Inaugural UCS Superhero 5K off to a flying start

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BENNINGTON — On Saturday, hundreds of runners took to the streets for the inaugural UCS Superhero 5K. The 3.1-mile route began and ended at the Bennington Recreation Center with runners able to run down a portion of Main Street that was closed to traffic. A cheering crowd welcomed runners as they raced to the finish line. First place went to Tracy Bushee of North Bennington, followed by Eric Despard and Alex Olson. Prizes were also given for the best Superhero costumes.

"We were so excited for this event and were pleased with the amount of participation from the community," said Lorna Mattern, Executive Director of United Counseling Service. "We are already looking forward to next year." She credited the sponsors and volunteers for making the event possible, and thanked the Bennington Police Department for helping make the event safe and helping to lead the Superhero Kids' Dash.

All proceeds from this event benefit the UCS Client Wellness Fund. Wellness activities can help individuals focus, overcome obstacles, get along with others and decrease symptoms of depression and anxiety. Wellness programs are broad and can include physical fitness, seminars, workshops, classes, field trips, artistic endeavors such as trips to museums and a wide array of activities that promote overall well-being for UCS's clients.

United Counseling Service's mission is to build a stronger community by empowering individuals and families to live healthy and meaningful lives. For more information, visit www.ucsvt.org or call 802-442-5491.


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