The Emerald 5K Fun Run is a Run/Walk event on the Forest Rose Bike Path, one of Lancaster’s preferred paths for 5K charitable events.
This path, a section of the Fairfield Heritage Trail, is a well-maintained asphalt trail that begins at the Ohio University Lancaster campus parking lot and heads south along the edge of campus. A small waterway, Fetters Run, borders the trail to the east. One-third of a mile from the trailhead is the John Bright #2 covered bridge, built in 1881 in nearby Carroll and moved to this site in 1988. Continue on your way to reach John Bright #1, another bridge, which was built by the Hocking Metal Bridge Company. Continuing on you pass Lancaster High School and its many athletic fields and tennis courts, an exercise course and the football stadium, all paralleling Arbor Valley Drive. After another 0.25 mile you cross Fetters Run via the painstakingly restored McCleery Covered Bridge, upon which you reach Thomas Ewing Junior High School at Fair Avenue. From there you return on the same trail back to the finish line at the Ohio University Lancaster campus parking lot.
About The Charity
The Emerald 5K Fun Run is an event organized by St. Mark Catholic Church in Lancaster, Ohio to raise funds for 3 Charities:
1. Foundation Dinners – Serving the needy in Fairfield County http://hungryhomeless.org/
2. Saint Mark Food Pantry http://stmarklancaster.com/ food-pantry
All proceeds will be divided equally and given directly to these organizations.
3. Bridges of Saint Mark – A ministry helping the Rach Suc Mission Church in Can Tho, Vietnam meet the needs of the poor in their community. http://www.bridgesofsaintmark.org/
Thank You Sponsors!
Lancaster Bingo Company – Kim Hockman
Wentz Insurance Agency – Mike Dickson
Standing Stone Bank – Desi Dejohn
Fairfield Federal Savings and Loan – Kari James
Walker's Shoe Center – Melissa Walker
Stebelton Snider LPA – Attorney Todd D. Pechar
Financial and Tax Services, LLC – Tim and Joanne Sullivan
Disbennett Wealth Management Group Chad Disbennett
Amanda Animal Hospital Incorporated Dr. S. Michael and Linda Forsythe
Pink Cricket Restaurant Inc. Pizza and Wings
STIFEL NICOLAUS – Steve Messerly
Dr. Steven and Joyce Cox
Hamburg Fireworks – Margret and Gerald Sprague
Knights of Columbus 15447
BMC, INC. DBA Don's Furniture – Dave Alvis
Sheridan Funeral Home – Brian Sheridan
Dr. Richard and Mrs. Sandra Usilton
Floral Hills Memorial Gardens – Paul K. Chait
Fairfield Medical Center – Mike Kallenberg
Dental Associates of Lancaster, Inc. – Jon Decker
Porta Kleen – Amanda Neighborgall
Risch Drug Store – Megan Millisits
St. Mark Social Concerns – St. Mark Catholic Church