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Mercer Health Countywide 5-K Challenge

K of C 5K Results Posted

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The results of the Coldwater K of C 5K Run/Walk for Vocations have been posted.  Thanks to all who participated and braved the brisk weather. 

We look forward to the 2015 Mercer Health 5K Challenge season.  The schedule will likely be posted in early February.  In the meantime, we wish all of you a Happy Thanksgiving, Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year!

Enjoy the winter running!!



November 5K's

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Now that the Challenge season is past and you are looking for some inspiration to keep yourself running may we suggest the following races:

Cooper Turkey Trot 5K - November 1st in St. Henry, Ohio - This has become a great annual 5K with the proceeds benefiting State of the Heart Hospice.  The folks at Coopers know how to take care of the runners afterwards with a great lunch including turkey sandwiches.

K of C 5K for Vocations - November 15th at St. Charles Center, Carthagena, Ohio - This 5K is held on the scenic grounds and surrounding roads of St. Charles Center (formerly St. Charles Seminary). Awards and door prizes will include pumpkin pies to the top finisher in each age groups as well as other random pies given away.  Proceeds from the event will be used to support Catholic vocations.  Individuals of all faith and denominations are welcome and encouraged to participate.

Entry forms for both races are post on the ENTRY FORM tab at the top of this page.


Grand Lake Marathon

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Congratulations to all who took part in the Grand Lake Marathon events this past weekend!  No doubt this event inspired many local runners to challenge themselves to distances they never felt possible and has provided them a great deal of pride in what they have accomplished.

Special thanks goes out to Roger Bowersock, Rocketship Sports, Inc. and the local businesses and organizations for putting together such an awesome event. Last but not least, thanks to the many spectators that supported the runners throughout the race.



Congratulations to the 2014 Mercer Health 5K Challenge participants who met the challenge by competing in at least 6 races!

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 August 2014 09:34

2014 Challenge Wrap Up

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As we conclude the 11th Annual Mercer Health 5K Challenge season, we wish to extend thanks to those who competed in the series races.  Congratulations to the participants who ran at least 6 of the 8 races and earned their Challenge shirt. Also, congratulations to the competitors that earned age group medals as well. The final standings are available on the Challenge tab.

We hope you will join us in 2015 for the 12th Annual Mercer Health 5K Challenge Series.  In the mean time, as we enter the fall running season, there are additional races listed on this website including the Grand Lake Marathon, Run With the Music 5K and the 5K Run for Vocations.  Please refer back to this site for additional postings.

The following individuals can pick up their awards and/or shirts at the Celina-Mercer County Chamber of Commerce office located at 226 N. Main St., Celina:

Kyle Minnich

Norma Sawmiller

Brandy Sawmiller

Marie Olberding

Leah Schmiesing

Lexie Cottman


Special thanks go out to the Challenge sponsors:

Mercer Health

Cooper Farms

Independent Capital Management

Innergy Fitness

Wabash Communications

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