Burlington, VT— Howard Center’s Zoe’s Race is set for Sunday morning, August 27 at Oakledge Park in Burlington. The annual event raises funds to make homes accessible for families served by Howard Center and includes a 1K fun run, a 5K run/walk, and a 10K run.
Since 2009, Zoe’s Race has raised more than $270,000 from generous local businesses and individuals, enabling the completion of 34 home accessibility projects. Whether the modifications involve adding an entrance ramp, installing a stair lift, or modifying a bathroom, the improvements have a lasting positive impact in the daily lives of families.
The idea for the race was sparked in 2009 when Erika Nestor began a remodeling project to make her home accessible for her daughter Zoe, who uses a wheelchair. During the process, the Nestors were surprised to learn that there were very limited funds available to assist families with remodeling costs related to accessibility. Although they were grateful that they were able to make their home accessible, they worried about other families who may not be so fortunate. Erika teamed up with Howard Center and Zoe’s Race was born.
Courses begin and end at the upper pavilion in Oakledge Park with the 1K starting at 8:30 a.m. and the 5K and 10K events starting together at 9:00 a.m. All three events run along the bike path and beautiful Lake Champlain. Following the races, participants will celebrate with music by the Hokum Brothers and great food.
Registration for the 1K is free and includes a t-shirt for kids 12 and under; 5K & 10K pre-event registration will be $45 until it closes on August 24; and day of event registration will be $50. For more information or to register, visit howardcenter.org/zoes-race-2023. Race results provided by 802Timing. Prizes will be awarded to overall top finishers and the top fundraiser. All 1K participants and age-group winners receive a medal.
In addition to the runners, walkers, and sponsors who contribute to the event, numerous local businesses provide services and materials for the projects. Since its inception, many individuals and
generous sponsors have made substantial contributions of financial support, time, and talent to help make homes accessible for those in need.
If you would like to get involved by becoming a sponsor or by volunteering at the event, please contact email@example.com or 802-488-6966. For more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or visit howardcenter.org