13 Races to Ring in the New Year
Get a jump on your 2013 New Year’s Resolution—or make one last ditch effort at keeping 2012’s—with one of these New Year’s races.
Brazen New Year’s Eve Half Marathon, 10-K, and 5-K
December 29; Lake Chabot; CA
Use this pre-New Year’s Eve trail race to complete last year’s resolution--with two days to spare!
New Year’s Eve
New York Road Runners Emerald Nuts Midnight Run
New York, NY
As the ball drops blocks away in Times Square, runners take their marks for this four-mile race. The goal: To make it to the finish line--without being too distracted by the dazzling fireworks display overhead. Show up early for a dance party, parade, and costume contest.
Philadelphia New Year’s Eve Midnight Run 5-K
When the clock strikes 12, make a mad dash for 2013 (and the finish line). Don’t forget to don your formalwear, because the fastest man and woman in eveningwear take home a cash prize!
Last Chance Marathon
Did you resolve to run a marathon or half last year? You can fulfill that resolution on this scenic course—provided you’ve already put in the training.
New Year’s One Day
San Francisco, CA
Up for a challenge? Endurance runners complete as many laps around San Francisco’s Crissy Field (1.061 miles) as they can in either 6, 12, or 24 hours.
First Night Virginia 5-K
Lace up on New Year’s Eve morning for a run, and then party until midnight with activities and performances on Charlottesville’s Downtown Mall.
Beat the New Year 5-K
Salt Lake City, UT
The Salt Lake City Track Club hosts this New Year’s Eve Tradition. Runner’s take off at 11:30 PM on New Year’s Eve and try to finish before 2013.
Club Kokomo New Year’s Eve Day 5-K
This 2 PM New Year’s Eve race caters to people who have evening plans—and those who struggle to stay awake for the ball drop.
New Year’s Day
Commitment Day 5-K
More than 30 cities will host runs that encourage people to get moving and take their first steps toward healthier lives.
Nashville New Year’s Resolution 5-K Run/Walk
On New Year’s Day rise and shine for this race, which benefits Cerebral Palsy research and awareness. Bonus: Runners start at the Country Music Hall of Fame and get a complimentary Michelob Ultra at the post-race party.
New Year’s Day 5-K
Join around 1,500 Windy City runners for this 26th annual event. In addition to getting your year off to a healthy start, you’ll be rewarded with a complimentary drink at the finish line.
First Day 5-K
This flat and fast course may help you kick off 2013 off with a new PR.
Atlanta Track Club Resolution Run
Choose from a 5-K, 10-K, or 1-mile fun run to launch your healthiest year yet. $17-$30; atlantatrackclub.org
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