Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

November 14, 2013

YMCA seeking Feaster Five support

The Andover Townsman

---- — Thousands of people across the region will spend Thanksgiving morning, Thursday, Nov. 28, running/walking in the annual Feaster Five Road Race in Andover, and some of those participants will be part of the Why I Run campaign for the Merrimack Valley YMCA.

Why I Run is a fun and healthy fundraising campaign organized to help raise funds for the expansion of the Andover/North Andover YMCA branch. YMCA leaders say the expansion project will be transformational for the organization and the Merrimack Valley, providing vastly improved resources for fitness, wellness and educational opportunities.

They say it is the community that builds the YMCA and the community that benefits from and supports its viability, which is why the Merrimack Valley YMCA is encouraging all friends and families to participate in the Why I Run campaign as part of the 26th Annual Feaster Five Road Race.

The Andover/North Andover YMCA has remained relatively unchanged since 1973. The expanded facility will provide the tools to pursue the goal of making healthier lives achievable for everyone by creating a community space dedicated ti active, healthy living that matches the current and anticipated future needs of the community.

The Andover/North Andover Expansion project highlights are an expanded aquatics center, a new child-care center, a new active healthy-living center for older adults, a new expanded wellness center and a rehabilitation center operated by Lawrence General Hospital.

To join the Why I Run campaign, sign up to participate in the Feaster Five Road Race at and visit the YMCA fundraising website at For updates on the Why I Run campaign, the expansion and related information, visit the Why I Run Facebook page at