Michigan Athletics to Sponsor Big House 5K Charity Road Race

December 16, 2013

Courtesy MGoBlue.com

• Big House 5K Website

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Are you interested in running throughout the University of Michigan’s Stephen M. Ross Athletic Campus? Would you like to finish the run on the 50-yard line at Michigan Stadium, the “Big House?” If so, this fun and unique running opportunity is the ideal event for you and your family members. The inaugural “Big House 5K: Trail to the Victors” will be held on Sunday, April 6.

“We are excited to host a charity race in conjunction with a great athletic weekend on the Ross Athletic Campus,” said Rob Rademacher, associate athletic director. “In addition to the spring football game, we will play lacrosse, baseball and softball during this spring weekend. We look forward to having our fans and runners participate in fun and exciting races through our beautiful university and athletic campus. We will definitely make this event a ‘wow’ experience for all participants and help benefit and support our local Washtenaw County charitable partners.”

Michigan Athletics will sponsor a 5K and one-mile race with support from the Ann Arbor Track Club. The 5K will start at 9 a.m., and the one-mile fun run will start at 10 a.m.

The fee to participate in the inaugural event is $35, with each runner/walker receiving a T-shirt and a participant medal. A guaranteed minimum of $12 per registration fee will be split evenly and donated to the six official non-profit race beneficiaries. In addition, runners can choose to fundraise individually or as part of a team for one of the official non-profit beneficiaries, with 100 percent of these funds going directly to the race beneficiary of their choice. Any additional revenue after race expenses will also be distributed to the charities.

Michigan Athletics is proud to partner with the following non-profit beneficiaries for this inaugural race:

  • Food Gatherers
  • Humane Society of Huron Valley
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Washtenaw County
  • Habitat for Humanity of Huron Valley
  • Team Red, White and Blue of Ann Arbor
  • University Musical Society, K-12 Education Programs

Individuals can sign up for the Big House 5K and fun run at: MGoBlue.com/bighouse5k.

Runners/walkers can pick up their registration packets on Saturday, April 5, from noon to 7 p.m. at Crisler Center. Participants will enter at the northeast entrance to Crisler Center and proceed to the concourse level by the Hall of Honor displays.

The 5K race course will begin at Glick Field House and head north on South State Street. Participants will run through the University of Michigan main campus before returning to the Stephen M. Ross Athletic Campus for the final approach to the “Big House.” Runners/walkers will enter the famed tunnel and head down onto the stadium turf for the finish at the 50-yard line.

Following is information and quotes from each of the six non-profit beneficiaries:


Food Gatherers is Washtenaw County’s food bank and food rescue program, distributing more than 5 million pounds of food to 150 non-profit programs serving low-income adults, seniors and children annually. Recipient programs include hot meal programs, residential programs and programs targeting low-income children and seniors. For a list of food donors and recipient agencies or to learn how you can become involved in the fight against hunger locally, please visitwww.foodgatherers.org or call (734) 761-2796.

“Food Gatherers is excited to partner with Michigan Athletics for the Big House 5K this spring,” said Eileen Spring, president and CEO of Food Gatherers. “To have this opportunity to engage with the University and greater community in a fun and active way, brings a burst of energy to our efforts to fight hunger where we live.”


The Humane Society of Huron Valley, located in Ann Arbor, is an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and relies solely on the generosity of supporters to provide critical community programs and services. HSHV is an award-winning organization, recognized for best practices and highest animal “save-rate” among all similar shelters in Michigan. Charity Navigator, the nation’s top charity evaluator, awarded HSHV a 4-star ranking, the highest possible. The mission of HSHV is to promote the loving, responsible care of all animals in the community. HSHV is not affiliated with any other humane organization and does not receive funding from the United Way. For more information, call (734) 662-5585, visitwww.hshv.org, or like HSHV on Facebook.

