Race unites running, resolutions

About 400 people came to downtown Yountville on Monday morning to get 2018 off to a running start.

They participated in sixth annual Napa Valley Resolution Run races of five (3.1 miles) and 10 kilometers (6.2 miles). Depending on your viewpoint, there are few better or worse ways to start off the New Year then pounding the pavement, sucking in big gasps of air and ratcheting up the pulse rate.

For Georgia Taylor of Napa, running the Resolution Run took some, well, resolve. She’d just returned from a trip to the United Kingdom and had jet lag.

“I napped a lot last night in preparation,” she said as she waited to run her first 5K race ever, with such songs as U2’s “New Year’s Day” thumping over an event loudspeaker. “Made it to midnight, then fell asleep.”

At least she and the other participants could enjoy a California Dreamin’ morning, or certainly the type of morning people on the frigid East Coast can conjure up only in their imaginations. The sun was out and temperatures were in the high 50s, virtually shorts weather for runners.

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