Citizens of Valparaiso got a head start on their New Year's resolutions this year thanks to Extra Mile Fitness and Valparaiso University. The Extra Mile Fitness Resolution Run 5K was held on the morning of Thursday, January 1, at the VU Athletics Recreation Center.
Extra Mile employee Bailey Henderlong said, "People have the chance to a fresh start. What's better than starting the year off with a run? An event like this manages to bring the community together through a positive outlet."
Henderlong couldn't be anymore right. More than 250 people participated in the race this year. Extra Mile Fitness and VU have partnered and hosted the event for the last four years. The attendance seems to be growing each year. The Resolution Run also provided friends with the opportunity to get competitive amongst each other. Awards were presented to the top overall male and female finishers, top male and female masters, and top three finishers in each age group.
The overall race winner was Pat Dalton with a speedy finishing time of 16:33:7.
Todd Henderlong, co-owner of Extra Mile Fitness Company, said, "In addition to being a great way to help kick off a New Year's resolution to become more active, the event showcases the Valparaiso University campus and benefits VU athletics."
Probably one of the most exciting things about the events was that the event proceeds benefited the Valparaiso University Track and Field Programs. Participants had the opportunity to register online or by mail. Those who registered before December 24th received free winter running hats. Computerized timing was provided by T&H Timing. Water stations, manned by volunteers and employees, decorated the course.
Heather Henderlong, co-owner of Extra Mile Fitness Company, said, "We're very thankful to a Valparaiso University for letting us use their facility. This year, they're allowing our runners to finish the race on the new track. It's great to see VU invest not only into the school, but the community as well."
Overall, the 2015 Resolution Run was a success. The frigid temperatures didn't deter citizens for coming out and soaking in the sun. Events like this one allow Valparaiso citizens to take their health into their own hands and challenge themselves.