Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Mothers Day 5k - Celebration of Active Generations

Charities Challenge's 3rd Annual Mothers Day 5k – Celebration of Active Generations served over 200 participants to a families’ & friends’ Holiday Run Series RxExercise experience of a timed 5k and fun 1.5 mile fitness walk, increased participationg representing about a 50% growth over 2008!

What a special joy it was to see as many as three generations of moms and kids walking and running together, most with other family members and some with supportive husbands, and even a mom soon expecting to deliver new life.

Once again at another CC Holiday Run Event I saw "Miles of Smiles" which I camera-captured and may now be reviewed at Charities Challenge's Photos Slideshows record at the CC web site http://charitieschallenge.org/html/cc_event_photos.html via the 2009 Holiday Event Photo Gallery

At the above linked slideshow, be sure to turn up your sound and set the duration of slides to 1 second, then ENJOY the "Miles of Smiles" from the Mothers Day 5k at Como Lake!
Official 5k race results and records by CC Race Team Member and founder/owner of Wayzata Results, Josh Gerber, can be found at http://wayzataresults.com/roadraces/2009/MothersDay/
Because of the help of CC Race Event Workers (CCREW) Volunteers (see below), even Josh the timer/scorekeeper got to "Share the RxExercise Challenge" with his mom, Susan, on Mothers Day.

Well done to Josh and his mom Susan Gerber in all regards as RxExercise leaders, and for demonstrating the special shared joys of a "Celebration Active Generations", of another actively supportive mom/son team.

CC recognizes all the moms at each Mothers Day 5k as "the most important influence for physical activity in kids lives", by encouraging them with a rewarding Mothers Day 5k celebration for the years of moms' leadership to their families' health an RxExercise.
And, at each Mothers Day 5k CC also presents two moms as "Honored Active Moms" who receive special recognition to remarkable moms who inspire us all with their active love for their families, their kids, sometimes grandkids too, and their various communities they serve with their RxExercise leadership.
Above Photo: Jeanne DeMartino, Corey Johnson, Amy Kohout, Patty Gaffney, Judy Meyer, Joan Wilson, Honored Active Moms ("HAMs")of the Mothers Day 5k 2007-2009.
All four Mothers Day 5k "Honored Active Moms" of 2007 and 2008, pictured above, were participating at the 2009 Event as CCREW Volunteers and/or racers and delighted in presenting hanging baskets of flowers to the 2009 "HAMs", Amy Kohout & Patty Gaffney, who each wore bib number 1.Active moms are greatly encouraged by the growing numbers of supportive walking & running companions at CC Events and especially of other active moms on Mothers Day.
New course records were set by various USATF divisions, but none more impressive than Amy Lyons's 17:36 (Amy finishing photo above) which brought her to the finish line first overall. And IMAGINE! Amy was the first athlete to see her own mom, Lynn Lyons, who was serving as finish line CCREW volunteer collecting bib tags.HAPPY MOTHERS DAY, MomLynn!
Happily review in all the images in the "Miles of Smiles" Mothers Day 5k slideshow linked above how very many were images of lovely daughters and handsome sons of all ages who walked or ran with moms, cheered moms, hugged moms, and/or cheered by moms.
Also note memorable images, like the one above of Patty & Terry Gaffney, of those actively supportive dads/husbands who helped free moms to walk and run, too. Join Charities Challenge in continuing throughout the year, day by day, to honor moms with our active support of their health and strength by encouraging their daily RxExercise. Moms' health and happiness will be improved with RxExercise, so that in turn they may also continue to do ALL that moms do to bring us life and happy lives of their children, including inspiring kids' health/fitness. GO MOMS!
Special "THANKS!" to CC Race Event Workers (CCREW) Volunteers who delivered a brilliant 3rd Annual Mothers Day 5k - Celebration of Active Generations:
CC Coach Jeanne DeMartino (CC Event Co-director & Announcer)
Kent Spellman
Rick Recker
Lynn Lyons
Jason Denen
Don Soule
Mary Riches
Jerry Hammer
Danielle Gordanier
Amy Kohout
Katie Jones
Roxann Schmitz
Linda & Nicholas Abbott
Beth Buck

And thanks to 2009 Holiday Run Series KIND Sponsors, David & Pam Glass of Black Bear Crossings Cafe.
And, thank you, Jerry Hammer, in addition to being lead biker for the 5k race, thank you for greeting about 100 moms and grandmoms at the finish line with both a lovely colorful carnation and your congratulatory handsome smile.

