Celebration of girl power at the Girls on the Run Vermont Central 5K

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Empowered girls take off at the start of the 2017 Girls on the Run Central 5K. Photo provided.

CASTLETON, Vt. – Girls on the Run Vermont announces its Central Vermont 5k celebration, taking place at 10 a.m. 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.


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Left to right: Dr. Karen M. Scolforo, president of Castleton University; Nicole Moran, board member of GOTRVT; Lori Phillips, director of Conferences & Events at Castleton University; Sally Malay, events director of GOTRVT; Sarah Levine, Central & Southern Vermont program coordinator of GOTRVT; Rachel Desautels, statewide program manager of GOTRVT; and Gail Regan, associate professor for Department of Health, Human Movement, and Sport at Castleton University and GOTRVT coach. Photo provided.

“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.

Register online at www.gotrvt.org/central-5k until 11:59 p.m. Thursday, May 17. Day-of registration will take place from 8:30-9:30 a.m. at Castleton University. All GOTRVT participants and coaches who registered for the program do not need to register for the 5K event.

As a nonprofit, Girls on the Run Vermont relies on its generous sponsors to help make its program possible throughout the state. Returning this year are the 5K presenting sponsor, Carris Reels, and proud hydration sponsor, Rutland Regional Medical Center.

Along with the presenting and hydration sponsors, additional support for the Central 5K comes from BlueCross BlueShield of Vermont, Alderman’s Auto Group, Back on Track Physical Therapy, Cabot Creamery, Casella Waste Management, Castleton University, Central Vermont Eye Care, ClearChoiceMD, Community Health Centers of Rutland Region, Dr. Elizabeth Foley, Heritage Family Credit Union, JK Hamilton Builders, Killington Resort & Pico Mountain, Omya, Inc. Price Chopper, Southern Vermont Audiology, Sugar and Spice, The Pines at Rutland Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation, VELCO, Vermont Country Store, Vermont Moving & Storage, Vermont Orthopaedic Clinic, Vermont Sports Medicine Center, and Vermont Store Fixture.

For more information about the 5K or Girls on the Run Vermont, please visit www.GirlsOnTheRunVermont.org, call 802-246-1476, or email events@girlsontherunvermont.org.

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