Masters Track & Field World Championships in Finland 2009

This is a trip back to 2009, turning 50, and the Summer trip to Finland.


We Had A Designated TEAM USA Spot In the Stadium
We Had A Designated TEAM USA Spot In the Stadium


Here’s the home page for the USA World Team 2009.


5,300 Athletes From 80 Countries in 2009
5,300 Athletes From 80 Countries in 2009


Lahti, Finland 2009, Masters Track & Field World Championships.

The 2015 Masters World Championships are in France. Hmmm…

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Health Is Wealth

April! Isn’t Springtime wonderful? Spring fever. Spring break. Spring into action.

jeff noel needs to spring into book writing. If things work out as planned, you’ll find regular posts here, dedicated to “Health Is Wealth” – a saying Cheryl’s Grammy (94) used to always say.

I just can’t guarantee things will work out as planned.

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2009 World Championships

Lahti, Finland…2009 Senior Olympics…

Many readers are not familiar with what happened in 2009. This jeff noel blog was still in relative infancy.

But in 2009, my impossible goal was about to become reality.

What started out as the infamous, one-mailbox-a-day for a week wellness challenge, had morphed into the pursuit of a long lost childhood dream.

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Do Your Best (Always)

If you looked back exactly one year ago, do you remember what you where doing and why?

Lane 8 archive from exactly one year ago today, while in Lahti, Finland representing the United States at the 2009 Masters World Championships:

Do your best.  How can anyone complain if they’ve done their best?

While it is quite tempting to want to be the best, for many, simply doing your best is gold-medal worthy.

What could be a sad thing for many dreams, is that people sell themselves short because they think winning a medal is the only measure of greatness.

Twice yesterday, I witnessed two athletes finish dreadfully last in their preliminary heats.  They received more applause than the winners.


You tell me.

Perhaps, because deep down inside of each of us, is a desire to try as hard as that person, but we don’t have the courage to risk that kind of “embarrassment”.

When people aren’t concerned about what others think, they can do extraordinary things.

For an adult who’s never been able to read, and they work desperately hard to try to – then one day they are able to read a kindergarten book.

Gold medal.

Ya with me?  Please don’t sell yourself short.  Do your best, no matter what others think.  This is what I tell myself everyday.

Carpe diem, jeff noel 🙂

Scroll down for today’s part II (Gold Medal)

So Then What Happened?

USA Team Jacket
USA Team Jacket

So the second week, I ran two mailboxes a day. Third week, three mailboxes a day.

Yes, many of you have heard this before.  Which is one of the secrets to excellent results – repetition.  Never get tired of doing the basic, common sense things.

Stories are critical to perpetuating past success and moving to even greater success. You already knew that right?

Eventually, the goals became impossible, but their pursuit was compelling.

What’s fascinating is how intense it was to rise to the level of representing the United States at the 2009 Master’s Track & Field World Championships, without anyone knowing.

Neighbors. Family. Work. Ten years. Ten years of dedicated, relentless effort.

Invisible to everyone around me. For a decade.

Now, neighbors know.  And Family knows. Yet to this day, most where I work have no idea.

And so the question today is this, “What is your impossible goal and will you persue it without any fanfare or glory, but just for the sake that it’s a noble goal?”