For any respectable North Georgian, those four words arouse a certain memory, smell, or sense of excitement when heard. I know it does the trick for me. Whether it’s for warm apple bread dripped with icing, hot or cold apple cider, some fresh honey or produce, or freshly baked fried apple pies (for my boyfriend), we’re lifelong fans of the Mercier Family Orchards.
I have family in the Metro Blue Ridge area and I ALWAYS make it a point to stop by Mercier’s (as we affectionately call it) whenever I’m in the area.
So when the call to give back is made, I happily oblige.
From one Georgia runner to another, I highly encourage you to check out the Breathe Deep Blue Ridge 5k on April 7, 2012. It sounds super cool. Nestled in the picturesque scenery of Blue Ridge’s mountains — and further more the Mercier orchards! — this 5k offers runners and walkers the chance to get out and breathe. No pressure to perform, though the top fundraisers will be awarded. It sounds like the perfect spring Saturday afternoon to spend among other runners and North Georgians.
If anything, just go to check out the live band and family activities. And did I mention it’s located in Georgia’s gorgeous Blue Ridge mountains? I did? Ok. Good. That’s an important detail, though not the spotlight of the event. The race was actually created to help raise resources for a Mercier family member recently diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer. Melissa Mercier Lillard, a third generation family member, has never smoked. Nor has any family member. Which makes this even scarier. If you’re able, please get out and support this great American family and the wonderful venue it has allowed so many of us to love for so long.
If you have any questions about running or donating, feel free to hit up my friend Jason on Twitter.