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Atlanta's Commitment Day 5k gets people moving on Jan. 1

8:28 PM, Jan 1, 2014   |    comments
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ATLANTA -- Hundreds of people started 2014 at the starting line of a the Commitment Day 5K in Piedmont Park.

The race is really a declaration in disguise. Running it means you're committing to healthy eating and exercise all year.

"I was on a heath and fitness kick about two years ago but I fell off, so I felt that it was a sign for me to get back on track," explained Frances Richardson.

The mid-morning 5K cut in to some New Year's Eve plan with many runners choosing a good night's sleep over ringing in the new year. That didn't stop the celebration on race day of a fresh start for 2014.

The race is held in several other cities nationwide, part of an effort to motivate a healthier lifestyle at a time many people are making resolutions for the new year.

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