Newport Resolution Run returns

Gretchen Ammerman and her dog, Scout, a rescue from the Lincoln County Animal Shelter, took part in the Polar Bear Plunge run as they finished the day plunging into the water together. (Photos courtesy of Kerry Terrel)

Oregon Coast runners celebrate the new year

The Newport Resolution Run and Polar Bear Plunge featured almost 200 runners in the 5K, 10K and half-marathon race. Runners started at the Rogue brewery and proceeded to take runners around the scenic Yaquina Bay before runners had a choice to plunge into the frigid water.

In the 5K race, Flint Martine, of Portland, took first, followed by Peter Hansen, of Forest Grove. On the women’s side, Nikki D’Amico and Rachel Wysocki, both of Portland, rounded out the top two.

For the 10K race, Manuel Finley and Bjorn Begelman, both of Portland, finished first and second, while Sarah Rasmussen-Rehkopf, of Portland, finished first and Colleen Comeau, of Eugene, finished second.

Mark Squire, of Seaside, and Emily Nourse, of Molalla, won the half-marathon race.

But, along with all the winners, there were some just out to enjoy the day.

Gretchen Ammerman, one of those out to enjoy the run, even brought her trusty sidekick Scout — a rescue from the Lincoln County Animal Shelter.

“This is my third year running this race, and I always love it, especially the ocean finish. It’s so fun running down the beach through the finishing shoot and continuing on into the ocean when you are nice and warmed up,” Ammerman said. “I came in fourth overall female, but I was first master’s female (over 40) so I won a cool fleece blanket, which was a perfect award for this race.”

And even with no New Year’s resolutions, just going out and enjoying a perfect Oregon Coast morning was enough motivation for some. Luckily, most runners missed the rain, as it held out just into the afternoon.

“I’m not one for resolutions, but outdoor activity is very important to me, and this is a great way to set the year up for continuing to make healthy choices,” Ammerman said.

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