Before we celebrate: Thousands turn out for the Feaster Five Thanksgiving Day Road Race – Boston News, Weather, Sports

ANDOVER, MASS. (WHDH) – Thousands of runners took part in a turkey trot of epic proportions on Thursday as Andover hosted again Feaster Five Thanksgiving Day Street Race.

The state’s largest Thanksgiving Day race ran smoothly as competitors made their way through the 5K course in relatively cold but sunny weather.

“It went…amazing,” said Race Director Dave McGillivray. “We’ve had pretty rough Thanksgiving weather for this race in the past, but today was perfect.”

That year, more than 6,000 runners and walkers took to the streets, and many others lined the sidelines to cheer them on.

“The crowd, as always, was absolutely amazingly supportive,” said one runner. “They were cheering, the kids were out there, wrapped up, and giving us high fives – we couldn’t have asked for a better time.”

“The race was great, people cheered us on and kept us going the whole time,” said another runner.

“That’s right, the crowd got us through the last stretch, it was really tough, but it’s a great track and a great day!” another added.

Held since 1988, Feaster Five has brought the community together for one fun morning, with a few families running it no matter what every year.

“This is my tenth year and I’ve run every one of them, including virtually, and even in 2020 when they didn’t have a race – I ran the Feaster Five on the same course,” said a runner with a Merrimack Valley Striders shirt.

All proceeds from the race benefit local causes and organizations including the Merrimack Valley YMCA, Merrimack Valley Striders High School Scholarship Fund, Bellesini Academy and Groundwork Lawrence.

The race is also known for its delicious prize at the end of the course: a truckload of Table Talk cake to be distributed near the finish line.

The Feaster Five is hosted by the Merrimack Valley Striders, which was founded in 1979 and works to “promote and improve running at all levels,” according to the Organization website.

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