BRAD PETRISHEN, METROWEST DAILY NEWS
July 27, 2011

Six local woman will go to Vermont on Aug. 13 at 5:45 a.m. and start running - and keep on running.

"I wouldn't say we are typical runners," said Nicole Rhind, who came up with the idea to race in the Vermont 100 on 100 Relay. "We're very good chatters."

The race starts in Stowe, Vt., at the Trapp Family Lodge and ends 100 miles of hilly terrain away in Ludlow, Vt.

Each woman will run three legs of the race, totaling 16 to 18 miles per runner. Group members hope to reach the finish line by 9 or 10 p.m. But the terrain is anything but flat, following Rte. 100 through a number of mountains that the women say look bigger every day.

"In January it seemed like a good idea," Rhind said, "Now that it's only two weeks away, I'm not so sure."

Besides thinking the run would be a fun challenge, the group of six also wanted to raise money for a good cause. That's when one of the runners, Karin Weinberg, suggested that they raise money to help the Southborough Department of Youth and Family Service's summer program.

"Karin knew we've always been a small budget, and in recent years our belt has had to get significantly tighter," said department director Laurie Sugarman-Whittier. "We always need help."

Whittier helped pen a fundraising letter for the group, whose donations will go toward the summer camp and a "campership" program that funds summer camp in Southborough and other neighboring communities for kids whose parents can't afford it.

Whittier said the department was lucky to have its need for 2011 filled by donations from the Friends of the Southborough Youth Commission, but will put the money raised by the women into the fund for next year.

Summer program funding is always tough, Whittier said, as the town has cut the $5,000 needed the last two years running.

"I think it's amazing," Whittier said of the $1,500 the group has raised so far. "A little money in the bank is a great feeling."

Rhind said her team is named Eat, Pray, Love, and not only because they once watched the movie by the same name in between 5-mile running sessions.

"We all love to eat and I think we're praying we can get through the whole run, so it seemed to make sense," said Rhind, adding that the group has really bonded over the last six months.

"My husband said if we didn't chat so much, we'd run a lot faster," she laughed.

To donate to the women's cause, go to southboroughfriends.wordpress.com.

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