End your year on a healthy note with a New Year's walk or run near you. Often referred to as resolution runs, many organizations and gyms host races that will not only give you a running start into the new year, but will also serve as motivation for moderation on New Year's Eve. Trade in your heels for a pair of kicks, and hit the streets — a short run may be just the thing to set you up for your best year yet!
New Year's Eve Runs
New Year's Eve can be one of those holidays where plans and parties always seem last-minute or budget-breaking. Hit the town in a new way; sign up to race into 2013 with your friends. Some runs, like the 10th Annual Race Into the New Year 5K in Rehoboth Beach, DE, start early, setting you up for a healthy night. For those who want to ring in 2013 while running, consider a midnight run.
Races in Idaho Falls, ID; Castro Vally, CA; and Philadelphia, PA go well into the early morning and allow for festive attire and a glow stick or two. If you are anywhere near Brooklyn, NY, then beat the Times Square crowd and sign up for The Last Run of 2012 — Brooklyn's New Year's Eve 5K. With hot chocolate and fireworks, what more could you ask for?
New Year's Day Runs
If you need a little motivation to not go heavy on the punch bowl at your party, or just want a fun way to to put those resolutions to work, then sign up for one of the many New Year's Day runs around the country. Life Time Gym is devoting an entire day to a fresh start with Commitment Day, a series of 5K races in over 30 cities nationwide on Jan. 1.
Other wake-up runs are taking place in Surgoinsville, TN, and Salt Lake City, UT. For something really crazy, sign up for the Color My New Year Run in Oshkosh, WI. The New Year's Race in Los Angeles, CA, may not happen until Jan. 5, but the 5K or half-marathon will take you through the city streets at night!
To find more resolution runs near you, check out Active.com.