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Celebration of girl power set to take place in Rutland 5K

Celebration of girl power set to take place in Rutland 5K

Saturday, May 13, 10 a.m.—RUTLAND—Girls on the Run Vermont (GOTRVT) announces its Central Vermont 5k run/walk taking place at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 13 at the Vermont State Fairgrounds in Rutland. This celebratory event is the culmination of GOTRVT’s 10-week after school empowerment program for local girls in grades 3-8, and is open for the community to participate as a runner, walker, volunteer, or sideline supporter.

Girls on the Run Vermont has impacted more than 40,000 Vermont girls since its inception in 1999, and its mission to inspire young girls to be joyful, healthy, and confident is growing each year. Supporting this mission is the Rutland City mayor, David Allaire, who will also be this year’s honorary 5k guest speaker.

“We are so grateful to have the support of the mayor and this wonderful community,” said Nancy Heydinger, executive director of GOTRVT, “These girls are the future leaders of central Vermont! Having families, friends, and community members there to celebrate the girls’ hard work and accomplishments and to run alongside them as they proudly cross the finish line is a feeling they will remember for a lifetime.”

This year, the Girls on the Run program—along with the Heart & Sole curriculum for sixth to eighth grade girls—will reach more than 2,800 girls at over 150 sites in the state. Proceeds from the 5k event benefit Girls on the Run Vermont’s Every Girl Fund. This fund helps to ensure that every girl in Vermont can participate in the program through automatic subsidies and additional financial assistance to those girls who need it the most.

Early-bird registration is $10 for children and $20 for adults online at gotrvt.org/central-5k-rutland until 11:59 p.m. on May 11. Day-of registration will take place 8:30-9:30 a.m. at the Vermont State Fairgrounds, with entry fees $10 for children and $30 for adults. All GOTRVT participants and coaches who registered for the program are automatically registered for the 5k event.

Volunteers are also needed. Sign up at gotrvt.org/central-5k-rutland. For more information, visit girlsontherunvermont.org, call 802-246-1476 or email events@girlsontherunvermont.org.

Photo courtesy of GOTRVT
Every girl is No. 1 at Girls on the Run at the Rutland Fairgrounds, where girls are empowered to be healthy and confident. 

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