Pray Hope Believe 5K Run/Walk


7th Annual Pray~Hope~Believe 5K Run/Walk

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

8:30 a.m. Sharp! Flag ceremony precedes the race at 8:15.


Colerain Township Municipal Complex

4200 Springdale Road, 45251

Coordinates: 39.245933, -84.610246


5K Run and Walk in memory of Tony Merk. 


Proceeds benefit The Pray~Hope~Believe Foundation

About the Foundation:

"The Pray~Hope~Believe Foundation (PHBF) is a nonprofit organization established to honor the memory of Tony Merk – a 6-year-old boy who died on July 4, 2011 after an almost three-year battle with brain cancer. The PHBF provides funding for pediatric brain tumor research, supports children/teens who have a life-threatening condition and their families, and honors the memory of Tony Merk through scholarships or other community events. Pray~Hope~Believe became the theme for Tony's journey on earth and is now his family's theme for healing and living."


Participants will assemble on Heritage Way for a mass downhill start. Course will be clearly marked and will wind through scenic residential neighborhoods finishing back at the Municipal Complex. Route is mostly flat with some gently rolling areas. Scheduled waterstops at 1 and 2 miles. Timers at 1, 2 and 3 miles and finish. Professional Race Timing. Traffic will be controlled by Township Police. 

Race Divisions:

Run Divisions: Run/Walk: 13 and under, 14-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70 and over

Walk Divisions: Walkers only: 19 and under, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70 and over

Clydesdale and Athena Divisions: (Optional): Men 200 lbs and over and Women 160 and over. Clydesdales are not eligible for age group awards. You must check this off on your registration. Insider Tip: As long as you qualify, you may have a better chance of winning as a clydesdale. Beware: We may have the scales on hand to verify!


Top Males and Female Runners and Walkers, Top three in each male and female Age group and top three in each Clydesdale division.

Awards Ceremony will take place after the Superhero Sprint (Kids Fun Run) on Race Day


Results will be posted at the race and online (here) after the race


Participants are encouraged to form teams. Team prizes will be awarded. Teams will have the opportunity to participate in fund raising, although this is not required.

Race-Day Timeline:

7am – Packet pick-up begins

8:15 – Flag raising ceremony

8:30 – 5K Run begins – followed by 5K walk a few minutes later

9:30 – Superhero Sprint (FREE kids fun run on the grounds for the little ones; $5 donationrecommended for Superhero cape)

*** PLUS MUCH MORE - Basket Raffle, Split-the-Pot, Children’s Games, Art Show, Memorial Balloon Release

Post-Race Activities:

Other after-race events include food, drinks, children’s games, Awards presentation, Basket Raffle, Split-the-Pot and memorial balloon release


We will have a number of photographers on hand throughout the day Wednesday. Please arrange with your team to meet at the photo booth for your team picture. We LOVE seeing the energy of the day captured in photos!

Additional details:

Don’t forget to bring money, credit card, or checkbook for Basket Raffle Split-the-Pot, Sno-bug, and donations to help us bring more HOPE to children with brain cancer. We have more than 50 Raffle Baskets so you’ll want to check them out! Some winners will be drawn on race day and others will be drawn in August  during the Tony Merk Pigskin Preview at LaSalle High School. We will deliver baskets to winners who are not present at drawing.

Registration Fee for adults 14 and over:

$20 through 5/31/2018

$25 from 6/1/18 - 6/30/18

$30 after June 30

Registration fee for Kids 13 and under:

$15 through 5/31/2018

$20 from 6/1/2018 through 6/30/2018

$25 after June 30, 2018

Virtual Participant:

Cannot make it to our event? You can still participate by signing up as a "Virtual" participant, otherwise known as the "Sleep-in" option. We will appreciate your support and will mail your t-shirt to you.

Pre-registered entrants will receive a t-shirt, goodie bag, chip timing and refreshments. T-shirts are included while supplies last.

T-shirts and Tech Shirts:

T-shirts are included with pre-registration while supplies last. 

Upgrade to a Tech Shirt: Upgrade to a quality Tech Shirt for $10 extra. Limited quantity available. Adult sizes only. If you register by 6/21/18, your Tech T-Shirt is Guaranteed. Otherwise they will be available while supplies last. Tech shirts come in both Unisex and Women's Fitted sizes.


Register online through 7/3/2018

Register by mail by postmarking your entry by Wednesday, June, 27, 2018.

Register in person on July 3, 2018 from 4-7 pm. in the main lobby of the Colerain Government Complex

Register on Race Day from 7 am - 8:15 am at the venue.

Late Registration/Early Packet Pick up:

Tuesday, 7/3/2018 from 4-7 pm. in the main lobby of the Colerain Township  Municipal Complex located at 4200 Springdale Rd., Cincinnati, OH 45251. If you haven't registered yet, this is the last chance to avoid the race-day lines. (Race-day prices will apply)

**We expect a large crowd so if you are able to pick up your packets/or complete your late-registration on Tuesday, it will be less crowded for you.

Race-Day Registration:

Register on Race Day from 7 am - 8:15 am at the venue. If you really must wait until Race Day, we will welcome you. It will cost you a little more but what the heck, you don't have to obligate yourself. T-shirt sizes will be limited.


All pre-registerd entries with a valid, readable email address will receive a confirmation of your registration.


We are beyond thankful to our donors and sponsors who make our mission possible. And, don’t forget, EVERY day is a good day to make a donation to bring HOPE to children with brain cancer! Visit to learn more about our mission or to make a donation. Every dollar can make a difference!


I-71 or I-75 to West on Ronald Reagan Highway (Cross County). Go North on Colerain Ave. Turn left on Springdale Road (just past Northgate Mall) . Go approx. 1/2 mile to the Colerain Twp. Municipal Complex on the Right. Ample free parking on site.

Alternative route: I-275 to South on Colerain Ave. to West (Right) on Springdale Road.

Google: 4200 Springdale Road, 45251 to get directions from your location.

Parking Details:

Parking is available on-site and on the grass lot adjoining the 5K venue, weather dependent. Overflow/Back-up parking is at Northgate Mall (corner of Springdale Rd and Colerain Ave). Park closest to Macy’s – at northwest corner of mall lot. You will cross Springdale Rd. to walk sidewalk approximately ½ mile to race site. We will have signs posted.

We do have handicapped spots reserved in front of Senior Center (4300 Springdale Rd, 45251) for those who are unable to walk from Northgate Mall.

Chip Timed:

This year's race will be professionally  "chip timed" by Running Time Race Services using Ipico foot tags. The chips are re-usable and must be returned. We will collect them at the finish line after the race.

Contact Us:

Contact us with any questions you may have at 513-304-2388 or 513-652-6225. The energy and spirit of this event is AWESOME thanks to YOU! See you on the 4th! Pray~Hope~Believe!

Our event takes place rain or shine – though we are certainly HOPING for nice weather.

No Refunds!

for more information and to register click HERE

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