MANCHESTER - The third annual 'Shires of Vermont Marathon,' a classic point-to-point 26.2 mile road race connecting the southern Vermont towns of Bennington and Manchester, is accepting registrations for the race on May 19.

Race applications and online registration are available at www.shiresofvermontmarathon.com.

The race is organized by the Batten Kill Valley Runners to benefit community mental health and developmental services.

Runners from about 30 different states and foreign countries love the course, which will be the same this year as before. It starts at The Bennington Center for the Arts and finishes at Hildene Meadows in Manchester.

Anyone interested in helping to put on a very popular, large event is welcome to join the organizing committee, which meets monthly.

For information on registering, volunteering or sponsoring the race, contact Robert Pini, race director, at info@ShiresofVermontMarathon.com or 802-442-5491, x281.

Voltage volleyball

BENNINGTON - The Volt Volleyball League will start on April 22 at the Bennington Sports Center. For more information on the league or to register, go to www.voltagesportsclub.com, call 802-681-7151 or e-mail voltvolleyball24@gmail. com.

Storm practice

BENNINGTON - The Southern Vermont Storm football team will hold its first practice of the season at 3 p.m. on Saturday at the Vets' Home Field for any interested or prospective players. For more information, call 802-681-9058.


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Archery Competition

BENNINGTON - The Catamount Bowhunters are hosting their first 3D shoot of the season on April 7 on Fuller Road. Registration is from 8 to 10 a.m., with members and non-members welcome to compete.

Food and beverage will be available.

The cost is $10 for adults, $5 for kids age 12 to 15, free for 11-and-under with a paying adult. Call 442-3667 with any questions.

Zemianek Road Race

NORTH BENNINGTON - Marking the real start of spring, the 35th annual Steve Zemianek Bennington Road Race will take place Sunday, May 5, at 10 a.m. at Park McCullough House.

The race is in memory of Steve Zemianek, former Mount Anthony track and cross country coach. There is a 3.8-mile and 10-kilometer race over scenic, rural countryside, rolling hills and a covered bridge. Awards go to the top three runners in age groups from 12 to 90.

Also coinciding with Cinco de Mayo, the event will feature a mexican theme with pinatas, music, ribbons for those who "beat the sombrero" and prizes for the best Mexican costumes.

T-shirts go to the first 200 entries, $15 pre-registered and $20 after May 3 - or $13 and $15, respectively, for BKVR members - and $3 for kids in the half-mile fun run.

Families of four are $40 and free child care is provided.

Registration begins at 8 a.m. The fun run goes off at 9:30 and the other races start at 10. For questions, call Dave at 802-688-7807.