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2023 Giving Tuesday Is Huge Success

2023 Giving Tuesday Is Huge Success

Vermont 100 Family!

Giving Tuesday at Vermont Adaptive was a huge success, and the Vermont 100 was a huge part of that! Overall, Vermont Adaptive fundraised nearly $192,000 over Giving Tuesday (November 28, 2023), and the Vermont 100 family was responsible for $42,000 of that! And this volume of donations came from over 300 donors … which shows us the power of a large (amazing) group coming together. All the little pieces and donations of all values added up to a HUGE impact. Simply amazing!

Because of you, Vermont Adaptive will be able to offer more lessons to athletes with disabilities, they will be able to purchase additional adaptive equipment, they can offer more scholarships to ensure that cost isn’t a barrier to participation.  Because of YOU, they can continue being an amazing organization that allows EVERYbody access to sports and the outdoors.

In the words of Laura Farrell, who both started Vermont Adaptive AND the Vermont 100: THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!

We also held the annual Giving Tuesday raffle to a few lucky folks who donated. Congrats to Tyler Tulloch, who won a guaranteed entry, and Rob Bayliss, who won a free entry! We can’t wait to see both of you on the starting line this year!

We hope you all have a wonderful start to December … but for now, simply THANK YOU to all who donated to Vermont Adaptive on Giving Tuesday. Every dollar counts to Vermont Adaptive, and we’re so proud that the Vermont 100 family has such a tremendous impact on Vermont Adaptive.

– Amy & The VT100 Race Committee


Donate Today

If you still want to make a donation to Vermont Adaptive, there’s time!
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2022 Giving Tuesday Record & 2023 Race Raffle Results

2022 Giving Tuesday Record & 2023 Race Raffle Results

Feeling all the feels after seeing SO much generosity last week from all y’all on Giving Tuesday!

Together we raised nearly $43,000 for Vermont Adaptive, AND set a new single-day giving record in our race’s history. Think of all the adaptive programs, equipment, and scholarships this will support in 2023!

From VT100 Race Director Amy Rusiecki:

“Giving Tuesday has become one of my favorite days each year – and it’s because of each of you and what you did. This is [a] day where my inbox is flooded with positive thoughts and messages, symbols of support, love, acceptance and inclusivity.”

From Vermont Adaptive’s Director of Communications Kim Jackson:

“How much do we love Vermont 100 runners? Well, a whole lot! You guys are amazing, and we’re so grateful you’re a part of the Vermont Adaptive community. Aside from the fact you’re all crazy for running the way you do – you’re also crazy for fundraising the way you do! Thank you from all of us!”

Giving Tuesday by the numbers:

  • $42,621.31 = Total VT100 fundraised (pre-match)
  • 3 = VT100 Team 2 Empower runners who raised over $3000 (pre-match)
  • $620.25 = What one VT100 person donated from collecting redeemable cans for the last year
  • 476 = VT100 individual donations made
  • 352 = Tickets in the ‘guaranteed entry/lottery bypass’ raffle
  • 61 = Ticket in the ‘free entry’ raffle
  • $7,360 = Total raised as a result of the raffle
  • $197,926 = Total raised throughout Vermont Adaptive during GT!
  • Priceless = The stories shared and the value of programs your donations will support

VT100’s fundraising page and individual fundraising pages stay active through the 2023 race: DONATE TODAY!

Happy trails, and THANK YOU for your support of Vermont Adaptive!

Lucky Raffle Winners

  • Bill Burgess – free entry
  • Derek MacDonald – lottery bypass

Upcoming Key Dates

  • 12/15/22 runners who qualify for early entry will receive an email with reg details by this date
  • 12/20 to 12/30/22 – reg opens for runners who qualify for an early entry
  • 1/2 to 1/12/23 – general lottery reg opens to the public
  • 1/114/23 – we will host a live lottery! More details to be released later.

Featured Image Description: Vermont Adaptive Giving Tuesday graphic featuring the Giving Tuesday logo and a caption that reads, “Your Did It! $197,861 Raised! Thank you!”

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Giving Tuesday at Vermont Adaptive (2022)

Giving Tuesday at Vermont Adaptive (2022)

Friends of Vermont 100 and Vermont Adaptive –

For over 30 years, our race has been one of the largest annual fundraisers for Vermont Adaptive Ski & Sports, an organization that offers folks of all ages and abilities the opportunity to participate in inclusive outdoor activities regardless of their ability to pay.

As the world’s first trail and ultra race to support and recognize visually and mobility impaired athletes with their own division, we believe in what Vermont Adaptive does for its participants every day and we encourage your continued support.


This Giving Tuesday – 11/29/22

EVERY DOLLAR donated will be matched (up to $50,000)!

