Race organizers pull plug on Merco Credit Union Half Marathon

Merco half logoCiting lack of manpower, the people behind the Merco Credit Union Half Marathon and 5K in Merced have decided not to hold the events in 2017. There is no word whether they will return in 2018.

“Although we have been privileged to host this event since 2014, a few members of our planning committee had to take a step back from the event,” according to a post on the event’s website. “As a result, we simply do not have the internal people-resources that we feel are necessary to present an event that will measure up to our high standards of safety and organization. For this reason, we are not hosting a 2017 event.”

The races were produced by the Merced Athletic Corp., a California non-profit charitable organization, according to the website. All half-marathon proceeds were earmarked for scholarships for Merced County high school students attending the University of California, Merced.

For the first two years, the races languished under the torrid Central Valley heat with their June scheduled. In 2016, race organizers moved it to October, when temperatures typically are cooler. The races were known for presenting BIG rocks to age-group winners.

During its brief history, the events presented more than $12,000 in youth scholarships, according to the website.