We our so grateful to Merco Credit Union for its unflagging support of this running event since 2014. Very few races have enjoyed the support of a title sponsor so dedicated to giving back to its community in this way.  None of what was offered at the race would have been possible without Merco Credit Union.  Nor would we have been able to award over $12,000 in youth scholarships -- which we were so thrilled to gift to high school students in Merced County.   

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.  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.    

We are indebted to Fluetsch and Busby Insurance, which not only contributed as a race sponsor all three years, but provided a staggering amount of planning support.  The City and County of Merced so generously provided safety support on the course route, and we are so grateful to the officers and deputies who supported the race this way - we think the world of you.  Special thanks to the Explorer Scout groups -- you were wonderful!  McDonald's and Motel 6 provided invaluable sponsorship to our Pacer group -- RunningAddicts who worked so hard to get runners across the finishline -- rain or heat! There is no way any of it would have come together had it not been for the efforts of all these groups and businesses along with the County and City of Merced.

Our huge thanks to Efren and Natalie at the Quake Mobile DJ who provided so much more than sound and music for the event -- you were the encouraging and celebrating voice at the start/ finishline that really gave the event life.  Thank you, thank you, thank you!

And finally, our heart-felt thank you to runners and volunteers who have participated in the race from 2014 through 2016!  We are so grateful for you and wish you all the very best!

Merco Credit Union Half Marathon & 5K

OCTOBER 16, 2016


Sunday, October 16, 2016 7:30 a.m. start for Half Marathon, 7:40 a.m. start for 5K

Start and Finish at UC Merced Campus 

Special thanks to our sponsors and partners
Historical Weather Data for October 16 in Merced  Average Temp at 7:00 a.m. is ~ 48-55 degrees;  Average Temp at 12:00 noon ~ 70 degrees

*The University of California is not affiliated with this run nor does it endorse any content on this website.  

Check out some of the shots from the day -- our full and downloadable photo album is available here:  https://plus.google.com/photos/109885782880929307515/albums/6025836192607258161

And, you can find more event photos on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MercedHalfMarathon?ref=hl  

Collecting half marathon hardware?  Our race is a part of the California Half and Full Marathon Series.  Completing the Merco Credit Union Half Marathon puts you one race closer to a Series medal.  Check out the California Half and Full Marathon Series by clicking the logo on our website or visiting calhalfseries.com