Expo Speaker Schedule Announced

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  • Monday: 11/23

  • Tuesday: 11/24

  • Wednesday: 11/25

  • 4:00PM: Sharon Johnson

  • 4:00PM: John Young

  • 4:00PM: Rick and Dick Hoyt

  • 4:30PM: Barry Burbank

  • 4:30PM: Dave McGillivray

  • 4:30PM: Bill Rodgers

  • 5:00PM: Scott McGrath

  • 5:00PM: Gretchen Detora

  • 5:00PM: Joan Benoit Samuelson

  • 5:30PM: Deanna Pomfret

  • 5:30PM: John Young

  • 6:00PM: Barry Burbank

  • 6:00PM: Dave McGillivray

  • 6:30PM: Gretchen Detora

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Monday, November 23, 2015

4PM Sharon Johnson – Merrimack Valley Striders Coach

Sharon is an RRCA-certified running coach and Level 2 certified USA
Triathlon Coach, and certified fitness, and pilates instructor.
She has been a member of Team USA Triathlon Team and is a USAT
All American Triathlete.  The owner/operator and Head Coach of Breakaway Triathlon & Cycling, 47 High Street, North Andover, She coaches athletes ranging from first time 5K runners to world class Ironman Triathletes.

4:30 PM and 6PM  Barry Burbank – WBZ-TV Meteorologist

Having completed almost 37 years at WBZ-TV in Boston, Barry Burbank is currently the weekend evening and relief meteorologist. His weathercasts can be heard periodically on WBZ NewsRadio1030 and on the other CBS Boston stations including Mix104.1, WZLX and 98.5 The SportsHub during intense storms. Barry also delivers educational weather presentations to about 50 schools per year.

5PM  Scott McGrath – Merrimack Valley Striders Head Coach

Scott McGrath is head coach of the Merrimack Valley Striders. He resides in Andover and enjoys racing distances from 1 mile to the marathon. Scott has coached runners from middle school to the collegiate level and aspires to embody the MVS mission of encouraging and enhancing running at all levels.

5:30PM  Deanna Pomfret – Merrimack Valley Striders Coach
Deanna has been coaching fitness enthusiasts, runners, swimmers and triathletes since 2005.  She is a USA Triathlon Level 1 Coach, Road Runners Club of America Certified Running Coach and Owner and Swim Technique Analyst with Athletic Pursuits LLC.  In addition to coaching, Deanna presents on swim and run training and technique for various clubs and symposiums.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

4PM  and 5:30 PM   John Young

In 2009, after losing some weight and returning to swimming as a form of exercise, John Young, age 43 at the time, watched a video of Dick and Rick Hoyt completing an Ironman triathlon.  Watching that video inspired John to tackle his first triathlon.  Since that sprint distance race in Lowell, MA, John has completed more than 30 triathlons including 4 Half-Iron distance races.  Along with numerous half-marathons, John has completed 3 marathons, most recently completing the NYC marathon earlier this month in a time of 5:57:42, qualifying him to compete in the 2015 Boston Marathon, his 3rd attempt at this race.  John lives in Salem, MA with his wife Sue and son Owen.  He also teaches math and coaches swimming at Pingree School in South Hamilton, MA.

4:30PM and 6PM  Dave McGillivray

Race director, philanthropist,  motivational speaker,  accomplished athlete.  Dave McGillivray is a professional with a purpose. From his extraordinary run across the U.S. to benefit the Jimmy Fund and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in 1978 to serving as technical director then race director of the BAA Boston Marathon since the 1980s, McGillivray has helped organize more than 900 mass participatory events since founding DMSE, Inc. in 1981, while raising millions for worthy causes close to his heart.

5PM and 6:30 PM  Gretchen Detora

Gretchen Detora, author of Dave and Danny Pay It Forward works as an Instructional Assistant in a second grade classroom at South Elementary School in Andover, MA. As an author, Gretchen writes her children’s stories with the intention of inspiring others to find positive solutions in everyday life. This has always been Gretchen’s focus in her own life as well. While raising her son Ryan, she taught him the importance of giving back to others and how just one person can make a significant difference in the world. Gretchen also brings this important message to her students at South Elementary School. It is her hope that the positive messages in her stories will reach many more.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

4PM Team Hoyt –  Yes You Can!

In the spring of 1977, Rick Hoyt told his father, Dick Hoyt, that he wanted to participate in a 5-mile benefit run for a lacrosse player who had been paralyzed in an accident. Far from being a long-distance runner, Dick agreed to push Rick in his wheelchair and they finished all 5 miles, coming in next to last. That night, Rick told his father, “Dad, when I’m running, it feels like I’m not handicapped.”  This realization was just the beginning of what would become over 1,000 races completed, including marathons, duathlons and triathlons.  Team Hoyt will be appearing from 3PM to 6PM, and will have copies of their books available for sale.



4:30PM Bill Rodgers – Marathon Man

Four time Boston Marathon Winner and running icon, Bill Rodgers, will be appearing at the Feaster Five Expo from 4-6PM. Bill will be glad to sign your copy of his book, Marathon Man, which sells for $27 on billrodgersrunningcenter.com, and will be available for sale.

5PM  Joan Benoit Samuelson

The single most inspirational figure in women’s sports, Joan won the gold medal in the first ever Olympic Women’s Marathon in 1984 and has gone on to break records and win marathons and road races ever since.  Benoit Samuelson still holds the fastest times for an American woman at the Chicago Marathon and the Olympic Marathon. Her time at the Boston Marathon was the fastest time by an American woman at that race for 28 years.  Joan will be appearing at the Expo on Wednesday from 4PM to 6PM and will be glad to meet you.