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No doubt you've already been considering various schemes involving possible resolutions for the upcoming year. No doubt your schemes will fail. Of course, I do like being Mr. Negative Nancy. However, I have a little thing called science in my back pocket to prove my point (admittedly, a soft science, but a science nonetheless). According to the website Pyschology Today, 50% of you will fail after three months. Fully 81 percent of you will fail after two years. Bummer, huh?

That said, I think there is a solution to this societal problem. If we want to succeed in our resolutions, here's what you and I need to do: We need to meet the 19 percent. The ones who stayed true to their resolutions for a full two years. And I think I know a good place to find one of these well-disciplined creatures: the Run Wild Missoula Christmas Lights Beer Run.

Beer? Run? Why, the beer is for after the five-mile run, silly. I know you were going to have the beer anyway. The run? You were going to skip it until the magical "get-'er-done" new-year began. So head to the Desperado, check out the map of the course, do the run, come back and meet some people (probably the 19%) who have dedicated themselves to make running fun. Because if you're alone, and your resolution has no fun, no reward, then you'll most likely find yourself in line at the China Buffet, wondering if you've had three or four plates, and if anybody noticed.

Christmas Lights Beer Run meets at the Desperado Sports Tavern, 3101 Russell St., at 6 PM. Bring a wrapped gift valued at $5 or less to participate. runwildmissoula.com.

THURSDAY DECEMBER 22

Let Kalispell Parks and Rec handle the kids during Christmas break during Freeze Out Camp (kinda sounds like something the Old Stinky Trapper once experienced up in Leadville). Tons o' fun kid activities planned. Bring lunch, a snack and dress for the weather. Kindergarten–sixth grade. 7:30–5:30 PM. $25 per day or $20 with resident ID card. Call 758-7975.

You'll be climbing up a wall at Freestone Climbing Center's Ladies Night each Thursday. 935 Toole Ave. 5–10 PM. $6.50/$5 students.

FRIDAY DECEMBER 23

Let Kalispell Parks and Rec handle the kids during Christmas break during Freeze Out Camp (kinda sounds like something the Old Stinky Trapper once experienced up in Leadville). Tons o' fun kid activities planned. Bring lunch, a snack and dress for the weather. Kindergarten–sixth grade. 7:30–5:30 PM. $25 per day or $20 with resident ID card. Call 758-7975.

Active outdoor lovers are invited to the Mountain Sports Club's (formerly the Flathead Valley Over the Hill Gang) weekly meeting to talk about being awesome, past glories and upcoming activities. Swan River Inn. 6–8 PM. Free.

SATURDAY DECEMBER 24

Guide Santa's sleigh into the oft fogged-out burg of Whitefish at Whitefish Mountain Resort's Torchlight Parade. Gather up at Ed and Mully's to spectate, or sign-up to be a regular old Rudolph and guide his sleigh tonight. 6 PM. skiwhitefish.com.

SUNDAY DECEMBER 25

Grab the kids or leave 'em with Mee-maw for the Lookout Pass Ski, Ride and Feast Christmas good times. The hill opens at 10 AM PST, so feel free to get snookered on nog while you wait up for Santa. The feast is $12.99 adults and $7.49 for kids 12 and under. Lift tickets $37/$26/Free for 6 and under. skilookout.com

MONDAY DECEMBER 26

At Slacker Mondays, from 6 PM until close, slackline fans can come to Freestone Climbing Center at 935 Toole Ave to test their balance. $13/$10 for students. Visit freestoneclimbing.com.

TUESDAY DECEMBER 27

Teach your kids the same skills that made Tonya Harding famous at the Missoula Parks and Rec three-day Holiday Skating Clinic, at Pineview Park. Bring your own skates or rent some at the Army/Navy store. Ages 4-6, 10–11 AM. Ages 7-10, 11–12 PM. $20/$16 with resident ID card. Call 721-7275.

WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 28

Let Kalispell Parks and Rec handle the kids during Christmas break during Freeze Out Camp (kinda sounds like something the Old Stinky Trapper once experienced up in Leadville). Tons o' fun kid activities planned. Bring lunch, a snack and dress for the weather. Kindergarten–sixth grade. 7:30–5:30 PM. $25 per day or $20 with resident ID card. Call 758-7975.

Burn off a couple of those pieces of fudge at Run Wild Missoula's Christmas Lights Beer Run. Meet up at the Desperado for directions, which is awful close to the South Hills and that means there is a possibility of running up said hills. 3101 S. Russell St. 6 PM. Bring a wrapped item valued at $5 or less to participate.

THURSDAY DECEMBER 29

Let Kalispell Parks and Rec handle the kids during Christmas break during Freeze Out Camp (kinda sounds like something the Old Stinky Trapper once experienced up in Leadville). Tons o' fun kid activities planned. Bring lunch, a snack and dress for the weather. Kindergarten–sixth grade. 7:30–5:30 PM. $25 per day or $20 with resident ID card. Call 758-7975.

You'll be climbing up a wall at Freestone Climbing Center's Ladies Night each Thursday. 935 Toole Ave. 5–10 PM. $6.50/$5 students.

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