On May 31, over 800 third to eighth grade girls gathered at the Vermont State Fairgrounds for this year’s Girls on the Run Vermont 5K, and we want to express our thanks to the nearly countless community members who helped make it happen. This year marks our 15th anniversary and the Rutland 5K — our second annual 5K in Rutland — could not have been more celebratory and joyous.
We are incredibly grateful to the following organizations and individuals for all they do to help empower girls to develop physical, emotional and social well-being by supporting the GOTRVT 5K events: the Vermont State Fairgrounds for once again allowing us to use their spacious grounds and track; 10-year GOTRVT coach Mandy Mayer and Rutland City Public Schools Superintendent Mary Moran for their inspiring speeches before the 5K began, and Superintendent Moran for also serving as our honorary 5K starter and cheering at the finish line; physical therapists Michaelia Dix and Holly Brown, from Southwestern Vermont Medical Center, for leading an energizing warm-up; the city of Rutland, the Rutland Police Department and Rutland Regional Ambulance Service for helping keep the roads safe; residents in the neighborhood for being so welcoming; statewide sponsor BlueCross and BlueShield of Vermont; platinum sponsors Rutland Regional Medical Center and Southwestern Vermont Medical Center; our gold, silver and bronze sponsors; parents, guardians, family members, teachers and school staff; and the awesome 5K volunteers and the 199 volunteer coaches who made this day possible.
The girls, who had worked very hard during the GOTRVT after-school program’s lessons, discussions and activities in the 10 weeks leading up to the 5K, were as joyous as they could be.
Thank you to everyone who helps Vermont girls to grow up strong, confident, inspired and uplifted — we could not do it without you.
(Girls on the Run Vermont)
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