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2019 Mercer Health 5K Challenge Wrap Up

As we conclude another successful Mercer Health 5K Challenge season, we wish to congratulate all that participated in at least six of the eight races and those who completed the “All Eight” Challenge.

A few facts regarding the Challenge:

  • Youngest participant – 5 years old
  • Youngest participant to complete all eight – 9 years old
  • Oldest participant – 77 years old
  • Oldest participant to complete all eight – 75 years old
  • Completed six of eight – 122
  • Completed all eight – 61
  • Completed at least one event – 1,024

These stats show that you are never too young or too old to be part of the Challenge.

Special thanks goes out to the Race Directors, Challenge Sponsors – Mercer Health, Independent Capital Management, Innergy Fitness, The Peoples Bank Co., Wabash Communications, Cooper Farms, Grand Lake Marathon, the anonymous donor who paid the entry fees for all 14 and under participants and to all who competed in the Challenge events.

We look forward to another great year in 2020 and anticipate having the schedule posted by mid-February.

In the meantime, we recommend participating in the fall Mercer County events, including the Grand Lake Marathon, Half Marathon or 5K on September 28th, the Cooper Turkey Trot on November 2nd and the 5K Run for Vocations on November 9th at the St. Charles Center. Please check the “Entry Forms” tab for entry forms. Area race directors are also encouraged to send their entry forms to be posted on this site.

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Complete the entire eight race  and win a Mercer Health running jacket and earn the “All Eight” award.


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