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Vermont racers share New Year's resolutions

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BURLINGTON, Vt. -

First Night fans filled downtown Burlington to celebrate the new year Monday and by Tuesday morning many filled the same streets ready to run.

"Getting out in the morning, meeting all of your co-runners and having a little fun," said John Lentine, a runner.

This year marked the 25th anniversary of the FirstRun 5k where the morning warm-up centered around sharing resolutions for 2013.

Runner Diana Osborn says she's hoping to tackle a 100-mile race in the new year.

"Because my husband's done it and I can't have him doing something that I can't. And also because if it is humanly possible, I want to try and do it," she said.

Others shared ambitions that kept them closer to home.

"To build an igloo in my yard," said Adia Masse, a runner.

Writing that long-awaited novel topped at least one list.

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The same could be said for confronting old fears.

"Hot air balloon rides, which I am paranoid of going up in one of those things. So, the wife wants to do that, so that is on the bucket list," Lentine said.

In this crowd the traditional goals of losing weight, getting in shape and eating better also surfaced, and joggers joked that some would need the help more than others.

"No, I live a perfect life, so I am going to just continue doing that. No, I just haven't given it much thought," runner Ron Osborn said.

In addition to personal goals, wishes for the city also surfaced.

"An extreme nice bike path and more people on it using it," Lentine said.

As did those for the state as a whole.

"I hope that all the people who got wiped out in Irene get settled. I feel terrible about that, the people that are still waiting," Ron Osborn said.

A heartfelt wish for a place that at least one runner hopes to one day call home.

"This was actually one of my dream vacations coming to Burlington, I eventually want to move here," said Bruce Chapman of Washington, D.C.

Good news for a state resolving to attract more young people in 2013.

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