Big House 5K

Big House 5K Frequently Asked Questions

1. Finishing in the Big House?

The 50-yard line of Michigan Stadium will serve as the official finish line for the Big House 5K. Get ready for a finish you'll never forget!

2. Can you serve beer at the finish?

University policy prohibits alcohol at the finish line.

3. Can I run with my dog?

No, your dog cannot run with you. Only service dogs, with proper identification, will be allowed on the course or at the Finish Festival.

4. Are strollers allowed? What about bikes or scooters?

Strollers or baby joggers are allowed, but please be aware that all individuals running / walking the course with a stroller will be asked to start behind all runners towards the back of the start line. No other riding toys (bikes, scooters, skateboards, etc. will be allowed on the race course).

Please note that you will need to register the stroller as a participant for the event as the stroller will need a race bib to gain entry to the course. The price remains the same regardless of age, as kids still get T-shirts and finisher medals, as well as provide a minimum $12 donation to our six race beneficiaries.

5. If I want to run the 5K with my child do I have to pay?

Yes, everyone participating in the race must be registered regardless of age. Race registration includes a shirt and medal, as well as supports our six beneficiaries and race operations.

6. Do you offer refunds?

Because this is a charitable event, we do not provide refunds. We can transfer your registration to a friend or family member, instead.

7. Can I register on race day?

No, we do not offer race day registration. You can register online until the Thursday before the race. Race registration fees will increase as the race date draws near. Sign up early to receive a lower registration amount.

Check the Race Registration page for pricing and deadline information.

NOTE: All of the above is subject to availability as space is limited for the 5K and accordingly, the registration will close when the limits are reached.

8. When is packet pickup?

Packet pick-up will take place at Crisler Center on Saturday, April 8, from noon-5 p.m. and Sunday, April 9, from 6-7:30 a.m.

9. Do you have an expo?

We will not be hosting an expo.

10. Can my friend pick up my packet?

Yes, please come prepared with the registration confirmation email of the individual you are picking up for. If you find yourself in need of resending the registration confirmation email, then simply:

  1. Go to runsignup.com, type in your login information
  2. On your "Profile" page, click the button for "My Registered Races"
  3. Go to "View Registration." Under the "Registration" tab, click on the link for "Resend Confirmation E-mail."
  4. The confirmation email will be sent to the email address associated with that registration. Please email who will be picking up your packet so we can make note of it in our system.

Thank you!

11. Do I get a shirt?

Yes, 5K participants receive a t-shirt! The shirts are unisex sizes from Small through XX-Large. We also provide youth sizes Small through Large.

12. I clicked the wrong T-shirt size? Can you fix that?

Please email us at bighouse5k@umich.edu to request a size change. In order to guarantee your preferred size, please pick your shirt up during packet pick up the day before the race.

13. Can I use an iPod or similar headset?

Yes, but please be careful. Make sure that you can hear all course and safety instructions from volunteers and police officers.

14. How are awards handled?

There will be prizes awarded for Overall Male and Female. We will also award prizes for Masters, Grand Masters and Senior Grand Masters, and they will be presented after the completion of the race. Age group results will be posted shortly after most participants have finished the race and Top 3 in the age group will receive a small award.

15. Can I walk this race?

Absolutely! We need to have the roads opened back up by 10:00am and have allotted 90 minutes for participants to complete the course. Please keep this in mind when you set your pace.

16. Interested in volunteering?

Email us at bighouse5k@umich.edu your interest and we will include you on our inquiry list when we solicit volunteers for specific responsibilities.

17. What about road closures?

Several road and/or lane closures are planned in the city of Ann Arbor on race day. Please plan your commute accordingly.

The course map can be found at: Big House 5K Course Maps once the course is finalized and approved. Note that the course map is subject to change.

18. Will there be a photographer at the finish line?

RunPhotos.com will be photographing the race. Details about ordering photos will be sent to runners prior to the race.

19. Where should I park?

Free parking is provided in several lots around Crisler Center and Michigan Stadium on a first-come, first-served basis. Once those lots fill, parking attendants will direct you to other available overflow lots nearby, including other University-owned lots and Pioneer High School. There will be no bag check at the start line so plan accordingly.

20. What if none of these questions is my question?

If you have any questions, please email bighouse5k@umich.edu.