Challenge Happiness 5k

17.7.5 challengeHappiness2017Saturday, Aug 12 - 8 AM Start

6th Annual

Challenge Happiness 5k

Actively Pursuing Happiness

Run or walk through beautiful Bunker Hills Park on forested paved park trails certified 5k course with happy family & friends

The first & only “Happiness” road race in the USA

For the first time, this Life Challenge event is being conducted simultaneously on the same course, side by side, with another Life Challenge event: The 7th Annual Challenge Addiction 5k presented by Charities Challenge. Let’s “share the love as well as the road”, and learn from one another about the Power of RxExercise to help us live well beyond life’s challenges. Go US!

Beautiful Bunker Hills Regional Park, Andover, MN

Bunker Hills Activity Center Indoor & Outdoor Staging Area

Timed/Scored on USATF Certified 5k Course Map MN15036RR As with every CC event, official race results are submitted to MN Runner of the Year for MNROY Records points

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

Pre-registration: $30 ‘til Saturday, July 31; $35 8/1-10; $45 race day

Reduced early entry fee as low as $25 with “No Commemorative Shirt” option

Online Registration Challenge Happiness 5k

Challenge Happiness 5k Printable Promotional Flier & Mail-in Entry Form

Race Day Schedule:

    6 AM - CC Race Event Worker (CCREW) Volunteers set up course, finish line & indoor registration area

      (More CCREW volunteers welcome to help; RSVP to Coach or call 612-245-9160)

    7 AM - Check-in, shirt & bib # pick-up, & Race Day $45 registration opens (Subtract $5 for no souvenir shirt option)

    7:50 AM - Registration Closes

    7:55 AM Start Line Assembles for Pre-race Announcements

    8 AM - START!

    @ 9:15 AM - Kids Challenge .5k Fun Run (Free of entry fee without shirt)

    Post race party inside beautiful Activity Center and outside Activity Center in lovely gardened picnic area

    9:30 AM - CCREW volunteers begin course clean up

2016 Challenge Happiness 5k Race Results

2016 Challenge Happiness 5k Age-Graded Race Results

2016 Challenge Happiness 5k slideshow + theme music

2015 Challenge Happiness 5k photos slideshow + happy theme music

2015 Challenge Happiness 5k Race Results

2014 Challenge Happiness 5k Race Results

2014 Challenge Happiness 5k Inspiring Video

2014 Challenge Happiness 5k photos slideshow + happy theme music

2013 Challenge Happiness 5k Race Results

2013 Happiness 5k Photos Slideshow + Happy Theme Music

2012 Challenge Happiness 5k Race Results

2012 Photos Slideshow with Happy Theme Music


Question: Why a road race focused on “Happiness”?

Answer: “The happy make the world a better place!” (Dennis Prager) & “Regular exercisers are happier than if they didn’t exercise, and as a sub-population of exercisers (i.e. runners & walkers) are happier than the sedentary, non-exercisers” (CC’s Coach Gary Westlund)

Read more below about the science of happiness & exercise*!


Complete 5k results by Youth, Open, Masters (5-year age groups > age 40-90+) and optional Athena-Clydesdale Weight Class Divisions. Classy commemorative race shirts & race treats for all Event participants.

* Why “Challenge Happiness” as a road race theme?

Because how well we each train for and daily conduct our own “Active Pursuit of Happiness” affects our total health, our engagement and enjoyment of life, our creativity & productivity, but also our relationships and positive contributions to our world.

An effective & intentional attention to an “Active Pursuit of Happiness” is an integral part of living a full, satisfying life, despite lifelong challenges which we all will encounter. How & how well we pursue happiness is good for both ourselves and everyone who lives, plays, and works with us.

Imagine the following thesis from the book _ Happiness is a Serious Problem - A Human Nature Repair Manual_

Happiness is an obligation - to Yourself and to Others Not only do we have the right to be happy, we have an obligation to be happy. Our happiness has an effect on the lives of everyone around us - it provides them with a positive environment in which to thrive and to be happy themselves.

CC Coach Gary Westlund invites everyone to join him in making “Happiness” a topic for lifelong study. Coach Gary has found the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) a good resource for finding information about the connection of exercise to many of life’s health challenges, like the link below about research on happiness. Enjoy!

Find time to review this outline of an ACSM Health/Fitness Summit 2012 Presentation: “The Exciting New Research on Happiness”. You’ll want to go for a brisk walk or fast run when you learn about the connection of RxExercise with increased happiness.

Yes, our own “Active Pursuit of Happiness” is good for each of us & perhaps even better for others who “have to” live & work with us.

So, come celebrate the Power of RxExercise to help each of us in our “Active Pursuit of Happiness”.

Everyone will be happy that you did, and you’ll be happier to walk briskly or run fast with others also “Actively Pursuing Happiness”.

You will also go away telling others with a smile that, “I ran/walked in the only “Challenge Happiness” road race in America!