Challenge Hearts and Minds 5k

memorial day 2019 (1)Monday, May 25 - 8 AM Start

15th Annual
Memorial Day

Challenge Hearts & Minds 5k

around Arbor Lake in Maple Grove, MN on USATF certified 5k

From and back to the Claddagh Irish Pub & Restaurant  7890 Main St N Maple Grove, MN 55369

Run or walk around Arbor Lakes in Maple Grove, MN on USATF certified 5k course with family & friends then return for optional Claddagh Irish Pub & Restaurant for Irish Breakfast, Beer, cold and hot light beverages & More Irish Hospitality!

Timed/Scored on USATF Certified Course #MN15009RR Race results sent to MN Runner of the Year

5k results by Youth, Open, Masters (Masters 5-year age groups > age 40-95) + Age-graded results

Basic early entry begins at $27 - Full values entry fee $39 ; $50 race day

$6 Discount for no commemorative event shirt & $6 discount for No Irish Breakfast Options

Register Online for Memorial Day 5k

Memorial Day 5k printable promotional flier & mail-in entry form

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Join CC’s Training Times in Maple Grove - Sundays from Claddagh Irish Pub

Via our MeetUp page RSVP for Charities Challenge’s ”Catch Me At Claddagh” Race Series & Training Times where we actively celebrate Friendship/Love/Loyalty Throughout the Year

Note: Friendship, Love and Loyalty are the virtues of the Irish Claddagh Ring

Concerning 2020 Coronavirus Concerns - Charities Challenge Events Continue for Health & Safety

Charities Challenge boutique running events, usually hosting between 30-100 runners & walkers per event, always emphasize health & safety. So, count on our upcoming springtime Holiday Run Series experiences to be happy-healthful times together, select social engagements, shared with loving families/friends.

Remember & spread the good news that daily moderate aerobic exercise is RxExercise - Exercise as Medicine - and  exercise like a brisk 5k run or walk is a primary way we give our immune system a strong boost. The additional way we boost our immune system is by getting a healthful night's sound sleep. So, sleep well after every day's brisk 5k, especially RxExercise shared with loving family/friends.

CC’s Holiday Run Series of year ‘round events are open for registration transfer without fee for anyone who may have to postpone their run because of illness, or whenever a government permit may be rescinded for a scheduled event, as happened to our St Pat’s 5k, where all registered runners/walkers will now run a future CC event.

Be happily hopeful & helpful to one another & register now for an upcoming event with family & friends

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

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

Race Morning Schedule @ Claddagh Irish Pub in Maple Grove

6:30 AM - CC Race Event Worker (CCREW) Volunteers set up course, finish line & indoor registration @ inside the Claddagh Irish Pub Restaurant right near and between the start and finish lines.

(More CCREW volunteers welcome; RSVP to CC Coach GaryWestlund@aol.com or call 612-245-9160)

7 AM - Pre-registered Check-in, shirt & bib # pick-up & Race Day $50 registration opens

$6 Discount for no commemorative event shirt & $6 discount for No Irish Breakfast Options

7:50 AM - Registration Closes & Start Line Assembles for Pre-race Announcements

8 AM - START!Post race optional Claddagh Irish Breakfast Buffet, Beer & light beverages await registered participants.

9:15 AM - CCREW begins clean-up and then will join runners indoors for Irish breakfast and fun.

Always Celebrating the Virtues of the Claddagh - Active Friendship/Love/Loyalty

by sharing RxExercise run & walk followed by the hospitality of the Claddagh Irish Pub

2019 Memorial Day - Challenge Hearts & Minds 5k Race Results

2019 Memorial Day - Challenge Hearts & Minds 5k Age-Graded Race Results

Also find “Miles of Smiles” Highlights at Charities Challenge Facebook Group Page

2018 Memorial Day - Challenge Hearts & Minds 5k Race Results

2018 Memorial Day - Challenge Hearts & Minds 5k Age-Graded Race Results

Also find “Miles of Smiles” Highlights at Charities Challenge Facebook Group Page

2017 Memorial Day 5k Race Results

2017 Memorial Day 5k Age-Graded Race Results

2017 Memorial Day 5k slideshow + theme music

Also find Select “Miles of Smiles” Highlights at Charities Challenge Facebook Group Page

Also, enjoy the 2016 Miles of Smiles Show + Music

2016 Challenge Hearts & Minds 5k Race Results

2016 Challenge Hearts & Minds 5k Age-Graded Race Results

2016 Challenge Hearts & Minds 5k Kids Fun Run 500m Results

2016 Challenge Hearts & Minds 5k slideshow + theme music

2015 Challenge Hearts & Minds 5k photos slideshow with theme music

2015 Challenge Hearts & Minds 5k Race Results

2014 Memorial Day - Challenge Hearts & Minds 5k Race Results

2014 Memorial Day - Challenge Hearts & Minds 5k photos slideshow + music

2014 Memorial Day - Challenge Hearts & Minds 5k Inspiring Video

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

2013 Photos Slideshow with Memorial Day theme music

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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.
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Challenge Hearts & Minds with appropriate and highly effective Rx Exercise

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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.

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

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The History of Memorial Day

Let yourself be moved on Memorial Day, and every day, to remember all those who served, and are serving in uniform, by reading widely about common and heroic military service stories including:

“Just a Common Soldier (A Soldier Died Today)” poem by A. Lawrence Vaincourt

“Just a Common Soldier (A Soldier Died Today)” in video format performed by Tony Lo Bianco

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 GaryWestlund@aol.com / 612-245-9160