RunVermont’s Miles for a Missions program was created in 2009 to help local charities raise financial support through the Vermont City Marathon and Relay. This program was designed to strengthen ties between the running community and Vermont charities.
Each year, RunVermont staff and an outside committee carefully review applications to the Miles for a Mission program. A diverse group of organizations is chosen, a large percentage of which have a local presence or provide services to the Vermont community. The awardees are selected with consideration to the impact the work of the organization and the thoughtful plan for the best use of the marathon and/or relay slots to raise awareness and support. A total of 50 2-person relay team and 50 3-5 person relay team slots among the 12 charities are awarded. There is currently no limit on the number of marathon slots.
Each charity is responsible for overseeing its own fundraising campaign; the total amount of money raised relates directly to the efforts of the charity. The organization is responsible for the registration fees of the slots, regardless of implementation. Following the event, all charities are responsible for submitting an event report to share the results of their fundraising efforts. This report is required before reapplying for the following year’s event.
Miles for a Mission official charities benefit by having guaranteed relay slots, thereby allowing them to bypass the lottery process. Every organization is featured in a RunVermont newsletter prior to the event. The Vermont City Marathon and Relay online application has a drop-down menu allowing runners to choose to learn about, run for or donate to each of the charities.
Online fundraising platform for your charitable life
We partner with Edward Norton’s fundraising site Crowdrise to create a landing page for our philanthropic efforts. Crowdrise makes fundraising incredibly fun and easy. Our goal for VCM is to create an online fundraising community where we can measure our charitable impact and make giving back even more meaningful. We encourage every runner, volunteer, sponsor and fan to participate and help us raise more money than ever thought possible.
2014 information included for reference; 2015 information anticipated December 2014
2014 Official Charities
Fletcher Allen is a non profit organization using the Miles for a Mission program to help support services and programs for the many patients served in the Vermont community as well as train the physicians of tomorrow. All miles for a mission funds raised will go to support FAHC’s new Mother Baby Project, the relocation and renovation of Fletcher Allen’s Mother Baby Unit. We are looking for members of our community who want to come together to run and raise money to build the place where families are born.
Team Fletcher Allen’s goal is to raise $25,000 to support the Mother Baby project. If we meet our goal, a room on the Mother Baby Unit will be named the ‘Team Fletcher Allen room’ in honor of this team’s fundraising efforts!
Both 2-person & 3-5 person teams available. $350/person fundraising goal. Contact Emily.firstname.lastname@example.org
The UVM College of Medicine Marathon team was founded by medical students to promote unity and wellness amongst our class while engaging friends, family and community members in support of Steps to Wellness, a medically based rehabilitation and research program that serves the unique needs of Cancer Survivors and is located at the Vermont Cancer Center. The Miles for a Mission program allows us to raise funds and awareness and to help cancer survivors right here in our own community.
The Mission of Outright Vermont is to build safe, healthy, and supportive environments for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning youth. The funds raised through the Miles for a Mission program will go directly to programs at Outright that support GLBTQQ youth, including: substance free social events, Gendertopia, Friday night support groups, Queer Prom, and statewide anti-bullying and harassment trainings.
The Stowe Weekend of Hope is an annual forum for education, enlightenment and recreation for cancer patients and survivors with any type of cancer and their families. The focus is to inspire, educate and celebrate the lives of people living with cancer. Funds raised through the Vermont City Marathon & Relay will be used to offset program costs, facility costs, meals and events throughout the weekend and outreach efforts to encourage survivors to attend the weekend.
Both 2-person & 3-5 person teams available. $500-$1000/team fundraising goal. Contact email@example.com
Brain cancer is the leading solid tumor cancer killer of children under the age of 20, the second leading cause of cancer deaths in adult males and the fifth leading cause of cancer deaths in adult females, ages 20-39. Sadly, treatments have seen little progress in the last 25 years, largely due to gross under funding of research. It is for these reasons that the Wendy J. Pierson Foundation for Brain Cancer Research was formed. It is the mission of the Wendy J. Pierson Foundation for Brain Cancer Research to greatly increase public awareness of brain cancer. Our goal is to identify the most promising research projects going on today and raise much needed and long overdue funds in support of that research. We look to you for support in this grassroots movement so that we may help ensure there is hope for every diagnosis. Thank you for your consideration and support. GRAY MATTERS!
Both 2-person & 3-5 person teams available $300/person fundraising goal. Contact Nancyaci@aol.com
Runners for Babies mission is to improve pre-natal care in Vermont, outfit a preemie leaving the hospital, and Fletcher Allen NICU (neonatal intensive care unit) family support. Now in its third year, this growing group of relay and marathon runners are standing up and giving it their all to improve the health of babies.
Both 2 person & 3-5 person teams available. $300/person fundraising goal.
Team Never Give Up Ever is a marathon team comprised of doctors, nurses, healthcare workers and VCH supporters. The team is dedicated to going the extra mile to provide the support for families with children who are patients at Vermont Children’s Hospital.
We are training to participate in an endurance event as members of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) Team In Training. All of us on Team In Training are raising funds to help stop leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin lymphoma and myeloma from taking more lives. We are completing this event in honor of all individuals who are battling blood cancers. These people are the real heroes on our team, and we need your support to cross the ultimate finish line – a cure!
