MIDDLEBURY — The snow kept falling, but that wasn’t going to stop David Long from keeping his New Year’s resolution.
Long, an Osceola resident, was one of nearly 170 people who braved the snow and cold to run or walk in the first Resolution Run.
Runners gathered at First Mennonite Church for the 5K run and one-mile walk that began at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 1, and wound throughout the town.
An avid runner, Long said his resolution this year is to stay healthy.
The Resolution Run provided Long and the many others that joined him in the Middlebury race a chance to get a good start on their resolutions.
The event was organized by Barb Holaway and Amy Checkley, running partners who wanted to help out the Middlebury Food Pantry.
“We were running and we were like, ‘Let’s take our passion for running and put it to good use,’” Holaway said.
“We started this nonprofit called Epiphany Promotions and the whole idea was to increase donation bases for local charities.”
They hoped that holding a race would attract out-of-town runners.
“We’re such a small town that when there’s charities, they’re digging from the same pockets over and over and over again,” she said. “Sometimes runners like ‘destination runs,’ so you’re bringing dollars in from other areas to help support local businesses.”
“We wanted to do something on New Year’s Day to help people celebrate in a healthy way,” she said.
After the two pay off the expenses needed to pay for the race, the remaining money from registration fees will be given to the food pantry.
Originally expecting about 35 people to compete, Holaway was very pleased with the final registration numbers and what they meant for the food pantry.
She said they expect to be able to present Middlebury Food Pantry with a $7,000 or $8,000 check.
The success enjoyed Wednesday could lead to the Resolution Run becoming an annual event.
“We’re real excited about the race,” Holaway said. “As long as everyone has a good time, we’ll do it again.”