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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

2021 MVS Super Iron Runner Series

Merrimack Valley Striders are excited to present the Super Iron Runner Series Program for 2021!  Our goal is to encourage participation for all club members and promote team spirit within the club as we wait out end the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Super Iron  Series Committee has created the slate of Super Iron Runner Series races for 2021.  The continuing Covid-19 pandemic constraints influenced the decision process as well as the participation rules.  Adjustments have been made to simplify the check in procedure from last year's mid-season pivot to virtual races.

All races will be virtual with flexible distances 5K or greater at a safe venue of your choice.  There will be three participation award levels that will be dependent on the number of events completed.  A new requirement common to all levels will be a trail race 5K distance or greater.  Level 2 and 3 will add longer distances in both Youth and Adult age categories.

The important changes to note:

  • Participation will be counted to those that register for the event. 
  • Follow up with a check-in on the website before the event period lapses. 

Links for each event registration are on the MVS event calendar as well as on the Super Iron Runner Series page.  Registration includes a Covid-19 waiver agreement per MVS executive board consent.  The check-in form includes attachments to allow the committee to validate all entries for SIRS points.

Please see the  MVS Super Iron Runner Series for more info.

Let's get out there and make as much fun we can have (safely) in 2021!

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