---- — ANDOVER — Early bird registration for the Thanksgiving Day Feaster Five Road Race will be available online through Thursday Oct. 31 at www.feasterfive.com.
The discounted early bird entry fee is $30 for either the 5K or 5-mile races for entrants over 12 and $20 for those under 12. The Kids Fun Run entry fee is $5, regardless of when sign up occurs.
Race officials took 10,720 registrations in 2012, which resulted in a record setting 9,297 runners crossing the finish line.
“The Feaster Five field increases each year because it’s a popular, family-friendly event,” said Race Director Dave McGillivray. “Each year we have more and more runners who want to participate, so signing up early makes sense in case we reach our limit.”
Hosted by the Merrimack Valley Striders and managed by DMSE Sports, the Feaster Five Road Race’s 5-mile and 5K races is held each year on Thanksgiving morning, beginning near Brickstone Square on Main St. in Andover at the corner of Route 133 and Route 28.
Proceeds from the race will benefit Ironstone Farm, Bellesini Academy, the Merrimack Valley YMCA and the Merrimack Valley Striders.
The Eagle-Tribune Publishing Company is the presenting sponsor of the event and the gold sponsor is Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts. Silver sponsors include Table Talk Pies, Bagel Boy, Holy Family Hospital, Kiwanis Club of Greater Lawrence and Tallman Eye. Bronze sponsors include Woodworth Motors, Brickstone Square, Costa Fruit & Produce, Whirlaway Sports Center, Fuddruckers, Tactician, Smolack Farms, Larabar, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Food That Should Taste Good, Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate, Pridestar EMS, Eastern Bank, Nature Crops, Cape Cod Chips, Seacoast Coca-Cola and Enterprise Bank.
Volunteers also are needed. Detailed information about how to sign up to help on race day can be found on the volunteer page at www.feasterfive.com/Volunteer or by e-mailing Crissy Licciardello at crissyL26@yahoo.com.
For additional information and to register, go to the race website at www.FeasterFive.com.