BRATTLEBORO >> The Green Street School Run Club is gearing up for the GSS 4th annual Tulip Trot 5K Run/Walk and Half-Mile Sprout Run that will be held on Saturday, with the Sprout Run starting at 9:30 a.m. and the 5K beginning at 10 a.m. The course starts and ends at Green Street School in town.
To train for the Tulip Trot, many Green Street students have been participating in an eight-week running program. The run club is free to GSS students and is thriving in its fourth year. What started in 2011 with a small group of enthusiastic and dedicated students and parents has grown into a group of 45 students who vary in age from kindergarten to Grade 6.
Long-time volunteer and Green Street parent, Emilie Beauchamp, said, "Run Club is inspiring: older kids help younger kids and new friendships and bonds are made that aren't possible during school hours. Most of all, kids are getting outside and running, which is what all children should be doing a whole lot more of."
The club was designed to teach students the importance of cardiovascular fitness, and to instill in them a love of running, while introducing the following concepts: stretching, injury prevention, agility training, and developing a personal pace. Students also learn important lessons about setting and achieving goals.
Currently, the run club meets twice weekly after school. After warm-ups and stretching exercises, students head outdoors to run — measured laps are tracked, and students receive a foot-shaped token for every mile they run. You may have seen some of these around town, proudly displayed on chains around students' necks or on their backpacks.
On Wednesday, the Run Club participated in a trial run before Saturday's race. Parents, teachers and students tested out their abilities on the trail.
In addition to those training for the May 14 race through the Run Club, all Green Street School students are participating in the New Balance Billion Mile Race, an initiative that challenges students in American schools to walk, run, or jog. Miles are counted weekly/daily and entered into a national pool that tracks individual school and national goals. By contributing to the national goal, Green Street School will become eligible to receive grants and other prizes.
The annual Tulip Trot 5K is a challenging road and trail race open to the whole community. It serves as Green Street's major annual fundraiser, and supports the Winter Sports program, school-wide academic enrichment opportunities, and field trip initiatives. The Tulip Trot 5K encourages families to exercise together, builds and strengthens the bonds of community in the Brattleboro area where we all live, learn, work and play.
You can visit www.tuliptrot5k.com for more information and to sign up to volunteer, be a sponsor, or register to run or walk. Spectators are also encouraged to cheer runners on. Registration starts at 8:30 a.m. on race day.
This year's generous event sponsors include: Brattleboro Savings and Loan, Brattleboro Area Realty, Brattleboro Subaru, Brattleboro Auto Mall, Pro AV Systems, Against the Grain Gourmet, Brattleboro Elks, Integrated Solar, Renaud Bros. Inc., Valley Crane Services Inc. and Brattleboro Veterinary Clinic.