Girls on the Run celebrates 20th anniversary
BRATTLEBORO- Twenty years ago, 15 girls at Vernon Elementary School enrolled in the Girls on the Run program. Twenty seasons and 45,000 girls later, Girls on the Run Vermont is thriving and celebrating its 20th anniversary back where it all began in southern Vermont.
All program participants, alumnae, coaches, parents, board members and supporters are invited to this non-competitive, community event on May 18 at Brattleboro Union High School.
Participation in the 5K celebratory event on May 18 is open to the public and all proceeds will 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. Last season’s 5K event brought together 1,000 participants including program participants, their family and friends and community members.
This year’s 20th anniversary 5k will have a birthday theme. Community members are encouraged to celebrate, too. Early bird registration for the Girls on the Run Vermont 5K is $10 for children and $20 for adults. GOTRVT alumni are welcomed back with a special registration offer to run for only $10. Register online at www.gotrvt.org/southern5k until 11:59 pm on Friday, May 17.
Day of registration will take place from 8:30 to 9:30 am at Brattleboro Union High School, 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.
Volunteers are also needed. From course volunteers and face painting, to equipment setup and breakdown, there are many opportunities to get involved. Community service hours are offered for high schoolers.
The event will begin at 10 am on May 18 at Brattleboro Union High School and early arrival is suggested. For more information about the event, how to register, and volunteer opportunities visit www.gotrvt.org/southern5k.