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It’s Your Turn — Take the Checkered Flag

Writer / Courtney Cole

Have you ever set a goal and stuck with it? Has your family ever set a family goal and achieved it? How good does it feel? Is there anything better than feeling a sense of accomplishment? Was one of your New Year’s resolutions to work out?

There is a perfect opportunity in May for the whole family. On Saturday, May 24, there is going to be a fabulous Noblesville event. It consists of four races — something for everyone.

There is a mini marathon (13.1 miles), 10k, 5k, and 1 mile run or walk. You can obviously run or walk any of the races. It is going to start at 7 a.m. at beautiful Morse Beach Park. Depending on the distance that you run, the path should be very scenic and fairly flat. The race will take you from the beach to the pretty sites of Forest Park, across White River, through downtown Noblesville (the square) and will wind north to Potter’s Bridge. There is a short path from Potter’s Bridge along White River that connects back to the park. It will then return to the beach.

The water stations will have brand-new vehicles such as the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray, Chevy Camaro, Chevy Impala, Chevy Silverado and Chevy Cruze. These vehicles will be displayed with music blaring to make for a very fun environment. How fun is it to grab some water and check out a brand-new 2014 Chevy Stingray blaring some motivational upbeat tempo music?

Since this race is taking place the Saturday before the Indy 500, it will include a checkered flag theme. Feel free to wear some of your favorite race colors and bask in the fun of the atmosphere. If you have out-of-town guests, everyone could run Saturday morning and then spend the rest of the weekend partying with a little less guilt. This race comes with a great looking race shirt, and all finishers will receive an awesome looking finisher’s medal. There will also be great music and recovery food that will make for a winning atmosphere at the finish line.

Does it sound interesting, but you have never done anything like this? This is the perfect time to get started. If you get tired, you can always walk and there are four races available. If this is one of your first races, here are some good pointers.

First, get online and find a good plan to follow. Some sites with outstanding plans include halhigdon.com, jeffgalloway.com and runnersworld.com. Once you have a plan, map it out. Break it down into what you will be doing each week. It’s best to post this somewhere so you can look at it on a daily basis and cross it off as you hit each achievement.

The second thing that you can do is to figure out your big “why.” Why do you want to do this? It should be a big enough “why” so that when you are not feeling like sticking to your plan — you go back to your original “why” and there is enough motivation to stick to your goal.

Start slow so that you get quite a few victories. Do not start running 6 or 7 miles per day without first building up a nice base. It is like trying to lose six pounds in a week. If your goal is too big, you will get frustrated and quit. It is a process, so start with small victories that build up to your bigger challenges.

Finally, make it a habit. Persevere a few times and chasing your goal becomes a habit. You find a way to make it happen.

Why bring an event like this to Noblesville? First, it’s an event for everyone — from the very amateur to the very experienced runner. Second, Noblesville has a lot to show off. It’s very historical and it has a lot of beauty. You have a beach, an extraordinary park, a beautiful downtown, a historical bridge, a scenic river and incredible people. It will be one of the most scenic runs in central Indiana and it’s fairly flat. You will want to be a part of it!

Why is Hare Chevrolet involved? According to Hare, we have had a family business in Noblesville since 1847. We love this city and we want to do everything possible to make it one of the best places to live. We thought that we could add another dimension to it through displaying cars, especially the Chevy Corvette Stingray and the Chevy Camaro. These are the same vehicles that are the Pace Car year in and year out and with it being Race Weekend, it’s only appropriate. We want to put these at every water station with the music blaring — it’s the racing spirit.

The beneficiary of the race is the Noblesville Boys and Girls Club. Not only is this a health event, but it is also a way to give to a fabulous charity. It’s a win-win for everyone.

Looking to enter? Just go to Americamultisport.com and click on Noblesville for the city. If you would like to add a sponsorship, contact Shelley Gulley at 321-806-0522 or go to Americamultisport.com and click on Noblesville and then hit the Sponsor button. If you would like to volunteer, go to Americamultisport.com and click on Noblesville and then hit the Volunteer button.

So what are you waiting for? Grab the checkered flag and let’s go!

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