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Commitment Day 5K helps Utahns get active as new year begins

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Posted at 3:54 PM, Jan 01, 2014
and last updated 2014-01-01 17:54:02-05

SALT LAKE CITY – After a night where most were celebrating into the wee hours of the morning, racers awoke bright and early to begin the new year on the right foot.

Wednesday’s race is part of a nationwide New Year’s Day run called the Commitment Day 5K, and Utahns lined up outside the South Jordan Lifetime Fitness Center to take part.

Steve Cutler is the general manager at Lifetime Fitness, and he said the goal of the event is to shift people’s mindset when it comes to making changes in their lives.

“We want to take people away from resolutions,” he said. “We want to make them have a commitment to a better life. Maybe it’s a better body, maybe it’s better finances, whatever it is—maybe it is just more personal accountability. We want them to make a resolution today, so the race is just a starting point for people making a better life for themselves.”

Similar races were held in 35 cities around the nation, and about 500 people turned up to brave the cold in South Jordan for the race.