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December 18, 2013

Run to the Beach set to step off March 16

HAVERHILL — The Andover Striders in association with the Winners’ Circle Running Club will hold the annual Run to the Beach 30K, otherwise known as the “Goin Down the Road Feelin Bad” run, March 16 at 10 a.m. The race starts at the North Andover VFW and finishes at the Winner’s Circle Sports Bar in Salisbury.

This is a point-to-point course and runners are on their own as far as transportation. Please bring your watch, as you will be timing yourself.

Directed by Dave “Icky” LaBrode, what is essentially a Boston Marathon training run traces a portion of the old Lawrence-to-the-Sea Marathon, which was made famous by 1949 marathoners Johnny Kelly and Louis White.

The course follows Route 125 from North Andover into Haverhill, where the course bears right onto Route 110 into Merrimac and through Amesbury. It finishes at the Winner’s Circle for a straight point-to-point course.

There are no official race directors, awards, numbers or T-shirts, but there are water stops. For your money’s worth (none), it’s the best bargain around, and perhaps anywhere, LaBrode said.

Post-run libations are at the Winner’s Circle and are provided by the Andover Striders and the WCRC.

For more information contact LaBrode at 978-376-8289 or ickylabrode@verizon.net. Visit LaBrode on Facebook for updates.

Sen. Kathleen O’Connor Ives’ office hours

NORTH ANDOVER - State Sen. Kathleen O’Connor Ives will be hosting office hours in North Andover on Friday, Dec. 20 from 1-2 p.m. at the North Andover Senior Center, Activity Room. Appointments are not required. For any questions, please contact her office at (617) 722-1604 or by emailing Christopher.Power@masenate.gov.

NECC class donates to Emmaus

HAVERHILL — Northern Essex Community College students in Professor Isabelle Gagne’s Developmental Psychology 1: Childhood and Adolescence course took time to volunteer and donate goods to Emmaus Inc. in Haverhill this holiday season.

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