Girls on the Run Vermont wraps up its 18th season with strong local impact

REGION —Each spring Girls on the Run Vermont (GOTRVT) offers a 10-week empowerment program for Vermont girls in grades 3-8. Though its program is seasonal, Girls on the Run Vermont as an organization works the entire year to strengthen its impact locally – striving to expand its mission and reach to as many Central Vermont girls as possible in the upcoming season.

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At the 5k event at the Vermont State Fairgrounds, teaching girls healthy living. Photo provided

Included in this yearlong effort is the dedicated staff and board whose passion to inspire local girls to be joyful, healthy, and confident is essential. In March, GOTRVT excitedly welcomed Nicole Moran to its board. Nicole Moran is the Director or Hospice and Palliative Care Services for the VNA & Hospice of the Southwest Region of Vermont. Nicole resides in her hometown of Rutland, Vermont with her husband and two children. In addition to her role on the Board for GOTRVT, she is a member of the Rotary Club of Rutland City, serving the community she calls home. Nicole is also a certified fitness instructor, teaching classes at Studio Fitness in Rutland.

This season, the Girls on the Run program (grades 3-5) and the Heart & Sole program (grades 6-8) impacted more than 600 girls in Central Vermont – empowering them to be the strong future leaders of our community. The 2017 spring program culminated in May with a celebratory 5k event at the Vermont State Fairgrounds in Rutland with the support of Presenting Sponsor, Carris Reels and Hydration Sponsor, Rutland Regional Medical Center.

Additionally, Girls on the Run Vermont was able to offer financial assistance to more girls than ever this year. As a non-profit, GOTRVT relies on numerous sources to make its program possible for girls and their families including business and individual donors, special events, its annual scholarship drive, and through GOTRVT’s charity running program called SoleMates. Its very own Executive Director, Nancy Heydinger, signed up to be a SoleMate when she joined Hyland’s all-women team and ran the 2017 Boston Marathon, raising pledges during her training journey for the GOTRVT Every Girl Fund.

For more information about Girls on the Run Vermont please visit, call (802) 246-1476 or email

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