Mobile Lockers, Training Runs, Running Legends at Expo!

ANDOVER, Mass. (October 28, 2014) – This year’s Feaster Five Thanksgiving Day Road Race will offer mobile lockers for participants who want to safely store and easily access extra layers of clothes or other personal items before and after the race.

The lockers are available in varying sizes with rentals starting at $5 on site, or they can be rented online in advance for a 20 percent discount at Small lockers are ideal for cell phones, keys and a layer of clothes while larger ones will fit bulkier items or a gym bag.  

Feaster Five Thanksgiving Day Road Race is one of the largest and most festive holiday road races in New England.

Registration for New England’s largest and most festive Thanksgiving Day running event continues at 5K/5-mile participants will save $5 if they register by midnight on Friday (Oct. 31).

Also, the Merrimack Valley Striders will continue to hold fun and free Sunday morning training sessions for Feaster Five runners of all fitness levels leading up to race day.  Participants meet at the Start Line at Shawsheen Square at 8 a.m. each Sunday. For more information, contact [email protected].

The Feaster Five is a Thanksgiving Day tradition for families and friends across the region. The mood is fun and festive and every race finisher goes home with an old-fashioned apple pie provided by Table Talk, a long-time New England favorite.

Feaster Five Thanksgiving Day Road Race is one of the largest and most festive holiday road races in New England.

Hosted by the Merrimack Valley Striders and managed by DMSE Sports, the Feaster Five Road Race’s 5-mile and 5K races will begin at 8:30 a.m. and the Kid’s Fun Run at 7:45 a.m. on Thanksgiving Day.  All three races – which welcome walkers as well – begin on Main St. in Andover at the corner of Route 133 and Route 28 and finish at Brickstone Square. Proceeds from the race will benefit the Merrimack Valley YMCA, Challenge Unlimited at Ironstone Farm, Bellesini Academy and the Merrimack Valley Striders.

On-site registration, bib and t-shirt pickup and the Feaster Five Expo Thanksgiving week – featuring sponsors, vendors and a host of running legends – will take place in a new location at the Sakowich Center at Merrimack College this year. Runners are invited to stop by Monday and Tuesday (Nov. 24 -25) from noon until 7 p.m. and on Wednesday (Nov.  26) from noon until 6 p.m.

Volunteers also are needed. Detailed information about how to sign up to help on race day can be found on the volunteer page at or by e-mailing Crissy Licciardello at [email protected]

Feaster Five Thanksgiving Day Road Race is one of the largest and most festive holiday road races in New England.

Sponsors this year include Eagle-Tribune Publishing, Table Talk Pies, Bagel Boy, Whirlaway Sports Center, Dunkin Donuts, Wignall Animal Hospital, GW & Wade, Holy Family Hospital, Tallman Eye, Acquia, BNY Mellon, Woodworth Motors, Andover Rotary Club, Brickstone Square, Costa Fruit, Fuddruckers, Dick's Sporting Goods, Burton's Grill, Cape Cod Chips, Seacoast Coca Cola, Smolak Farms, Align Credit Union, Tactician, Off-Season Sports, MFA, Orange Leaf, Food Should Taste Good and Larabar. To become a sponsor, contact [email protected] or to secure a vendor space at the Expo contact [email protected].

For additional information and to register, go to the race website at

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 the B.A.A. Boston Marathon, the TD Beach to Beacon in Maine, the New Balance Falmouth Road Race on Cape Cod, the Finish at the 50 at Patriot Place, Run for the Dream in Williamsburg, Va., the Bellin Run in Green Bay, Wis., and the Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk, among others. For more info, visit