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It’s time to pull out your running shoes and prepare for this year’s 5K Hunger Run! It’s a great way for the whole family to get some exercise and have fun while helping those in need in our community.
On Saturday, October 19, Nashoba Valley Medical Center will host its second annual 5K Hunger Run road race, with all proceeds from the event going to Loaves and Fishes, a non-profit organization that provides food and temporary support services to residents of Ayer, Devens, Groton, Harvard, Littleton and Shirley. The organization also advocates for changes that will promote independence and self-reliance for its clients. In 2012, the pantry provided food for 969 families.
The Hunger Run 5K, which is professionally timed and has been certified by the U.S. Track and Field Course Certification Program, will begin at Nashoba Valley Medical Center at 11 a.m. and travel along the scenic back roads of Ayer and Groton.
In addition to the Hunger Run, children are encouraged to dress in their favorite Halloween costumes and enjoy the “Spooky Fun Half Mile Run.” Walkers are also welcome to participate. Fun activities for the whole family will be available at the finish line.
Advanced registration is strongly recommended, and can be accomplished online at active.com (search Hunger Run 5K). Registration on the day of the event is from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.
The first 100 runners to register will receive a T-shirt. Prizes will be awarded for first place male and first place female runners directly following the 5K race.
The cost to register for the 5K race is $20 in advance, $25 for same day registration, $5 for the Half Mile Run and $5 for walkers. We ask that each runner bring one, non-perishable food item to be donated to Loaves and Fishes.
“Nashoba Valley Medical Center is proud to support an organization that supports our neighbors and friends; they are the elderly, the single parent, people with disabilities and the working poor; they are the people you meet on the street, at church, and at school,” said race coordinator, Gary Donia, MSPT. “Loaves and Fishes has never turned anyone away.”
Nashoba Valley Medical Center’s first 5K Hunger Run, held in 2012, generated over $3,600 for Loaves and Fishes, 40 plus bags of food items and brought out over one hundred and fifty participants. Please consider joining us as we run for hunger.
Nashoba Valley Medical Center is located at 200 Groton Road, Ayer, Mass. For more information, contact Robin Eibye at 978-784-9000.