What a great way to finish the 5k with flowers and smiles, but only because...
What a great way to start Mothers Day with a 5k shared with family & friends at the Charities Challenge Celebration of Active Generations! Go MOMS!
Continue to "Share the RxExercise Challenge" with family & friends by returning to Como Lake on Sunday, June 21, for the 3rd Annual Fathers Day 5k – Celebration of Active Generations http://charitieschallenge.org/html/fathers_day_5k.html
Please add your comments about how walking and running on Mothers Day 5k may have especially brightened-lightened your day and/or for someone you love. For example, enjoy reading below e-mails that have already been received about Mothers Day 5k:

“Thanks for putting on such a wonderful race today! :)” Amy Lyons

“The race was a great way to start off my first Mother's Day :) It was also the first race with my husband, Marshall, and son, Fletcher - I often run by myself. So fun!” Susie Morehead

“Sarah that I ran with today…had a disk removed from her back 9 months ago. Today was the first time since her surgery that she has gone more than 1 1/2 miles…[she] commented on how friendly everyone is and how well managed the race was.” Katie Jones

“Thanks… for all your hard work…the [day] was delightful.” Carolyn Garcia

“What a WONDERFUL way to start my mother's day. You and all your CCREW made me feel so loved and special. Not to mention that I was surrounded by my family - what else could I have asked for…I am blessed…” Patty Gaffney

“Thank you so much…for such a wonderful and meaningful Mother's Day. I was truly honored to be a ‘HAM’ and I continue to be inspired [by CC leaders toward] living a happy, healthy life through exercise!” Amy Kohout

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Active Recognizes DeMartino & Westlund as Event Directors of the Month

Go to http://www.activeendurance.com/assets/emails/2009/04-13/Edge_April09_web.html#EventDirector to read Active's recognition of CC's Coaches Jeanne DeMartino & Gary Westlund as "Event Director[s] of the Month" in their monthly e-newsletter, The Edge, which goes to Event Directors around the world.
(Photo: 3 of 6 2009 RRCA MN State 5k Masters & Grand Masters Champions, Roxann Schmitz, Katzuyuki Yamamoto & Raymond Mitchell, between Gary Westlund and Jeanne DeMartino, CC Events Directors at the Easter Sunday 5k, April 12, Como Lake, St Paul, MN.)

Coach Jeanne and Gary Westlund, Event Directors of CC's 23 Annual Events, are very gratified to be recognized by Active.com, the leading online activities registration/training service in the world.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Easter Sunday - Rise 'n' Shine 5k Stories & Photos

April 12, 2009 - Como Lake, St Paul, MN

Charities Challenge's 2nd Annual Challenge Easter Sunday – Rise ‘n’ Shine 5k served nearly 200 participants to families’ & friends’ sunny Sunday RxExercise experience of a timed 5k and fun 1.5 mile fitness walk, representing an 80% growth over snowy 2008 Easter Sunday 5k!

The Easter Sunday 5k continues as “The Only Easter Sunday Road Race in Minnesota” and one of very few such “Actively Celebrating Life” racing events in America.
This year’s pleasant conditions allowed us to have Josh Gerber, and his brother Danny, officially time the 2nd ES5k for the first time, so we have ES5k results and records. http://wayzataresults.com/roadraces/2009/RiseNShine/ With Danny's and others' help with timing, Josh even got to run a fast 5k himself in the middle of his morning's busy-business of timing and scoring and always being winsomely pleasant to everyone. Read Josh's story at his blog http://www.joshgerber.com/

The Easter Sunday 5k records will stand as worthy goals for those who will return on April 4, 2010, for the 3rd Annual ES – Rise ‘n’ Shine 5k . Online registration is already open via Active

The ES5k is the 3rd of CC’s 9 Holiday Run Events for 2009, emphasizing the Power of RxExercise to improve lives and even relationships every day, and especially so on sometimes stressful holidays. Yes! Exercise is powerful, happy medicine, as seen in the “Miles of Smiles” online slideshow

The following stories and photos are about some of the noteworthy performances from the 2nd ES5k:
1. Foregoing personally participating in the ES5k, 6 CC Race Event Workers (CCREW) volunteers worked busily throughout the morning in delivering a memorable experience to so many others. Thanks to:
Jeanne DeMartino
Kent Spellman
Rick Recker
Lynn Lyons
Naveed Mohammed
Katie DeMartino Liberko

2. And more “Thanks!” to CCREW who both worked before and/or after their 5k race to help take up the rest of the essential duties of delivering a pleasant experience to others.
Monte Guenzler
Beth Buck & Kids
Mary Ann Gariepy
Danielle Gordanier
Bruce Leasure

3. Overall first place finisher, Brian Davenport, M34, Minneapolis, in an ES5k record time of 17:21. (Photo: Brian a few steps from the finish line.)

