Harmony Silvester 5KDec. 31, 2015, Harmony, Pa. 1 of 12
The ninth annual Silvester event celebrates the German New Year with a 5K and 1-mile run. Voted the Best Winter Event in the area, the race leads up to a 6 p.m. (midnight in Germany) New Year celebration, including a countdown in German, fireworks and singing of Auld Lang Syne.
Resolution 5KDec. 31, 2015, Denver 2 of 12
As Denver's oldest New Year's Eve event, the Resolution 5K is the perfect opportunity to start your year out the right way. The course winds through Denver's legendary Washington Park before runners dig into a pasta party from Pasta Jay's. The first 100 finishers are timed and scored, but everyone gets a commemorative T-shirt and entry to the post-race party. The race starts at 5 p.m., so you still have time to hit those parties before midnight.
Last Run 2015-First Run 2016Dec. 31, 2015-Jan. 1, 2016, Lincoln, Neb. 3 of 12
Want to sleep in on New Year's Day? No problem. Don't like running at night? That's also no problem. This race has options for everyone, no matter what their running style.
This Lincoln, Nebraska-based event offers not one, but two races for those wanting to start their year on the right foot. For those wanting the unforgettable experience of running late at night, there's a 10 p.m. race on New Year's Eve. And for those ready to start early on New Year's Day, the 10:30 a.m. race on Jan. 1 is right up your alley. Both days offer a 5K and 10K option, and registration fees include a T-shirt and post-race beer and food. Runners who partake in both events receive a commemorative quarter-zip pullover to wear all through the year.
2016 Resolution Trail Run on New Year's Day 5K and 10KJan. 1, 2016, Gainesville, Va. 4 of 12
This trail run at Conway Robinson State Forest is the perfect beginning to a brand new year of healthy, active living. With a 5K, 10K and 1-mile option, there's something for the whole family to get a head start on their resolutions.
Chilly 5K and Kids Frozen Fun Run 2016Jan. 1, 2016, Joplin, Mo. 5 of 12
As the only New Year's Day run in the area, this race lets you get your exercise in early and then enjoy the first day of the new year. The course is out-and-back style, beginning and ending at the Joplin Family YMCA South branch. The event offers free childcare for little ones too young to participate, and chili is served to runners after crossing the finish line.
Hair of the Dog 5K Run/Walk 2016Jan. 1, 2016, Edwards, Colo. 6 of 12
This isn't just a race for people—dogs are welcome and encouraged at this 5K run and walk in this small Colorado mountain town. If the fresh air and exercise doesn't cure your New Year's Eve hangover, runners can hit the E-Town Restaurant bar—close by the race finish line—for some actual hair of the dog. And the race doesn't start until 11 a.m., so you can get a decent amount of recovery sleep beforehand.
Ring in 2016 16K and 4M Trail RacesJan. 1, 2016, Fort Mill, S.C. 7 of 12
Go off-road on the first day of 2016 at this 16K and 4-mile trail race on the northern edge of South Carolina. The technical, looped course takes runners over roots, rocks and stream crossings—and provides a good chance to run through the snow. The 4-mile course is recommended for first-time trail racers, while the 16K provides a tougher challenge for the more experienced runner. With a later start time of 10 a.m., you can sleep off a bit of that New Year's Eve partying.
Rio Grill's Resolution Run 2016Jan. 1, 2016, Carmel, Calif. 8 of 12
Participants of all levels are welcome at this 10K and 5K race, featuring stunning views of trails and water vistas along the course. Post-race activities include a prize drawing, award ceremony and brunch prepared by Rio Grill and Kiwanis of Monterey. Each year, this New Year's Day event benefits a different local non-profit and this year, event organizers have chosen Coastal Kids Home Care as their charity partner.
The New Year's Duathlon and 5K RunJan. 2, 2016, Granite Bay, Calif. 9 of 12
Want to mix up your running routine? Why not jump on the bike in the middle of a long run? This duathlon (run-bike-run) event features a 6.5-mile bike flanked on both sides by a 2-mile run. The course is inside Folsom Lake State Park on a mix of granite paths, single-track trails and pavement. Rather stick to running? The 5K course offers views of wildflowers and Folsom Lake as you cruise through a Northern California oak forest.
New Year's Resolution Ultra Run and Relay 2016Jan 3, 2016, Kaneohe, Hawaii 10 of 12
What better way to start a year of healthy living than to commit to an ultra run? And the location doesn't hurt either. You'll run among the breathtaking sights of the Kualoa Ranch, seen most famously in the movie "Jurassic Park." Not ready to commit to a full ultra? Enter with a team of two to six runners for a tag team effort of the beautiful Kaa'awa Valley.
Stamp Out Poverty 5K Run/WalkJan. 3, 2016, Atlanta 11 of 12
Start out your year by both feeling good and doing good. Held at Atlanta's Piedmont Park, proceeds of this 5K run and walk will go to the Charity Benevolent Fund to Stamp Out Poverty in Georgia's capital city. The organization provides hygiene kits and clothing to homeless and needy individuals in the area.