NEW YORK, December 29, 2012 — Looking for a healthy way to start the New Year? Join Commitment Day on January 1 with the Commitment Day 5K run-walk in 30 cities nationwide. Commitment Day is a way to get people moving and excited about starting 2013 with a renewed commitment to living a healthy and active life, instead of simply making resolutions.
All races begin at 11 a.m. EST/ 8 a.m. PST in 30 cities across the U.S. in 22 states and Washington, D.C. Runners and walkers will enjoy a post-event party with food, drinks and music. Race organizers expect 300,000 people to participate by simply registering to run or walk, or raising money for one of the event’s partner charities, which include the Special Olympics, MusiCares and Folds of Honor Foundation.
The motivation behind Commitment Day is the growing health crisis in the U.S., where two in three adult Americans and one in three school age children are overweight or obese according to a study in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Other findings are even more staggering: A study in The New England Journal of Medicine found that life expectancy rates may actually be in decline because of the national obesity epidemic, and today’s children may not live as long as their parents.
Commitment Day aims to motivate people to turn those statistics around. The event was put together by Life Time, a health and fitness company that includes gyms, athletic events and spas dedicated to healthy living, along with corporate partners that include Whole Foods, Best Buy and the National Association for Sport and Physical Education among others.
Registration for the Commitment Day 5K is $39. Use code RDCD13 to receive $5 off. Children under 18 are free with an adult registration.
Visit commitmentday.com to find a city near you and to register.
Karla Bruning is host of On The Run, New York Road Runner’s weekly lifestyle web show about running. She has completed five marathons, two triathlons and trains with the New York Harriers. Follow Karla’s “Notes From a Running Nerd” at RunKarlaRun.com, Facebook and Twitter@KBruning.