, Newburyport, MA


January 2, 2014

Ringing in the new year with a run

More than 1,000 runners turn out for 33rd Hangover Classic


Hampstead, N.H., resident Amy Bernard, 35, collected the women’s 10K title in 38:25.57. She outlasted Amesbury resident and Nock Middle School teacher Beth Dollas, 36, who placed second in 39:32.65. Andover’s Caroline Bjune, 31, was third in 40:32.01.

At the start of the race, there was some question as to whether the Hangover Classic tradition of runners taking a post-race plunge into the Atlantic Ocean would continue due to the below-freezing temperatures. By the end of the day, it was clear that people who choose to run in 20-degree temperatures after one of the biggest party nights of the year will also choose to run into a body of water that registered 39.0 degrees yesterday, according to

From just about the time the first set of runners crossed the line in the 5K until the moment the last runner crossed the line in the 10K, there was a pretty consistent stream of runners taking quick dips into the Atlantic Ocean.

“I did this two years ago, and it was a lot warmer then,” said Portsmouth, N.H., resident Michael Derhammer, who wore a white robe on the beach after taking the New Year’s Day plunge.

Hangover Classic 5K results Men Place, name Hometown Age Time 1. Steve Dowsett Newburyport 25 17:19.53 2. Larry Fowle Amesbury 31 18:02.66 3. Paul Doe Derry, N.H. 54 18:16.93 4. Wes Meserve Merrimac 25 18:40.18 5. Paul Simon Gloucester 29 18:46.77 Women 1. Alexa Pelletier Hampton, N.H. 18 18:27.74 2. Ariel Vaillencourt Manchester, N.H. 15 19:22.07 3. Karen Fogg York, Maine 46 20:18.51 4. Heather Mahoney Westford 31 20:45.34 5. Kathleen Michaud Stratham, N.H. 30 20:54.00 Hangover Classic 10K results Men 1. Garry Cuneo Groveland 28 33:57.12 2. Chris Mahoney Westford 36 34:04.17 3. Marc LeBlanc Ashland 33 34:23.74 4. Aaron Ladd Lexington 30 34:36.14 5. Tim Hartmann Rye, N.H. 22 34:46.01 Women 1. Amy Bernard Hampstead, N.H. 35 38:25.57 2. Beth Dollas Amesbury 36 39:32.65 3. Caroline Bjune Andover 39 40:32.01 4. Kelly Bradbury Newburyport 46 41:41.98 5. Susannah Landreth Newburyport 45 42:14.52

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