, Newburyport, MA


June 15, 2013

'It's an event'

Flag Day 5K draws just shy of 1,700 runners


Newburyport’s Beth Dollas, 36, won the women’s race in 18:33.8. The Nock School sixth-grade math teacher ran as part of a team from the middle school. Dollas finished the Boston Marathon in April in 3:19.55.

“I try to do all of the local races, the ones that support local causes,” said Dollas, who is the wife of Newburyport girls basketball coach Gregg Dollas. “(Derek Hines) went to school in Newburyport, so we got a team together from the Nock.”

Beverly resident Tara Paulin, 35, was second among women in 18:51.7. Newburyport resident Lindsay Cullen was third in 19:05.6. Dollas was unaware what position she ranked among female runners during the race until spectators alerted her.

“I only knew because people kept saying, ‘First woman, first woman, first woman.’,” Dollas said. “You don’t know who’s behind you, and you don’t want to get outkicked at the end. I wasn’t expecting to win, but I came out to support the cause and do my best.”

Will Tyree, a member of the Army 173rd Airborne Division, made the trip from Framingham to run the race for the second year in a row. Tyree served with Hines in Afghanistan just before the Newburyport resident was killed in combat.

“When you do something in memory of someone like Derek, the word gets out,” said Tyree, who ran with a backpack and flag.

“Everybody want to support those types of things. They were able to get a bunch of people here, and it’s awesome.”

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