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NEVER QUIT American Fitness Experience, organized by Erik Petroni

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Location:   Jacksonville Beach Sea Walk Pavilion
Dates: May 17 & 18
Expo times:  10am – 7pm 
Bands:  Friday & Saturday, 2-8p   (Bands are: Shorty & Slim from Panama, Cloud 9 and Navy Dixie Band) 
The NEVER QUIT event was inspired by our father Capt Petroni

He lived everyday for his:

Faith: His love and trust in God
Family: A love of spending time & nurturing his family.
Healthy lifestyle: He was always active and ate healthy.
Serving his Country: He loved the USA and served in both the Army and Navy, in Korea and Vietnam, Panama and the United States.
And he had a NEVER QUIT approach to Life: He encouraged everyone that he met to press on through life’s challenges.

Although Dad did so many things right, he, like most Americans, was not aware of the danger of High Blood Pressure. As a result, the effects of our father’s HBP/hypertension led to several strokes and brain hemorrhages ending his amazing life on earth Dec 31, 2009.

We wanted to create an event that stood for something meaningful, an event that has a purpose and would change lives for the better.  

We hope that your taking place in this race, and its message, is a commitment to live a healthy active lifestyle,  get regular medical check-ups, and live a long happy life.  Just as importantly,  encourage those you love to do the same.

This event is based on these same 5 principles:

Faith & Wellness: Encouraging people to live a purpose driven life.
Family: A day of great fun for everyone to come together.
Healthy lifestyle: Healthy foods, challenging physical activities, and preventative health check-ups.
Our Armed Services: Honoring the spirited people who both support and serve our country
Take on a NEVER QUIT approach to Life: No matter what life throws at you, a NEVER QUIT attitude will allow you to finish life’s race.

When we leave the NEVER QUIT event, we hope you will be changed for the better.

Our goal, is that all of us feel encouraged to live a healthier lifestyle and get regular health check-ups, spend more time with our families, have more purpose in life, that we take time to appreciate our armed forces and all they do for our country, and take on a NEVER QUIT attitude in all that we do.

All participants and sponsors involved with the NEVER QUIT Challenge are working toward the same goals and share the same principles. This fact makes this event truly unique and special, setting it apart from all others.

The heartfelt meaning of this event is what motivated so many that were not runners, to participate in years prior and will be the driving force once again this year. “There is no growth without change, no change without fear or loss, and… Only a life lived for someone else is a life worth living.”

This event will challenge all of us to change; change for the better. Our father’s favorite poem IF, Rudyard Kipling, was one that he knew by heart. We encourage you to memorize it as well, and when you come to a place in your life where the last line makes sense, you will then have truly learned to NEVER QUIT and Finish Life’s race.

IF, Rudyard Kipling

If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you;
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too;
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or, being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
Or, being hated, don’t give way to hating,
And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise;

If you can dream – and not make dreams your master;
If you can think – and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with triumph and disaster
And treat those two imposters just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to broken,
And stoop and build ‘em up with worn-out tools;

If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breath a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: “Hold on”;

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with kings – nor lose the common touch;
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you;
If all men count with you, but none too much;
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run -
Then yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
And – which is more – you’ll be a Man my son!


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