BRATTLEBORO -- Now in its 15th year, Girls on the Run Vermont will hold its annual Southern Vermont 5K Run/Walk today at 10 a.m. at Brattleboro Union High School. This celebratory event is the culmination of GOTRVT's 10-week afterschool program for grades 3-8 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 grades 6-8 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. Day-of-event registration is from 8:30-9:30 a.m. (cash or check only) and the adult fee will be $5 more.

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.


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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 and Loan Association and the Trust Company of Vermont.