Zoe’s Race

Save the Date:

Zoe’s Race returns August 27, 2023

Thank you to all Zoe’s Race participants, supporters, and sponsors.

It was another wonderful event with over 200 walkers/runners/handcyclists, and great food, music, and fun. Here’s a link to the results.

Thanks to 8:02 Sports Timing and Database Management.


Thank you to our amazing sponsors!


Race Options Include: 1K fun run, 5K run/walk, and 10K run*

1K registration is free.

5K and 10K registration: $50 race day

Registration includes a T-shirt, goodie bag, great food, and professional timing. 1K runners, overall winners, and age-group winners receive a medal. Race results by 802Timing. T-shirts are not guaranteed for registration after August 1.

Please note that we have exhausted our supply of youth-sized T-shirts and are therefore no longer able to provide T-shirts to new registrants for the 1K event. Raffle tickets for great prizes will also be available at Zoe’s Race. The cost is $5 per ticket or $20 for five tickets, cash only.

*(course time-limit = 90 minutes)

We look forward to hosting participants, sponsors, spectators, and Howard Center friends and supporters for what has become a fun-filled, festive, family-friendly event on the last Sunday in August. Sections of the Burlington bike path are newly improved and all three events run along the bike path and beautiful Lake Champlain. It’s an event with a cause as it helps to make homes accessible for Howard Center clients and their families and supports other Howard Center programming.

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Thanks to The Pour House Restaurant for their support. The proceeds from their annual golf tournament will benefit  Zoe’s Race.


Zoe’s Race History

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. To learn more about the history of Zoe’s Race, read this Best of Burlington article. 

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 $250,000 and has completed 32 projects to help local families make their homes accessible.

If you are interested in making a donation to Zoe’s Race or becoming a fundraiser for this event, please visit our RunSignUp webpage for Zoe’s Race. This year, the top fundraiser will receive a family membership to the Burlington Surf Club for the 2023 season.

Become a Fundraiser



Explore Zoe’s Race Results and Photos From Previous Years

Zoe’s Race Results 2019

Zoe’s Race Results 2018

Zoe’s Race 2019 Photos

Zoe’s Race 2018 Photos