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Wednesday, June 2, 2010
Runners for Babies Receive Support from Local Sock-Maker
(Waterbury, VT, May 21, 2010)— Ric Cabot, president of Cabot Hosiery, Inc. in Northfield is donating 46 pairs of Vermont-made Darn Tough running socks to volunteers running in the Vermont City Marathon to support the March of Dimes mission to improve the health of babies. The “Runners for Babies” include 10 relay teams and 5 marathoners, many from the Waterbury area, who will be running in the Key Bank Vermont City Marathon on Sunday, May 30. Every participant has agreed to raise a minimum of $250 from their friends, family and colleagues for the March of Dimes. Local support of this effort has grown over the past two years, and this year Cabot Hosiery is giving a pair of high-tech Darn Tough running socks to all 46 members of “Runners for Babies”. “We are happy to lend our support to this community effort,” said Ric Cabot. “These runners are working hard to train and raise money to improve the health of babies in our communities and they deserve great, locally-made socks to keep their feet in good shape.”
“Runners for Babies” is part of RunVermont's Miles for a Mission program, created to help local charities raise financial support through the KeyBank Vermont City Marathon and Relay. This program was designed to strengthen ties between the running community and Vermont charities. The Vermont Chapter of the March of Dimes expanded its March for Babies campaign to include a running component in 2008. This year the 46 “Runners for Babies” volunteers are expecting to raise $14,000. The funds support research on the cause and prevention of premature birth at UVM, new protocols to improve the health of preterm infants at all of Vermont’s birthing hospitals and teen parenting programs. “We’re thrilled with the response we’ve received from local runners, “ said Roger Clapp, State Director of the March of Dimes which has recently moved its Vermont chapter office to Waterbury, “and our Runners for Babies are thrilled to receive these great Darn Tough socks from Ric Cabot. “