MILLERSBURG – Runners are on their marks and ready to race in the Millersburg Food Run scheduled for 8 a.m. on Sunday, August 7 along the Holmes County Trail. Proceeds go to the Love Center.
The race features competitive, professionally timed 5K and 10K courses on a flat, paved Rails to Trails path beginning at Hipp Station Depot near downtown Millersburg.
The racecourse passes through wooded areas and agricultural fields, occasionally seeing wildlife along the way. Runners may even see a bald eagle, according to race coordinator Eva Durbin.
There is a non-competitive 1 mile course that kids are welcome to join so the whole family can participate. Runners, joggers and walkers are all welcome.
History of helping families in Holmes County
Since 2018, the Millersburg Food Run 10k, 5k, and 1-mile has been hosted by the Millersburg Seventh-day Adventist Church to help families in Holmes County. Proceeds from the race go to the Love Center Food Pantry, which has served Holmes County’s needs since 1986. Nearly 1,000 families use the pantry, which processes more than 660,000 pounds of food each year.
Edgar Raber, manager of the Love Center Food Pantry, said he expects to see an increase in customers going to the pantry due to inflation and government program cuts.
He said the food pantry is able to purchase large amounts of food from the Akron-Canton food bank at a lower price than grocery stores, so financial donations go further than food items. given.
Christian ministry is supported by businesses and congregations throughout Holmes County.
“We appreciate all the help we get from various businesses and churches in the community,” Raber said. “Eva is such a blessing. She organizes all this racing and it brings in a lot of money, which really helps with our operations and our costs.”
Two years ago, when the race was postponed due to the pandemic, the event still raised more than $2,000 in donations for the Love Center.
Medals, gift bags, gift baskets
Financial sponsors of this year’s Food Run are Berlin Village Gift Barn and Country Gatherings, Boyd & Wurthmann Restaurant, Denco Marketing Co., Dr. Brad Welsh Dentistry & Associates, Jackson Street Antiques, Killbuck Savings Bank Co., Miller Mast and Mason LTD, Pomerene Hospital, Rozuk Radiology, WKLM and Wolf Creek Veterinary Services.
Attendees receive a medal, goodie bag and ticket to the corporate gift basket raffle: E&H Ace Hardware, Red Ruff Ruff Inn, Pampered Paws, Southside Quik Lube and Starlight Antiques. T-shirts will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. A drinks and snacks table will be available after the race.
Race categories, prizes
Race categories by gender are: 13 and under, 14-16, 17-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-65 and 65+. The first in each category will receive a $5 Subway gift card. There will be a live, in-person awards ceremony.
Parking is free at Hipp Station, 62 N. Grant St. Millersburg. There is additional street parking nearby.
“It’s an activity the whole family can participate in,” Durbin said. “There will be competitive 5k and 10k courses, as well as a non-competitive 1 mile run/walk, which is a great option for families and kids.”
Register on https://runsignup.com/Race/OH/Millersburg/MillersburgFoodRun. Race fees are: 10,000,000, $35; 5; $25; adult 1 mile, $15; and child 1-mile, $7. Registrations after July 31 increase by $5.
One day on-site registration will be available, however, online registration is still strongly encouraged. Race day entry fees are: 10K, $45, 5k, $35; adult 1 mile, $25; and child 1-mile, $7.