We offer coaching and support at every level, from new runners looking to get in shape to seasoned road warriors seeking new PRs. With a staff of highly trained and qualified coaches, MVS seeks to provide the guidance necessary for you to safely become the best you can be. Every member is treated with respect, and our coaches are excited to help each member reach their goals and help make them endurance athletes for life!
MVS Super Iron Runner Series
Of course, we wouldn’t be a running club if we didn’t run in races! To promote camaraderie and provide a challenge, MVS created a 14 race series we call the “MVS Super Iron Series”. At the end of the season, members are rewarded based upon participation. The more races run, the more merchandise is earned.
On most weeks, a member of MVS opens their homes to host a run on the weekend. Whether training for a marathon or looking for some company for a short jog, it’s a great way to spend some time with your MVS friends. Additionally, numerous members have “mini hosted runs” – groups of folks who train at similar paces that meet at a regular location.
The Boston Marathon Experience
Because we are in the heart of running country, the world’s most famous and oldest continuing marathon, The Boston Marathon, holds a special place in our hearts.
For many members, being able to complete a marathon is a reachable goal with proper training, but achieving a qualifying time for Boston might be impossible. MVS is granted “time waived” numbers that help many achieve the ultimate marathon thrill – the journey from Hopkinton to Boston!
Because of our close relationship with the event, MVS is granted exclusive opportunities to work at the event and earn the coveted Boston Marathon jacket!
Mt. Washington Road Race
For those who like their running to have a bit more of a challenge, one of the favorites in New England is the Mount Washington Road Race, 7.6 miles up the auto road to an elevation of 6,288 feet. Though it may be hard to believe, the race is limited in participants and the list fills up quickly. MVS, however, is granted guaranteed entry for a limited number of runners – usually enough to accommodate the hearty MVSers who need a number.
With your membership, numerous discounts at various merchants are available -everything from YMCA membership discounts to discounts at local running stores. A complete list is available at the link below.
The Merrimack Valley Striders are active in the running community and in the community at large.
We host the Feaster Five, one of the largest races in Massachusetts which draws over 8,000 runners and walkers every Thanksgiving morning. In addition to supporting the MVS coaching programs (MVS is a registered 501c3 entity) our race helps raise money for worthy programs such as the Groundwork Lawrence, Bellesini Academy and the Merrimack Valley YMCA.
MVS each year awards area high school seniors scholarships. In 2021, we presented 10 seniors with $2000 scholarships. Funds are awarded through our MVS Memorial Scholarship Program which is in memory and in honor of MVS members who have passed away.
MVS is a regular contributor to charitable causes that reflect our passion for good health such as the DMSE Children’s Fitness Foundation.