4. First women’s division winner and 2nd overall finisher, Amy Lyons, F23, was just 20 seconds trailing Brian to the finish line. (Photo: Amy about to finish.)

5. The youngest finisher and setting an ES5k record was Dallas Buck, age 10. (Photo: Dallas, Beth Buck, Kent Spellman.)

6. The eldest-athlete finisher, and age group winner, was 73 year young Sy Gross. (Photo: David Weissbrodt, Sy Gross, Mary Gariepy, Beth & Emma Buck.)

7. Three RRCA MN 5k 2009 State Masters & Grand Masters Champions whose winners’ plaques had not arrived in time for the April 4th Challenge Obesity 5k happily received their awards at the ES5k:
Raymond Mitchell
, RRCA Mens Masters 5k State Champion
Katzuyuki Yamamoto, Men’s Grand Masters 5k State Champion
Roxann Schmitz, Women’s Grand Masters 5k State Champion
(Photo: Coach Gary Westlund, RRCA MN State 5k Champions Roxann Schmitz, Katzuyuki Yamamoto, Raymond Mitchell, and Coach Jeanne DeMartino.)

8. More than 50% of ES5k racers have raced in other CC Events.
9. Athletes were visiting from 7 other states and Canada.
10. Easter Lilies, a unique ES5k award, were presented to various division winners.

(Photo: Women's winner, Amy Lyons center, Coach Gary Westlund, Dad Curt & Mom Lynn Lyons, Coach Jeanne DeMartino, left to right. See Curt Lyons professional race photos http://roadraces2009.glossydigital.net/2009RR016041209EasterSundayRisenShine5K01.htm

Next up for CC Holiday Run Events: Mothers Day 5k, Sunday,

May 10, back at Como Lake where we'll together enjoy a "Celebration of Active Generations" http://charitieschallenge.org/html/mothers_day_5k.html

Monday, April 6, 2009

Challenge Obesity 5k (4th Annual) - 2009 RRCA MN State 5k Championship

April 4, 2009 - Como Lake, St Paul, MN
Charities Challenge's 4th Annual Challenge Obesity 5k - 2009 RRCA MN State 5k Championship continued to see growth in the numbers of participants coming to the only road race where weight-challenged athletes of all shapes and sizes will be honored, cheered and celebrated for thePower of [their] RxExercise in meeting overweight and obesity challenges.

Complete race results/records/awards and fabulous online photos slideshow with Challenge Obesity theme song music is available under "Past Events" section on CC's home page http://charitieschallenge.org/

This Challenge Event of all our CC Health-related Challenge Events (Hearts & Minds, Cancer, Diabetes, Arthritis, Aging) throughout the year brings together the happiest crowd of active celebrants of life, including loving family and friends who are so proud of those "Big Losers who are Big Winners" at the CO5k.

The following statistics and stories are about the 113 registered athletes, 82 of whom completed the 5k competing in the RRCA MN State 5k Championship the 4th Annual Challenge Obesity 5k.
1. Nearly 40% were running their first ever road race.
2. About 25% reported losing more than 30lbs; 16 more than 50lbs; 8 more than 100lbs!
3. Bib #s were assigned in reverse order of weight loss, so Roxann Schmitz of St Cloud, MN, having lost 189lbs, wore bib #1 for the first time in her life at a road race.
4. Roxann Schmitz went on to win the 2009 RRCA MN State 5k Women's Grand Masters Division Championship (over age 50)!

(Photo: Last year's Grand Champion, Siglinde Moore, passing the Champ's plaque to Roxann)

5. Winning the 2009 RRCA MN State 5k Men's Grand Masters Division Championship (over age 50), was Katzuyuki Yamamoto, coming all the way from Osaka Japan years ago, now living in St Paul and happily racing CC Events. (Photo: Allen Gibas, M63, who finished seconds behind "Katz", and Coach Jeanne DeMartino who also served as race announcer.)

