BRATTLEBORO -- On Saturday, April 26, SIT Graduate Institute will host Race for the Reason at the World Learning campus. The annual 5k and 10k road race is now in its 12th year, and all proceeds benefit Food Connects, a Windham County nonprofit helping cultivate healthy farm and food connections in classrooms, cafeterias, and communities.

Race for the Reason is sponsored by SIT Net Impact, the SIT chapter of an international network of socially conscious professionals and academics who use business solutions to positively change the world. Past beneficiaries have included the Boys and Girls Club, United Way, American Cancer Society of New England, and the ALS Association of New England.

"At SIT we're taught to impact our communities in a positive way, and through this event we have an opportunity to give back to the Brattleboro community that has been so welcoming to us during our time here," said Jen Matthews, a student of Service, Leadership, and Management at SIT Graduate Institute.

Registration costs $25, and the registration fee includes entrance into the event, a t-shirt, and snacks provided by Food Connects.

Both the 5k and 10k courses begin at the SIT campus on Kipling Road, and will follow Kipling and Black Mountain Roads back to campus. There will be various types of activities and games for children for their entertainment before, during, and after the race.


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Food Connects is a transition of Windham County Farm to School program that has introduced new programming that supports their mission "to cultivate healthy food and farm connections in classrooms, cafeterias, and communities." Food Connects was co-founded and staffed by SIT Graduate Institute students who have firm commitments to sustainable development of communities through food access. Food Connects works through three program areas of Farm to School, Farm to Community, and Farm to Institution. Food Connects works with Windham Farm and Food to deliver locally-sourced food directly to parents in the school community. Some of these member schools include: Brattleboro Area Middle School, Brattleboro Union High School, Marlboro School, NewBrook School, Putney Central School, and many more!

For more information about Race for the Reason 2014, or about SIT's Net Impact Chapter, contact John.OMalley@mail.sit.edu or 847-977-6911. Register online at http://www.eventbrite.com/e/race-for-the-reason-2014-to-benefit-food-connects-tickets-10821955761?aff=efbbt.