1968 Boston Marathon champ to lead annual 'Spring into Health' 5K

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TOWNSHEND — The 10th Annual Grace Cottage "Spring into Health" 5K will take place Saturday, May 11, Mother's Day Weekend, starting at 8:30 a.m. on the Townshend Common.

Leading the pack this year is the 1968 Boston Marathon Champion Amby Burfoot. More than 50 years later, Burfoot continues to run marathons. He was long-time editor of Runner's World magazine and has authored several books on running. He will speak with attendees at the event and will have autographed books available for sale.

Burfoot is also delivering a free lecture and Q&A at the Brooks Memorial Library in Brattleboro at 5:30 p.m. Friday, May 10.

The event will be professionally timed for competitors, but is open to all to run or walk. The course is 3.1 miles of mainly flat, paved road along Grafton Road. Healthy snacks and water will be provided. Free t-shirts for the first 100 to register. After the run, there will be awards, raffles, and a free Fun Run for kids 6 and under on the Common.

Runners, walkers or strollers can register for the 5K online for just $15 at gracecottage.org/events.

Event day registration takes place between 7:45 and 8:15 a.m. for $20, but no guarantee of a t-shirt. Parking is available across the street at Leland and Gray High School. The event will be held rain or shine.

This event, sponsored by People's United Bank, raises funds for the non-profit hospital. For more information, visit gracecottage.org/events

or call 802-365-9109.

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