What's The Challenge?

The 15th Annual Mercer Health 5K Challenge series will feature an additional age group. With the continued growth of the 60 and over competitors, it has become evident that it is necessary to split the year end awards age groups. In 2018 the male and female competitors will include a 60-64 age group and a 65 and over age group. All other age groups will remain the same as in the past.

The Mercer Health 5K Challenge season will once again feature eight 5K's over a nine week period. The Zuma 5K will once again kickoff the season on Saturday, June 16th and will conclude with the Challenge awards presentation at the August 11th Burkett 5K. The Challenge schedule is posted on this site. All runner and walkers are welcome and encouraged to participate.

Also, new this year, the Country Fest 5K has moved to a Saturday morning. The event will take place on Saturday, June 23rd.

How does it work? As you compete in the events, points will be earned based upon your finishing time and how you place within your group. These points are accumulated throughout the 5K season and the winner is determined following the results of the final race.

How do you participate in the Challenge? The answer is simple: participate in each race. We will keep track of your results and your Challenge standings. Complete in 6 of the 8 Challenge events and you will earn a Mercer Health 5K Challenge shirt and be eligible for season end age group awards. Participate in all 8 Challenge events and earn the “All Eight” award.

Whether you are an avid runner or someone looking for motivation to get get act, we look forward and encourage you to join us for the Challenge series! Contact us with questions.

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