Mayor Bowser calls for a focus on health in the new year at 5K run

WASHINGTON — D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser led a 5K run Friday morning, urging residents to focus on becoming healthier during the new year.

“We can all live great lives right here in Washington, D.C.,” she said.

“We are changing the culture of sickness and hospitals and medicine to a culture of activity and wellness and long living.”

The event, which the mayor calls the “Fresh Start 5K,” was held in the Kingman Park neighborhood.

It began near the Stadium-Armory Metro station, where Bowser issued a reminder that people who live in the District no longer need to pay to go to city-run fitness centers. Before the new year, there was a fee to use them.

“In 2016, all of our weight room facilities are free,” she shouted as the crowd cheered.

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