What is MERIThon?

A 70k relay, from Ontario Place (Toronto) to MERIT Brewery (Hamilton), in support of Good Foot Delivery.

 Click on the map to see it in greater detail (launching in a new frame)

Click on the map to see it in greater detail (launching in a new frame)

DATE / TIME:

Sunday, July 22nd, 2018, in five different waves (8:00, 8:30, 9:00, 9:30 & 10:00 a.m.)

TEAMS

Two-, four- or six-person teams, in women's, men's and mixed categories.

Anyone 19 or over can participate, but we're limited to 150 runners in total.

A mixed team is considered to be at least 50% female (but less than 100%)

COST

$25 per runner, regardless of team size.

100% of proceeds to Good Foot Delivery.

HYDRATION

Nuun has generously offered to provide for six hydration stations along the route (roughly every 10k).

REGISTRATION

See below... is can be a bit complicated, especially if you don't read the instructions.


PRIZES

TOP WOMEN'S TEAM OF SIX

6 x passes to the Society Of Beer Drinking Ladies next "Bevy," on September 28th.

TOP MEN'S TEAM OF SIX

6 x $25.00 gift cards to BlackToe Running

TOP MIXED TEAM OF SIX

6 x $25.00 gift cards to BlackToe Running

TOP WOMEN'S TEAM OF FOUR

4 x Oiselle hats, Lux gloves, stickers & tattoos

TOP MEN'S TEAM OF FOUR

4 x Ciele Hats, from BlackToe Running

TOP MIXED TEAM OF FOUR

4 x passes to the Famous Canadian Beer Run, September 15th

TOP WOMEN'S TEAM OF TWO

2 x free entry to the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon, courtesy of Canada Running Series

TOP MEN'S TEAM OF TWO

2 x free entry to the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon, courtesy of Canada Running Series

TOP MIXED TEAM OF TWO

2 x Run Gait & Functional Assessments from The Runner's Academy as well as Endurance Tap 6-packs and t-shirts!


F.A.Q.

Do I have to be a member of RunTOBeer to participate?

Heck no!

 

Can a team be entered with an uneven number of runners?

Sure! But if you're hoping to win prizes your team will be considered one member larger than the number you registered with (so a team of three will be considered a quartet... a really ambitious solo runner would compete against teams of two).

 

What comprises a mixed team?
A mixed team is at least 50% female (but less than 100%, obviously).

 

Does every team start at the same time?

Nope. Because MERIT would be somewhat uncomfortable with 150 runners arriving all at once, we're launching in five different waves, 30 minutes apart, starting at 8:00 a.m. 

 

How many exchange points are there?

As many as you like. We'll have hydration stations set up roughly ten kilometres apart from one another, but wherever you choose to hand off is up to you. You can have a team of six where each person does 3 x 3.9k legs. You could have a team of two where one runner does the first and last legs, with the other runner doing the entire middle section. Your relay strategy is entirely your choice.

 

If I don't have a team but want to join one, can you help with that?

Not really, but if you want to drop a post on the Facebook event page, there's probably someone looking for you to join their crew (it's like a polygamous match.com... uhh, for runners).

 

If I have a team but not enough members, can you help with that?

As above, feel free to post on the event page and watch for responses to start appearing in your notifications.

Who created the graphics?
Pretty sweet, right?

That would be Richard Kuchinsky (Directive Collective).

 

What if it's really hot or stormy?

I'll be glad I organized this one, instead of joining you crazy mofos.

Seriously though, use your discretion. There are no refunds. If the weather is too extreme for your level of comfort please keep in mind your $25.00 went to support a really great cause. 

 

How does payment work?

Ultimately, the captain is responsible for making sure payment arrives in a timely manner.

  1. Once I receive an email from someone telling me they have a team (more specific details of what to include in that message are below), I'll write back confirming there is space for them.

  2. The team captain then has 48 hours from the time I send the email to make sure the full team payment (donations to Good Foot, through their Scotiabank Charity Challenge page) arrives.

  3. Once full payment shows up on the Good Foot page, your team is assured its spot at MERIThon.


REGISTRATION

(Please read carefully)

A team captain will send an email to cheers@runtobeer.ca with all of the following information:

  • Team Name
  • Team Size (2, 4 or 6)
  • Team Members (all of the names, please)

Once the captain receives confirmation there is room for their team, they will then have 48 hours to complete the registration.

Here's how that works:
Payment is a $25.00 / runner, online donation, to Good Foot Delivery (https://secure.e2rm.com/registrant/FundraisingPage.aspx?registrationID=4110153#&panel1-2).

100% of your team's payment must be received in order to secure your spot, so PLEASE be sure your team is prepared to make its entire slate of donations in that 48 hour window.

Not every member has to donate individually. If one member wants to make the entire donation, then collect individually from team members, that's fine, but only those making the donation directly will receive a charitable receipt for tax purposes.

IMPORTANT! When making donations, you have the option to choose how your name is displayed publicly. I need to see your name AND your team name to validate the registration.

 Please leave the boxes checked that allow your name to be displayed. If I can't see your name I have no way of verifying your registration.

Please leave the boxes checked that allow your name to be displayed. If I can't see your name I have no way of verifying your registration.

If, after 48 hours, payment is incomplete, the captain will be given 24 more hours to either submit the remainder of the payment herself/himself, or the team forfeits the money and will not be assigned a place in MERIThon.

NOTE: Because registration is going to Good Foot's charity page, I have no way of (or interest in) issuing refunds. Don't register unless you're sure you can round up the necessary funds or afford to lose $25.00 (to a great cause).


If you have any questions, please post them on the Facebook event page so everyone can benefit from the answers.  If you don't feel comfortable doing so, you may email cheers@runtobeer.ca directly.