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Merrimack Valley

June 26, 2013

Lawrence team competes in 12-mile obstacle course

LAWRENCE — Fitness Appeal, a fitness team from the Canal Street Gym at 251 Canal St., recently finished the Tough Mudder 12-mile obstacle course. Designed by former British Special Forces soldiers to test strength, stamina, mental grit and camaraderie, participants had to swim through ice, run through fire, crawl through mud, and more to reach the finish line.

Led by Victor Ng, the team regularly participates in obstacle course races, half and full marathons, 5Ks, duathlons, triathlons and Ironman races.

According to spokesperson Ana Maria Avellan, the team hopes to inspire other Lawrencians to become more health conscious.

“We do our training runs around the city of Lawrence wearing our Fitness Appeal shirts so that people might stop us and ask how they can join,” she said in an email. “We also train at the Reservoir in Lawrence to keep the city involved and for those who do their walks to want to participate.”

The team’s motto is “We Don’t Hate, We Motivate.” They welcome people of all levels who want to join. For more information, visit facebook.com/fitnessappeal or call the Canal Street Gym at 978-747-6558.

Nominations for MVB magazine’s 40 Under 40 awards underway

MVB, the region’s business magazine, once again is in search of outstanding young people in the Merrimack Valley and southern New Hampshire to recognize through this high-profile awards presentation.

Each year, MVB — a sister publication to The Eagle-Tribune — honors 40 people under 40 years of age for their outstanding contributions to the business and broader community. Last year’s winners were chosen from hundreds of nominees, and even more entries are expected this year.

“We are happy to recognize these young movers and shakers who are making a difference in our communities,” said Karen Andreas, regional publisher of North of Boston Media Group. “We’re expecting many nominations, and I’m certain it will be difficult to narrow the field.”

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