What does this mean for you?

  • For those who qualify for a 2023 lottery bypass and want to fundraise, your fundraising can start now! Email to have your fundraising page created and start earning our sweet fundraising swag (see: Perks).
  • For those who want to gain entry to the 2023 VT100, we are holding our annual raffle to win either one (1) lottery bypass or one (1) free entry. How it works: Donate to Vermont Adaptive on Giving Tuesday. For every $20 you donate, or that is donated in your honor, you get one (1) ticket to bypass the lottery/waitlist. If you win, you gain entry into the 2023 VT100 but still pay the registration fee. For every $100 you donate, or that is donated in your honor, you will get one (1) ticket towards free entry to into the 2023 VT100. If you win, you will skip the lottery/waitlist and will not have to pay the registration fee. For someone to donate in your honor, they simply need to make a donation, then list your name in the ‘personal message’ area.
  • For those who simply want to help increase our impact on the programming and financial support Vermont Adaptive can offer to participants, you can make your donation here and know that on Giving Tuesday it goes twice as far!
  • Team Run 2 Empower – As always, there is an opportunity for runners to gain entry to the 2023 VT100 by committing to fundraising at least $1,500 for Vermont Adaptive through our Team Run 2 Empower program. More information on the Team is posted here. Giving Tuesday is an excellent day to kickstart your mission.

More about Vermont Adaptive

Learn more about Vermont Adaptive and our partnership by visiting our fundraising page or the Vermont Adaptive Website.

More about 2023 Registration

Everything you need to know about the 2023 VT100 registration process is updated on our website here. It includes the 100-mile and 100-km cost to register; signup dates/timeline (also expressed below); the early and general registration process; info on who qualifies for a lottery bypass; when the lottery will be; the 100-mile qualifier standards; the 100-mile and 100-kilometer service requirement; and more.

If you are a runner who registered in 2020 and didn’t sign up for the 2022 race, this summer is your last chance to use your spot. We have a list of who we believe qualifies. Let us know if you think you qualify, hoped to run this summer, and don’t see you name there. Note: Race qualifiers and service requirements must still be followed.


  • Dec. 15/2022
    Runners who qualify for an early entry (including 2020 runners who rolled into this year’s race) will receive an email with registration details by this date. If you believe you qualify and don’t receive an email, reach out to the RD.
  • Dec. 20-30, 2022
    Registration open for runners who qualify for an early entry.
  • Jan. 2-12, 2023
    Lottery registration opens for anyone who does not qualify for an early registration.
  • Jan. 14, 2023 (time TBD)
    We will host a live lottery!  Details will be posted and shared once worked out.

Got questions?

We’re here to help. If you have any questions, reach out. We might not know all the answers, but we’ll get you the info we’ve got and work towards answers. All we ask for is your patience. There are things we just won’t know for a while.

Featured Image Description: Ben Simanski (left) and his guide Brian Rusiecki (right) run down a gravel road at the 2022 Vermont 100, with the “Giving Tuesday” logo to their left. Simanski is a visually impaired athlete who won the 2022 VT100 100-mile Male Category and Overall Athletes with Disabilities (AWD) Division Category in 23:28:29.

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No Barriers Podcast – The Ultra Barrier Breaker

No Barriers Podcast – The Ultra Barrier Breaker

We’re proud to share that our Race Director, Amy Rusiecki, recently joined the No Barriers Podcast for a gripping conversation with blind adventure athlete Erik Weihenmayer.

Amy's official No Barriers Podcast graphic featuring her running and the title "The Ultra Barrier Breaker"

Erik was the first blind person to climb Mount Everest in 2001. He’s since ascended the tallest peak on every continent, climbed El Cap in under 24 hours, kayaked the Grand Canyon, authored three books, spoken to students and businesses nationwide, and led expeditions around the world for those living with seen and unseen disabilities as part of his non-profit, No Barriers.

Amy joins Erik’s show to talk about the complexities of ultrarunning, her role as an athlete, guide, coach, and race director, and the ways in which she tries to expand accessibility and address inclusion issues in our sport. Erik is curious about what goes on in our heads as ultrarunners, what it really takes to tackle 100 miles as an athlete with a disability, and asks Amy what she hopes racing will look like in the years to come.

Amy assists and AWD onto the main stage to speak at the opening ceremonies for the VT100

While Amy has helped our race create divisions for both athletes with disabilities and nonbinary runners, led discussions with other race directors about how to better manage gender equality, and deepened our fundraising commitment to Vermont Adaptive—she says there is still plenty of work left to do.

Amy guiding a visually impaired runner during the Vermont 100

Tune in, and please email us at if you have ideas on how our event (and others) can continue to break barriers and close gaps. We strongly believe that the trails are a place for everyone and we continuously strive to make our runner, volunteer, sponsorship, and fundraising opportunities as accessible and appealing to people from all backgrounds and identities.

