Zoe’s Race

Zoe's Race is Sunday August 27, 2023


See you next year!

Thank you to all participants, sponsors, volunteers and staff that helped make this day possible. View the race results here. Stay tuned for information about the next Zoe’s Race.

Join us on Sunday, August 27 for Howard Center’s annual Zoe’s Race.  Zoe’s Race is a fundraising event that supports local families in need of home accessibility modifications. We look forward to hosting participants, sponsors, spectators, and Howard Center friends and supporters for what has become a fun-filled and family-friendly event. We hope to see you there!

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 remodeling process, the Nestors were surprised to learn that there were very limited funds available to assist families with accessibility related costs.

Although they were grateful that they could make their home accessible, the Nestors worried about other families who might not be as fortunate. In an effort to make a difference, Erika teamed up with Howard Center and Zoe’s Race was born. Zoe’s Race has raised over $270,000 and has completed 34 home accessibility projects to date! To learn more about the history of Zoe’s Race, read this Best of Burlington article.

If you are interested in making a donation to Zoe’s Race or becoming a peer-to-peer fundraiser for this event, please visit our RunSignUp web page for Zoe’s Race. You can fundraise as an individual or a team. The top fundraiser will receive a prize.

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Registration Details

Race participants can choose between a 1K fun run, a 5K walk/run, and a 10K run. All three race routes begin at Oakledge Park and continue along the bike path overlooking Lake Champlain. The course time-limit is 90 minutes. Race results are by 802Timing.

Registration includes local food, live music from the Hokum Brothers, and professional timing. All race participants will receive a complementary Zoe’s Race neck buff, and 1k runners (ages 12 and under) and all volunteers will receive a free T-shirt. 1K runners, overall winners, and age-group winners will receive a medal.

Registration Pricing

1K registration is free! 5K and 10K registration fees are:

  • $45 from July 6 – August 24
  • $50 race day
  • $25 for Howard Center employees. Use coupon code HCZR2023 and provide the name of your Howard Center program to register.

Raffle tickets for great prizes are available as add-ons in the registration page. Raffle tickets sold the day of Zoe’s Race will be cash only.

View Race Route Map

  • an adult and child running a race outdoors

Sponsor Zoe’s Race!

Thank you to everyone who supported last year’s Zoe’s Race. If you would like to become a sponsor for the 13th annual running of Zoe’s Race, view our sponsorship package for more information.

Questions? Call 802-488-6966 or contact Kate Pastore (kpastore@howardcenter.org).

Thank you to our 2023 sponsors!

Explore Zoe’s Race Results and Photos from Previous Years

Many thanks to all of last year’s Zoe’s Race participants, supporters, and sponsors! After two years away due to the pandemic, the return of Zoe’s Race in 2022 was a highly anticipated and joyful day filled with over 200 walkers/runners/hand cyclists, and great food, music, and fun.

Zoe’s Race Results 2023

Zoe’s Race Results 2022

Zoe’s Race Results 2019

Zoe’s Race Results 2018

Zoe’s Race 2019 Photos

Zoe’s Race 2018 Photos