Runners will Close 2016 and Open 2017 with Loudoun Races

For many, the New Year is a time for staying up late and sharing champagne toasts. For others, it is time to get up early and work up a good sweat.

There are two popular events this weekend where you can join with neighbors and log a couple of kilometers to celebrate the end of 2016 or to get 2017 off to a running start.

The Ringing in Hope 10K/5K/2K runs on Saturday morning in Ashburn Farm, with the start/finish line at 43454 Crossroads Drive. Racing starts at 9 a.m. This year’s event benefits Inova’s Life with Cancer program. Online registration closes at 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 30. For more information, go to ringinginhope.com

On Sunday morning, the Rotary Club of Leesburg continues its 19-year tradition of kicking off the New Year with a 10K/5K race and 4K fun run on the grounds of Ida Lee Park and Morven Park in Leesburg. The REHAU Rotary Resolution Race benefits ECHO Works, Loudoun Interfaith Relief, ARC of Loudoun, and the Rotary Club of Leesburg Perry Winston Scholarship Fund. Race-day registration begins at 9 a.m. at the Ida Lee Park Recreation Center. The 4K begins at 10 a.m. with the timed races starting at 10:40 a.m.

For more information and registration, go to resolutionrace.com.

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