Flag Day 5K race held to honor Newburyport soldier

June 21, 2013 by  

Last Friday night, the second annual Flag Day 5K road race was held in Newburyport in honor of Derek Hines, who was a 1st lieutenant in the Army and died in Afghanistan in 2005. No doubt flyer printing and poster printing were used to attract as many runners as possible in memory of the son of Newburyport resident Steve Hines.

As it turns out, a record was set for the largest number of runners in any 5K race in Newburyport with 1,698 runners, which was about a 50 per cent increase from last year’s number of 1,030.

In its first two years, the event has been held on Flag Day and the proceeds of the race are for the 1st Lieutenant Derek Hines Soldiers Assistance Fund. Those soldiers who have been wounded, or the families of those soldiers who died while serving their country, are the recipients of financial assistance from this fund.

The winner of the race was Pat Fullerton from Bradford who is an alumnus from Stonehill College, finishing in just under 15 minutes with an average of 4.81 minutes per mile. The winner of the women’s race was Beth Dollas, a sixth grade math teacher from the Nock School, finishing in a little over 18 minutes.

A member of the Army 173rd Airborne Division, Will Tyree of Framingham, came to run in the race for the second time in support of Hines, with whom he served in Afghanistan.