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Walk/Ride For Liv Celebrates Its Fifth Year

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Bicyclists.  Victims of domestic violence. Parents looking for a place with activities for their children. People identifying as part of these groups among many others gathered for what is quickly becoming a Westford tradition.

The 2016 Run for Liv and Walk for Liv events took place at the 4H Fairgrounds on Sunday to celebrate the life of Olivia Marchand, a young Westford woman who lost her life to domestic violence in 2010.

Jody Marchand (left) and Julia Tricca, a Westford Academy graduate who received a $1,500 scholarship from the Live for Liv Foundation.
Jody Marchand (left) and Julia Tricca, a Westford Academy graduate who received a $1,500 scholarship from the Live for Liv Foundation.

Now in its fifth year, the event is part of various efforts by the Live for Liv Foundation, a non-profit group started by Olivia’s mother Jody.

In addition to small carnival games, food and vendors, the event also drew people looking to walk, run and bike as well.

A 5K race and a 6-mile family friendly bike challenge began at 11 a.m., an hour after a 23-mile bike race that took riders across Middlesex County.

According to event organizers, over 200 people registered for the three races ahead of time, with 150 more participants arriving to take part on the day of the event.

The mood was casual for the participants, but it was still enriching for more serious bicyclists, such as race winner Adam Vella of Chelmsford.

“I usually do about 200 miles a week. This was for a good cause and I’m local so I thought I’d come down and support it,” said Adam. “I know a lot of people are doing this for a casual charity ride. I’m a category racer so I decided to do this as hard as I can.”

Preparations for the event took seven months this year, but it was worth it for volunteers like Westford resident Joanne Derr, who knew Olivia.

“I think it’s important for community awareness, I think it’s important for keeping Liv’s memory alive,” she said.  “And what I see here is her friends and her colleagues from Westford Academy as well as little kids and families and older people who understand the importance of preventing domestic violence. And that’s really how this event was born.”

More information on the Live for Liv Foundation is available at liveforliv.com. A list of times from the 5k participants can be found here.