Champ Run returns to CCS June 7

Participants of the 1-mile Fun Run line up for their start prior to the 5K and 10K Champ Run at the Charlotte Central School last year.
Participants of the 1-mile Fun Run line up for their start prior to the 5K and 10K Champ Run at the Charlotte Central School last year.

The entire community is invited to kick off summer at the Charlotte Central School’s 13th annual Champ Run on Sunday, June 7. Runners and non-runners alike will enjoy this fun event that includes children and adult activities in addition to the 1-mile Fun Run and 5K or 10K chip-timed road race coordinated by the CCS PTO and 802 Timing.

The day begins with a Fun Run at 8:45am, starting in the school’s west end parking lot. Participants run up Hinesburg Road to Church Hill Road and back down again. At 9:15am in the east parking lot, the 5K and 10K races will begin. Racers will head up Mt. Philo Road, and can check out the gorgeous views of Camel’s Hump as they run out and back. Registration is available online at www.ccsvt.org/pto, or forms can be downloaded from the website and brought to registration on race day from 7:30-8:30am.

Registration is $25 per person for the Fun Run, $40 for the 5K and 10K races, or $90 for a family of four. Proceeds from race registration directly benefit the PTO, which will use the funds for Green Team activities and enrichment. Prizes will be awarded to the top three Fun Run finishers, top male and female 5K and 10K finishers, and the top finisher in each age group, thanks to Jamie Two Coats toy store and Laurel Waters, a local artist.

Vermont’s biggest celebrity, Champ, will lead the Fun Run and join in the post-race celebration including snacks and drinks provided by Healthy Living and Lantman’s Market. SamosaMan will be on hand with its signature item, a handmade triangle shaped pastry stuffed with fresh vegetables, fruits, or meats for purchase. The CCS and the Charlotte libraries will launch their respective summer reading programs with planned activities for the kids, Recreation Commission Chair Bill Fraser-Harris will lead a hike up Pease Mountain, and face painting is on tap for participants and attendees looking for a memento of the day.

“We are so excited to kick off another beautiful Vermont summer with this year’s Champ Run,” said first year Champ Run organizer Julie Wade. “Join your friends and neighbors for a competitive race and family fun, all while supporting CCS ‘Green’ initiatives and our Edible Schoolyard. We are especially grateful to our generous sponsors and community volunteers, and could not do this without their support.”

With over 150 participants already registered to run, you won’t want to miss this annual kick off to summer.