post photos and more on the Facebook page.

Thanks for supporting the effort to cure ALS!

Sincerely, 

 
A2A3 Twinkie Volunteer ALS Fighters