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Established in 2000, the PVWRC is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization and is affiliated with the Road Runners Club of America.


The mission of the PVWRC is to support women walkers and runners, by serving as a resource for race information, training partners, and topics of interest to members.

The Club strives to be a good community citizen, highlighting local organizations, races supporting charitable causes, and providing scholarship assistance to high school seniors going on to college.


Our Causes

Please join us in the Safe Passages Hot Chocolate Challenge this year!

We accepted the Challenge because too many people in our community are experiencing domestic violence. This year, due to the public health crisis, people at risk of violence are experiencing even more isolation and disconnection. And many children witnessing violence in their homes have lost the safe haven of traditional school and the presence of caring teachers.

Safe Passage delivers an array of support, counseling and prevention services that offer safety, hope and healing to adults and children experiencing violence in Hampshire County and surrounding towns.

And that’s why we’re committed to raising money through the Hot Chocolate Challenge for Safe Passage this year.

Will you join us in standing up for our neighbors experiencing violence and isolation?

Together, we can help meet the needs of the community members that Safe Passage serves through counseling, shelter, children’s services, legal advocacy, and so much more. During the pandemic, delivering those services is more challenging – and more expensive. But Safe Passage will be able to continue offering all its services free of charge to clients thanks to the generosity of everyone who responds to the Hot Chocolate Challenge this year.

Please consider making the most meaningful donation you can right now. We will be enormously grateful.

You can click the red “donate” button to make your donation. If you have any questions or want to hear more about our Challenge and the great work Safe Passage does, please feel free to be in touch.

PVWRC Hot Chocolate Challenge Registration


The Pioneer Women’s Running Club offers a $1,000 scholarship for college-bound female high school athlete.

PVWRC is the first and largest all women’s running club in Western Massachusetts and Northern Connecticut. The PVWRC is a civic-minded club that hopes to support a female runner in its local community through this annual scholarship fund.  To date the Pioneer Valley Women’s Running Club has awarded over $25,000.00 in scholarships.  The scholarship aims to reward a well-rounded, intelligent, civic-minded, college-bound high school senior who’s passionate about running.  Contact us at scholarship@pvwrc.org.


Congratulations to Kylie Raymond of Somers High School for being selected as the 2020 PVWRC Scholarship Recipient!

Kylie is noted as being respectful, kind, hardworking, and one who sets an example with strong leadership skills. Throughout her running career which began in middle school, her races, awards, honors and achievements are countless in number and variety.

Being a recent graduate of Somers High School, Kylie will be attending American University in Washington, DC in the fall where she will continue to run D1 Cross Country and Track and Field.

Congratulations and best wishes to Kylie, a young woman who best demonstrates the finest PVWRC qualities and values.


Scholarships have been awarded annually as follows:

  • 2020 – Kylie Raymond, Somers
  • 2019 – Katie Dold, Monson
  • 2018 – Amanda Adams, Hampshire Regional, and Amy O’Sullivan, Greenfield
  • 2017 – Haley Sullivan, Easthampton
  • 2016 – Madeleine Hamparian, Belchertown
  • 2015 – Lindsay Wassung, Agawam, and Allison Haryasz, Longmeadow
  • 2014 – Kim McCarthy, Ludlow
  • 2013 – Diamonte’ Spencer, Springfield Central, and Sara Vanna, Amherst Regional
  • 2012 – Madison Granger, Belchertown, and Nora Garrity, Cathedral
  • 2011 – Emma Larson, Northampton, and Sarah Wilson, Suffield
  • 2010 – Leah Haake, Amherst Regional
  • 2009 – Kristen Veit, Holyoke Catholic
  • 2008 – Lauren Litscher, East Longmeadow, and Jeileen Rivera, Springfield Central
  • 2007 – Carolyn Callaghan, Minnechaug Regional
  • 2006 – Nicole Potter, Ludlow
  • 2005 – Rebecca Compton, Longmeadow, and Casey Kane Monaghan, Holyoke
  • 2004 – Lucy Sheehan, Longmeadow, and Amanda Riderle, Amherst Regional
  • 2003 – Kristina Miner, Suffield
  • 2002 – Heather Wenninger, Chicopee Comprehensive