EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

November 23, 2012

Feaster Five marks 25th anniversary in big way

By Bill Burt

---- — The 25th annual Feaster Five Road Race enjoyed a big day on Thursday.

Here are some race facts from the record-breaking event:

The final numbers are in. There were 10,720 entries, crushing last year’s record by nearly 800.

The Kids K continues to grow, with a record 795 boys and girls entered, all of whom won a medal.

Of the 8,100-plus who pre-registered on-line, only 249 did not run or pick up their number. According to race director Dave McGillivray, “This is historic.” Of course, the perfect running and walking weather conditions helped.

While this was the 25th annual Feaster Five, this was McGillivray’s 20th year directing the race.

In terms of finishers, the 5K had 6,467 and the 5-miler 2,830. Can we say that the 5K rules?

There more costumes than ever before. It has McGillivray wondering if there should be a “Costume Division,” too. Stay tuned.

There were no major medical issues as only six people needed the medical tent. According to McGillivray, that is a record low number, probably related to the great weather.

This was the 32nd and last event of the year for DMSE, McGillivray’s race directing business.

It took 15 minutes for the last person to cross the starting line, which means the men’s 5K winner, Pat Fullerton of Bradford, had almost finished before the last person crossed the starting line.

Despite the record amount of runners and walkers, the Feaster Five did not run out of pies.

McGillivray’s sons Ryan (22), Max (18) and Luke (6) and daughter Elle (8) all ran the 5K, a first for the McGillivray clan.

Team Souza won the Family Award to earn a $500 shopping spree to Whirlaway Running Center in Methuen. The McCabe family broke the Irwin Family’s run of having the most family members.