Family Friendly Ann Arbor Races
There are lots of Family Friendly Ann Arbor Races throughout the year. There are charity races, holiday themed races, and more.
Featured Ann Arbor Races
Thank you to the races below for sponsoring their event listings.
Family Friendly Race Tips
If you are running with your kids, we have a few tips:
Register early! Most races offer discounted registration the earlier you register.
Make sure the race is stroller friendly before planning to run with your child. Be sure to dress them appropriately for the weather.
Upcoming Sponsored Events
Prepare for the race as a family. Plan to alternate running and walking on the course as needed. On the course set goals to run to a certain landmark.
If your child is running on their own, have a plan to reconnect after the race.
Family Friendly Ann Arbor Races
Races are held in Ann Arbor for most of the year except the middle of winter. Races usually take a break in January and February before returning in March.
This list will be updated throughout the year. If you know of an event that is missing, please leave it in the comments or submit it to our calendar.
Disclaimer: Please double check event information with the event organizer as events can be cancelled, details can change after they are added to our calendar, or we can make mistakes.
Friday, September 20, 2019
Independence Lake – 3200 Jennings Rd Whitmore Lake
Looking for a fun way to get involved with nature this fall? The Big Foot, Small Print trail run showcases 3.1 miles of Independence Lake's beautiful trails. Don't miss this great opportunity to enjoy the vibrant fall colors, support The Humane Society of Huron Valley, and have fun while doing it! Custom medals and hats will be given to all 3.1 mile trail participants. Dogs are welcome! Leashes required.
Rolling Hills County Park – 7660 Stony Creek Rd Ypsilanti
Washtenaw County Parks hosts a glow-in-the-dark fun run through Rolling Hills County Park. Join us while we light your way through the park as you run the trails! Register online at parksonline.ewashtenaw.org or runsignup.com!
Sunday, September 22, 2019
Gallup Park – 3000 Fuller Rd Ann Arbor
Cost: $8/Adults, $5/Children 12 & Under
Join UM for their Burn Injury Awareness Walk & Picnic. The event will bring together burn survivors & their families, first responders, safety & medical personnel, and the community. Everyone will walk for awareness, public education, and prevention. 11a - Check In noon - Welcome & Walk Immediately following the walk - Picnic & Safety Education Fair Check out our Gallup Park Playground Review and Centennial Playground Review: Or consider renting a paddleboat, kayak or canoe at the Gallup livery for a Stillwater Paddle.
Saturday, September 28, 2019
Saline High School – 1300 Campus Parkway Saline
The 6th Annual RunTough for ChadTough event will take place Saturday, September 28, 2019 at Saline High School from 8:30-11:00 am. The local, family-friendly event will include a 1-mile fun run and 5K race for both children and adults.
Saturday, October 12, 2019
Wiard’s Orchard – 5565 Merrit Rd Ypsilanti
Cost: $19-45 depending on registration date & race selection
Head to Wiards Orchard for Run Scream Runwhich offers a Freaky 5K, Terrorizing 10K, and the Cider Mill Mile. There will be a costume contest before the races. Registration before noon on October 10 is $39 for the 5K, $19 for the 1 mile, and $39 for the 10K. On race weekend registrations are an additional $6. 5K finishers will receive a custom Frankenstein medal. 1 mile finishers will receive a pumpkin medal. Start earning your special reward for finishing the Run Scream Run, Turkey Trot and Holiday Hustle.
Friday, October 25, 2019
Nichols Arboretum – 1016 Washington Heights Ann Arbor
Run for your lives! Run through the Arb and escape the zombies with at least one of your flags for special prizes. You can buy additional flags for $5. The run benefits The Arb. Note, the Arb closes at dark. You must finish by 6:40p. The run is designed to be spooky. Kids 12 & under must be accompanied by an adult. Registration is $35 until October 6 with a shirt guarantee. Starting October 7, registration is $40. Registration closes on October 22. MBGNA members receive a $5 discount.
Saturday, November 9, 2019
Hudson Mills Metropark – 8801 N. Territorial Rd Dexter
Cost: $15-90 based on age, distance, and registration date
Join the A2 Turkey Trot at Hudson Mills Metro Park Registration is: 5K Adult $42 by 9/30 $45 from 10/1-31 $47 from 11/1-7 $50 Race Weekend Youth (12-18) $25 by 11/9 Youth (Under 12) $20 by 11/9 10K $53 by 9/30 $55 from 10/1-31 $60 from 11/1-11/7 $65 Race Weekend Mile Adult $32 by 9/30 $35 from 10/1-31 $38 from 11/1-7 $40 Race Weekend Youth (12-18) $20 by 11/9 Youth (Under 12) $15 by 11/9 Iron Turkey $75 by 9/30 $80 from 10/1-31 $85 from 11/1-11/7 $90 Race Weekend
Thursday, November 28, 2019
Main Street Area – Main Street and Liberty Ann Arbor
Cost: 2019 Pricing: Not announced - 2018 Pricing: $19-50 depending on race/registration date
Get into the holiday spirit before your Thanksgiving feast; run or walk with the whole family! Trot or walk 5K or 1K! Hot chocolate at the finish, photos with Turkey Tom and Santa, a run course and a rockin' after-party. All pre-registered participants receive a long sleeve shirt, custom medals to all 5K finishers and festive medals to all 1K finishers! The Ann Arbor Turkey Trot is proud to support the ChadTough Foundation! Visit theturkeytrot.com for registration options and more details.
Maybury State Park – 20145 Beck Rd Northville
Join Wildly Fit for their 3rd Annual Huffin for the Stuffin Thanksgiving Morning. There is a 5K run/walk and a 1.5 mile kids loop. Proceeds benefit Blessings in a Backpack. Registration Costs 5K Fun Run Before 10/14 - $25 10/14-11/14 - $30 Starting 11/15 - $35 Kid Loop Fun Run Before 10/14 - $15 10/14-11/14 - $20 Starting 11/15 - $25 Virtual 5K Before 11/14 - $40 Starting 11/15 - $45
Saturday, December 7, 2019
Wurster Park Manchester – 215 W Main St Manchester
Cost: 5K: $30/ 10K: $35/ 15K: $40
The Reindeer Trail Run/Walk is part of the Manchester Christmas in the Village celebration. There will be a 5K, 10K, and a 15K. The race will start near Wurster Park in Manchester and head to the Leonard Preserve. Note the course is not stroller or pet friendly. Registration ends at 11:59p on Friday, December 6
Saturday, December 14, 2019
Monument Park – 8000-8558 Ann Arbor St Dexter
Cost: $19-40 depending on registration date & race selection
Head to Dexter for the Holiday Hustle, a 1 mile fun run (4p) and a 5k (4:30p). All participants will receive a custom beanies. Registration before noon on December 12 is $39 for the 5K, $29 for adults (18+) in the 1 mile and $19 for kids in the 1 mile. On race weekend registrations are an additional $6. T-shirts are available for purchase for $12. $5 of each registration fee will be donated to Dexter area charities. 5K finishers will receive a custom medal. 1 mile finishers will receive a festive medal. There will also be special medals and ….