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Ann Arbor + Columbus Run Challenge

Be part of the greatest shared tradition in Michigan / Ohio history - the annual challenge between the Ann Arbor Running Company & the Columbus Running Company.

The challenge is a contest where you'll join your community to log miles while fundraising for the Humane Society of Huron Valley. Along the way, you could win prizes, experience a HOKA demo run, and heap shame on that rival running store down Route 23.

Sign Up Here

How Does the Challenge Work?

Taking part in this tradition is simple: 

  1. Register on this page for Team Ann Arbor. (If you're an OSU fan and want to register for Team Columbus click here)
  2. Run or walk as much as you can during the week leading up to The Game (Nov 18-24). Log your miles during that same time.
  3. Fundraise locally. Donate during registration and/or use the fundraising portal on this site to go big. Each $ raised helps push our team closer to victory. Hate fundraising? You can opt-out of this piece of the challenge - but your team misses out on easy points!
  4. Wait with bated breath. We're doing something healthy & fundraising, so everyone wins. But one community will earn bragging rights for the year while the other will face shame. We'll announce the victorious team after the big weekend!

Run or Walk for Team Ann Arbor

When you run for Team Ann Arbor, you'll be supporting the Humane Society of Huron Valley.

Register for Team Ann Arbor

Run or Walk for Team Columbus

When you run for Team Columbus, you'll be supporting Nationwide Children's Hospital.

Register for Team Columbus


  • How does the scoring work? Each mile logged is a point. Each fundraising dollar is a point. We'll divide point totals by the number of shops AARC & CRC have to get to an even playing field, and the high score wins.   

  • How do I log my miles? You can chart your miles here from Nov 18-24. You can log as many activities during that time period, so plan a big week (safely) and let's get out there!

  • How do I fundraise? You can make a donation during registration plus you can optionally set up a fundraising page to collect donations from others.

  • Who can take part? Anyone! Sign up today!


With 6 big individual prizes on the line, it's time to step up to the challenge! We'll award prizes to one runner or walker from Team Ann Arbor and Team Columbus based on:

  • Most mileage logged
  • Most dollars raised
  • And random drawing!

The winning community earns a HOKA trophy while the losing running store's staff has to appear in public in opposing team gear AND document the humiliation on social media.

Kickoff with HOKA

Kick off our challenge by joining us for a free HOKA demo run from Ann Arbor Running Company Downtown - 209 S Ashley, Ann Arbor, MI 48104

  • WHERE: AARC Downtown 209 S Ashley
  • WHEN: Saturday, November 18 at 7am
  • WHAT: A free group run where you can test run a pair of HOKA shoes
  • DISTANCE: You choose your own distance / all paces welcome!

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