Mercer Health Countywide 5-K Challenge

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Mercer Health Countywide 5-K Challenge

New incentive for 2015

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The Mercer Health 5K Challenge committee is pleased to announce that all runners/walkers that complete all eight (8) Challenge races will receive a Mercer Health 5K Challenge dri-fit half-zip pullover. As you enter into the fall season you will be able to proudly wear your new running gear as proof that you completed the entire eight race Challenge.

In addition to the eight race Challenge award, as in the past, all who compete in at least six of the eight races will receive a 5K Challenge tech shirt and be eligible for age group awards.

The Challenge season kicks off June 20th with the Zuma 5K. Entry forms are now available on this site and the Challenge brochure will be in the mail soon.




2015 Mercer Health 5K Challenge Schedule

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While summer may seem to be in the distant future, the Mercer Health 5K Challenge series schedule has been set. 

June 20th - Zuma 5K

June 28th – Country Fest 5K

July 5th – Redskin Classic 5K

July 11th – St. Clair 5K

July 18th – Shanes Crossing 5K

July 25th – Lake Festival 5K

August 1st – Buzzards Glory Classic 5K

August 8th – Burkett 5K


As the days begin to warm, hopefully thoughts of the Challenge will give you the motivation to lace up your favor pair of running shoes and hit the pavement.




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.


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