Saturday, May 19, 10 a.m.—CASTLETON—Girls on the Run Vermont (GOTRVT) announces its Central Vermont 5k celebration taking place at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 19 at its new location: Castleton University. This energetic event, presented by Carris Reels, is the culmination of GOTRVT’s 10-week after school empowerment program for local girls in grades 3-8, and is open to the public. The community is encouraged to participate as a runner, walker, volunteer, or sideline supporter.
“We’re thrilled to host this year’s Girls on the Run Central Vermont 5K,” said Castleton University president Karen M. Scolforo. “For us to play even a small role in providing girls with the opportunity to build confidence, to embrace their individual strengths, and prove to themselves that they can achieve any goal to which they aspire is an amazing feeling. Young women are constantly bombarded with the notion of ‘who they should be’ in today’s society. Girls on the Run successfully combats those messages and helps to create empowered leaders of tomorrow.”
Girls on the Run Vermont has empowered more than 42,000 girls since its inception in 1999. This year, the Girls on the Run program – along with the Heart & Sole curriculum for middle schoolers – will reach more than 2,600 girls at over 170 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.
New this year,any GOTRVT alumni can run with the girls for $10. Register online at gotrvt.org/central-5k until 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, May 17. Day-of registration will take place from 8:30-9:30 a.m. at Castleton University, with entry fees $10 for children and $30 for adults. All GOTRVT participants and coaches who registered for the program do not need to register for the 5k event.
Individuals, families and groups can sign up in advance to volunteer at gotrvt.org/central-5k. Community service hours are offered for high schoolers.
Photo courtesy of GOTRVT
Sporting pink shirts, participants of Girls on the Run take off at the start gates.