Over 160 of  182 registered runners braved the “cool” Saturday weather to run in the 2017 Out of Hibernation 5K Road Race.  Runners registered on line, and in person on Friday night and Saturday morning. Ryan Poluk (No. 152) of Portsmouth came across the finish line with the best time of 17:02 minutes.  Within 47 minutes of the start, all participating runners and walkers had completed the race.  Awards were presented for each category of runners after the race, plus, a number of prizes including Red Sox tickets,  Sunglasses, restaurant gift certificates, tattoo gift certificates, helicopter rides, and many other prizes were awarded by drawing following the presentation.

Past Master of St. John’s Lodge, Dan Stolworthy (left) helps to register runners




Runners begin to assemble in the auditorium of the Portsmouth Masonic Temple Saturday morning (April 8 2017).


Runners Kate MacDonald and husband Tim Smith ready to go to the starting line.



Runners turn out on to Middle Street just after the “starting gun”.





Ryan Poluk (No. 152) slows after just crossing the finish line in first place


Kristen Moses of Manchester begins “cool down” after crossing the finish line.


Runners continued to cross the finish line for nearly 46 minutes after the Out of Hibernation 5K’s start.



After crossing the finish line, runners take a well deserved break before heading into the Portsmouth Masonic Temple’s auditorium for the awards ceremony.


Runners gather for refreshments provided by St. John’s Lodge and to begin the awards ceremony.


Dan Stolworthy (right) and current Master of St. John’s Lodge Nick “Floyd” Caron begin giving the awards for various runner’s categories.


Runners listen carefully to see if their number is drawn for one of the many prizes donated to this year’s 5K.