Resolve to Overcome the Challenges of Autism

What People are Saying…

“I have to say that this was the most organized, friendly, and all around awesome race I have ever been to. I was absolutely freezing, and I stopped in to warm up with a half a bowl of soup and bread between laps and everyone was so friendly! The soups were FANTASTIC!!! I couldn’t believe how much food, snacks, and drinks you had available. The volunteers were so cheerful, even though they were probably freezing. I hope you continue with this race and I will definitely see you next year!” Heather E.

“I loved it!! What a fun event…even in the cold!!! I’ve never been to a race that is designed for the casual exerciser and the competitive runner! It was neat to see so many doing what works for them!! And it was my first trail “jog” in the snow!!!  Whether it is about resolving the challenges of autism or about your personal resolutions for the new year (or both)…don’t miss this run next year!!!  The food was free, the music was fun, the course is flat, the PEOPLE were fantastic, the fire was warm, the T is a keeper, and the cause is meaningful!!!  Thanks so much to everyone that came.” Christy R.

“Year four of CJ’s Challenge to benefit Autism charities. Collin and I have run every year. We love this three hour challenge on the trails at RB Winter State Park. The temp at the start of the race was a balmy 15′ degrees which was warm compared to the -8 our first year when Collin was only 11! Thank you for organizing this race and choosing a cause that is near and dear to my heart. See you in 2018!” Tracy W.

“I ran more today then I have the entire month of December.  I did 16 miles for a great charity for Autism, CJ’s Resolutions Challenge in a chilly 15 or so degrees on trail dotted with ice patches. It wasn’t easy and I’m definitely way out of shape but I’m happy with the distance I covered and glad that I was able to help out for this great cause and see some of my good running friends. Thanks for organizing this great event and also to all the friendly volunteers who helped out to make it a great success!”  Paul H.

“One of my favorite running events provided over 9.5 miles of icy trails and frigid temperatures but the people at this event have the biggest hearts and are so supportive! Happy to have spent the morning with many friendly faces raising money to support local autism charities! Great job as usual putting on a fantastic event!” Michele B.

“One of my favorites and best way to start my race year.”  Mary D.

“I wanted to say thank you so much for organizing such an awesome event for a great cause. It was so encouraging and exciting to see so many people come together to promote physical activity and autism awareness. This is a very unique combination! The positive energy and determination of the runners and volunteers was super motivating and inspiring. It made the weather conditions more tolerable!! This race was so much fun! The energy facilitated by the dedicated runners and organizers would make anyone hyped up enough to run for 3 hours. It’s awesome to see so many people dedicated to helping the community on a local and personal level. I can’t wait for next year!”  Arielle W.

“Thanks for a great race this past weekend! And congrats to all the participants who toughed it out on a very chilly day! Funny how a 1.6 mile loop can fly by, and before you know…you’ve run 20 miles!”  Kelly H.

“It was a pleasure running this race! The people were great! Competition was awesome! And the cause was amazing.  I hope to be able to do this race again next year!” Eric M.

“Thank you CJ’s Resolution Challenge for a perfect race. I could not think of any way that this race could improve! Easy registration, indoor restrooms before the race, a beautiful course – half trails, half road – lots of friendly people to talk to on the course, tons of fueling options, great music blasting at the finish/start line, and yummy hot soup and home made goodies for after the run. What could be better? I will definitely be back, and I hope to be able to bring some southern PA friends to the 2017 race!”  ~Laurie H.

“Great time today… So positive. Loved the course with beautiful trails and road combo. Soup, homemade cookies, etc. perfect and delicious. Ran 13 miles today – a personal best for me – something I never thought I could accomplish. Looking forward to the 2017 event! Thank you for all the hard work that went into creating an extraordinarily positive experience.” ~Jeff R.

“As any of my running group can tell you, “I HATE TRAIL RACES”. That being said, this morning’s race was fantastic – the perfect combination of trails and road. I was looking forward to it all month. I ran it the first year and had a blast but missed last year due to an injury. I can’t tell you how disappointed I was. It was great to be back, and the weather was about perfect for a January race. Thanks to all of the organizers and volunteers for a well done event.”  ~Tom C.

“Awesome job by everyone involved with CJ’s Resolution Challenge today…especially the hardy volunteers who stood out in the beautiful weather all day! Can’t wait until next year! Great seeing familiar faces today! First class event, first class volunteers, and first class soup!”~ Sean M.

“This was awesome . The sleet added to the fun. Friendly runners and volunteers. The course was wonderful. Could not have asked for a better outcome to event. The fire and hot soup was a plus.” ~Eve-Marie G.

“Great race for an awesome cause. Highly recommend it, and will definitely do it again.”~ Chris V.

“Really fun format, great food. Really enjoyed this race the last two years. The format allows for a wide range of participation, and is also a great way to get in some long training miles in safety and relative comfort given the typical weather in January.” ~Janine G.

“This was so much fun! The weather was a challenge but it added to the adventure. Great event!” ~Carla C.

“Loved CJ’s Challenge! Beautiful location, friendly and supportive runners and well managed race! Food was great too! :)” ~Kimarie G.

“Great event ! 1st year I did Last Man Standing. 2nd year RC Revolutions. Both times I had a blast. Can’t wait for the 3rd one !!!” ~Darcy I.

“Had a great time at this event. Original, challenging, well supported and all for a great cause!” ~Jay M.


“Awesome race this morning despite the tad bit chilly temperatures!  A big thank you to Janell Weaver and all the volunteers that made this happen!  I loved the format!  Something new that I would have never thought of doing!  Great job by everyone involved!” ~Sean M.

“I could not agree more!!! Great job to everyone involved with making this happen. Highly recommend this event for next year. Even though it was a little chilly at 1 degree this morning they had 70+ runners come out and support this race. Race was definitely a unique challenge regardless of what format you ran.” ~John J.

“Loved this race! Do it again please!”~Tracy W.

“Loved the format, perfect for the time of year and the weather. We  had a great time, thank you!” ~ Janine G.

“Very enjoyable day. Congrats to all. Will be looking for this one next year.” ~ Shawn B.

“It was 1 degree when we arrived at CJs Challenge in Mifflinburg…had a super great time despite the cold!” ~ Leanne L.

“Awesome race!  I had a great time today, and I’m already looking forward to next year.  To all the central PA runners out there – put this race on your calendar next year.” ~ Tom C.

“Seven words – Do not miss this race next year.  It was tough but a blast.  The race was well organized, the trail was well marked, and the soup at the end was great.  Now if they could only get the temps into the 60s so we could run in shorts and t-shirts, it would be perfect.” ~from Nittany Valley Running Club

“You missed it people!  An amazing day…with amazing scenery…for an amazing cause…jealous much?  Join us next year!” ~ Maddie K.

“…. I have run other inaugural races and this was one of the best.” “….overall everyone was smiling, laughing and having a great time! The love and care put into this race really came through….”  ~Jamie C.

1 Comment

  1. Lori (Grammie)

    This warms my heart to know how much you all enjoyed the day. There was a lot of time devoted to it, but it was all done with our love for Cullen, CJ! I can’t wait until 2015 to see all of you again along with lots of new faces. My hope is we have twice as many runners next year! Please continue to spread the word!
    And we promise awesome soup again! 🙂

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