Challenge Hearts and Minds 5k

memorialday3Monday, May 26 – 8 AM Start

9th Annual
Memorial Day

Challenge Hearts & Minds 5k

& 1.5 Mile Fitness Walk and Kids Challenge 1/4 & 1/2 Mile Fun Run

Como Lake, St Paul, MN 1360 Lexington Parkway North, St Paul, MN 55103    Directions

Run or walk around beautiful Como Lake on a USATF certified* 5k course with family & friends

*CC’s Clockwise Como Lake Course Map is USATF Certified Course #MN13040RR

Professionally Timed/Scored by

Recognition: 5k results by Youth, Open, Masters (5-year age groups > age 40-90+) and optional Athena-Clydesdale Weight Class Divisions.

Pre-registration is Closed – Race Day Registration Opens 6:55 AM Monday

Challenge Hearts & Minds 5k Printable Event Promotional Flier & Entry Entry Form

At the end of this page find the “History of Memorial Day” & the words to “America the Beautiful”, Memorial Day event theme song sung by Ray Charles

6:55 AM – Check-in, shirt pick-up & Race Day Registration around start/finish area near Pavilion on west side of Como Lake (see Como Lake map linked above). Free, convenient nearby parking,  indoor restrooms, festive holiday theme music, announcer, healthful post-race treats & free fabulous photography & videography.

Pocket-size Declaration of Independence & US Constitution to all Registrants

Shirt Pick-up & Race Day Registration @ Lakeside Pavilion near start/finish opens @ 6:55 AM.

Race Day Schedule:

6 AM CC Race Event Workers (CCREW) Volunteers begin set up

6:55 AM Pre-registered Check-in & Race Day ($40) registration opens

7:50 AM Check-in & Race Day registration closes & Go to Start Line for Pre-race Announcements

8 AMStart! 5K RUN & WALK and 1.5 Mile Fitness Walk


    (Kids Fun Run free for all kids, but no event shirt included.)

9:30 AM Race Results & Recognition posted on site and to internet soon after the race

2013 Memorial Day – Challenge Hearts & Minds 5k Race Results

2013 Photos Slideshow with Memorial Day theme music


Event Theme: Celebrating Strong Hearts & Minds on Memorial Day

2012 Memorial Day – Challenge Hearts & Minds 5k Race Results

2012 Photos Slideshow with Memorial Day theme music

2011 Challenge Hearts & Minds 5k Race Results & Records

2011 Challenge Hearts & Minds 5k Photos Online Slideshow + Theme Music

2010 Challenge Hearts & Minds 5k Official Results and Photos.

2009 Challenge Hearts & Minds 5k Official Results and Photos

2007 Challenge Hearts & Minds 5k Video produced by Paul Mix.


Challenge Hearts & Minds with appropriate and highly effective Rx Exercise


RxExercise (exercise as medicine) is an essential, powerful help to each of us in achieving and maintaining brain & mental health, and better meeting the challenges of Traumatic Brain Injury, stroke, and brain diseases related to advanced aging like Alzheimer’s.


Learn @ Brain-Exercise Connection & How RxExercise Builds Stronger Brains & Fitter Minds


The History of Memorial Day

The inspiring words from the song “America the Beautiful” will be heard at  the Memorial Day – Challenge Hearts & Minds 5k:

O beautiful for heroes prov’d
In liberating strife,
Who more than self their country loved,
And mercy more than life.

America! America!
May God thy gold refine
Till all success be nobleness,
And ev’ry gain divine.

O beautiful for patriot dream
That sees beyond the years
Thine alabaster cities gleam
Undimmed by human tears.

America! America!
God shed His grace on thee,
And crown thy good with brotherhood
From sea to shining sea.

Charities Challenge unique Americana Heritage Series of 4 Run/Walk Events, including the Memorial Day – Challenge Hearts & Minds 5k, finds some of its reason for being from the following obseration:

“Nations have passed away and left no traces. And history gives the naked cause of it; one single, simple reason in all case: They fell because their people were not fit.” – Rudyard Kipling

Charities Challenge Mission: To Improve Health/Fitness, Reduce Health Risks, and Enhance Disease Management via Goal-oriented RxExercise Training Programs, Engaging Events & Active Community Partnerships…
Because there is NO CURE for all the ills associated with lack of exercise…except RxExercise!

Net event proceeds benefit CC’s RxExercise Events, Programs and Services. CC is a 501(c)(3) organization.

Charities Challenge RxExercise Online Fundraising Campaigns – Help Support Exercise as Medicine – Start Your Campaign Now!

Info: Contact CC Event Director & Coach / 612-245-9160