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Knights in Training Kids’ Run (under 12) -Awards and raffle prizes! NEW! Chip Timing provided by North Shore Timing, runners and walkers are welcome. All proceeds to benefit the North Andover Athletic Association. “Supporting North Andover Athletics for over 50 Years!”

MISSION- The North Andover Athletic Association’s mission is to support and enhance athletics as well as the athletes’ experience at North Andover High School. The NAAA is comprised of volunteers who assist the North Andover High School athletic department primarily through fundraising. New members are always welcome.

The NAAA was originally known as The Sports Wagon which dated back to the late 1950s. Over the years the group worked in support of the athletic program at the high school. In 1991, after the defeat of 2 override votes, the NAAA was formed and committed to raising enough funds to enable the HS athletic program to continue. Today, in an effort to keep athletic user fees down, the NAAA continues to do fundraising to support and enhance all athletic programs at NAHS. We provide team awards for varsity sports, championship banners for the field house, flowers for Senior recognition ceremonies and we offer 2 scholarships each year to both a male and female athlete.

Your support helps provide trophies and awards for the varsity teams, team championship banners for the Field House, items for senior recognition events, scholarships to athletes from North Andover High School Annual Walsh Stadium Landscaping “Knights to Remember” personalized brick project. Other Special projects include:

- Portable public address systems for the upper turf

- Improved public address system for Walsh Stadium

Race Day Details – The 5K race will begin and end at North Andover High School. The Knights in Training Run will take place on the practice field behind Walsh Stadium and the NAHS baseball field.

8:00am Check-in Begins

9:00am Knights in Training Kids Run

9:30am 5K Runners and Walkers Start

10:30am Awards and Raffle Drawings

North Andover Athletic Association

Help our student athletes achieve experiences that last a lifetime

Parking – Please take the first left into the main parking area in front of the building. All participants should park in the lot immediately to the right. Please follow signs and directions of parking attendants.

Registration/Check-in – Begins at 8AM. Walk-in registrants should plan to arrive early to allow time for processing and check-in. Pre-registered participants should check-in at the “Pre-Registered” table to receive their race packets.

Walk-in participants should proceed to the “Walk-in Registration” table. The $30 walk-in fee is payable in cash or check only. No credit cards are accepted on race day. Walk-ins will be assigned a bib number at check-in.

Pre-Race Warmup and Stretching – Beta O Fitness will be leading a pre-race warmup and stretching free of charge to any interested runners or walkers. Please look for the signs at check-in.

Post-Race Screening and Treatment:

Off-Season Sports and Physical Therapy will be offering free injury screening and post-race massage for 5K participants.

Look for their tent in the area beyond the Finish line. Knights in Training Run participants (under 12 years of age) should sign up at the “Knights in Training Registration” table. The fee is $5 payable in cash or check

Concessions: Coffee and hot chocolate will be for sale on the morning of the race for spectators and participants.

Start times: Knights in Training Run will begin at 9:00AM. The Road Race will begin at 9:30AM with runners in front and walkers in the rear of the group.

Results/Awards: Medals will be awarded to the 1st and 2nd place finishers (both male and female) for ages: 14 and under, 15-19 , 20-29 , 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60+

Race results will be posted on www.coolrunning.com and www.northshoretiming.com. All Knights In Training participants will receive a “Knights on the Run” band bracelet for participating!

Refreshments:There will be a water station at approximately the 1.5 mile mark along the 5K route. Snacks and water will be available for all runners and walkers at the finish line.

Tom Duggan

Tom Duggan

Tom Duggan is president and publisher of The Valley Patriot Newspaper in North Andover Massachusetts, a former Lawrence School Committeeman, former political director for Mass. Citizens Alliance, a 1990 Police Survivor and hosts the Paying Attention! Radio Program on 980WCAP in Lowell, Massachusetts. You can email your comments to valleypatriot@aol.com.

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