“The Humane Society of Huron Valley is deeply honored to be a part of the Big House 5K in 2014,” said Tanya Hilgendorf, HSHV president and CEO. “We are grateful to the University of Michigan Athletic Department and all the event participants for their generous and compassionate support of homeless and abused animals and other very worthy causes in our community.”


For more than 100 years, Big Brothers Big Sisters has operated under the belief that inherent in every child is the ability to succeed and thrive in life. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Washtenaw County is a part of the nation’s largest donor and volunteer supported mentoring network. Big Brothers Big Sisters makes meaningful, monitored matches between adult volunteers (“Bigs”) and children (“Littles”), ages 6 through 18. The organization looks to develop positive relationships that have a direct and lasting effect on the lives of young people. For more information, call (734) 975-0933 or visitwww.bbbswashtenaw.org.

“We are so excited and grateful for the opportunity to partner with Michigan Athletics for the 2014 Big House 5K race. With over 200 kids on our wait list, almost all from Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti, this will allow us to raise funds and awareness for our need of Big Brothers, in particular.” said Jennifer Spitler, excutive director of Big Brothers Big Sister of Washtenaw County.


Habitat for Humanity of Huron Valley works to enrich Washtenaw County through a legacy of affordable homeownership for low-income families. The organization is committed to making affordable housing a matter of conscience and action, right here in the community. Founded in 1989, Habitat for Humanity of Huron Valley (HHHV) has built 134 single-family homes in Washtenaw County for low-income working families, and over 150 people live in homes built through HHHV. For more information, call (734) 734-677-1558 or visit www.h4h.org.

“We couldn’t be happier to be a part of the Michigan Athletics Big House 5K,” said Sarah Stanton, executive director for Habitat. “Our affiliate has partnered with Michigan students for many years in building and renovating houses in Washtenaw County. This is a fantastic opportunity for our affiliate to raise funds to continue our work in renovating houses for families in need of safe and affordable housing in our county. The funds raised during this race will go a long way in accomplishing our goal to renovate 18 houses for 18 families. This is a great way to celebrate our 25th year milestone.”


Team RWB’s mission is to enrich the lives of America’s veterans by connecting them to their community through physical and social activity. The chapters and communities deliver consistent, local opportunities to connect veterans and the community through physical and social activity. They host weekly fitness activities, monthly social events, and participate in local races and events together. These programs are at the core of Team RWB’s mission. For more information, visit www.teamrwb.org or email Mike.Lehnis@teamrwb.org.

“Team Red White and Blue is proud to join Michigan Athletics and these other terrific charitable institutions for their inaugural Big House 5K”, said Major Mike Erwin, University of Michigan alum and founder and chairman of TRWB. “Look for the TRWB Eagles and flags as we enter the famed tunnel at the Big House and celebrate this amazing effort.”


One of the oldest performing arts presenters in the country, UMS is committed to connecting audiences with performing artists from around the world in uncommon and engaging experiences. With a program steeped in music, dance and theater, UMS contributes to a vibrant cultural community by presenting approximately 60 – 75 performances and over 100 free educational activities each season. UMS School Day Performances feature some of the world’s best performing artists and use the arts to ignite student imagination and support student growth and development. Performances serve kindergarten through high school students and teachers receive UMS Learning Guides to facilitate meaningful connections between the performance and classroom curriculum. For more information, call (734) 764-2538 or visitwww.ums.org.

“We’re thrilled to partner with Michigan Athletics for the Big House 5K: Trail to the Victors race,” said UMS president Ken Fischer. “Like Michigan Athletics, our K-12 education programs are nationally recognized for their quality, and we consider it a great privilege to host thousands of school kids from southeastern Michigan each year through a combination of school-day performing arts experiences, in-class visits, and teacher professional development workshops. Just as running and walking are good for one’s physical health, we believe strongly that the performing arts contribute to our society’s overall well-being, and we encourage everyone to ‘be present.'”

Media Contact: David Ablauf (734) 763-4423


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