The Committee on Temporary Shelter (COTS) is the largest service provider for the homeless and those at risk of becoming homeless in Vermont. We believe in the value and dignity of every human life; we believe that housing is a fundamental human right; and we believe that emergency shelter is not the solution to homelessness.
Make a Wish
Make-A-Wish mission: The Make-A-Wish Foundation of Vermont grants wishes to children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy.
Ronald McDonald House
Ronald McDonald House Charities of Burlington, VT is a non-profit organization using the Miles for Mission program to help support the Ronald McDonald House, Ronald McDonald Family Room and the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile programs. The Ronald McDonald House and Ronald McDonald Family Room programs provide families with lodging, comfort and care during the illness or hospitalization of their child. The Ronald McDonald Care Mobile provides dental services to children who do not have access to a dentist in several counties of Vermont. Teams available!.
Both 2-person and 3-5 person teams available.
Contact Amy Sabourin, firstname.lastname@example.org
Special Olympics Vermont
Special Olympics Vermont provides year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy, and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendships with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.
Both 2-person and 3-5 person teams available.
Contact Chris Bernier, email@example.com
Food 4 Farmers
Food 4 Farmers helps Latin American coffee-farming communities build long-term solutions to hunger. We work collaboratively to identify locally appropriate solutions and strategies – and connect coffee-growing cooperatives and other community-based organizations with the knowledge and resources they need to succeed. Just like communities here in Vermont, coffee-growing communities in Latin America benefit from strengthening their local food systems.
Contact Sophie Conway, firstname.lastname@example.org
Charity Partner FAQs
Can anyone run for charity?
Yes. Contact the charity of your choice yourself or select a charity from our Miles for a Mission partner list (above).
Can I support a charity that is not listed?
You can, but you will have to contact that specific charity personally. Through the Miles for a Mission program you can support our official charities directly.
If I raise a lot of money will entry fee be refunded?
That depends on the guidelines of the charity you’re raising money for.
I entered the relay lottery but didn’t get in. If I run for a charity can I get a team?
You can contact the charity to run on their relay team or obtain your own relay team. All charities will ask that in return for the team you fundraise for their organization.
Who I should make checks out to?
The charity you are raising the money for.
Can I create an individual fundraising webpage?
Yes, all charities use fundraising websites and can provide you for the information on how to set up your personal page.
How do I let my friends and family know I am running for charity?
From your personal fundraising page you can send emails to your friends and family. They can donate directly online to your cause using a credit card.
Who do I contact if I have more questions?
You can email Jen or call her at the RunVermont office 802-863-8412 / 800-880-8149, or contact the charity of your choice directly.
Become an Official Charity
RunVermont’s “Miles for a Mission” program was created to help local charitable organizations raise financial support through the Vermont City Marathon and Marathon Relay. The program is designed to strengthen ties between the running community and Vermont charities.
We will review each application carefully and do our best to select a diverse group of organizations, a large percentage of which will have a local presence or provide services to our community.
In 2014, 50 3-5 person relay teams and 50 2-person relay teams were awarded. While there are limited relay teams available for new charity partners, there is no limit on the number of marathon slots awarded.
2015 registration prices:
Marathon – $90-$125, date dependent ($5 discount given to M4M Partners)
2-Person Relay Team – $160
3-5 Person Relay Team – $195
Responsibilities of the charitable organization:
- Each charity is responsible for overseeing its own fundraising campaign and the total amount of money raised relates directly to the efforts of the charity. We discourage use of paid advertising for relay team recruitment.
- The organization is financially responsible for the registration fees of the awarded slots, regardless of implementation.
- Following the event, each organization is responsible for submitting an event report that shares the results of their fundraising efforts. The report is required before reapplying for the next year’s event.
- We encourage organizations to consider providing volunteer support for the marathon or another RunVermont event.
Benefits to the charitable organization:
- Your guaranteed relay teams allow you to bypass the lottery process in February.
- Your organization will be featured in a RunVermont newsletter prior to the marathon (circa 8000+ subscribers).
- Your logo (which can be linked to your website) will appear on the Miles for a Mission section of the Vermont City Marathon website.
Organizations must apply to be a charity partner. The Miles for a Mission application is available in October each year. Applications are available for download here. For any questions please contact Registration Director, Jen Savas at 802.863.8412 (toll free 800-880-8149) or via email.
The application requests the following:
- Organization’s mission
- Proof of Non-profit 501(c)3 status
- Designated contact person and contact information
- Number of marathon and/or marathon relay slots requested. A total of only fifty 3-5 person teams and fifty 2-person teams are available.
- Organization’s plan for using the event for fundraising and the total fundraising goal
- How funds raised will be used, including percentage that will be used in Vermont
- October: Letters and applications mailed to past charity partners and new applicants
- Late November: Applications due back to RunVermont.
- Late November: Miles for a Mission Selection Committee carefully reviews each application.
- Mid December: Charity notification of marathon/relay slots granted.
- All registration fees for relay and marathon slots are due in full to RunVermont no later than January 8, 2015
- February 1: Relay lottery open to public, ability for the charity to enter for more relay slots.
- June 15: Final report due back from each charity.
The Miles for a Mission Selection Committee includes members of the RunVermont staff and Board of Directors, and volunteers. Awardees will be selected with consideration to the impact the work of the organization has on the Vermont community, and to a thoughtful plan for the best use of the marathon or relay slots to raise awareness and support for the organization.
Please contact Jen Savas, Registration Director, at 802.863.8412 (toll free 800-880-8149) or via email