The RunVermont Get Out, Give Back winter race series' mission is to spead community love and keep runners motivated during the winter training season. This series features three 5K races and supports three different incredible nonprofit organizations. Each race features an open start line (meaning you show up during a 2-hour window to run your race) and finishes with warm coffee and hot chocolate!
1. Sunday, January 23rd:
Kidney Donor Athletes
The first day of marathon training for the 2022 People's United Bank Vermont City Marathon & Relay! This race will support our dear friend and amazing volunteer Rebekah Thomas's mission to summit Mount Kilimanjaro with nonprofit Kidney Donor Athletes. Rebekah has donated a kidney and a portion of her liver to those in need. She is an outstanding athlete and is raising funds to spread awareness of the importance of organ donations before her Kilimanjaro climb in March.
Rebekah's resume on giving back is quite impressive. She began donating blood, platelet and plasma at the American Red Cross in college and 25+ years later is still giving the gift of life on a regular basis. She has been a mentor for First Strides Vermont, a beginning walking and running program for women, for the past 16 years, and a pacer with On Pace Race, pacing races in various locations in the US, including the Mad Marathon in Waitsfield. She has been a cherished volunteer of RunVermonts for many years and we are thrilled to support her on this incredible mission!
2. Saturday, February 19th:
Special Olympics Vermont
Taking place during the closing of the Winter Olympics, this race will be supporting our friends at Special Olympics Vermont (SOVT)! SOVT is part of a global movement that works year-round to foster inclusion and acceptance of people with intellectual disabilities by using the power of sport to showcase their gifts and abilities.
3. Sunday, March 13th:
Vermont Women's Fund
In celebration of Women's History Month, we are partnering up with the Vermont Women's Fund for this 5K! Women have come a tremendously long way in the sport of running and now dominate race fields everywhere. Vermont Women's Fund works to improve the lives of young women and girls in Vermont by targeting philanthropic giving, forging statewide strategic partnerships, funding research, and supporting programs that address their fundamental economic, educational, and social needs.
This is a great series to participate in if you're training for the Half Marathon Unplugged on Saturday, April 9th or the People's United Bank Vermont City Marathon & Relay on Sunday, May 29th.