There was nothing frigid about the Frigid Fiver 21st Annual 5-Mile Road Race yesterday, and that’s exactly how the roughly 350 runners liked it.
“This is about the best that we could ask for,” said first-year race chairman Adam Palombo. “Compared to a couple of years in the past where we have had to call the race off due to icy conditions, this is the best weather we’ve had yet.”
The runners were greeted at One Tournament Wharf with temperatures in the mid- to upper-40s. Co-sponsored by the Joppa Flats Running Club and Rotary Club of Newburyport, the Frigid Fiver made good use of the local topography to keep the runners going quickly and, as was the case this year, very happily.
“Here in Newburyport, we have so many hills, part of it is inevitably going to be downhill,” said Palombo. “It makes for a pretty good course. There aren’t many other 5-mile races at this time of year and it’s what has made this race traditionally unique.”
Proceeds from the race go toward both the running club and Rotary’s charitable works throughout the year, benefiting local charities such as Yankee Homecoming, the Pettengill House and Our Neighbors’ Table. Also benefitting from the race were the top three male and female runners. First place for each got, $100, second place received $75 and the third place finishers went home with $50.
“The weather conditions were perfect for running quick,” said first-place men’s finisher Chris Mahoney, 36, of Westford, who recorded a time of 25:54. “You can’t beat this for January. The wind was calm. Everything was really perfect for running.”
This was also Mahoney’s second first-place finish in a row after winning last year’s Fiver as well.
“It’s a quick course, you can run fast here,” said Mahoney. “We had a good group out there. There are quite a few fast guys here. It was a nice pack to run with for a while.”