Ohio > Meals 'Til Monday 5K & Half Marathon
Elida, OH • Saturday, October 26, 2013 • Course Map
Set for its 4th annual running in 2013 along the largely fast and flat streets and country roads of this small village in northwestern Ohio that lies roughly halfway between Detroit, Mich., to its north and Cincinnati to its south, the Meals 'Til Monday Half Marathon & 5K serves as a vehicle for raising both funds for and awareness of the mission of the organization from which the race takes its name.
Founded in Elida in 2010, Meals 'Til Monday supports schoolchildren and their families in a number of small towns and villages in northern Ohio by helping to provide one of their most basic needs: food. According to Feeding America, a nationwide hunger relief charity, as many as 17 million children across the U.S. lived in "food insecure" households in 2009, meaning that they had what the organization describes as low or very low food security.
Meals 'Til Monday was founded to try to make a difference with this immense challenge on a local level, by providing nutritional, kid-friendly meals over the weekends to children who primarily rely on their school cafeteria for their food. This helps them not only to gain better nutrition on the days they're not in school, the organization notes, but also to enjoy better focus on the days they are in school, as they will be less distracted and discouraged by the food issues they face outside the classroom.
The half marathon race itself starts at Elida Elementary School near the corner of Wildwood Avenue and Pioneer Road, just off Elida's Main Street. From there, runners follow an out-and-back course that winds along the outskirts of town and into the rural farm fields just north of Elida.
Runners start the half by heading south until they reach Weger Avenue, and then follow a series of turns on Sunnydale Street, Baxter Street and East North Street before turning onto Dutch Hollow Road, which takes them northward for roughly a mile and a half, past the river on the way to Sherrick Road. At Sherrick, the race route turns right and heads east, taking runners nearly two miles along Sherrick to the turn onto Gomer Road.
The turn onto Gomer begins the trek out to the turnaround point, taking runners along Gomer to Bussert Road and then turning again for another stretch on Dutch Hollow Road, where they'll hit the turnaround point between the mile 7 and 8 markers. Once runners make the turn, they then head back to Elida Elementary for the race finish.
Weather & Climate
Located in the northwest corner of the state, Elida lies just a few miles from nearby Lima, which typically sees mild to moderately cool weather in the mid-fall season, and usually drier than the summer months.
In October, temperatures average between 44°F and 64°F -- on the day of the race (Oct. 26), the average low is 40°F and the average high is 59°F -- while rainfall totals average just over 2.4 inches for the month.
View the race route map for the Meals 'Til Monday Half Marathon
9:00 AM - half marathon
9:05 AM - 5K
$52.50 for the half marathon
$31.50 for the 5K
(See race website for full registration fee details)
To reserve your spot in the 2013 running of Elida's Meals 'Til Monday Half Marathon or 5K race, visit the event website.
Official Race Website
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