Commitment 5K helps motivate those whose resolution is to get in shape


by JIM BERGAMO / KVUE News and photojournalist Dennis Thomas

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Posted on January 1, 2014 at 7:20 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jan 1 at 7:20 PM

AUSTIN -- It can't be New Year's Day without resolutions.  For many, this is the time to get healthier.  One annual Austin event  makes sure everyone with that goal gets off on a good foot -- or feet.

In a city known for its marathons, the 5K on New Year's Day might pale in comparison when it comes to distance but not determination. The purpose of the Commitment Day 5K Walk and Run is to get 2014 off to a healthy start. Some first timers got on their marks, ready to go.

"I've never done it before," said Austin resident Paulette Adams. "This is my first time. I volunteer for it all the time, but I never do it. This time I'm going to do it."

Some veterans of this race make sure their families and friends get off the couch bright and early on New Year's Day, too.

"We kind of started as a family tradition that all five of us would do it," said Melvin Cheatum, a Cedar Park resident. "We rounded up a couple of friends to step in this year just to kickoff 2014, a wonderful new year."

Cheatum's daughters, Alexis and Mya, said they know why they wanted to be here.

"When your body feels good, you feel good as a person," said Alexis. "It is a true significance, not only for me, but for my whole family to see that they're getting off to a healthy start."

"I walked and ran," said Mya. "I want to keep my body healthy, because I like it."

The Chindalore family attended the race for the second year in a row.

"We have a lot of intellectual stimulation that we get naturally from all the internet exposure," said Gowri Chindalore, an Austin resident. "We rarely ever get to go out and do the fun stuff and get the physical workout, so to speak."  

"To me, it's kind of like a new year's resolution, so I'm pushing myself to do a lot more than I thought," said Rohith Chindalore, Gowri's son.

Whether the attendees were families or first timers like Adams, the goal was the finish line of a healthier life.

"I want to get as healthy as I can and stay that way," said Adams.

Austin is one of 35 cities taking part in the Commitment 5K Walk and Run.