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December 31, 2013

Catching up with Hangover Classic race director Nick Paquette

The Winner’s Circle Running Club will hold its 33rd installment of the race that has become commonly known as the Hangover Classic at 11:30 on New Year’s Day morning. The race, technically called The New Year’s Day Classic, will begin at the Carousel Lounge at Salisbury Beach. This event is just one of several races held by the Winner’s Circle Running Club, a nonprofit organization that raises thousands of dollars annually for local charities. Just recently, the nonprofit organization held the Santa’s Elves’ Toy Trot to collect toys for children in need of cheering up.

The Winner’s Circle Running Club Newsletter editor and The Hangover Classic race director Nick Paquette took the time to answer questions related to the event and who it benefits.

First of all, can you explain who the race benefits? Is it for charity?

“The race is for charity and the proceeds go toward keeping our charitable giving alive. High school groups throughout the year, the Alzheimer’s Association and the American Red Cross are just some of the charities that benefit from this race. The money raised at the Hangover Classic also goes toward covering some of our adult and children running programs.”

How long is the race?

“It is a 5K and a 10K, so 3.1 miles and 6.2 miles, respectively. You’re locked into the race you signed up for because the courses are different and it is chip-timing.”

Can you talk about the terrain of the course? Do you run at all on the beach sand?

“There is no beach running. The 5K course is run through the neighborhoods of Salisbury Beach. It heads down Oceanfront Street and comes through the main Salisbury Beach strip and turns around where Route 1A is, then comes back. People get to see the town and they finish right on Oceanfront Street where they can hit the beach. There, they can take the ocean plunge, or not. The 10K is extremely flat, round and fast and turns around right before the New Hampshire border.”

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