Saturday, May 30 — RUTLAND —Girls on the Run Vermont announces its annual Central VT 5K Run/Walk on Saturday, May 30 at 10 a.m. at Vermont State Fairgrounds. This celebratory event is the culmination of GOTRVT’s 12-week afterschool program for 3rd to 8th grade girls, open to anyone who wishes to participate or spectate.
This year’s honorary 5k starter and speaker will be world-class athlete and all-around inspiration, Bethany Bosch, who hails from Wallingford, and who swam the English Channel last fall. Her goal to build an aquatic center in Rutland is as powerful as her mentorship, and they are honored that someone who lives the mission of Girls on the Run so diligently every day will be joining them.
Proceeds from the event benefit the Scholarship Fund at Girls on the Run Vermont, a non-profit organization that helps empower girls to develop physical, emotional and social well-being, offering strategies for dealing with everything from body image and bullying to peer pressure and the media, in healthy, positive ways, including exercise. This afterschool educational program, delivered by over 700 volunteer coaches, fosters a sense of self-esteem, team-work, compassion and community. This year, the GOTRVT program, along with Girls on Track, will reach 3,100 girls at 148 schools across Vermont.
For most GOTRVT participants, the 5k becomes their greatest athletic accomplishment yet. A non-competitive, festive event, the 5k helps show the girls that they can dream big and reach goals they might have never thought were possible—and every GOTRVT girl wears a #1 on her shirt, so each knows she is a winner!
Registration is $10 for children and $20 for adults. Online registration is open at www.girlsontherunvermont.org/5k-information and ends at 2 p.m. on May 28. Day-of registration is available, starting at 8:30 a.m., for extra fee.