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 locally for Nationwide Children's Hospital. Along the way, you could win prizes, experience a HOKA demo run, and heap shame on that rival running store up north.

Sign Up Here

How Does the Challenge Work?

Taking part in this tradition is simple: 

  1. Register on this page for Team Columbus. (If you're a fan of TTUN and want to register for Team Ann Arbor 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 Rock CF Foundation.

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 CRC & AARC 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 runs & walks during that time period as you like, 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 the Short North CRC: 

  • WHERE: Short North CRC (765 N High St)
  • WHEN: Saturday, November 18 at 8am
  • WHAT: A free group run where you can test run a pair of HOKA shoes
  • DISTANCE: You choose your own distance / all paces welcome
  • BONUS: You'll earn a raffle ticket for each Buckeye item you wear to the run!

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