Resolution Run 10K/5K/1MDecember 31, 2014 - Las Vegas, Nevada 1 of 11
If you're partying in Las Vegas for New Year's Eve, why not end the year with a race to stamp your resolution passport for entry into 2015? Just 20 minutes from the neon lights of the Strip, the Resolution Run includes a 10K, 5K and 1-mile race that are all flat and fast, traversing Kellogg-Zaher Park, the Bonanza Trail and Bill Briare Park.
All three races start at 4 p.m., so there's plenty of time afterward to get ready for those crazy Vegas parties. To get the party started, all finishers get a commemorative champagne glass with sparkling cider, a T-shirt and a medal. Cheers!
New Year's Eve Resolution 5KDecember 31, 2014 - Denver, Colorado 2 of 11
This year's race marks the 30th anniversary of the New Year's Eve Resolution 5K, making it Denver's oldest New Year's Eve running event. Following the 5K run/walk, which starts at 5 p.m. in Washington Park, a post-race party and prize drawings will be held at South High School with catering from local favorite Pasta Jay's.
KRFC's 30th Annual Resolution RunDecember 31, 2014 - Fort Collins, Colorado 3 of 11
Held on the campus of Colorado State University, KRFC's Annual Resolution Run celebrates its 30th year on New Year's Eve at 6 p.m. With more than 400 participants, this 5K race is both a competitive run and a family event, with prizes for best costume and finisher awards. All proceeds benefit Fort Collins' public radio station.
Resolution Run 5KJanuary 1, 2015 - Hillsborough, New Jersey 4 of 11
If you live in or near New Jersey and are looking for a low-key, no frills race to start the year, try the Resolution Run 5K. If you do decide to sign up, be sure to have a resolution in mind because they ask for it when you register.
The race is a product of the Resolutions for Others Foundation, a non-profit organization that strengthens, unifies, and builds community spirit and promotes healthy lifestyles through recreational activities and events. A family-oriented atmosphere, even the race director runs this race.
Napa Valley Resolution Run 2015January 1, 2015 - Yountville, CA 5 of 11
If one glass of champagne on New Year's Eve isn't enough for you to ring in the new year, what better way to start New Year's Day with a run through America's wine country? This 5K and 10K event starts at the Yountville Community Center at 10 a.m., just late enough to shake off the previous night's festivities and prepare for another day of celebration.
The first 400 people registered get a cool technical running cap. In addition to a random prize drawing after the race, the top three male and female runners in both the 5K and 10K receive a free pair of running shoes from race sponsor New Balance.
Middlebury Resolution RunJanuary 1, 2015 - Middlebury, Indiana 6 of 11
This scenic and flat 5K runs through Indiana's rural neighborhoods and Amish countryside. The 5K run starts at 10 a.m., with a 1-mile walk at 10:30 a.m. All proceeds benefit the Middlebury Community Food Pantry. The race is organized by Epiphany Promotions, a non-profit organization that increases donations for local charities by creating events that promote healthy living and wellness.
YMCA Resolution Run/Walk 5K & 1 Mile Kids Fun RunJanuary 1, 2015 - Abilene, Texas 7 of 11
Hosted by Abilene Runner's Club in West Central Texas, the YMCA Resolution Run starts and finishes at the Redbud YMCA in Abilene and runs along park paths and roads. The 1-mile kids fun run starts at 10:30 am, followed by the 5K at 11 a.m. Awards are given to the male and female overall and masters winners and top three males and females in each 5-year age group.
Run Houston!January 1, 2015 - Houston, Texas 8 of 11
Part of the Run Houston! Race Series, this inaugural New Year's event includes a 5K, 10K and kids' 1K. The out-and-back course starts and finishes at the Sam Houston Race Park Pavilion. After the race, enjoy one of the only indoor post-race parties in the city with food, drink and entertainment. As a bonus, all participants receive complimentary race photos that can be downloaded a few days after the race.
New Year's Race Half, 10K and 5K Los AngelesJanuary 3, 2015 - Los Angeles, California 9 of 11
With a 6 p.m. start time, the New Year's Race Los Angeles offers a unique nighttime view of the city of angels . All three races start and finish in downtown Los Angeles and pass by City Hall and Chinatown, with the half marathon extending out to and inside Dodger Stadium—runners even get to run around the bases—and Elysian Park before turning around to head back to downtown. In addition to a finisher's medal, half marathon runners get a hooded sweatshirt, while 5K/10K runners get a short-sleeved tech T-shirt.
In Los Angeles style, for an extra $45, you can be a VIP, which gives you access to a private pre-race warm-up area and gear check inside the Biltmore Hotel, pre-race food and drinks and private restrooms. No red carpet in the restrooms.
San Diego Resolution Run 5K & 15KJanuary 10, 2015 - San Diego, California 10 of 11
For runners who need a little longer to commit to their New Year's resolutions, run to reduce your carbon and physical footprint at the San Diego Resolution Run 5K and 15K at Mission Bay Park on January 10. This eco-friendly race boasts no single-use disposable plastic bottles for water or sports drinks, at least 80 percent online registration and an online goodie bag that you actually want to click on.
All runners receive a finisher's medal, a $100 cash prize goes to overall male and female winners and awards go to top three males and females in 10-year age groups. The Resolution Run benefits San Diego Roots Sustainable Food Project—a local, eco-friendly organization supporting a healthier San Diego food system.