Winter Classic: Student-organized 5k set for March 18

BELLOWS FALLS — Cody Tallent, a senior at Bellows Falls Union High School, is an accomplished distance runner and a staff member at Meeting Waters YMCA's Y Day Camp and Y-ASPIRE afterschool program. He's bringing all of these characteristics together to organize a 5K run and walk to benefit the regional Y's Reach Out to Youth Scholarship Fund. The Bellows Falls 5K Winter Classic will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 18. It starts and finishes at the Rockingham Recreation Center on Playground Road.

"I'm doing this to finish my Senior Project. I wanted to do a road race because I love running," Tallent said. "I wanted Meeting Waters YMCA to be the beneficiary of the event because I have seen first-hand how the Y has benefited kids and I know the money will help kids and families in our community."

According to Tallent, the 5K route will consist of two laps of a 2.5 kilometer circuit (about one mile-and-a-half). "Hopefully, this will encourage families to come and do the event together. Children could stop after one lap while the parents continue on," Tallent said. "Like the Y does every day, I'm hoping this event promotes healthy lifestyles and there's no better way to do that than to get a whole family involved."

More information about the BF 5K Winter Classic — as well as a Registration Form — are available at Meeting Waters YMCA's website ( Registration is now open. One may register the morning of the event, as well. Questions can be directed to Meeting Waters YMCA's administrative office at 802-463-4769 or by writing

Volunteers are needed to ensure the participants' safety. You are encouraged to use the same contact information to offer to help out at the event.

Steve Fortier is the Executive Director of Meeting Waters YMCA. He can be contacted at 802-463-4769 or


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