6. Jeanette Lepore, running in her first-ever road race, running in the Athena Wt Class Division (Women >145 lbs), and celebrating having lost over 50 lbs, won the 2009 RRCA MN State 5k Women's Masters Division Championship (ages 40-49)!

7. 48 Year Young Mike Davis won the 2009 RRCA MN State 5k Open Men's Division Championship with @ 17:05 time. (Photo: Mike Davis with 1 lap to go 'round Como Lake win.)

8. 15 Year Young, Hannah Strom, in her 1st ever road race, won the 2009 RRCA MN State 5k Open Women's Division Championship.

9. Raymond Mitchell, M42, held off very strong Ben Eskin to win 2009 RRCA MN State 5k Men's Masters Division Championship (ages 40-49). (Photo: Ben Eskin, M42, former MN Gophers Linebacker and Raymond Mitchell sharing congratulations right after CO5k)

10. Regular CC Events racer, Don Soule, M59, also a 100+ lb weight loss winner, ran well with his new heart pacemaker.
MarathonMan Don Soule wrote today about his CO5k experiences:
"Top Ten Reasons the Challenge Obesity 5K was a Great Race!
#12. My wife Meredith was there cheering me on!
(Also Coach Gary, Coach Jeanne and all the Charities Challenge
workers and fans)
#11. Any time I can get out and run 3 miles, it's a great day!
#10. I finished before all the walkers !!
# 9. Free snacks!
# 8. I beat my 2009 White Bear Winter Frolic 5K time !!
# 7. New post-PM PR !!!!
# 6. The odds are great for another post-PM PR in my next 5K !!!! (when I get my PM fine tuned correctly)
# 5. I was wearing the number 4 !!!! (This is the only place you can get rewarded for once weighing over 300 lbs. They give the lower numbers to those who lost the most weight number "1" went to someone who lost 189 lbs - # 2 had lost 165 lbs)
# 4. At least I didn't need to lose 189 lbs !!!
# 3. Came in 1st in the Male 55-59 age group !!!!!! (Did I mention there was 1 runner in the male 55-59 age group - I've heard this is one of the perks of getting older and entering small local races).
# 2. I was a "Real Bread Winner" !!! (They give loaves of healthy bread as prizes to:
1) the winners. 2) whoever the race director deems deserving that day.
3) whoever hangs around for the awards ceremony on a beautiful 30 degree Minnesota spring morning.)

(Photo: Don and Coach Jeanne - Celebrate 100+ lb loss plus running with New Pacemaker)
# 1. ANOTHER T-SHIRT !!!! Plus All the Great Pictures !!!"

10. Another regular CC Event walker, Wendy Tolenen, reported having lost 80 lbs since first walking a CC Event a couple years ago. (After the CO5k Wendy wrote: "Just wanted to say thanks for putting together these great walks. I wanted to talk to you afterwards, but you were so busy. I wanted to tell you that since Sharon and I have been doing your walks, I have lost 80 pounds! i've attached a pic from one of the 1st walks and one from the Valentines day walk. I'm so glad I participate in the Charities Challenge walks they've changed my life! : )"
Wendy included one photo (below) from just a couple years ago at another Challenge Event. And next to that photo is Wendy on finishing the CO5k on Saturday, still walking/running with her cheerleading friend, Sharon Rosner.

11. Everyone cheered all the “Big Losers as Big Winners” both before and after the 5k.
12. The most enthusiastic participants at the 4th Annual Challenge Obesity 5k were again those who came to celebrate The Power of (their) RxExercise in improving their lives,or the lives of their loved ones, well beyond their weight management challenges and so were the very models of "Challenge Obesity".
13. 12 went home as "Real Bread Winners" for a variety of racing and volunteering brilliance. (Photo: Real Bread Winners)

14. 10 year young, Anastasia Davis-Dunbar, who won a writing contest about her first running/racing experience, thereby earning a complimentary entry into the CO5k race where she set an age group record, running with her dad, Jeremy, and went home a "Real Bread Winner", too. "Keep creatively writing and imaginatively running, Anastasia"!

(Photo: CC Coach Jeanne DeMartino, Anastasia, dad Jeremy)

We can read Anastasia's winning story at http://stopdropandtri.blogspot.com/ including her report about running the CO5k.

