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Out & About: Kentucky Derby-themed 5K supports veterans

Valley News Staff Writer
Published: 4/21/2021 9:57:53 PM
Modified: 4/21/2021 9:57:51 PM

QUECHEE — Grab your finest hat and get ready to run a race in support of veterans.

The cleverly titled “Talk Derby to Me” 5K will take place from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 1, at the Quechee Club. People can also participate virtually. Registration costs vary from $10 to $30 and veterans can run for free. Proceeds from the race benefit Upper Valley Veterans Count, a program that’s part of the nonprofit organization Easterseals in Vermont and New Hampshire.

To sign up or learn more, visit

“We aren’t looking to raise a certain amount of money,” said Michelle Hogan, assistant director of development for Easterseals Vermont. “What we’re going to do with this event is raise awareness of Veterans Count.”

The organization provides one-on-one help to veterans throughout the Upper Valley. It doesn’t matter how long the veteran served or their discharge status.

There’s assistance for veterans facing eviction or who need funds to buy Christmas presents for their family. They also connect veterans with other organizations that can assist them.

“We buy cars. We fill gas tanks and oil tanks,” Hogan said. “We’re really just trying to let people know we have these services available, we’re here to help.”

The idea for the Kentucky Derby-themed 5K came from a few members of Veterans Count who really love the annual race. The original plan was to hold a Kentucky Derby party, but those plans changed to a 5K due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We thought it was a neat way to bring some of that fun,” Hogan said.

Liz Sauchelli can be reached at or 603-727-3221.

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