Eighty-two-year-old Gerald Holbrook has designs on New Years Day 2014. The octogenarian plans to begin the new year with a five and a half mile run alongside many others who delight in a morning gallop.
The dean of the Memphis running universe sent an e-mail to dozens of running enthusiasts this week to make sure he'll have plenty of company at 9 o'clock in the morning on January 1.
"We must start the New Year with a group run," Holbrook wrote.
An organized, official race called "The Resolution 4 Miler" went out of business in 1998. Holbrook and a noted race organizer named Harry Scott started gathering with other running enthusiasts each New Years Day since 1999.
At the inaugural New Years Day Fun Run, the 14 participants broke bread together at a local breakfast restaurant after going through their paces.