Next up for Charities Challenge and all you happy to "Share the RxExercise Challenge" with family and friends at our Holiday Run Series...

The 2nd Annual Easter Sunday - Rise 'n' Shine 5k at Como Lake this Sunday, April 12 http://charitieschallenge.org/html/easter_sunday_rise__n_shine_5k.html

Come "Rise 'n' Shine" with us on Sunday and start your day with RxExercise.

Friday, March 20, 2009

St Patricks Irish Traditions 5k Memories & RxExercise Future Fun

Thank You! for being an active participant/supporter of Charities Challenge's 1st Annual St Patrick’s Irish Traditions 5k, “Celebrating Active Friendship-Love-Loyalty”, at Como Lake in St Paul, the 2nd of 9 Holiday Run Events by Charities Challenge, where we “Share the RxExercise Challenge” with families and friends. http://charitieschallenge.org/html/st__pat_s_5k.html

Keep walking & running, and stay motivated by joining our RxExercise Ambassador Team to the 2009 Dublin Marathon, taking advantage between now and March 31st with the St Patrick’s Irish Blessing special “Fast Start” special promotion Click here: RxExercise Ambassadors Team to Dublin Marathon 2009

Charities Challenge will help Dublin Team Members achieve both the training and CC fundraising goals to allow each RxExercise Ambassador’s CC Team expenses-paid travel to a grand finish line in Dublin. I’ve coached hundreds of others to 5 Dublin Marathons, and I’m eager to introduce many more to Ireland’s grandest marathon experience. Join CC’s Dublin Team now and run Ireland in October, 2009! http://charitieschallenge.org/html/rxexercise_ambassadors_team_to.html

Now you may enjoy remembering some of your St Pat's 5k special experiences as you view the online photos slideshow while hearing again a 2009 St Patrick’s Irish Traditions 5k theme song. To find St Patrick’s Irish Traditions 5k musical slideshow Click here: Holiday Run Series 2009 or go to http://www.charitieschallenge.org/cceventphotos/Holiday%20Run%20Series%202009/index.htm
Notice the Holiday Run Theme repeatedly seen in the slideshow: “Miles o’ Smiles”, because RxExercise does improve lives and relationships!

Be sure to turn up your sound as you click on “Slideshow” at the top of this page. Also, at the top of the slideshow page you may change the “Duration” of each slide to “1” second and complete the show in about 3 minutes. Go back and review the show at a longer duration for each slide when you may have more time to enjoy your St Patrick’s Irish Traditions 5k memories.

You’re welcome to go to the slideshow “index” in order to find any personally special photos that you can copy to your Facebook page, thereby sharing your joy of RxExercise, walking or running with family and friends at the Holiday Run with others you want to encourage toward happy RxExercise.

Congratulations for "Irish Princess" Kim Magee overall first finisher at Sunday's 1st Annual St Patrick's Irish Traditions 5k! This was Kim's first CC Event, and we welcome her return whenever she's ready to lead the way again. Go Kim!

And, "welcome back" to another CC Event, Kirt Goetzke, Minnesota's #1 Frequent Runner, who at age 48 was second overall and 1st among men!

To everyone who ran and walked the St Pat's 5k, "Well done...Brilliant!

Enjoy reading below others’ e-mail stories below that I’ve already received about last Sunday’s St Patrick’s Irish Traditions 5k; credits go to all the CCREW who helped deliver a happy St Patrick’s 5k experiences:
“Thank you so much! You captured a great photo of my friend and me. Even though we posed for you, I don't remember you taking the photo. Nice event. Thanks! - Jane Kennedy”
“Had a great time playing yesterday for the race and please pass on the word about us. Also could you send us copies of the pictures of us from yesterday? Thanks and Happy St. Pats!Sishir - The Serfs”
“Thanks for a great St. Patrick's Day 5K. It was wonderful to see everyone. Awesome event!! – Patrick Ryan”

“Great pics, Gary!!! Thanks so much for the wonderful event - it was a blast! – Chris Halloran" (Photo: Chris happily finishing St Pat's5k)
My special experiences from St Pat's 5k? I was particularly cheered by the active-happy images I saw, some that I was lucky to capture with my camera, of families and friends sharing their Friendship-Love-Loyalty, the Irish Traditions of the Claddagh Ring, ‘round Como Lake.

