The event is held in honor of Jody Marchand’s daughter, Olivia for the last 12 years.
Bikers and runners raced along a scenic loop just outside the 4H fairgrounds, crossing through nearby towns and trails. Food trucks, vendors, and activities such as face painting and arts and crafts were available for attendees and their families throughout the day.
Despite high temperatures, many Westford residents and volunteers flocked to the event in support of Live for Liv.
“I think it’s a great cause and it’s important for women to have support, especially when they’re in hard situations like this,” said Lisa Lentel, a first-time volunteer.
Joanne Derr, a long time volunteer and member of the Live for Liv committee, noted her excitement after the event returned in-person. Derr has supported Marchand since Live for Liv was founded in 2011.
“It’s fantastic, to watch all of these different pieces of the event come together […] Watching the volunteers show up and do their part, and people showing up to register, it all works. It’s like a little bit of magic,” said Derr.
All proceeds from Ride/Run for Liv will be used to help survivors of domestic abuse and further the organization’s goals, as per Live for Liv’s mission statement.
“I’m excited that we’re having the event again […] We have a really great group of people that are volunteering. And every year it is held in memory of my daughter so that her story can be remembered,” said Marchand. If you are interested in supporting Live for Liv, their donation page can be accessed here.
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