WESTMINSTER >> On Saturday, April 2, Southeastern Vermont Community Action held its first "Couch-to-5K" event, named the Fools' Run in celebration of April Fools' Day.

SEVCA's Wellness Committee conceptualized the event as a way to encourage SEVCA employees and residents of the surrounding community to get active and live healthier. Despite the threat of showers, around 30 participants arrived ready to run or walk, some dressed in festive costumes for their trek up nearby Henwood Hill.

The event also served as a fundraiser for SEVCA's housing assistance program, which helps prevent homelessness among at-risk families and individuals and re-house those who are homeless. Over $2,000 was contributed by sponsors and participants associated with the event. SEVCA typically provides housing assistance to over 400 Windham and Windsor County households per year, with funding raised through a variety of private and public grants and contributions.

The event's major sponsors were Blue Cross Blue Shield of Vermont and C&S Wholesale Grocers in Brattleboro. "Banner" sponsors included Westminster Auto Service, Inc., L.A. Burdick Handmade Chocolates, Massucco Law Office, P.C., and Green Mountain Power. Other contributors were: the Haselton family, Cota & Cota, Donovan's, Pleasant Valley Brewing, R. B. Erskine, Inc., LaValley Building Supply, Inc., Abare Cleaning Service, Hidden Springs Maple Syrup, Allen Brothers, and Greater Rock Fitness.


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Kimberly Eckhardt, of Landgrove, crossed the finish line first, with a time of 26 minutes. SEVCA would like to thank all the sponsors, participants, and volunteers that helped make its first-ever Fools' Run Couch-to-5K a success.