As the countdown-to-race-day timer ticks the seconds away on the A2 Goddess Run’s website, ladies young and old are preparing goddess-style to tackle Epic Race’s Suburban Chevrolet Ann Arbor Goddess Run on Sunday (May 12).
“We’re gonna be wearing rainbow tutus and bright shirts,” said Allison Peet, whose mother, daughter, sister and niece will be running with her in the three generations category as team Happy Feet. “My family doesn’t’ do anything small, especially since the girls (the girls are three) are involved. We thought why not go big. So we’ll be in coordinating outfits for the day.”
Though the spirit of the race hasn’t changed, runners will be getting a change of scenery as this year’s run will be held at Hudson Mills Metropark instead of the downtown area.
“Every year we have had this race downtown which has been great, but this year we were told there is construction on our course,” said Eva Soloman, founder and CEO of Epic Races. “We looked at alternate routes downtown, but there wasn’t a lot of good options so we decided to move to Hudson Mills where we love putting on races. We put on our Ann Arbor Turkey Trot there and we put on some other races there as well. We just think it’s a great venue so we’re excited they worked with us to make it work.”
The new location isn’t the only change for this year’s event. The kid’s run has changes of its own going on, too.
“Another thing that’s different this year and super exciting is Ann Arbor now has a sports commission and they are sponsoring the kids run, so the kids have a separate t shirt and a separate medal specifically for the kids. We’ve always had a kids run, but it has been more part of the goddess run and now it’s a race of their own,” Solomon said.
What hasn’t changed is the focus on celebrating women on Mother’s Day and raising funds and awareness to benefit the Michigan Ovarian Cancer Alliance (MIOCA).
“We have been working with MIOCA since year one,” Solomon said. “We work in an effort to raise money, but also to spread the word. There’s so many things about this disease. People don’t know the warning signs and there’s not a test for it. That’s the biggest thing.”
So far race registration is strong and the weather is calling for no rain.
“It looks like we’re going to have the same amount as last year which is about 1,100 participants with 6 three generations and 23 mother-daughter teams,” Solomon said.
Men are welcome to run in support of their “goddesses,” but cannot compete for prizes.
“My husband is not running,” Peet said. “We told him you can’t join the goddesses on the run so he’s going to stand on the sideline and take the photos and video.”
The event starts with pre-race warm ups at 8:30 a.m. led by Delerium Fitness and Team Dee Amigos Del Busto followed by the Ann Arbor Sport Commision 200-Meter Kids Dash at 9 a.m. The 5k and mile fun-run start at 9:10 a.m. The post-race party is at 9:15 a.m. which leaves plenty of the day left for racers to enjoy the holiday.
“After the race we’re going to come back to my house and enjoy Mother’s Day lunch and hang out for the day,” said Peet. “My Mom is from Port Huron and my sister is from Rochester Hills so we don’t always get together that often so we’re going to relax and Mother’s Day and enjoy the kids.”