Sunshine Run' honors Brandon girl

BRANDON-Members of the local running group See Mommy Run are organizing Brandon's first officially timed road race, a 5k (3.1 mile) walk/run set for Saturday, May 8.

The race, named the Sunshine Run, is dedicated to Sarah Leary, a Brandon girl who died in a car accident last year. All proceeds will benefit the Sarah Leary Travel Fund.

Sarah's lifelong dream was to adventure all around the world, exploring mountains, beaches, fields of flowers, coffee shops and bakeries.

In her own short life, Sarah had traveled the East Coast as well as taken grand excursions to Spain (via a Proctor High School trip), and to Switzerland, France and Italy.

The Sarah Leary Travel Fund was created to enable other high school students to travel on school-related trips, particularly those who might otherwise not participate because of financial constraints.

Sarah's parents, Jim and Nancy Leary, established the scholarship program in their daughter's name to keep her dream alive in the hearts of other youth. To date, thousands of dollars have been raised and several students are enjoying trips of a lifetime.

Organizers of the race hope to draw a huge crowd of avid runners/walkers and just those who'd like to enjoy a beautiful run or walk with other community members. All ages are welcome to participate.

The race begins and ends at Transfiguration Farm, just south of town on Union Street. The site is blessed with a Green Mountain backdrop and a gentle winding road that will serve as the race course. Food and live music awaits all participants at the finish line!

Come out and enjoy good health, joyful life and friends, May 8, at Transfiguration Farm. Race-day registration begins at 8:45, but racers are encouraged to register online at www.sunshinerun.com. Register before April 23 for a free T-shirt!

Sunshine Run specifics:

•Starts at 10 a.m.

•Start/finish at Transfiguration Farm, Union Street, Brandon

•Race day registration and number pick-up at 8 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.

•All-ages 5K Walk/Run

•Professionally timed

•Free T-shirt for all entries postmarked by April 23

•First 100 registrants receive a Sarahwear key chain

•First male/female finishers receive winners' medal

•Student-friendly registration rate of $20

•Pre-registration rate (before April 23): $20

•Race-day registration: $25

•Refreshments and music at finish line!

Registration and additional information about the race may be found at www.SunshineRun.com

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