WHAT IS HAPPENING?
Sawmill Brewing Company is hosting their 5th annual 5K event on September 11th! But, since we know that not everyone loves running, there is going to be a 2-mile family walk/run portion too! And, we are throwing a big party afterwards so that everyone in the family can participate in something throughout the day.
WHEN IS THIS FUN STUFF GOING DOWN?
September 11, 2021. The 5K will begin at 11:00am sharp with the 2-mile family walk/run starting shortly after. The party will get started as racers finish (roughly 11:30am) and last all day long!
HOW MUCH DOES THIS COST?
Participation in the 5K trail run is $40. Each racer will receive a race day t-shirt, a bag packed full of swag and fun giveaways, their bib number and chip for timing, a post-race meal, and a beer! (If you are under 21, we have some delicious craft sodas for you instead)
Participation in the 2-mile family walk/run is $20 for each person 12 and over. Each registered 12 and up participant will receive a race day t-shirt, a bag packed full of swag and fun giveaways and a beverage of their choice (beer offered to those over 21). Any kiddos under age 12 are welcome to participate as well, and, unlike most things these days… they are FREE! All kids under 12 must still be registered, and must be participating with a registered adult. However, they will still get a race day t-shirt!
WHERE IS THE COURSE?
The 5K runners will depart from Sawmill’s parking lot and run through the woods ½ mile to get to the Prairie Trails paths. Runners will circle the West loop, then the East loop, and return to Sawmill through the woods and finish on the North side of Sawmill’s property.
The 2-mile family walk/run leaves Sawmill’s parking lot and heads West on 9th Street, North on Mill Street, East on Riverview Road, South on Hwy K/Center Ave, and ends back in Sawmill’s parking lot. Here is a detailed map
HOW FAMILY FRIENDLY IS THIS 2-MILE FAMILY WALK/RUN?
The family course is very easily walkable and stroller friendly. The entire route will be on pavement and does not have much of an incline throughout.
CAN I HAVE A STROLLER IN THE 5K?
No. This is a trail run with roots, rocks, gravel surfaces, and narrow passages. While it will be well maintained, it will not be stroller-friendly. If you would like to push a kiddo during the race, we encourage you to sign up for the 2-mile family walk/run, NOT the 5K.
Awards will be given to the top male and female finishers in each age category during the post-race party. The awards ceremony will be held from 12:30-12:45
WE ARE DOING A DONATION TOO!
Because we believe that not only being an active part of your community is important, but we also believe that giving back to your community is important… we are going to have a unique giving aspect to this event. A portion of every registration will be donated back, and, we will be collecting additional donations the day of the race. Who are we donating to? That is a great question! To commemorate the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, proceeds of this event will be split between Merrill Fire/EMS and Merrill Police.
Merrill Fire/EMS: The proceeds will assist in funding Behavioral Health trainings for local firefighters and their families. Firefighter Behavioral Alliance’s (FBHA) goal is to provide behavioral health workshops to fire departments, EMS and Dispatch organizations across the globe, focusing on behavioral health awareness with a strong emphasis towards suicide prevention and promoting resources available to firefighters/EMS/Dispatch and their families.
Merrill Police Department: The K-9 Unit is in need of financial support as the department’s beloved German Shepard, “Eros”, will be retiring soon. The department is beginning to go through the recruitment phase as the K-9 program is a major asset to the community. Eros is certified in narcotics detection, building searches, officer protection, and searching for missing persons or tracking suspects.
****Both of these programs are completely funded by community donations.
HOW DO I GET MY PACKET?
Friday September 10th: Packet pickup and on-site registration from 4:30-7:30pm at Sawmill Brewing Company
Saturday September 11th: Packet pickup and on-site registration from 9:00-10:30am at Sawmill Brewing Company.
WHAT’S THE AFTER PARTY ALL ABOUT?
We basically just want you to stick around and have a fun time that day. So, we will have food trucks, live music, a kids’ area and more giveaways!
WHAT FOOD WILL BE AT THE POST-RACE PARTY?
Food Trucks will start serving at 11am
WHAT ABOUT MUSIC?
Live music will be performed from 11:30-2:30pm
THIS SEEMS LIKE A STELLAR EVENT, CAN I BE A SPONSOR?
Of course! We are excited to consider this a Merrill Community event and would love to have you participate in it. For more information on sponsorship opportunities email us at [email protected]
DO YOU NEED VOLUNTEERS?
It absolutely takes a big team to make an event like this happen, and we are happy to have you volunteer for the event. If you are interested, please email us at [email protected]
I STILL HAVE MORE QUESTIONS…
If you have more questions that were not answered above, feel free to email us at [email protected]