YMCA New Year's Run Cures Hangovers 

Tuesday Jan. 1

Double espresso and Extra Strength Tylenol are well-known hangover remedies, but the toxins from hard New Year's Eve parties are tough to purge. You've been living off Champagne and store-bought hors d'oeuvres since Christmas, and you can feel the grease from all that appetizer salami pumping through your arteries.

It's time to cast off the fuzzy slippers and sweatpants of yesteryear, lace up your running shoes and get back into shape.

At 10 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 1, the Treasure Valley YMCA hosts its annual New Year's Day 5K. Consider it a head-start on your New Year's resolution of shedding that spare tire and dumping cholesterol points. Plus, with a loop course that begins and ends at the Ram Restaurant and Brewery, there are plenty of opportunities to blast that hangover with a little hair of the dog.

Proceeds support the YMCA's Team Idaho Track and Cross-Country Club. These young runners are encouraged to adopt healthful habits from the program's coaching staff and compete on the national level.

If you're not willing to get off the couch so your doctor doesn't shake his head and grunt disdainfully after reading the results of your latest electrocardiogram, then do it for the kids.

Established more than 33 years ago, this long-standing program is possible through sponsorship.

Apart from a lung-cleansing, circulation-boosting aerobic effort, participants in the race also receive a long-sleeved race T-shirt, as well as a warming afterparty inside the Ram. And, if you're fast and live for the fame and glory of the winner's circle, there are prizes for speed demons in every age group.

Registration is accepted until 9:30 a.m. on the morning of the race. Packet pickup is on Monday, Dec. 31.

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