“New Year, New Me!” That’s the battle cry for many as a new year begins. In Williamson, you can put that resolution in to motion as early as 12:01 a.m. on January 1st.
Run in The New Year!
The Tug Valley Road Runners Club hosted two runs to kick off 2019. The annual “Run in The New Year” 5K and 1-mile walk begins at 11:45 a.m. on December 31st. As the clock strikes midnight runners are crossing the finish line and cheering on their fellow participants. After everyone completes the course they are treated to food and music in the Williamson Community Center in West Williamson. This year around 60 people took advantage of this exciting run.
Tug Valley Road Runners Club President Alexis Batausa says, “We started the New Year’s Eve run a couple of years ago to offer something different in the community. It surprises us to see so many people interested in the New Year’s Eve run each year. We have a strong running and walking community in our area now. Having something like this is a way to celebrate our milestones and helps us jump forward with our goals for the new year.”
The “Hangover Run” was up next. At 2:00 p.m. on New Year’s Day around 100 people showed up to start working on their fitness goals for the year. To keep in the spirit of the holiday, participants were invited to hang out after the run for champagne and appetizers!
“The Hangover Run was part of our Holiday Road Runners Group Run series. We wanted to celebrate the holiday season by offering a group run for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day. A unique medal and shirt were offered for the holiday race series. This definitely motivated people to join in. This was a great way to get a jumpstart on their fitness goals too,” says Batausa.
It Takes a Village
Talking with Batausa you quickly understand these fun group runs, 1-mile walks, and 5K’s are not as easy as you’d think to organize. Registration, designing medals and shirts, routing the course, organizing race day festivities and fun, are just a few the tasks to be completed for each event.
Batasua says, “We have amazing club members that work together to organize and support these races. They love the club and our community. This is one way they are able to help others reach their fitness goals.”
So, what are you waiting for? Walk, run, skip, or stroll- just get moving!