Friday, May 27, 2011

Invitation to Run, Walk or Volunteer 2011 Memorial Day - Challenge Hearts & Minds 5k @ Como Lake

BRILLIANT! You can still pre-registeronline forMonday’s, 6th Annual Memorial Day - Challenge Hearts & Minds 5k atbeautiful Como Lake, St Paul, MN.

The forecast is for warm weather and miles of smiles!

8 AM start for the timed 5k on a lakeside USATF certified course and the simultaneous 1.5 Mile Family & Friends Fun


The Kids Challenge ¼ & ½ Mile will start about 9:15 AM. The events will start/finish near the lovely lakeside pavilion.

Go to for:

1) online registration link

2) photos slideshows from past editions of the Challenge Hearts & Minds 5k

3) link to read about The History of Memorial Day

(Photos courtesy of Gary Westlund/Charities Challenge)

Pre-registration is $25; race-day registration is $35; reduced rates for the Kids Challenge ¼ & ½ Mile fun run. Check-in & race day registration opens at 7 AM.

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So, the event theme is “Celebrating Strong Hearts & Minds” because we’re learning more than ever how as runners and walkers that we’re taking “Smart Steps for Brighter Brains & More Marvelous Minds”.

We'll party lakeside Monday morning, celebrating the Power of RxExercise to improve Hearts & Minds. Registration includes:

A) Strong Hearts & Minds Active Celebration Atmosphere

B) Colorful commemorative Memorial Day 5k shirt

C) Danny Gerber of official CC Events timer/record keeper, posting immediate race results according to complete USATF divisions (Photo: Josh Gerber finishing first at 2010 Memorial Day 5k)

D) A Dozen “Real Bread Winners” awarded

E) Compete for 5k Event Records

F) Gaylen Morse of MorSound Announcing & playing Motivational Hearts & Minds theme music

G) Enthusiastic CC Race Event Workers (CCREW) volunteers ready to make more memorable your Memorial Day. NOTE: When you may not be racing, please join by RSVP our Rewarding CCREW anytime, too.

H) Photography and unique post-race online “Miles of Smiles” slideshow

I) Healthful refreshments

J) Convenient, free parking

K) Stay after races at Como Lake to continue your own family/friends Memorial Day picnic, or dine in at lakeside Black Bear Crossings CafĂ©, before going on to a Memorial Day service of your choice to remember America’s fallen soldiers sacrifices for our own and others freedoms.


Memorial Day at Como Lake Charities Challenge will be recognizing Challenged Honored Athletes who have been challenged by:

1) Stroke

2) Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)

3) Cerebral Palsy

4) other neurological disorders/diseases

(Photo: CC Coach Jeanne DeMartino & Challenged Honored Athlete and ParaOlympian Dana Zimmerman who lives well beyond Cerebral Palsy challenges)

Because of their commitment to their RxExercise, before and after their brain injuries, they each survived and are continuing to make happier, stronger comebacks to a better quality of daily life. These Challenged Honored Athletes will inspire each of us to maintain our own stronger hearts and minds with our own RxExercise.

Please refer to CC anyone you know that we may celebrate as they continue their comeback from TBI, stroke, or other neurological health challenges, and those who are daily providing caregiving to brain injured loved ones. Caregivers need support for their own RxExercise, too, in order to healthfully continue as caregivers.

Come meet and cheer each of our Challenged Honored Athletes and Caregivers, and everyone who is racing to fill their RxExercise this Memorial Day morning at Como Lake. Brilliant!

Register online right now via