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Ready, Set, Run- Flynn School Wrap Up

by Jess Cover on November 11, 2014

in Youth

Flynn School Burlington, Vermont wraps up Ready, Set, Run Friday and for an encore the children attended World Run Day, Sunday at SKIRACK. Two incredible educators, Rebekah Thomas and Cara Clapton led a fabulous Ready, Set, Run program this fall full of fun activities. The program met on Friday afternoons focusing on nutrition, helping hands, healthy eating and goal setting. Activities included everything from relay races, a costumed running event, t shirt signing festival, an indoor movement jam to a cool dance video on a rainy day.


T-Shirt Decorating


Relay Races


Community Efforts

If you’re interested in learning more about bringing Ready, Set, Run to your community  email  Joy Dubin-Grossman at

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A Celebration of Community

by Jess Cover on October 23, 2014

in Notes from the Station

Burlington Partnership for a Healthy Community celebrated with their 6th Annual Roots of Prevention Awards Breakfast: There were four awards: The Youth & Families Award to Flynn Youth Programs, DG Weaver Award to Burlington High School teachers Beth Evan & Suzy King and the University of Vermont – Living Well – Education and Outreach Services received the Outstanding Program. Last but surely not least, RunVermont’s Junior Youth Relay Head Coach, Scott LaMothe, was recognized as the Outstanding Individual for his work in the Junior Youth Relay Program. Prior to this LaMothe was inducted into the RunVermont Hall of Fame in 2007 for his contributions to JYR where he has volunteered as a coordinator and coach since 2002.

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JYR is for youth ages 11 – 16, where kids and their leaders make a commitment to come and engage in marathon training once or twice a week, depending on their choice to run the 3 -5 or 2 person relay as part of the Vermont City Marathon. Through group and individual work, they learn about training, self-esteem, setting realistic goals, nutrition, diversity, perseverance all while having fun. The JYR experience is life changing for some and just simply fun and exciting for others. These results have come from the commitment Scott and the other leaders have put into connecting with these young people. RunVermont thanks Scott and everyone who is involved in making this a successful and rewarding program. You’ve made a difference.

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Shelburne Farms Fun Run … this weekend!

September 17, 2014

Families, are you ready to have fun? RunVermont’s youth program Ready, Set, Run is gearing up for  Sunday, September 21, 1:00pm at the Shelburne Farms  Coach Barn in Shelburne, Vermont. We’re more than excited to be going back to the Shelburne Farms for the eighth year in a row. Our first 2014 fall race at Catamount Outdoor Family Center [...]

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VCM start process…marathoners first or relayers first?

July 11, 2014

Hi Runners- Hope your recovery after the marathon was quick and you’re all back at 100% for your summer training and all the fun races out there. Here in the RunVermont office we’re in the process of reviewing the hundreds of feedback responses you all sent in on our survey. I read the technical sections…course [...]

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High-Fives & Hand-Holding – Rookie Kiersten

June 4, 2014

The day after I ran VCM, I was Facebook chatting with a friend and he asked me, “So, what is the next challenge for you?” To which I responded, “Getting my bike up my stairs without screaming.” Going downstairs, getting into a car, and even sitting down to pee were my new adventures. Each one [...]

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Introducing your RRCA Eastern Region Marathon Champions

June 4, 2014

After many years of serving as the Road Runners Club Of America’s Vermont State Championship, we were honored when our regional rep Mark Grandonico informed us that for 2014 the RRCA had selected the KeyBank Vermont City Marathon to be the Eastern Region Championship at the marathon distance. This honor is a testament to the effort [...]

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No Training & The Flag on my Back

May 31, 2014

Four years ago I was an over-confident 16-year-old and I thought that if my dad could run a marathon I could too.  I registered to run the KeyBank Vermont City Marathon and promptly neglected my training until about a week before the race.  My longest training run was ten miles, but I still showed up [...]

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Vermont All-Time Single-Age Records set at 2014 KBVCM

May 30, 2014

RunVermont would like to recognize and congratulate 5 runners who set Vermont all-time single-age records at this year’s KeyBank Vermont City Marathon: Margaret Diacont, Nazareth, PA, F23, 2:49:57 Mary-Lynn Currier, Burlington, CT, F50, 3:00:53 Susan Hackney, Montpelier, VT, F57, 3:29:14 Dereje Deme, Ethiopia, M29, 2:22:04 Paul Huyffer, Shelburne, VT, M75, 4:18:29 Currier, Hackney, and Huyffer’s performances [...]

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A “Thank You” From Boston Hopeful Lili

May 29, 2014

Its all over–I can’t believe it.  My anticipation leading up to the 2014 KBVCM was greater than any previous KBVCM.  This year I knew that I was going to be running the marathon since the fall, thus I started training earlier, and started mentally and physically preparing myself since November. Traveling to Rwanda, life, and [...]

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Rookie Shane – Unfinished Business

May 28, 2014

I have officially completed 26.2 miles! I’ll get to race day, but since this is my last rookie blog for RunVermont, I’d first like to reflect on the last six months: 1/1/2014- After losing 180 pounds in 1.5 years, I decide to run a marathon to get myself back on track. What am I thinking!? [...]

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