Thirty-eight people braved temperatures near zero and wind chills much colder to ring in the new year on the run during the annual The Drouthy Bear "Set the Pace" 5-kilometer event.

In harsh conditions that would be dangerous simply to stand in, the small, but rugged group of runners and walkers covered the snow-covered, 3.1-mile course wearing all manner of attire — hats, gloves, mittens, jackets, vests, leggings, scarves and even ski goggles.

The idea was to start the New Year on a healthy note on Monday, Jan. 1 and they did that in tough weather conditions.

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In this event, unlike most spring, summer and fall runs, no participants ran barefoot, even though traditional barefoot-runners Reade Brower and Steve Cartwright were among the field.

Most of the hardy souls were covered from head to toe to prevent frostbite or worse. But at least no one ran in and out of the ocean, a tradition on this day, but kept somewhat toasty by moving along the course.

Given the tough conditions, a surprising number of people turned out to participate. It was around 4 degrees at the start of the event at 11:11 a.m., with a windchill of minus-20 or so degrees.

Keith Drago took off at the start and finished first overall in 17:47.6, while David Root was second at 18:17.1 Jala Tooley was the first female finisher in 21:17.8. She was fifth overall.

The annual event started near The Drouthy Bear, 50 Elm St. and is organized by the non-profit One Community Many Voices.

One Community Many Voices, OCMV, is a 501c(3) charitable organization, located in Rockland. Using a model called: the Art of Good Fellowship – Paying it Forward One Neighbor at a Time – OCMV provides gap funding when no other resources are available to help neighbors in need resolve a hardship related to employment/skill building, youth aspirations, elderly independent living or well-being.

Prizes were awarded for the fastest male and female finishers and for the runner who took on the weather as the least dressed. Milemarker sponsors for the event were 16 Bay View Hotel, Trackside Station restaurant and Doug Curtis Jr., Edward Jones Financial Advisor. Bottled water was sponsored by First National Bank.

To learn more about OCMV, visit ocmv.org.

The following are the complete results from the 5K: 1, Drago, 30, 17:47.6; 2, Root, 48, 18:17.1; 3, Kurt Steiner, 34, 20:19.7; 4, Thomas Fries, 32, 21:15.3; 5, Tooley, 38, 21:17.8; 6, Weber Roberts, 46, 22:06.9; 7, Jeff Hilt, 46, 22:17.0; 8, Juan Meneses, 30, 22:39.1; 9, Steve Cartwright, 66, 22:51.0; 10, Jude Massuer, 44, 22:57.1; 11, Bryan McCarthy, 40, 22:57.4; 12, Peter Abello, 45, 23:03.0; 13, Belinda Aldrich, 40, 23:18.7; 14, Michael Cummons, 57, 23:28.1; 15, Katie Daggett, 49, 23:38.0; 16, Cody Wilson, 27, 23:52.5; 17, Julie Millard, 54, 23:57.7; 18, Hannah Raymond, 33, 23:59.8; 19, Brian Watkins, 56, 24:27.3; 20, Randall Farr, 43, 24:57.9; 21, Doug Blasius, 64, 25:10.1; 22, Hannah Kiermayr, 22, 28:01.1; 23, Mike Madell, 58, 28:13.5; 24, Reade Brower, 61, 28:36.9; 25, Lindsey O'Hara, 34, 28:52.9; 26, Danielle Fagonde, 40, 29:14.8; 27, Claire Dufort, 36, 29:55.4; 28, Licia Morelli, 39, 30:13.2; 29, Jennifer Fries, 37, 32:48.8; 30, Emily Mecklenburg, 34, 33:40.3; 31, Amanda Russell, 59, 34:57.4; 32, Andy Abello, 72, 34:57.5; 33, Ellen Spring, 65, 35:52.8; 34, Misty Rambo, 36, 37:53.9; 35, Sue Colgan-Borror, 64, 38:47.6; 36, Katrina Pound, 38, 47:57.2; 37, Anna Miller, 37, 47:57.7; and 38, Amber Nuite, 33, 47:58.1.

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