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 Renee Staebler happily crosses the finish line beating her time from last year’s Resolution Run by 26 seconds.

It was a cold, gray, damp, just bleak looking morning in late December, but that didn’t stop two dozen hardy souls from breaking out their running gear and tackling the Groveport Recreation Center’s second annual "Resolution Run."

"The Resolution Run is a chance to start the new year off right and live up to those resolutions you make for better health in 2008," said John Klaus, sports fitness manager at the recreation center. "This run is a good start."

The 5K run (approximately 3.1 miles) took place on the one mile outer ring bicycle/walking path in Groveport Park on Dec. 29.

According to Groveport Recreation Center officials, there were no prizes given to the top finishers because the run is not about competition, it’s about making a commitment to fitness.

Nonetheless, someone had to finish first and smooth striding Sam Orndorff of Circleville won with a time of 18:54. He finished well ahead of the pack.

"It’s a pretty fast course," said Orndorff after the run. "There’s no real hills and each lap is about a mile so it’s easy to keep track of where you are, plus it’s well marked. It’s almost like running on a track."

This was the second Resolution Run for Renee Staebler of Groveport, who runs three miles a day five or six times a week in either Groveport or Three Creeks Park.

"I wanted to test my time this year. I did it in 27:30 last year. I also want to get myself ready for the pump and run at the Arnold Classic in March," said Staebler.

Staebler finished this year’s Resolution Run with a time of 27:04, bettering her time from last year.

"It feels good," she said after the run. "It’s a celebration for me. It took two and a half years, but I lost 80 pounds through exercise and lifestyle changes. Doing this run feels better than eating cake!"

Ken Multerer was also participating in the Resolution Run for the second time.

"I’m not here to win," said Multerer. "I do it to support the rec center, the other runners, and to get a little exercise."

For information on the Groveport Recreation Center and its events, call (614) 836-1000 or visit www.groveportrec.com

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