Amy’s episode (no. 126) is available here on the No Barriers Podcast showpage as well everywhere you get your podcasts, like Spotify and Apple Podcasts. Enjoy, and thanks for listening!

Amy greeting in two runners at the finish line of the Vermont 100, a tradition of hers

Images courtesy of No Barriers, Ben Kimball, Peter Maksimow, and Bruno Hamann.

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Guiding for a Day — Reflections from the USABA Ski Festival with Vermont Adaptive!

Guiding for a Day — Reflections from the USABA Ski Festival with Vermont Adaptive!

Kevin Draper is a member of Team Run 2 Empower who recently he donated his time to help guide blind and visually impaired athletes at the 13th Annual Winter Ski Festival hosted by the United States Association of Blind Athletes (USABA). This event, in partnership with our race beneficiary Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sports, offers skiers and snowboarders who are blind or visually impaired the opportunity to come together to participate in alpine skiing, nordic skiing, and snowshoeing. Kevin was kind enough to share his reflections on the experience, and we hope you’ll enjoy his words as much we did.

Thank you, Kevin! What a wonderful way to give back and find deeper meaning in why you’re committed to fundraising for Vermont Adaptive.

Guiding for a Day — Reflections from the USABA Ski Festival with Vermont Adaptive!


A visually impaired snowboarder works with two Vermont Adaptive guides at the 13th Annual USABA / Vermont Adaptive Ski Festival Weekend
A visually impaired snowboarder works with two Vermont Adaptive guides at the 13th Annual USABA / Vermont Adaptive Ski Festival Weekend

“The conditions were perfect that crisp Sunday morning at Pico Mountain, in Killington, Vermont. Vermont Adaptive Athletes and crew were taking part in various winter activities at the USABA Ski Festival. What they didn’t realize was that this was a special day, where some of the volunteers helping out, were also part of a group of VT100 fundraisers from Team Run 2 Empower.

This was my second year helping out Vermont Adaptive and it’s such a joy for me to witness the enthusiasm and confidence the athletes gain from getting outside and doing what they love. I’ve been a skier my entire life, so guiding blind athletes who enjoy skiing as much as I do is right up my alley!


Vin Framularo – Snowboarding Guide and Fellow Team Run 2 Empower Member

My role this year was similar to do what I did last year, be a guide in front or behind the VASS athlete. This may look like an easy task, but I assure you, it’s pretty complex.  You are there to help the athletes on and off the chair lift so timing and communication is critical. While on the chairlift, you discuss the different trail options, i.e., green circles to blue squares to black diamonds. You also review different ski styles, like quick sharp carving turns or more pronounced longer turns.

A visually impaired skiers works with two Vermont Adaptive guides at the 13th Annual USABA / Vermont Adaptive Ski Festival Weekend
A visually impaired skiers works with two Vermont Adaptive guides at the 13th Annual USABA / Vermont Adaptive Ski Festival Weekend

What has been terrific for me to experience is the self-assurance built within the athletes as the day progressed. Athletes gain trust in you as a guide and they may decide to push the envelope a bit and go to the top of Pico or take a run on a trail they once considered over their head. Funny enough, last year the woman I was guiding told me that my skiing improved as the lead guide, which made me laugh. I guess I became more confident in my guiding abilities too!

A blind skier faces down slope while carving a turn at the USABA / Vermont Adaptive 13th Annual Ski Festival Weekend in Vermont
A blind skier faces down slope while carving a turn at the USABA / Vermont Adaptive 13th Annual Ski Festival Weekend in Vermont

To realize I had a small part in people’s lives brings it way beyond the fundraising for me. I would help out at Vermont Adaptive every single day if I could but I’ve got to (gulp) begin training for the Vermont 100!”

A bit more about Kevin Draper

Kevin lives in Massachusetts with his wife, two daughters, and their dog, Murphy, who loves trail running as much as Kevin does. Kevin and his family enjoy skiing and being outside as much as possible, and this will be Kevin’s third year on Team Run 2 Empower. Be sure to say hi to him at the VT100 this summer.


Learn more about Team Run 2 Empower & Vermont Adaptive

Visit our fundraising page to get the full scoop on the cause, the impact, and how to get involved in fundraising for Vermont Adaptive through the Vermont 100 — or simply donate today.


And who doesn’t love pups?!

