Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

August 29, 2013

Professional Center gearing for Trot for Special Tots


The Andover Townsman

---- — The Professional Center for Child Development is making plans for its 21st annual Trot for Special Tots 5K Road Race & Walk on Sunday, Oct. 6, at its Andover campus at 32 Osgood St.

The all-ages, fitness-friendly event typically draws a crowd of nearly 400 and offers a chance for the center’s families to get together, socialize and provide mutually beneficial support. It also affords the community an opportunity to learn more about the center’s work.

All proceeds from the event will go to support the center’s therapeutic and educational programs and services aimed at helping children of all abilities achieve their full potential. The center serves more than 1,400 children with challenges and disabilities and their families throughout Massachusetts and southern New Hampshire.

Trot for Special Tots is sanctioned by the USA Track & Field Association and has attracted some seasoned runners in the past.

Registration starts at 9 and the race gets under way at 10. The fast, flat course travels through residential neighborhoods; strollers are welcome. A cookout with prize presentation and team recognition will follow the race.

The entry fee is $25 in advance, $30 after Oct. 4 for the race; $15 in advance, $20 later for the walk; and $30 in advance, $35 later for the family walk.

For more event details, online registration and sponsorship opportunities, visit www.theprofessionalcenter.org, call 978-475-3806, ext. 222; or email kgranahan@theprofessionalcenter.org.