Girls on the Run Vermont celebrates 20th anniversary season

CASTLETON, Vt. – 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. All program participants, alumnae, coaches, parents, board members, and supporters are invited to this noncompetitive, community event May 11, 2019 at Castleton University in Castleton, Vt. This event is presented by Carris Reels.

Participation in the 5K celebratory event May 11 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 1,100 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 help us celebrate too! GOTRVT alumni are welcomed back with a special registration offer to run. Register online at until 11:59 p.m. Thursday, May 10. 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.

Volunteers are also needed. From course volunteers and face painting, to equipment setup and breakdown, there are many opportunities to get involved. Individuals, families, and groups – school clubs, sports teams and others – can sign up in advance to volunteer at Community service hours are offered for high school students.

The event will begin May 11 at 10 a.m. at Castleton University and early arrival is suggested. For more information about the event, how to register, and volunteer opportunities, visit

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 5K presenting sponsor, Carris Reels, and proud hydration sponsor, Rutland Regional Medical Center.

Additional support for the Central 5K comes from Alderman’s Chevrolet Buick GMC, Back on Track Physical Therapy, Berkshire Bank, BlueCross BlueShield of Vermont, The Bonadio Group, Cabot Creamery, Casella Waste Systems, Castleton University, ClearChoiceMD, Community Health Centers of the Rutland Region, Green Mountain Power, The Gymnasium, Heritage Family Credit Union, Hubbardton Forge, JK Hamilton Builders, Killington Resort, Market 32, Omya Inc., Southern Vermont Audiology, Trust Company of Vermont, VELCO, Vermont Country Store, Vermont Moving and Storage, Vermont Orthopaedic Clinic, and Vermont Sports Medicine Center.

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