RunVermont’s Miles for a Missions program was created in 2009 to help local charities raise financial support through the People’s United Bank 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 40 2-person relay team and 40 3-5 person relay team slots among the charities are initially available. 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. Every organization is featured in a RunVermont newsletter prior to the event.
2017 Official Charities
Camp Ta-Kum-Ta provides challenging, extraordinary experiences in a safe and loving environment for children who have or have had cancer and their families. Camp exists for Vermont and Northern New York children, (including other out-of-state children who are treated in Vermont), between the ages of 7-17, at no cost to their families.
The funds raised through the Miles for a Mission program will be used to support our summer program. There is never a charge for a child to attend any of our programs. The money will be used to help us continue our summer program and bring in new activities for the campers. Camp Ta-Kum-Ta tries to squeeze in as many life experiences and memories as possible into this magical week. Along with traditional camp activities such as swimming, athletics, ropes course, and arts & crafts, Ta-Kum-Ta offers once-in-a-lifetime opportunities such as rock climbing expeditions, hot-air balloon rides, formal dances, and lake cruises.
Contact: Hattie Johnson, [email protected]
H.O.P.E. Works is dedicated to ending all sexual violence. Last year we served 956 Vermonters through our victim advocacy programs; of those, 53% were children and youth. HOPE Works’ services and programs promote systemic and permanent change; we have been committed to strengthening our community through this social justice work since 1973. We believe sexual violence and assault leads to the degradation of human dignity—and work daily to prevent sexual violence in our community while also compassionately serving those who have already experienced this violence. We will use money raised through the Miles for a Mission Fundraising Program to fund our crisis hotline, which is available to every student, resident, and visitor of Chittenden County day or night, seven days a week.
Contact: Cathleen Barkley, [email protected]
Make a Wish
Make-A-Wish Vermont grants wishes to Vermont children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. Make-A-Wish Vermont, established in 1989, has granted the wish of every medically-eligible child referred to us, 700 wishes to date. Money raised through the Miles for a Mission Fundraising Program will be used to grant the wishes of Vermont children this coming year; approximately 38 wishes.
Contact: James Hathaway, [email protected]
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.
Contact: Jackie Bombardier, [email protected]
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 Miles for a Mission will go directly to programs that support LGBTQQ youth, including: Friday Night Groups (a social support group), work with Queer Straight Alliance clubs in schools, and statewide anti-harassment trainings.
Contact: Melissa Murray, [email protected]
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.
Contact: Sasha Fisher, [email protected]
The UVM College of Medicine Running Team, in partnership with the UVM Medical Center, was founded by medical students to promote unity and wellness amongst their classes while engaging friends, family and community members to raise funds in support of Steps to Wellness, a medically based rehabilitation and research program that serves the unique needs of cancer survivors 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.
Contact: Hannah Burnett, [email protected]
Zeno Mountain Farm
Our mission is one of perpetuity. Everyone in the Zeno Family will have a place to convene for the rest of their lives and for generations and generations after that. We believe that the most important thing in the whole world to us human beings is friendship, community, and the knowledge that we matter to each other. We want to make certain that everyone who comes to Zeno has full access to these things—regardless.
Contact: Will Halby, [email protected]
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.
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 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 or call 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.
While there are limited relay teams available for new charity partners, there is no limit on the number of marathon slots awarded.
2017 registration prices:
Marathon – $99-$135, date dependent ($5 discount given to M4M Partners)
2-Person Relay Team – $175
3-5 Person Relay Team – $225
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 standard registration process in February.
- 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 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 21, 2017
- January 16: 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, Registration Director, at 802.863.8412 (toll free 800-880-8149) or via e-mail