Cancelling the Merritt Country Run
We are sad to announce that the 2020 Merritt Country Run has been cancelled. Our runners’ safety is our number one priority and, given the current circumstances with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we feel this is the best choice. All runners currently registered will have their registration deferred to our 2021 race. We are grateful to all of our sponsors for their support and look forward to working with everyone again moving forward. If you have any questions/concerns send us a message and we will get back to you! Stay healthy!
This is our most popular event. The course is a nice flat run through downtown Merritt finishing up with a nice stretch beside the Coldwater River. People not only run this route but others walk, push a baby stroller or walk their dog. If you are a serious runner we put you at the front of the start line. m.
This is a challenging run as there are hills along the route. The beginning part of the route goes through downtown and then heads out to a rural area.(the first hill). This area has many small acreages which highlights the beauty of country living. What goes up must come down as you descend down through the city’s industrial area. Your second hill takes you up to fantastic views of the City. Finally, you will cruise by the Coldwater River to the finish line.
This is not your Stanely Park Seawall Run. Your first kilometer goes by the Coldwater River where it joins the Nicola River. You encounter your first hill that offers magnificent views of the golf course, Rotary Park, Central Park and the grassland hills. You pass by a nice pine forest on your way to downtown. After passing through downtown you will be out on the rural area, following the 10K route. At approximately the 13K mark you will leave the City behind and join the peacefulness of the Nicola Valley. The view of the ranchlands, rivers and mountains is spectacular. Near the 16K mark you will be heading back towards town and finish your run along the rambling Coldwater River.
Twice Around the Track
This run is for the little ones or the young at heart. Parents are encouraged to run with their children. Everyone is a winner in this race.