5K Challenge Series Turns 20, Encourages Kids to Join in with ‘Kids Run Free’ Promotion

Mercer Health 5K Challenge Series: Two Decades of Uniting Community Through Every Stride

In Mercer County, the Mercer Health 5K Challenge series has been a constant presence for the past 20 years, providing people of all ages with an opportunity to push themselves physically and make lasting friendships. This year, participants aged 14 and under can enjoy free entry to all seven MH5K events. While individual 5K shirts are not included, they can be purchased separately.

An exciting new feature this year is bundle registration, which allows participants to sign up for all seven events at a discounted price of $90. This gives them the chance to participate in all seven races for the price of six. Online registration is now open for both bundle and individual 5K races.

To make the events more engaging, each 5K will have a specific theme. These themes include Zuma Days – Hawaiian/Luau, Country Fest – Pool Party, Redskin Classic – Patriotic, Shanes Crossing – Christmas in July, St. Clair – Neon Florescent, Lake Festival – Super Heroes and Buzzard’s Glory – The Olympics.

Participants can register online for these events to receive text notifications of their finish times and ensure accurate data entry. In-person registration is also available on race day. By participating in at least five of the seven Challenge events, participants can earn a Mercer Health 5K Challenge running tech shirt and be eligible for year-end age group awards.

Whether you’re a seasoned runner or someone looking to get more active, the Challenge series welcomes all participants. Parents are encouraged to take advantage of the “Kids 14 and under running for free” promotion and motivate their children to join in the fun. Pre-register for all seven events by June 15th to enjoy the price of six. More information, entry forms and race results can be found on the Mercer Health 5K Challenge website at www.mercerhealth5kchallenge

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