Twinkie Run 5K

Twinkie Run

2020 Twinkie Run – POSTPONED!

Due to the COVID virus, the Twinkie Run has been postponed until plans for rescheduling safely can be developed. We sincerely regret this development but also recognize that postponement is absolutely the safe and right action.

WE WILL RUN AGAIN ANOTHER DAY.

• Gallup Park Canoe Livery
• Custom finisher medals for EVERY PARTICIPANT!
• 7:45am – 8:59am race number pickup
• 9:00am RACE START



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• Early Bird registration (by midnight, February 9th) : $17 for adults; $15 for youth (12 years old and under)
• EXTENDED Regular registration (February 10th – March 15th): $20 adults; $18 youth
• Late online registration (March 16th – March 27th): $23 adults; $20 youth
• WAY LATE ONLINE registration (March 27th – April 3rd): $25 adults; $22 youth
• RACE DAY registration – if not full! (April 4th): $30
• OPTIONAL Pre-ordered T-shirts: $13 (Design TBD – but they will be SOFT). Expect a modest shirt price increase on race day.
• Shirts ordered after March 26th 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, special flavor post-race Twinkies (!!!!) and awards!

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!

Never been to a Twinkie Run? Check out last year’s photos!

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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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*** 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.

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…)

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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 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 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

Make your own Twinkies!

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.