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November 23, 2012

Mixed results for region's premier running couple

ANDOVER — After Nate Jenkins runs a race, the person he usually meets up with immediately afterward is his wife, Melissa Donais, often in the winner’s circle as both are among the best runners in the area.

But after yesterday’s win for Jenkins, his fourth straight Feaster Five 5-mile victory here on Thanksgiving morning, there was no sign of his wife.

”Reluctantly, she is home,” said Jenkins. “We were out for a jog after work on Hillside Drive (in Andover) and she hit a curb and fell. We were more worried about her hip from the fall. But when she woke up the next day she couldn’t move her arm. She broke a bone in her shoulder.”

Donais was contemplating an attempt at this year’s event, but it wasn’t in the cards.

”She tried running, and then it would hurt,” said Jenkins. “Then she came up with a bad cold, so there was no way.”

Heart attack? No problem

It was a pleasant surprise for many Andover residents. Selectman Brian Major not only was at the Feaster Five, but he had a number on his jersey.

Despite suffering a heart attack in June, Major was given a clean bill of health from his doctors to run — not walk! — in yesterday’s event.

He ran the 5K race in an impressive time of 32:04.

”I feel better than ever,” said Major, before the race. “I’m very thankful to be here.”

Beck had a lot at ‘steak’

Catherine Beck had many reasons to give it her best at this year’s race.

After winning and having so much fun two years ago in her first Feaster Five, the Brookline, N.H. native got the support of several family members this year, most of whom attended Thanksgiving dinner in Topsfield after the race.

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