Girls do a warm-up dance Saturday at Brattleboro Union High School before the Girls on the Run 5K run. (Howard Weiss-Tisman/Reformer)
Girls do a warm-up dance Saturday at Brattleboro Union High School before the Girls on the Run 5K run. (Howard Weiss-Tisman/Reformer)

BRATTLEBORO -- More than 1,400 people participated in Girls on the Run Vermont's annual Southern Vermont 5K Run/Walk on Saturday morning at Brattleboro Union High School. 1,000 walkers/runners, 120 volunteer coaches and 300 spectators took part in this celebratory event that was the culmination of GOTRVT's 10-week afterschool program for grades 3-8 girls that was open to anyone who wished to participate or attend as spectators.

Proceeds from the event benefited 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.

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.