Press Release: Celebration of Girl Power to Take Place at GOTRVT 5K on June 3rd


Celebration of Girl Power set to take place on June 3, 2017 at the Girls on the Run Vermont Northern 5k in Essex Junction


Brattleboro, VT— Girls on the Run Vermont (GOTRVT) announces its Northern Vermont 5k run/walk taking place at 10 a.m. onSaturday, June 3rd at the Champlain Valley Exposition in Essex Junction. This celebratory event, presented by People’s United Bank, is the culmination of GOTRVT’s 10-week after school empowerment program for local girls in grades 3-8, and is open for the community to participate as a runner, walker, volunteer, or sideline supporter.

Girls on the Run Vermont has impacted more than 40,000 Vermont girls since its inception in 1999, and its mission to inspire young girls to be joyful, healthy, and confident is growing each year.  Supporting this mission is Don George of BlueCross BlueShield of Vermont, GOTRVT’s statewide program sponsor, who will be offering a few motivating words to the girls before they kick off their 5k dance warm-up. Additionally, this year’s honorary 5k starter is Rowly Brucken, GOTRVT coach at Northfield Elementary who has been inspiring girls through the program for the last 13 years.

“These girls are the future leaders of Vermont,” said Nancy Heydinger, Executive Director of GOTRVT, “The important life lessons they’ve learned in our program over the past few months, and the goals they have set for themselves are what make this 5k a true celebration of girl power. Anyone who has ever been to one of our 5ks knows it really is a party! To have families and community members come together to support them on their big day is empowering. It shows our local girls that we believe in them.”

This year, the Girls on the Run program — along with the Heart & Sole curriculum for 6th to 8th grade girls — will reach more than 2,800 girls at over 150 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.

Early-bird registration for the Girls on the Run Vermont 5k is $10 for children and $20 for adults. Register online at until11:59pm on June 1.  Day-of registration will take place from 8:30-9:30am at the Champlain Valley Expo, with entry fees $10 for children and $30 for adults. All GOTRVT participants and coaches who registered for the program are automatically registered 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

In addition to its hundreds of necessary volunteers, Girls on the Run Vermont as a non-profit, relies on its generous sponsors to help make its program possible throughout the state. Avid supporter and this year’s 5k Presenting Sponsor, People’s United Bank, will also be providing volunteer support throughout the day. This year’s proud Hydration Sponsor is NorthCountry Federal Credit Union.

Along with the Presenting and Hydration sponsors, generous support for the Northern 5k comes from BlueCross BlueShield of Vermont, Chira Orthodontics,, Front Porch Forum, KIDS VT, Langrock, Sperry & Wool, Price Chopper, Skirack, Star 92.9, Top Hat Entertainment, The Vermont Agency, and Vermont Moving & Storage.

Additional support for the Northern 5k comes from American Academy of Pediatrics — Vermont Chapter, A.N. Deringer, Inc., Bourne’s Energy, Cabot Creamery, Concept2, 1-800-GOT-JUNK, GMAA Round Church Women’s Run, Hayward Tyler, Huntington Homes, Inc., JP Carrara & Sons, Maitri Health Care for Women, Momentum Physical Therapy, Myer’s Bagels, National Life Group, NBT Bank, Northwestern Medical Center, Timberlane Dental, Union Mutual Fire Insurance Company, University of Vermont Medical Center, Vermont Gas, Vermont Smoke and Cure, Vermont Systems, and Waitsfield & Champlain Valley Telecom.

For more information about the 5k, volunteering or Girls on the Run Vermont please visit, call (802) 246-1476 or email

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