Vendors on hand for the day or offering food or provisions for the runners were Orange Leaf and Pinkberry with frozen yogurt, Domino’s with pizza, Perfecto’s with bagels, Cedar’s Mediterranean Foods with hummus, Market Basket with fruit and water, Gatorade, Core Power shake and Olde Redding Butcher Shoppe. Volunteer Diane Sumner offered face painting throughout the morning and Andover Massage assisted runners following the race
This year’s Krit Kearins Memorial Scholarship went to Andover High School senior Mackenzie Dutton, who will be studying nursing at Endicott College in Beverly this fall.
An honor roll student, Dutton has been a two-sport varsity athlete on multiple state championship girls swimming and diving teams as well as the goaltender for the girls ice hockey team.
Dutton has been selected to represent Warrior Way, a program designed to promote and encourage positive attitude, integrity, sportsmanship, determination and the symbolism of being a student-athlete while stressing the importance of academics to elementary and middle school students. She has also volunteered her time as a youth ice hockey and baseball coach and has received several academic and athletic awards.
During her freshman year in 2010, Dutton’s father lost his battle with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. The scholarship selection committee said that while managing her own loss, Dutton has been a compassionate support system for her mother and younger brother. In addition, she has helped others through their grief as a volunteer camp counselor at a bereavement camp. She has also raised $11,000 toward ALS awareness and spoken at the ALS world conference.
Following the race, an after-party for Krit Classic sponsors and supporters was held at Indian Ridge Country Club in Andover, where another $10,000 to support the Krit Kearins Memorial Scholarship Fund was raised through a silent auction, raffle and other activities. Lynch announced the day’s winners and Teichert again provided the music.