Resolute Run benefits food bank

New Year 5k supports local nonprofit

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New Year’s resolutions are commonplace and commonly broken but this year, Arvada and Denver-Metro residents are resolving to run for a better cause.

The Resolute Run, a 5k race held Jan. 1, at Memorial park, 8001 W. 59 Ave, encourages citizens to start the new year in a healthy, community driven way.

”It’s a fantastic way to start out the new year right,” said James Bettis, founder of 3W races. ”You come out, run, give to a good cause, support small businesses and have a good time.”

Started by 3W races, a community-based racing organization, in 2011, the Resolute Run began as an effort to serve a sector of the community. A portion of the proceeds from the race benefits the Arvada Community Food Bank and the Feeding the Future Backpack Program. With the donations from the Resolute Run, the Arvada Community Food Bank can help feed around 20 kids for an entire school year.

”This partnership is very beneficial because we don’t have to provide manpower, it raises awareness for programs we do, and it’s an opportunity to communicate with people so they get to know us better,” said Randy Weinert, the community and volunteer relations manager at the food bank.

While a 5k race, the Resolute Run is also a fundraiser and food drive for the food bank. In previous years the race has raised around 2,400 pounds of food donations. In 2014, organizers hope to raise around $2,500 and 1,000 pounds for the food bank at the race.

”It’s no stranger, fitness is one of the things that in and of itself is a way to say I’m starting the off the new year by getting fit,” Bettis said.

Registration for the race is open and costs $35 through Dec. 31. Registration the day of begins at 8:30 a.m. and will cost $40. The race, which will run counter clockwise around the paths and streets surrounding Memorial Park, starts at 10 a.m.

Following the race, the top three men, women, and the top age groups will be recognized, and each participant will receive a medal. An after party will be held at Fuzzy’s Tacos, 5760 Olde Wadsworth Blvd with special discounts on food and drinks.

To register for the race, visit, www.runsignup.com/Race/CO/Arvada/3WResolutionRun5k .

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