MIDDLEBURY — If fitness is one of your goals for 2014, you might want to start the new year with the Resolution Run on New Year’s Day. The 5K run/walk and one-mile fun walk will begin at 10 a.m. at First Mennonite Church of Middlebury, 203 E. Lawrence St.. Proceeds will benefit the Middlebury Food Pantry.
“The Resolution Run is designed to encourage people who want to pursue a new healthy lifestyle in 2014 and for seasoned and beginning runners who are looking for a new winter run,” said organizer Barb Holaway. “We hope it gives participants a healthy alternative way to celebrate New Year’s, and a way to jump start their training and follow through on their New Year’s resolutions.”
“My running partner, Amy Checkley, and I have been running for three to four years,” said Holaway. “We decided we wanted to do something good with our running. So we formed Epiphany Promotions, a non-profit organization with a mission to increase donations for local charities by creating events that promote healthy living and wellness. The food pantry really dwindles at Christmas, and this will help replenish it. The food pantry serves as many as 200 families a week.”
Chip timing will be included, and awards will be given to the top three male and female finishers in each age group.
Registration before Dec. 1 is $25 and will go up to $30 after Dec. 1. T-shirts are guaranteed only to those who pre-register.
Registration is available online at Active.com/Middlebury Resolution Run or by going to www.ephiphanypromotions.org and clicking on the link. You can also visit Resolution Run on Facebook. Or, you can pick up one of the bright green race brochures at Eastlake Fitness in Middlebury, M.C. Sporting Goods, Pumpkinvine Cyclery, Varns and Hoover Hardware and the Legendary Grind.
Early packet pickup will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Dec. 30 at First Mennonite Church of Middlebury. Packets may also be picked up beginning at 9 a.m. on race day.
Participants are asked to bring a food or toiletry item on packet pickup or race days for the food pantry.
The Resolution Run will begin and end at First Mennonite Church of Middlebury. Indoor restrooms will be available before and after the race, and food and beverages will be provided afterwards.
“We will salt and plow the route and have people and music along the way,” said Holaway. “Even if a person can’t run or walk, they can donate and help the food pantry. We are hoping to make the Resolution Run an annual event.”