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The Merrimack Valley Striders is a running club that was founded in 1979 with the mission to encourage and enhance running at all levels




Welcome to Merrimack Valley Striders

Merrimack Valley Striders was founded in 1979 with the mission to encourage and enhance running at all levels. 

Every member of MVS is respected as an athlete: whether young or old, capable of winning races or further back in the pack, seasoned marathoner, or a member who is simply seeking to improve his or her health.

Though we were founded in the Merrimack Valley of Massachusetts -- north of Boston, south of New Hampshire – we have grown and our reach touches runners as far away as Florida and California.

MVS Spring Couch-to-5K Program

A new, free Spring Couch to 5K begins Sunday, March 10, 8:30 a.m. for eight weeks, leading up to the Colleen Ritzer 5K.   

This program is available to Merrimack Valley Striders members and non-members.  This training is suitable for the walker, the runner with some experience or who has not run in some time, and the experienced runner.

The weekly sessions are coached by members of the Merrimack Valley Striders.  Weekend trainings are offered on certain Saturdays or Sundays depending on the weekend.

Meet at 36 Bartlett St., Andover, near the gazebo. Plenty of street parking. Training sessions will take place on the actual race course.

Registration is required.   Follow the link below for more details and to register for training:

Couch to 5K Program

Sign Up for Winter Coaching 

The MVS Winter Coaching program starts  Monday, December 11 with Strength, Mobility and Balance for Runners at Andover/North Andover YMCA,  followed by Tuesday evenings for indoor track at Andover High School Field House,

The program runs for 12 weeks with options for one or two coached sessions per week.

The two programs will still be offered, but on alternate days of the week.

Program Day Location
Strength, Mobility and Balance for Runners Monday Evening Andover/North Andover YMCA

 Indoor Track  Tuesday Evening  Andover High

For more details and registration, click the button below:

Coaching Programs

Upcoming Events
Upcoming Events

36th Feaster Five was a Success!

A big thank you all the participants that ran the 36th annual Feaster Five!  It was a glorious way to kick off Thanksgiving holiday with family and friends!

A huge thanks goes out to the sponsors, DMSE, and hundreds of volunteers to make this year's race run so smoothly.

This race has its roots in Andover MA, but has attracted many participants from around the globe! Maps in the slideshow display where this year's participants have come from.

Here are some scenes from the Expo through the 36th Feaster Five:

Feaster Five 2023 Demographics



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