May 16, 2016

Registration is Open for Nashoba Valley Medical Center’s 5th Annual Hunger Run 5K and Walk, October 15, 2016

Registration is open for Nashoba Valley Medical Center’s (NVMC) 5th annual Hunger Run 5K road race on Saturday, Oct. 15, 2016. All proceeds from the event will benefit Loaves & Fishes, a non-profit organization that provides food and temporary support services to residents of Ayer, Devens, Groton, Harvard, Littleton, and Shirley. Since its inception, Nashoba’s 5K Hunger Run has generated more than $21,000 for Loaves & Fishes and recruited over 725 participants who have donated more than 2,000 pounds of food to the organization.

The Hunger Run 5K, which is professionally timed by Wilbur Race Systems and certified by USA Track and Field, will begin at Nashoba Valley Medical Center at 11 a.m., 200 Groton Road, and travel along the scenic back roads of Ayer and Groton. Walkers are also welcome to participate in the race.

In addition to the Hunger Run, children are encouraged to dress in their favorite Halloween costumes (optional) and enjoy the “Harvest Half Mile Run.” Fun activities for the whole family will be available at the finish line.

Advanced registration is strongly recommended and can be accomplished online by visiting Register by Thursday, September 15, 2016 and receive a FREE T-shirt. Registration the day of the event is from 9 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.

The cost to register for the 5K race is $25 in advance, $10 for the Half Mile Run and $10 for walkers. Each runner should bring one, non-perishable food item to be donated to Loaves & Fishes.

“Everyone at Nashoba Valley Medical Center is excited to celebrate the fifth anniversary of the Hunger Run − an event that truly embodies our hospital’s mission of giving back to the community,” said Salvatore Perla, president of Nashoba Valley Medical Center. “Loaves & Fishes provides support to a diverse population, including single parents, elderly and people with disabilities, and we are proud to help those in need.”

In 2015, the pantry distributed approximately 600,000 pounds of food to more than 860 families. To learn more about the Loaves & Fishes Food Pantry, visit

For more information about the Hunger Run 5K, contact Lori Gitto at 978-784-9000 or email [email protected]. Organizations who would like to become a sponsor of the event should contact Gary Donia at [email protected].


About Nashoba Valley Medical Center
Nashoba Valley Medical Center (NVMC) offers community-based primary care and specialty services. NVMC was a recipient of the Joint Commission Gold Seal of Approval and was named to The Leapfrog Group’s annual list of Top Hospitals in 2014. Areas of clinical strength include emergency medicine, diagnostic imaging, cardiology, gastroenterology, ophthalmology, oncology, orthopedics, physical therapy and general surgery. NVMC also offers a comprehensive Center for Pain Management, Diabetes and Endocrine Center, Travel Clinic and Occupational Health Services. Nashoba Valley Medical Center is part of the Steward Health Care System LLC, the largest integrated community care organization in New England which combines over 3,000 physicians, 10 acute care hospital campuses, managed care, insurance programs, home care, an imaging operation, and a number of other post-acute services, to provide the most cost effective and highest quality of integrated patient care. Additional information is available at