Friday, October 19, 2012

Run or Walk Charities Challenge's 4th Annual Halloween Fearless 5k – Chase Away Fears Event @ Como Lake, St Paul,

You’re invited to run, walk and/or volunteer at Charities Challenge’s 4th  Annual Halloween Fearless 5k – Chase Away Fears Event at Como Lake, St Paul, next Saturday, October 27, starting at 9 AM. For more information, online and printable mail-in entry registration form, go to

Pre-register online or by mail for lowest entry fee $27! Entry fee increases to $32 after Sunday, Oct 21. Race day registration is $40.

Professionally chip-timed 5k on a lakeside USATF certified course and the simultaneous 1.5 Mile Family & Friends Fun Walk will start at 9 AM. The events will start/finish near the lovely lakeside pavilion.

We'll party lakeside next Saturday morning, celebrating the Power of RxExercise to improve lives and even reduce fears and anxiety.

Registration includes:
A) “Halloween Fearless 5k” party atmosphere including lots of participants in costume
B) Classy commemorative Halloween Fearless 5k long sleeve shirt
C) Race results according to complete USATF divisions
D) Halloween Motivational Music & Announcer to give you a “Shout Out”
E) Enthusiastic CC Race Event Workers (CCREW) volunteers. NOTE: Whenever you may not be racing, please join our Rewarding CCREW anytime, too; RSVP with me by e-mail or phone to join our CCREW
F) Photography and unique post-race online “Miles of Smiles” slideshow
G) Healthful hot & cold refreshments & Halloween Treats
H) Convenient, free parking, and indoor heated restrooms

Chase Away Fears! Yes, RxExercise has been shown to even improve the management of fearful depression and anxiety.

Only 4% of Americans ever run & less than 2% ever run/walk a road race! Non-exercisers fear exercise & fear that their efforts to improve their health/fitness will be a waste of time.

Actively demonstrate your friendly fearlessness as an active runner/walker by sharing your run/walk with others who may have been fearful of RxExercise and entering a 5k road race.

RxExercise has been discovered to be the “magic pill” for reducing a variety of fearsome health risks including arthritis, cancer, depression, diabetes, heart disease, osteoporosis, and more.

So, come together Saturday morning where we’re all making a difference by helping people to live well today and every day by actively supporting Charities Challenge ongoing RxExercise Programs and CC’s Special Holiday Run Events like Saturday’s Halloween Fearless 5k.

Friday, October 5, 2012

CC's Unique Wintertime Indoor Track Challenge Series begins Sunday, Nov 18

Charities Challenge’s unique-in-Minnesota Wintertime Indoor Track Challenge Series of 5x Indoor Track Events begins Sunday, November 18, at Bethel University in Arden Hills.

Nov 18 will be the new date for the 8th Annual Challenge Depression Indoor Track Races Event. Doors open at 8 AM and the first race starts at 9 AM. Come in from the cold for a warm reception and hot racing times!

"Get & Stay on Track" all winter long with CC’s unique Challenge Series of 5x Indoor Track Events at Bethel U's outstanding indoor track.

You’re also invited to be among the first 50 pre-registering as “Taking on All Challenges”, all 5x Indoor Events, with just one entry fee, and save $25 on the Indoor Track Series that will keep you training and racing faster through a Minnesota winter.

That’s 5 Indoor Track “Taking on All Challenges” Events for just $85 total!

This reduced entry fees offer is limited to the first 50 registrants for the winter-long series and closes at Midnight on Thursday, Nov 15 or sooner when 50 pre-registrations are received.

To take advantage of this special reduced rate for “Taking on All Challenges” go to

There will be challenging athletic competitions and fast-fun for athletes of all ages and athletic abilities.

There will be a variety of sprints, mid-distance, and distance events, 60m to 5000m, and a separate judged race walk event. Enter any or all events for one low entry fee.

Perhaps you can set a racing record at this year’s races, take a shot at setting an All-Time record for one of the Events, or even a record for the entire All-Time All-Indoor Challenge Events Series.

Professional Fully Automated Timing (F.A.T. ) will again be provided by Josh Gerber of and CC Race Event Worker (CCREW) volunteers will again be serving athletes from ages 5 to 75. Join our CCREW volunteers anytime you’re not racing to be more motivated and CC-REWARDED.

Volunteering as a CCREW Member in active support of others’ athletic pursuits, especially when we may happen to be injured or unable to race, is a superior therapy for battling depression and wintertime bluesSo, please RSVP with CC’s Coach Gary Westlund, when you’re ready to CCREW; and, you’ll be CC-REWARDED.

What’s that about RxExercise vs. Depression?

Reaching for worthy goals for which one must train diligently is highly related to beating depression and avoiding wintertime blues. Go for a record of your own!

Each CC Challenge Event highlights the Power of RxExercise (exercise as medicine) in improving the quality of life for many of us challenged with any of a variety of chronic health challenges, challenges like arthritis, cancer, diabetes or depression.

CC’s Challenge Depression – Celebrating Happiness Event is a day to especially celebrate the power of RxExercise to brighten and lighten many of our lives challenged by mild-to-moderate depression. The occasion for happy social interactions is also a highlight of CC’s wintertime warm-welcoming indoor track events.