Start the New Year with the Commitment Day 5K Run-Walk

Commitment Day challenges people in 30 cities and 22 states to make a commitment to their own health in 2013.

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 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, Facebook and Twitter@KBruning.

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Karla Bruning

Karla Bruning is the host of On The Run, a TV and web show from New York Road Runners. Her work has appeared in Newsweek, American Athlete Magazine,,, The Philadelphia Inquirer, San Francisco Chronicle, Orlando Sentinel, and two dozen other outlets including ESPN2, Universal Sports and ABC in New York. She and her work have also received mentions from The New York Times, Runner's World, Fox Sports, Canadian Running, The Baltimore Sun, and PBS among others. She also covered the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver for The Washington Times.


A former Newsweek reporter, Karla has won a Fulbright scholarship for American journalists and reporting grants from the Scripps Howard, Carnegie and Knight Foundations. Karla holds degrees from Amherst College and Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism.


When not pounding the pavement as a reporter, Karla is pounding the pavement as a runner. She has completed seven marathons, four triathlons, trains with the New York Harriers and is a member of New York Road Runners. She is a writer, editor, and on-camera reporter dedicated to covering the sport of running from a runner’s perspective. Find Karla on, Twitter@KBruning, Facebook and Google+.

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