Participants in the 2012 Surrey Marathon start the race.

Participants in the 2012 Surrey Marathon start the race.

Make the 2013 Surrey Marathon part of your year

Maybe one of your New Year's resolutions can be to train for a marathon.

Are you planning on making your New Year’s resolution a long-lasting health benefit?

If running is part of a new healthy outlook for 2013, it might be time to consider conquering a distance running event, such as the Surrey World Music Marathon.

The marathon takes place Sept. 29, and registration is open now to help motivate those embarking on new fitness regimes.

There will be different distances for all fitness levels, including the full marathon (42 kilometers), a half-marathon (21 kms), or the 5K walk/run, relay.

It also features unique themed “cultural miles,” with musical acts from around the world performing at designated spots.

This year’s route will also see a change in the route from the inaugural event in 2012, with the full and half-marathons winding their way the green scenery of Surrey’s Green Timbers Urban Forest.

“The new route, combined with the expanded cultural mile component, promises to make the 2013 Surrey World Music Marathon one of the ‘must do’ running events of the year,” said Event Chair Elizabeth Model.

To take advantage of early bird discount registration for the full, half, relay, 5K or kids’ event, visit

Marathon organizers offer the following tips for getting started towards a new fitness regime in 2013:

• Focus on the positive. Think about what you’re already doing well and try to do it better.

• Make daily challenges. Instead of having one big goal, make daily ones that focus on the actions you need to take.

• Invest time in getting ready. You take time to get ready for a holiday party, so why not take time to get ready to be healthy?Set aside time in your schedule to begin your running program.

Surrey North Delta Leader