With online registrations for the HeartChase 2014 Newport, KY closing today (You can still register the day of the event!), I pressed and prodded my loved ones to join my team—You’re busy Saturday? Busy, how? Will you join if I help you do that on Sunday? / Do this for me and I’ll do [shuddering] that for you / IT’S.FOR.AN.EXCELLENT.CAUSE!—and I tell you, I have honestly fallen for my persuasion pitch.
The HeartChase is a unique event for people of all age and levels of fitness; an adventure game where a marathon mama, a couch potato papa, and the kids can all team together—something you’d never find in a half marathon—in order to chase away heart disease. These teams of 2 to 5 people compete against other teams in a chase around the community, facing 10 checkpoint challenges and locating hidden donations.
Newport the Levee, right above the Ohio River and anchoring an area full of shops, paths, and parks, is the perfect host for transforming the everyday into an adventure. The weather is to be perfect; the HeartChase is to be fun. I’ve got the HeartChase Mobile Game app downloaded to my phone; my outfit is laid out. I’m excited. I’m ready. Unlike with my successive 5K races, my goal is not to beat my best; my goal is to raise money by having fun. How great is that!