Thanksgiving Day Road Race Registration Open Through Nov. 18 at www.FeasterFive.com
Before sitting down to
Thanksgiving dinner, families are lacing up for one of New EnglandÛªs most
festive road races
(November 10, 2011)
ÛÒ Race organizers of the Feaster Five Thanksgiving Day Road Race are
encouraging runners and walkers to register online at www.feasterfive.com before the 5 p.m.
deadline Nov. 18.
are up this year, and since we cap the field at 10,000, we want to make sure we
can accommodate everyone and have another smooth race,Û said Dave McGillivray,
race director and president of DMSE Sports. ÛÏWeÛªre suggesting participants
register soon and online, especially if coming from other parts of the state
and throughout New England.Û
the field is still open race week, late registration will be permitted during
bib pickup from noon to 7 p.m. Nov. 21 and 22, and from noon to 6 p.m. on Nov.
23 at the Merrimack Valley YMCA at 165 Haverhill Street in Andover..For additional
information on race registration and bib pick up, go to www.feasterfive.com.
The Expo will feature a variety of health and
fitness products and vendors plus a meet and greet with New England
running icons Bill Rodgers, Joan Benoit Samuelson and Team Hoyt from 3 to 5
p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 23 at the Merrimack Valley YMCA at 165 Haverhill Street
Thanksgiving Day, the Feaster Five Road RaceÛªs 5-mile and 5K races will begin
at 8:30 a.m. and the KidÛªs Fun Run at 7:45 a.m. All three races ÛÒ which
encourage walkers as well ÛÒ begin near Brickstone Square on Main St. in Andover
at the corner of Rt. 133 and Rt. 28. Proceeds from the race will benefit the
Ironstone Farm and Merrimack Valley YMCA. Parking
is available at Brickstone Square.
families sit down for Thanksgiving dinner, they can lace up for one of New
EnglandÛªs largest and most festive road races,Û said Tom Licciardello of the
raceÛªs host running club, the Merrimack Valley Striders. ÛÏThe family division
is one of the fun features of the race.Û
Awards are given to families with the most entrants and prizes include a
Christmas tree and a spiral-sliced ham for the five largest family teams and a
spiral-sliced ham for the next five teams. Gift certificates courtesy of
DunkinÛª Donuts will also be given to the top 10 families with 10 members or
Family members register as individuals online at www.FeasterFive.com before Nov. 18 and
then send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
with their membersÛª names, ages, race/walk entered (5 mile, 5K, Kids Fun Run)
as well as the name and contact info – email, phone and address – of a
designated team captain.
is the 24th year for the Feaster Five, one of New EnglandÛªs largest road races
where each finisher is given a free old-fashioned apple pie from Table Talk, a
long-time New England favorite.
Merrimack Valley Striders, a non-profit organization, was founded in 1979 to
encourage and enhance running at all levels ÛÒ from beginners to seasoned
marathoners to members who run to improve their health. Though founded
in the Merrimack Valley north of Boston, the running club has members from
as far away as Florida and Arizona. For additional information, visit www.mvsruns.com.
The Eagle-Tribune Publishing Company is the title sponsor of the
event and Smith & Nephew is the presenting sponsor. The gold sponsor is
Pfizer and silver sponsors include Holy Family Hospital, Mix 104.1, Table Talk
Pies, Bagel Boy and Tallman Eye, Kiwanis and Boston Partners Financial Group.
Bronze sponsors include Seacoast Coca-Cola, Cape Cod Potato Chips, BurtonÛªs
Grill, Costa Fruit & Produce, Fuddruckers, Whirlaway Sports Center,
Popchips, Coldwell Banker, Brickstone Square, New England Eye and Facial
Specialists, DickÛªs Sporting Goods, Nexamp, Enterprise Bank, Cascadian Farm,
Nature Crop, Larabar, Woodworth Motors, Enterprise Bank, Smolak Farms,
PrideStar EMS and DunkinÛª Donuts.
also are needed. Detailed information about how to sign up to help on race day
can be found on the volunteer page at www.feasterfive.com/Volunteer
or by e-mailing Crissy Licciardello at crissyL26@yahoo.com.
additional information, go to the race website at www.FeasterFive.com.
Founded by Dave McGillivray in 1981, DMSE
Sports is a leader in sports event management, specializing in creating,
marketing and producing mass participatory athletic events throughout the U.S.
and abroad. In addition to the Feaster Five, DMSE manages more than 30 major
road races per year, including the BAA Boston Marathon, the TD Bank Beach to
Beacon in Maine, the Harvard Pilgrim 10K at Patriot Place, Run for the Dream in
Williamsburg, Va., the Women’s Half Marathon Series throughout the U.S., and
was recently named race director of the New Balance Falmouth Road Race on Cape
Cod. For more info, visit www.dmsesports.com.