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January 2, 2013

Frosty Four Race sets new record despite winds

SALEM — With 819 registered runners, yesterday’s sixth annual Frosty Four Road Race set yet another record.

Salem’s New Year’s Day 4-mile running tradition continues to grow regardless of the weather conditions, which featured temperatures in the low 30s and strong headwinds for the last two miles.

Co-race director Shari Hewson of Salem’s Wicked Running Club said she was pleased with the turnout, which surpassed last year’s total. The race had plenty of last-minute signups, with a steady of line of runners registering inside the Tavern in the Square race headquarters right up until the 10 a.m. start time. Runners made their way from downtown Salem through the Willows and back.

James Pawlicki, 38, of Lynn won the race with a time of 22:21, a 5:36 per mile pace. David Corbett, 29, of Stoneham was second with a time of 23:06 (a 5:47 pace) while 50-year-old Jason Barnes of Salem was third in 23:29 (a 5:53 pace).

“This is a good way to start the year,” said Pawlicki, a Danvers native who previously lived in Beverly. “I’ve never started a year with a win before.”

Pawlicki got off to a good lead with the wind at his back for the first two miles and was able to maintain his advantage despite having the wind in his face for the final two miles.

Still, “I never looked back,” Pawlicki said. “I didn’t have anyone challenging me. That’s unusual.”

The top female finisher was Taylor Krajewski, 23, of Salem with a time of 27:48 (a 6:57 pace), followed by Gina Newton, 35, of North Chelmsford in 27:55 (6:59 pace) and Susan Collins-Pulic, 44, of Rowley in 28:18 (7:08 pace).

The Frosty Four was also part of the Road Runners Club of America’s (RRCA) Championship Event Series, which recognizes well-run events and presents awards to top runners by age group. The RRCA has also designated Salem as a Runner-Friendly Community.

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