Starting 2013 on the Right Foot

It's a new year -- a fresh start.

For more than 400 runners, there was no better way to kick off 2013 than by finishing a three-mile run in three degree temperatures before catching the Husker game.

For runners and fans alike, taking on another 12 months was about maintaining a positive attitude.

Like little engines that could, foot to pavement, they ran. One-by-one, they rounded 10th Street to the finish line.

During Tuesday’s race, more than 400 would complete the three-mile Lifetime Fitness Commitment Day Run. The temperatures just about matched the number of miles boyfriend and girlfriend Josh Gackle and Elizabeth Emerson covered Tuesday morning.

"It's actually a beautiful day,” Gackle said.

“It's cold but running along the river, people along the way to cheer you on, it makes it go a lot faster,” Emerson said.

The couple said running the race was about starting the year off on the right foot, meeting and accomplishing the challenge of completing a 5K while controlling their outlook and making it positive.

"Control what you can and the rest will fall into place,” Emerson said.

Then there was the mother and daughter team. They said for them, the race was about pushing each other to finish and to have a better year. Nikki Neagu said the run was tough, but she was proud of herself.

“It's my first race, I'm aged 69 and I finished," Nikki Neagu said.

"Nothing that is good it easy,” Amy Haseltine said. “You feel like if you can do this you can accomplish anything. Control what you can and the rest will fall into place.”

After finishing the run, Husker fans headed to the Big Red Restaurant and Sports Bar to catch the Capitol One Bowl. They were cautiously optimistic about the final score, but they hoped Nebraska would head into next year on an optimistic note with a win against Georgia.

"You can always have a better year than you did the last,” Sue Meginnis said.

Meginnis and her friend Diane Niemann said committing to a New Year meant starting Tuesday, then carrying on every day after that.

“I do the same resolutions every year, just like everyone does like get into shape and eat healthy food,” Meginnis said. “But this year, I'm going to live each day to the fullest.”

Tuesday, more than 300,000 people participated in the Lifetime Fitness “Commitment Day” Run in 30 cities.


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