On August 5, 2020

Suffrage 5k Scramble goes virtual

The Suffrage 5K Scramble scheduled for Aug. 15 in Waterbury will now happen all over the state during Vermont’s primary week: Saturday, Aug. 8 through Saturday, Aug. 15.

Individuals, friends, organizations, clubs and corporations are invited to form groups to commemorate the Women’s Suffrage Centennial 1920-2020! Participants will run or walk the 5K (3.11 miles) route of their choice, at any interval and at any pace, between the 8th and the 15th in a “Votes for Women/Votes for All” sash and submit photos to celebrate their accomplishment.

The Suffrage Scramble 5K, presented by Central Vermont Runners, is produced in partnership with the Vermont Suffrage Centennial Alliance (VSCA), and is committed to informing Vermonters of the history and outcomes of women’s suffrage and engaging them in the ongoing quest for equal rights and citizenship. The motto of VSCA is “Hard Won—Not Done.”

In acknowledgement of this fact, event proceeds and extra donations will be sent to the Rutland NAACP to help fund efforts to expand voter registration, education, and access for people of color in Vermont.

The Scramble also celebrates one-half century of women being allowed to participate in road racing! It took 50 years after women gained the right to vote for women to gain the right to run in both the Boston and New York City Marathons or pass Title IX, allowing access to running teams in schools and universities. One century with the right to vote, one half century with the right to run!

Suffrage Scramble entry fee is $20. More information about Suffrage 5K Scramble can be found at cvrunners.org/cvr-races/suffrage-scramble. Register at letsdothis.com/us/e/suffrage-scramble-5k-virtual-event-187864. For more information contact Donna Smyers at dosmyers@gmail.com.

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