Andover Townsman, Andover, MA


December 5, 2013

A hometown favorite

Some takeaways from Thanksgiving Day Feaster


“We didn’t know Colleen, but we knew her family a little bit,” Lisa Durbeck said. “Rachel went to school with her sister. But this touched a lot of people. We feel like we knew Colleen.”

There was a moment of silence before the race in memory of Ritzer and the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings.

Andover faces in the crowd

Several of the Feaster Five regulars who reside in Andover were back to run the 5-mile in the 26th annual race, including WEEI’s Gerry Callahan (46:16), WBZ’s Danny Roche (48:37) and Barry Burbank (47:27) and state Sen. Barry Finegold (42:02).

Quote of the day

“The proudest moment of this race every year, for me, is when Dick and Ricky Hoyt pass me. They are an example of what makes this event so special.”

— WEEI’s Gerry Callahan over the PA before the race to the 10,000 runners and walkers

Final tallies and tidbits

Here are some notes and nuggets sent to us by Feaster Five race director Dave McGillivray:

Final numbers were 10,616 entries — 55 percent women, 45 percent men (not including kids race-day registrations), about 100 less than last year

8,920 official starters (not including the kids) and 8,876 finishers.

Ironstone Farm in Andover, Bellesini Academy in Lawrence, Merrimack Valley YMCA and the Merrimack Valley Striders combined to raise well over $100,000 through the race.

Andover police get very high grades, enhancing support once again, with safety officer Chuck Edgerly and Andover public works department leading the war.

As a precaution in the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombings, State Police used bomb-sniffing dogs to comb the starting and finish lines of the race.

Someone stole everything at one of the water stations — tables, barrels, cups, pitchers, rakes, shovels and trash bags. Crews had to go back to the race director’s warehouse to replace all the items that were stolen.

A lot of the leftover food after the race was donated to Lazarus House in Lawrence.

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