Autumn Color Tour Trail 5K Saturday at Gerber

A 5K trail run for the public has been scheduled immediately after the Saturday, Oct. 11, Lenawee County Cross Country Championship at Gerber Park, near Blissfield, Michigan. The “Autumn Color Tour Trail Run” is a 5K run/walk to benefit the Miss River Raisin Festival Scholarship Program. The event will take place on the Lenawee County championship cross country course at Gerber Hill Park, used just minutes earlier by local high school athletes to determine the season’s best runners. “Over the years, parents and friends of high school athletes have told our local cross country coach that they would like a chance to run on this trail,” said organizer Marcia Loader, executive director of the Miss River Raisin Festival Scholarship Program. “It’s a lovely park and challenging run course and Gerber Park is beautiful and in peak color at this time. This is also a wonderful opportunity for families to enjoy a picnic and family day at Gerber Hill Park.” Race day registration begins at 9 a.m. and the 5K begins immediately following the county championship runs – approximately 11:30 a.m. The time may be a little later, depending on the run schedule for the championships, but will begin no earlier than 11:30 a.m. The 5K is open to all ages 6 and over. Medals will be given in several categories to the top two in each division as well as to the overall male and female winners. Registrations from this point forward are first-come, first-served on limited additional T-shirts. Fees are $25 for the 5K Run/Walk with a shirt ($28 with an XXL shirt, but those must be ordered by Oct. 3.). Runners ages 6-18 pay only $15, and there is a $60 family rate for three or more from the same household. However, for shirts for four or more, add $12 per shirt over three shirts. Limit two adults in a family. “I Survived Gerber Hill” shirts are $12 race day, with limited availability to all including the school runners. A downloadable registration form is available at Gerber Hill Park is located at 14360 Carroll Road, northeast of Blissfield. Take U.S. 223 east of Blissfield, turn north on Silberhorn Highway, which becomes Carroll Road and bears right (east). For more information, please email Loader at