The starting line for a new year.

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Tuesday, Dec. 31, and Wednesday, Jan. 1

There’s more than one way to mark new beginnings. Race Into the New Year begins with on-site registration at 10 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 31, at the amphitheater at River West Festival Park, 2100 S. Jackson Ave. The one-mile fun run gets going at 11 p.m. and the 5k takes off at 11:45 p.m. Where you are on the trail, you’ll have a great view of the fireworks at midnight. The awards ceremony and after party follow (www.runnersworldtulsa.com). Don’t worry about getting up early for the New Year’s Day Polar Bear Plunge, a two-mile race and run also at River West Festival Park. You’ll be doing more than running at this event of the Tulsa Area Trail & Ultra Runners. The course includes three pools along the route into which participants in all sorts of get up plunge for medals. This one’s worth watching from the sidelines, but it also includes music, hot tubs, a warm tent and plenty of peppermint schnapps to go around. Heats start at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 1 (www.tatur.org). If poolside isn’t where you want to be in January (and we can’t blame you), take those hot feet to the Blue Dome District and the Fleet Feet Sports store at 418 E. Second St. The 2014 New Year’s Day Dash begins at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 1, with a 2-4-mile fun run and walk. For more, go online to www.fleetfeettulsa.com.

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