The first weekend of 2013 found individuals of all ages and backgrounds excited and determined to kick off the New Year with a run! Although, the Sunday morning of January 6 was cold and wet, no spirits were dampened: Groups of women came to run in tutus of virtually every color, miniature dogs were dressed up cheering on the participants, and family and friends came to cheer on the 500 plus participants of the 5k run.
For the seventh year in a row, the Sandy Feet Resolution Run offered both a 5k and 15k run around Mission Bay’s De Anza cove. As in previous years, the number one New Year’s Resolution for 2013 (according to Marist Poll) is to be healthier and more fit. The Resolution Run is meant to aid in attaining this resolution by achieving personal health goals early in the year.
After the race was complete, the participants and their fans and supporters all had looks of happiness and success. For many, the goal was not to win the race, but to finish it. Several individuals ran the event with colleagues and friends as a sort of social event, while one elderly woman did the race to prove that she “still had it.” Several parents wanted their children to participate in the run to instill the importance of health and exercise. Regardless of the motive, the air after the race was that of celebration and jubilee as music played in the background and vendors handed out free samples and tasters. This year the celebration continued in its history of being earth friendly as there were no plastic bags or throwaways – even the coupons and ads were virtual.
The race proceeds are to benefit the San Diego Roots Sustainable Project.