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The Merrimack Valley Striders is a running club that was founded in 1979 with the mission to encourage and enhance running at all levels



Welcome to Merrimack Valley Striders

Merrimack Valley Striders was founded in 1979 with the mission to encourage and enhance running at all levels.  Every member of MVS is respected as an athlete: whether young or old, capable of winning races or further back in the pack, seasoned marathoner, or a member who is simply seeking to improve his or her health. Though we were founded in the Merrimack Valley of Massachusetts -- north of Boston, south of New Hampshire – we have grown and our reach touches runners as far away as Florida and California.

MVS/XC Project Youth Coaching for Summer 2021

Alan St.Germain - 5/8/2020

XC Project Returns for Summer 2021

Last year, XC Project teamed with MVS to offer a summer youth coaching program designed to prepare student athletes at middle school, high school, and early collegiate levels for the fall cross country season.  The program was well received by the participants, with many reporting improved personal achievements as well as greater contributions to their teams success.

Plans for the 2021 XC Project are in place  for sessions to be held for 6 weeks beginning 7/7/2021, including contingencies for appropriate response to the prevailing public health guidance.

Interested parents and students can learn more and register for the 2021 XC Project at the following link:

Youth Coaching Programs

Summer Coaching Program is Back! 

We  are excited to announce the return of MVS Coaching for Summer 2021.  After more than a year of cancelled coaching seasons, we are looking forward to the familiar track intervals as well as Coach Sharon Johnson's total fitness regimen in Hills, Drills, and Skills sessions.

The program runs for 8 weeks starting June 17 with options for one or two coached sessions per week.  A morning track session for early birds will be offered once we have a quorum of at least 8 registrants.

The two programs will still be offered, but on alternate days of the week.

Program Day Location
 Outdoor Track  Tuesday PM
* Wednesday AM
North Andover High Track
Hills, Drills, and Skills Thursday Evening TBD (Half-Mile Hill, Breakaway, etc.) 

* Minimum 8 participants 

Check out the details and register here:  Coaching Programs

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