Life Time 5K starts year off with com­mit­ment to health

Walk/run de­signed to get fam­i­lies in­volved in fit­ness.

Austin American-Statesman - - AUSTIN 360 DAILY - By Pam Leblanc ple­blanc@states­man.com Con­tact Pam Leblanc at 445-3994.

I love the mis­sion be­hind the new Com­mit­ment Day run.

It’s not just about run­ning (or walking) a 5K on Jan. 1. It’s about set­ting a course for all of 2013. Or­ga­niz­ers want to set in a mo­tion a whole healthy year, punc­tu­ated by reg­u­lar ex­er­cise and healthy eat­ing. And they want you to get your en­tire fam­ily in­volved.

This at a time when two-thirds of Amer­i­cans are over­weight or obese, and the av­er­age child spends 30 per­cent of his or her day in front of a screen.

Life Time Fit­ness is stag­ing the run in more than 35 cities across the coun­try, from At­lanta to Washington, D.C., as a way to take a stand against poor health. Here in Austin, the run will start at 10 a.m. at the Palmer Events Cen­ter. The course will cross the river on First Street, then head west along Ce­sar Chavez Boule­vard be­fore loop­ing back to Palmer.

En­try fee is $34 for Life Time mem­bers or $39 for non­mem­bers at www.com­mit­ment­day. com. Kids 17 and younger are free with a paid adult. Par­tic­i­pants get a T-shirt and a com­mit­ment jour­nal.

Those who reg­is­ter can post their per­sonal com­mit­ments on the web­site. Check out what oth­ers are aim­ing to do while you’re there — ev­ery­thing from run­ning a half marathon to eat­ing more veg­eta­bles.

Packet pickup is avail­able at Life Time Fit­ness Austin North, 13725 North R.M. 620; Life Time Fit­ness Austin South, 7101 S. MoPac Ex­press­way; and RunTex, 422 W. River­side Drive, through Dec. 31. Race-day reg­is­tra­tion is avail­able two hours be­fore the run but must be paid in cash.

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