Zoe’s Race 2021

Dear Zoe’s Race Friends and Supporters,

We hope this finds you and yours doing well and that you are looking ahead to some fun outdoor activities this spring and summer.

As one of our incredible Zoe’s Race supporters, we want to let you know that we have made the difficult decision to wait until August of 2022 to host our next in-person Zoe’s Race. Our Oakledge Park race course is still undergoing bike path/pavilion construction and while we are hopeful about resuming post-pandemic activities, the safety of our participants and their families is our top priority.

Despite the challenges over the past year, we’ve continued supporting families and have completed three home modification projects – an accessible bathroom in Williston, a ramp in Richmond, and a bathroom modification in South Burlington which brings our total number of Zoe Race’s projects to thirty. Each project has its own story and over the next few months we’ll highlight the projects so that you can see how they make a difference in the lives of local Vermonters and how much your support matters.

We are so excited about having an accessible and more functional bathroom to

support our son’s independence. This project has changed our lives!

-Parent of a recent Zoe’s Race project recipient

Thank you for your ongoing support to help make a difference for the families we serve. Be on the lookout for more information through the spring and summer about project highlights and although we won’t come together in-person there will be ways to keep the Zoe’s Race spirit strong and vibrant!

Sending our very best and thanks,

Cathie Buscaglia and Erika Nestor, Race Directors & Co-Founders

P.S. If you’d like to make a contribution to help with future Zoe’s Race projects, you may donate here or by sending a check to:

Howard Center
Development Office
208 Flynn Avenue, Suite 3J
Burlington, VT 05401

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to Cathie Buscaglia at 802-488-6535 or cathieb@howardcenter.org.

Thank you all for participating in the 11th Annual Zoe’s Race on August 25, 2019

It was a beautiful day and we were thrilled to see so many families and individuals participate, and share in the festivities, food, and music.

Zoe’s Race is grateful for such amazing community support from our sponsors, participants, and volunteers. Your participation is what makes this event such a success. Check out the Zoe’s Race Photo Album on Howard Center’s Facebook page. Feel free to tag or share your favorite photos.

Race results for the men’s and women’s 5K and 10K are now available. Congratulations to our race winners and everyone who came out to help us make a difference in the lives of our neighbors in need of accessibility modifications.

We could not do it without you! Thank you and we’ll see you next year.


Thank you to our 2019 Sponsors!


The idea for Zoe’s Race was sparked in 2009 when Erika Nestor began a remodeling project to make her home accessible for her daughter Zoe. Zoe, who is now a teenager, is in a wheelchair as a result of a near drowning accident when she was 18 months old. 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. In an effort to make a difference, Erika teamed up with Howard Center and Zoe’s Race was born.

Howard Center’s Zoe’s Race is a 1K fun run, 5K walk/run, and 10K run, designed to raise funds for local families who are in need of creating accessible homes for their children. To date, Zoe’s Race has raised over $200,000 and has helped 21 local families to make their homes accessible.

Register Now and Make a Difference.

Results Zoe’s Race 2018

Zoe’s Race Homes

Zoe’s Race Photo Gallery