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Omaha to host Commitment Day 5K

Don’t make a resolution on New Year’s Day. Make a commitment.

Yes, there is a difference, says Sandy Bikus of Life Time Fitness in Omaha.

“The term ‘resolution’ doesn’t really have any meaning anymore. ...The connotation is it’s temporary. It’s a gimmick,” she said.

So Bikus, an endurance coach at the gym, organized the Commitment Day 5K on Jan. 1 to kick start a lasting commitment to fitness among those who participate. Omaha is one of more than 30 cities in the U.S. to host the 5K, sponsored by Life Time Fitness. It isn’t timed, and there are no awards.

“It’s not really a race,” Bikus said. “It’s a rally.”

“We want to get the word out to everybody, to people who don’t necessarily like to work out, to sweat, to exercise.”

Though the 5K is a running event, people can use the event to dedicate themselves to other health goals like going to Jazzercise or eating more vegetables.

More than 400 people are registered to participate in Omaha. The race starts outside T.D. Ameritrade Park at 10 a.m. The route will be shoveled and salted.

Bikus doesn’t expect chilly temperatures to impact the turnout because about half of the 5Ks that Life Time Fitness is hosting across the country are in cold-weather climates, including Minnesota where 5,000 people are registered.

“That tells me that people who live there and deal with it on a regular basis aren’t squeamish about it,” she said. “That’s part of the message I’m trying to convey to Nebraska, too. We’re a hardy group.”

Register online or in person at Life Time Fitness, near 168th Street and West Center Road, through Monday, Dec. 31. The cost for gym members is $34. Non-members pay $39. You can also register for the event starting at 8 a.m. on race day at T.D. Ameritrade Park for $40.

“Hopefully we plant the seeds with these folks that this isn’t the finish line,” she said. “This is the starting line.”

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