I personally so enjoyed seeing again so many active, loving family-friends sharing happy-healthy walking/running activity on and around special Holidays, smiling, laughing, dancing, singing and hugging, because of shared RxExercise.

Sunday's special blessing to me was to share the morning with my 20 year-long running buddy, Bill Galbrecht, who knows after 6 years of lung cancer that he is now actively living, singing, dancing through his last few months of life.

In the latter photos of the above linked St Pat's 5k slideshow, you'll see Bill singing, dancing with friends to the tunes of The Serfs Irish band.

Celebrate life actively, like Bill, every day, staying happily engaged with family and friends in healthy activities like walking and running together. "Thank you, BillBuddy, for your example of how to live well by living actively every step of your way".

Go back anytime and see in the CC photos online slideshows more “Miles o’ Smiles” evidencing the Power of RxExercise to cheer each of us on and around Holidays throughout the year, and how “Sharing the RxExercise Challenge” even improves our relationships with loved ones who will walk and run by our sides.
Thanks again to all the CC Race Event Workers (CCREW), CC Coach Jeanne DeMartino, Mary Pat Flynn, Pat Polaski, Danielle Gordanier, Lindsey Altermatt, Tom Ruen, Beth Buck, Amy Kohout, Kent Spellman, Bryan Cathcart, Jason Denen, and 2009 Holiday Run Series KIND Sponsors, David & Pam Glass of Black Bear Crossings Cafe. (Photo: Mary Pat Flynn, Beth Buck, MaryAnn Gariepy)

Thank you Sishir Chang & The Serfs for the Irish style tunes, and grateful thanks to Laura Westlund for a lovely, Irish-Traditions-Honoring shirt logo design. (Photo: The Serfs & CC Coach Jeanne DeMartino)

(Photo: Josh Gerber)
And, thanks to CC Race Team Member, Josh Gerber, CC Events Official Timer, Scorer, and Record Keeper, for supporting this Holiday Run with your Wayzata Results services http://wayzataresults.com/roadraces/2009/StPatricksDay5k/index.htm

All CC Events participants are welcome to join our CCREW for any of our 22 Annual CC Events. Click here: RxExercise Events Just let me know. You’ll also earn a variety of CCREW Rewards for being so actively supportive of others’ RxExercise experiences. Go CCREW! Contact me, Coach Gary, when you're ready to join our CCREW.

And, thanks to many of you who added a tax-deductible donation with your registration fee, donations that will be used to continue CC’s RxExercise Training Programs, Educational & Training Programs, Complementary CC Events’ Entries, and gifts of new running shoes and gear for those in need. Lives are saved and improved every day with RxExercise! YES! Together we’re making a difference in others’ lives now with every step we take day by day.

If ever you choose to make a tax-deductible contribution to CC go to Click here: Make a Donation You will be helping others to keep going beyond life’s challenges, to “keep going well beyond…” arthritis, cancer, diabetes, depression, heart disease, brain injuries and more, with the irreplaceable benefits of exercise, RxExercise. My friends’ Active Friendship-Love-Loyalty is what helps me to keep up my RxExercise and to go on sharing my RxExercise steps with others. Brilliant! Keep it going…

With the just-added Halloween Fearless 5k, ttp://charitieschallenge.org/html/halloween_fearless_5k.html more CC racers our welcome to sign up for “The Remaining 7 Holiday Run Events Special Offer” and enjoy a savings of over $60 on the 2009 Series Click here: Holiday Events

Next up, please join us for
1. The 4th Annual Challenge Obesity 5k – Celebrating Effective RxExercise, the RRCA MN State 5k Championship, at Como Lake on Saturday, April 4 http://charitieschallenge.org/html/challenge_obesity_5k.html
2. The 2nd Annual "Easter Sunday – Rise ‘n’ Shine 5k" on Sunday, April 12, at Como Lake, the 3rd of 9 Holiday Run Events.

Monday, March 16, 2009

1st Annual St Patrick's Irish Traditions 5k Friends & Fun

Como Lake, St Paul, MN, Sunday March 15...
Charities Challenge's 1st Annual
St Patrick's Irish Traditions 5k - Celebrating Active Friendship-Love-Loyalty was enjoyed by nearly 200 friends and families, many of happy Irish heritage.

Thanks to CCREW Volunteers who helped create a fun and memorable Holiday experience for everyone.

Results, and soon photos slideshow, will be available via the CC site http://charitieschallenge.org/