Hermiston High School senior Isaac Sanchez got his first run of 2018 in before noon on New Year’s Day thanks to the annual Resolution Run at Riverfront Park.
Sanchez, a cross country and track athlete, was the first to cross the finish line at the bring-your-own-stopwatch 5K. The event brings together dozens of runners and walkers each year to help them kick off their fitness goals together. That usually includes members of the HHS cross country team.
“It’s kind of been our tradition,” Sanchez said.
Despite the Resolution Run moniker, Sanchez said he didn’t have any official New Year’s resolutions.
“I don’t really believe in that,” he said. “I figure, if you have a resolution, why wait until New Year’s? You might as well get started on it right away.”
Several other runners had a similar attitude, but Kimberly Owens said she had a goal: to participate in at least one 5K event per month this year.
Owens showed up at the Resolution Run with her sister Leslie Snyder. The sisters frequently do 5K runs together, whether by themselves around town or as part of an official community event.
“It gets us up off the couch,” Owens said.
“We don’t like being lazy bums,” Snyder added.
The run/walk kicked off at Riverfront Park and followed the Oxbow Trail up to its ending across from Good Shepherd Medical Center and back again. Leggings and sweatshirts helped insulate participants from the below-freezing temperatures, and T-shirts printed with the date of the run and “Hermiston: You Can Run Here” were available. The slogan is an echo of the city of Hermiston’s former slogan “You Can Grow Here.”
Some athletes took to the trail with baby strollers, while others brought along their dogs. The first group of runners to return reported being greeted by a very excited stray dog partway through their run, and once they had rehydrated several of them took off for another run together.
Liz Sharon, who ran the trail with her daughter and her daughter’s friend, said she felt the run went well and was a good way to start the new year.
“It’s a fun community event,” she said. “... I like the new year. I like the new start.”
Nate Rivera said he enjoyed the run and was glad the weather was clear for it, even if it was cold. He said the Resolution Run each year feels like a good way to reset from the over-eating and lazing around that usually happens over the holidays.
“It breaks you out of that holiday rut,” he said.
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