About Big House 5K

Big House 5K is a new running event for the to the regional Midwest area. The University of Michigan's rich athletics tradition began in 1865 and continues to this day, with the Wolverines claiming more than 50 national championships in 12 sports. Our students, faculty and staff also regularly participate in dozens of intramural, club sport and fitness activities.

The race, owned and managed by the University of Michigan Athletic Department working in conjunction with the Ann Arbor Track Club, will coincide with the spring football weekend. The race will begin near the Stephen M. Ross Athletic Campus and finish on the field of the revered University of Michigan football stadium, the Big House.

In 2014, $12 from each registration will go to support six local, non-profit beneficiaries. Any additional proceeds (after expenses) will also benefit the selected group of local non-profits.

On Saturday afternoon (April 5), we invite you to pick up your race packet at the main entrance to Crisler Center from 1-7 p.m. Before or after picking up your packet, we encourage you to head over to the Big House for the Michigan football spring game, take in the baseball or softball series at the Wilpon Complex, or witness Michigan lacrosse in action at Michigan Stadium. Race day events include a 5K and 1-Mile Fun Run. The 5K is a certified course.

The Course

The 5K race provides a scenic course, highlighting many historic U-M buildings. Runners will begin by running on State Street near the Al Glick Field House and historic Yost Arena, head north to run by the famous Law Quad, experience the campus by running past the West and East Hall en route to the view the Bell Tower in the distance, pass the Michigan Union and head back toward the iconic Michigan Stadium to finish the run at the 50-yard line of the Big House. There are no "out and back" elements, meaning that runners go out and will not return along the same route. With a relatively flat course the Big House 5K is a great opportunity to set a personal-best time!

Packet Pick-Up

Packet pick-up is from 1-7 p.m. on Saturday, April 5, and is also the last opportunity to register for the 5K or 1-Mile Fun Run. Registrants can also pick up their race bib and tech shirt on Sunday morning from 6-8 a.m.


Overall Male and Female will receive:

  • 2 Football Tickets vs. Miami of Ohio
  • Exclusive Big House Tour for 10
  • adidas Gear Pack featuring official Block M gear

Overall Master, Grand Master, Senior Grand Master (Male & Female) will receive:

  • adidas Gear Pack featuring official Block M gear
  • 4 Passes to the Exclusive Pre-Season Football Scrimmage in August

Age Group Awards

  • First - adidas Michigan Knit Hat and Scarf
  • Second - adidas Michigan ClimaLite, fitted baseball cap
  • Third - adidas Michigan baseball cap


The goal of the Big House 5K is to be a truly unique community event. With the help of volunteers dedicating their time and energy, we will look to to welcome runners to our community and strive to provide them a "wow" experience that will last a lifetime. Please check back for more information on how to volunteer.