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All Time Famous Races! Now it is Your Turn

By Jack Towarnicky

Is the 401(k) the Wind At Your Back?
It is easier to win your 4.01K Race for Financial Fitness™ if you have the backing of tax preferences and employer financial support which are only available in a 401k plan.

Consider these historic races:

  • The 100 Meter Dash: The current women's world record in the 100 meters dash is 10.49 seconds, set by America’s Florence Griffith-Joyner at the 1988 United States Olympic Trials in Indianapolis, Indiana, on July 16, 1988.  That record still stands - even though it was later determined that her run was wind aided (link:  
  • They Said It Couldn’t Be Done, a sub 4-minute mile:  On May 6, 1954, Roger Bannister, a medical student, worked his usual shift at St. Mary’s Hospital in London, England.  He then took an early afternoon train to Oxford to run the mile-distance race.  His time?  3:59.4 – becoming the first human to break the mystical 4-minute barrier.  The New York Times trumpeted the feat as accomplishing “one of man’s hitherto unattainable goals.”  Yet, only a few weeks later, another participant in that historic race, John Landy, broke Bannister’s world record by running 3:58.  
  • Philippides’ run of 26.2 miles in 490 B.C.: The marathon was a fabled run of the Greek soldier who carried a message of victory over the Persians from the Marathon battlefield to the city of Athens, Greece (link:

In 2018, an estimated 10,000 Baby Boomers will retire everyday (link).  Like the sub 4-minute mile, in the 4.01K Race for Financial Fitness™, your retirement is no longer an “unattainable goal.”   Saving for Retirement is a marathon.  Victory can be yours in the 4.01K Race for Financial Fitness™.    

Your Turn – The 4.01K Race for Financial Fitness™ 

4.01k Race for Financial Fitness

Are you interested in becoming fiscally fit?  Are you working on becoming physically fit?  Either works if you are interested in joining the 4.01K Race for Financial Fitness™.  Fiscal health is a lot like physical health. We grow stronger when we make savings a priority, start smart, finish strong and stay committed to a plan.  All it takes is some knowledge, the right training and the right plan – the 401k.   

This year, for the first time, the Plan Sponsor Council of America is a national sponsor of the 4.01K Race for Financial Fitness™.  There are eight scheduled 4.01K Race for Financial Fitness™ events.  In addition to a footrace, many locations offer Well-a-brations to celebrate the winners of the race – the footrace and the race to achieve financial literacy.  Here are the locations and dates:

  • Minneapolis, MN – Friday, April 6, 2018, 4:01PM at:  Boom Island, 724 Sibley St. NE Minneapolis, MN  55413.  Brought to you by Channel Financial for the benefit of Special Olympics Minnesota.
  • Las Vegas, NV – Saturday, April 7, 2018, 7:00AM, Hooters Hotel & Casino, 115 E. Tropicana Avenue, Las Vegas, NV 89109
  • Philadelphia, PA – Sunday, April 8, 2018, 9:00AM, 989 Old Eagle School Road, Wayne, PA 19087 (Chester Valley Trail).  Brought to you by Triad Advisors, BlackRock and Centurion Group for the benefit of Junior Achievement of Southeastern Pennsylvania.
  • Nashville, TN – Saturday, April 14th, 8:30AM at:  Two Rivers Park.  Brought to you by Avondale Partners for the benefit of Junior Achievement of Middle Tennessee
  • Kansas City, MO – Friday, April 20, 2018, 4:00PM at: KC Live area of the Power & Light District.  Brought to you by Barrow’s Foundation, UMB Bank, n.a., and co-hosted by Junior Achievement of Greater Kansas City and Bukaty Companies Financial Services for the benefit of Junior Achievement of Greater Kansas City
  • Charlotte, NC – Saturday, April 21, 2018, 8:00AM at: Camp North End, just Northeast of Uptown – starting and finishing at the Boiler Yard at Camp North End.  Brought to you by Empower Retirement for the benefit of Junior Achievement of Central Carolinas. 
  • Detroit, MI – Friday, April 27, 2018, 2:00PM at: Royal Oak Farmers Market.   Brought to you by SHA Retirement of Auburn Hills and Cambridge Consulting Group of Royal Oak for the benefit of Boys and Girls Club. 
  • Orlando, FL – Saturday, April 28, 2018, 8:30AM at:  Orlando Cultural Park, 530 E. Princeton St. Orlando Florida 32803 (across from Junior Achievement Office).  Brought to you by Chepenik Financial for the benefit of Junior Achievement of Central Florida (JACF)

I hope to see you at the race in Detroit or Nashville.  While my marathon and other race running days ended decades ago, I’ll be there to celebrate your Financial Fitness victory!

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