In an effort to promote healthy lifestyles throughout the Ohio Valley, the Ryan Ferns healthplex and the Ohio Valley Runners’ and Walkers’ Club announce “The Ryan Ferns Healthplex” Grand Prix Run/Walk Series.

This series provides extra incentive for all ages and abilities to walk or run in a community race. By registering for the series (This is an important step: You must register) we seek to encourage and recognize participation and performance in local racing through a points system.

Runners and walkers will accumulate points for every event they complete in the participation category. Once they accumulate 10 points, they are automatically eligible for Grand Prix Race Series banquet held in January.

Points will also be awarded for top 10 finishers at each event based on the age category participants are entered into for the Grand Prix Series. At the end of the race series, awards will be given to the top three finishers overall in their age divisions at the banquet held in January.

For more information or to register for the series, please go to

You can participate in as many races as you can. Your top ten “scores” are used. Unlike the Barnesville Grand Prix, YOU MUST REGISTER for this at the above web site. It only takes a few minutes.

Three of the four Barnesville Grand Prix Races are a part of this series. The Santa Sprint is NOT one of these races.

Barnesville Park/Rotary Lake 5k Trail Walk/Run held on the last Saturday in March

Rails-to-Trails 5k Run/Walk/K9 Walk held on the last Saturday in June

Pumpkin Festival 5k Run & Walk held on the Saturday of the last FULL weekend in September