(Submitted photo)
(Submitted photo)

BRATTLEBORO -- Now in its 15th year, Girls on the Run Vermont announces its annual Southern VT 5K Run/Walk, will takes place Saturday, May 17, at 10 a.m. at Brattleboro Union High School. This celebratory event is the culmination of GOTRVT's 10-week afterschool program for 3rd to 8th grade girls and is open to anyone who wishes to participate or attend as spectators.

Proceeds from the event benefit the Scholarship Fund at Girls on the Run Vermont, a non-profit organization that helps inspire girls to develop physical, emotional and social well-being, offering strategies for dealing with everything from body image and bullying to peer pressure and the media, in healthy, positive ways, including exercise. This interactive educational program, delivered by over 700 volunteer coaches across Vermont, fosters a sense of self-esteem, teamwork, compassion and community. This year, the Girls on the Run Vermont program, along with Girls on Track for 6th to 8th grade girls, will reach 3,000 girls throughout the state at over 140 schools.

Registration for the 5k is $10 for children, $20 for adults and $40 for a household of three or more. Online registration ends at midnight on May 15 at www.girlsontherunvermont.org/5k-information, where mail-in reg forms can also be downloaded and sent to 22 Browne Court, Ste 103B, Brattleboro, VT 05301 (must be postmarked by May 11).


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Day-of-event registration is from 8:30-9:30 a.m. (cash or check only) and the adult fee will be $5 more. The first 100 members of the public who submit a registration (regardless of method) receive a free GOTR 5K T-shirt. Girls in the GOTRVT program are already registered for the 5k event

Volunteers are needed to help with the 5K, at the start and finish lines, at water stops and along the course. Individuals, families and groups -- school clubs, sports teams and others --can sign up in advance to volunteer.

If you or your group would like to volunteer at a Girls on the Run Vermont 5K, contact Event Director Leslie Myette at 802-246-1476 or leslie@girlsontherunvermont.org

GOTRVT 5k sponsors -- Platinum ($2,000): BlueCross BlueShield of VT, Bodett & Co. and Entergy Vermont Yankee. Gold: Brattleboro Memorial Hospital, C&S Wholesaler, GS Precision, Price Chopper, Curves and the Windham Foundation. Silver: Brattleboro Orthodontic Specialists, Brattleboro Subaru, Deena by Design, G Housen, Northeast Home Loan, River Valley Credit Union, Oak Meadow, DMI Paving, Brattleboro Savings & Loan Association and the Trust Company of Vermont.