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Racers beat Jack Frost to the finish line

Anthony Anastasti
Anthony Anastasti

Prince Frederick, MD - The thing about the annual Resolution 5 kilometer (K) Race is that it is always run on the coldest day of the year to date. The 2018 dash, held Jan. 1 in Prince Frederick, might have been the coldest ever. Temperatures were well in the teens when the race started at 9 a.m. Perhaps it was the welcome sight of the sun that got the 70-plus participants moving and it just may have been the aroma of hot soup waiting at the finish that incentivized them to complete the course.

The 10th annual Resolution 5K started and finished at the Southern Maryland Community Network (SMCN) headquarters on Prince Frederick Boulevard. The course includes a daunting uphill climb at the Prince Frederick Boulevard-Stoakley Road intersection.

Anthony Anastasti,19, led all racers with a time of 18 minutes and two seconds. The second-place finisher was Rob Smith, 36, who logged a time of 19 minutes and 42 seconds. Finishing third was Anna Staats, 18 of Lexington Park, whose time was 19 minutes and 56 seconds.

Proceeds from the race benefit SMCN, a nonprofit mental health agency that provides community-based services to individuals who suffer from severe mental illnesses. The money raised from the entry fees and contributions benefit SMCN’s mental health programs in the Tri-County area as well as the Erica Weems Scholarship Fund.

The race is part of the Chesapeake Bay Running Club’s Grand Prix Series.
Complete results will be published on SMCN’s Facebook page.

Contact Marty Madden at marty.madden@thebaynet.com

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