AYER -- Nashoba Valley Medical Center is hosting its second annual 5K Hunger Run road race on Saturday, Oct. 19.

The Hunger Run 5K, which is professionally timed and has been certified by the U.S. Track and Field Course Certification Program, will begin at Nashoba Valley Medical Center at 11 a.m. and travel along the scenic back roads of Ayer and Groton.

In addition to the Hunger Run, children are encouraged to dress in their favorite Halloween costumes and enjoy the "Spooky Fun Half Mile Run."

Walkers are also welcome to participate.

Fun activities for the whole family will be available at the finish line.

The cost to register for the 5K race is $20 in advance, $25 for same-day registration, $5 for the Half-Mile Run and $5 for walkers.

We ask that each runner bring one nonperishable food item to be donated to Loaves & Fishes.

All proceeds from the event will benefit Loaves & Fishes, a nonprofit organization that provides food and temporary support services to residents of Ayer, Devens, Groton, Harvard, Littleton and Shirley.

Advanced registration is strongly recommended and can be accomplished online at active.com (search Hunger Run 5K). Registration the day of the event is from 9:30-10:30 a.m.

The first 100 runners to register will receive a T-shirt. Prizes will be awarded for first-place male and first-place female runners directly following the 5K race.


Nashoba Valley Medical Center's 2012 event generated more than $3,600 for Loaves & Fishes, 40-plus bags of food items and brought out more than 150 participants.

Nashoba Valley Medical Center is at 200 Groton Road. For information, call Robin Eibye at 978-784-9000 or robin.eibye@steward.org. Information on sponsoring the 5K road race can be found by contacting Gary Donia at gary.donia@steward.org.