This spring I had the chance to work with the Girls on the Run program at FloodBrook Elementary School in nearby Londonderry. After the final 5km run of the spring, I was sad to say goodbye to the spunky girls I met in the program and wanted to find a way to continue to get outside and stay active with them throughout the summer. Soon after, the SMS T2 girls hatched a plan and Summit Sisters was born.
Although we train in the Stratton area throughout the summer, getting involved with the larger Southern Vermont community is one of our major goals as a team. Summit Sisters provides an opportunity for women and girls of all ages and abilities to join together for fun hikes around Stratton Vermont. And I really do mean hikes. Unlike most of the training we do, the goal is not to keep track of our HR, calculate our time to the top, or even focus on our hiking technique. Instead, we simply aim to join other women and girls in the area and get outside and moving! We hope the program will allow other women in the area to meet fellow hiking buddies and encourage women both young and old to take advantage of the awesome network of local trails.
We kicked off our first Summit Sisters hike yesterday with an easy 3.2-mile jaunt up Styles Peak. The group included a mix of girls from the elementary school, Girls on the Run, parents, friends and all the women of SMS T2. As we made our way through the sun-flecked woods, we didn’t even make fun of Jessie when she proclaimed “this is nice!” (Jessie’s go-to expression for nearly everything).
It really was nice! To hike, chat, decorate our hair with ferns, take in the view and soak in the sunshine at the top made for a wonderful afternoon and the perfect way to ring in the summer. We found some bright orange newts along the trail, the Annies and Jessie were given new nicknames, and one of the mom’s shared what its like to train for a 50 mile running race, something I can’t imagine my feet or legs enjoying.
The homemade peanut butter and chocolate chip cookies that greeted us at the end of the hike made for icing on an already delicious cake.
Thanks to all the girls who joined us and looking forward to our next hike in up Bromley in July! If you’re in the area and want to join, check out our Summit Sisters page for updated info on each of our upcoming hikes!