Photo Caption: Frank Driscoll, Rebecca Torrisi, and Laura Ryan running during Island Trail Running Series at Pelots Point Nature Area in North Hero, VT

A RiseVT Mini Grant Project

During July and August of 2017 Healthy Island and Community Support Inc. hosted an eight-week trail running series at Pelots Bay Recreation Area in North Hero, VT.  Over the course of the series the program had 60 people register to run.  Many of them were repeat runners resulting in a total of 121 participants in the race series.  Of the 60 racers, 28 were under the age of 18 and many were first time racers.  To the organizers surprise many participants that signed up simply ran for the fun of being a part of a group activity.  Runners included repeat father and son, mother and daughter, and husband and wife pairs as well as multi-generational families running with competing cousins.  This series was a wonderful way to offer the opportunity to engage with family, community, and nature in a healthy activity.

In 2017 RiseVT’s Mini Grant allowed Healthy Islands and Community Support Inc. to purchase the start-up equipment necessary to get this series started.  Now the race is established and has a following we hope to expand it to South Hero in 2018 and continue to work with RiseVT to help embrace healthy lifestyles.

Top finishers cool down while sharing war stories of the trail at Pelots Point Nature Area in North Hero, VT on July 19th 2017.  From left to right: Mike Desilets, Tim Torrisi, Mark Duchaine, and Tim Richmond.

A toddler crosses the finish line after running the tot race during Island Trail Running Series at Pelots Point Nature Area in North Hero, VT