In 2015 a group of running enthusiasts got together to plan a running event for the Village of Merrickville. The first run was held in April of 2016. The event promotes good health for all ages through physical activity.
There are three distances, 2K, 5K, and 10K to challenge runners. The three events provide options to participants and can be enjoyed by all, from those who wish to walk and the more serious runners.
For the serious runners the 5K and 10K routes are certified by Athletics Canada, and the event itself is accredited by Athletics Ontario. Chip Timing is provided by Running Goat Timing.
Committee members hoped to make the run an annual event and with the support from the running community, it is now hosting their fifth annual run in 2020.
The goal of Run Merrickville is to encourage people to get outside and get active through recreational running or walking. It’s all about promoting a healthy lifestyle through a fun, safe activity.
The organizing committee follows this mandate through the annual Merrickville Heritage Classic event and also by financially supporting community groups that promote healthy lifestyle choices through activity.
Money, surplus to the operational needs of the run, is donated back to the community. In the past three years donations have been made:
In support of the new play structure at Merrickville Public School
To the Trails Society in Support of the Story Book Trail project
To the Seaway Surge in support of baseball opportunities for area youth
To the Merrickville Soccer Club
The Committee’s effort has been supported by:
Merrickville-Wolford Municipal Council
Merrickville Community Health Centre
Merrickville Fire Department
Now in its fifth year, the Merrickville Heritage Classic is being held April 25, 2020.