With the arrival of the holidays and New Year comes the perennial time when individuals consider making changes to lose weight, get fit and address any number of personal vices. Yet, as New Year’s resolutions tend to fade away, many already will have reverted to old behaviors by February. This January 1, 2013, however, hundreds of thousands nationwide will go beyond making short-term resolutions in exchange for long-term commitments to healthy and active lifestyles. In the case of Seattle, thousands will descend upon 5th Ave and Harrison on January 1 at 8 a.m. PST for Commitment Day, marking the launch of a 365-day movement designed to unite all Americans in making personal commitments to a healthier way of life. The same will occur in 29 other U.S. cities with Americans participating in simultaneous 5K walk/run events, declaring their commitment and personal responsibility to make America healthier. “Our nation is at a breaking point with ever-rising obesity rates and the time for change is now,” says Louise Long, Race Director for the Seattle Commitment Day event. “Commitment Day is all about inspiring a fitness revolution to urge all Americans to commit to a healthy and active way of life. It will be a day of epic proportions as hundreds of thousands of individuals join together in support of healthy eating, exercise, personal responsibility, giving and respect.” All Commitment Day 5K walk/run events will occur simultaneously at 8 a.m. PST, 9 a.m. MST, 10 a.m. CST, and 11 a.m. EST. The Seattle event starts at 5th Ave. and Harrison, next to the Experience Music Project. It travels south on 5th Ave., then continues on 2nd Ave. before turning around to head back north. From there, runners will enter the Seattle Center campus, pass the International Fountain and cross the finish inside Memorial Stadium. Registration will open at 6 a.m. PST and the 5K will begin at 8 a.m. PST. All participants will receive a Limited Edition Commitment Day T-shirt and a 2013 Commemorative Commitment Journal to help track their progress for living a healthy lifestyle throughout the year.