Corporate Cup 5K celebrates 40 years

Published: May. 11, 2023 at 3:12 PM EDT
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MONTPELIER, Vt. (WCAX) - Runners and walkers are toeing the line in Montpelier Thursday evening for the 40th Annual Corporate Cup Challenge & State Agency 5K Race.

The event began in 1980 as a 10K with teams from different state agencies competing for bragging rights and to promote fitness. Today the 5K is also open to teams from other businesses and nonprofits. Officials say the event attracted upwards of 4,000 participants prior to the pandemic, making it one of the largest running events in the state.

Thursday’s event only had 2,500 participants, including virtual runners and walkers in other states.

This event is meant to encourage workplaces to push their employees toward an active lifestyle. It also serves as one of the biggest fundraisers for the Vermont Governor’s Council on Physicals Fitness and Sports.

Organizers say they don’t expect it to be a record breaking year and estimate to raise $10,000-$15,000 by the time the event ends.

If you missed the in-person race, you can still sign up for the virtual option here.