Your treat for reading right to the end of the post 🙂


A couple “guide” puppies amidst the boot room chaos.
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Fundraising Wall of Fame

Fundraising Wall of Fame

2020 Wall of Fame

We are grateful to the people listed on this page – supportive, generous, enthusiastic and committed Vermont 100 participants who have fundraised for Vermont Adaptive this year. Each of these participants has invited their friends and family to sponsor them in the Vermont 100 – to join them in supporting Vermont Adaptive’ s important work.  Since 2015 (when the Team Run 2 Empower started), Vermont 100 participants have fundraised over $500,000 for Vermont Adaptive!

If you haven’t already begun, it’s not too late! Look up your fundraising page and ask friends and family to support you!  Thanks!


Champion for Change



Champion for Equity


Krista Alderdice, Andy Alsup, Victoria Arel, Maria Chevalier, Meg Cullings, Kevin Draper, Chris Eaton, Robert Gantz


Champion for Empowerment


Guy Alderdice, Jeff Beaudoin, Leah Christensen, Carly Eisley, Vin Framularo, Jonathan Kaptcianos, Jennifer McLaughlin, Scott Mitchell, Thomas Nuovo, Jed Putterman, Faith Raymond, Philip Sanderson, Kevin Sheedy, James Tillis


Champion for Independence


Faye Benoit, Daisy Bicking, Michael Crutchley, Alicia Devero, Sarah Eaton, Jessie Farnham, Sam Farnsworth, Anya Federowski, Aiji Graham, Tanya Holbrook, Sharon Knorr, Kyle Robidoux, Tiffany Sivco, Rachel Stansfield, Miriam Weiskind


Champion for Opportunity


Stephanie Abrell, Melissa Arnold, Rajay Bagaria, Heather Barachman, Nancy Broughel, Janna Chernetz, Rachel Clinton, Jason Cousins, Erik Glover, Brian Krisler, James Lehneman, Chris Straub, Steve Turner, Melissa Woods



All-Time Fundraising Totals

Top 20 Fundraisers

1. Matt Klein – $76,548
2. Meg Cullings – $32.803
3. Maria Chevalier – $17,731
4. Neely Fortune – $16,0000
5. Keith McWilliams – $15,505
6. Chris Eaton – $15,505
7. Erik Glover – $12,817
8. Krista Alderdice – $12,192
9. Lucimar Araujo – $9,223
10. Faith Raymond – $8,600
11. Jennifer McLaughlin – $7,851
12. Kevin Draper – $7,420
13. Leah Christensen – $7,277
14. Vin Framularo – $6,383
15. Tiffany Sivco – $6,067
16. Robert Gantz – $5,720
17. Neil Feldman – $5,610
18. Pam Eaton – $5,340
19. Sam Farnsworth – $5,305
20. Melissa Ossanna- $5,106

(*Based on fundraising totals from 2013 – current, we unfortunately don’t have records prior to this time.  If you feel this information is incorrect, please email the RD.)

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Putting the Fun in Fundraising

Putting the Fun in Fundraising

For those that don’t know, the Vermont 100 is one of the largest annual fundraisers for Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sports . Over the years, through hard work and dedication of our patrons, the VT100 has raised and donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to support Vermont Adaptive programs. Looking to do even more for Vermont Adaptive, Team Run 2 Empower was established in 2015 as the official VT100 fundraising team to further increase contributions to Vermont Adaptive.

Last year, we introduced some additional fundraising incentives to acknowledge and inspire more VT100 runners to get involved with fundraising for Vermont Adaptive. And as a bonus, we’ll give you a little something-something for fundraising…so it’s a win-win!

Vermont 100 Runners

How it Works

Three easy steps:

1. All runners will receive a link to their individual fundraising page at PledgeReg once they register.  While fundraising is not required for participants (except for those that have opted to run for Team Run 2 Empower), it is highly encouraged.
2. From there, you’ll want to individualize the page to make it your own. Share why you are running the VT100, why you are choosing to fundraising, or perhaps what your connection is to adaptive sports programs.
3. Next, share your fundraising site with friends and family and ask that they consider supporting your Vermont 100 journey by donating.  And as the funds you raise increase, you will qualify for increasing fundraising tiers.

Fundraising Tiers

New this year we are introducing Fundraising Tiers. There are special incentives for various fundraising levels.

Runners who fundraise at these level:

  • Champions for Opportunity are those runners that raise at least $200. They will be thanked with a special branded truckers hat.
  • Champions for Independence will raise $600 are will be thanked with a Patagonia long sleeve quarter-zip shirt
  • Champions for Empowerment hit the $1,500 level and will be thanked with a sweet unique Patagonia backpack
  • Champions for Equity will raise $3,000 and will be thanked by having their Patagonia backpack filled with special treats from sponsors and Vermont Adaptive
  • Champions for Change are those runners who hit $6,000 for Vermont Adaptive. These fundraising machines will be thanked with additional treats in their Patagonia backpack, hugs from the Vermont Adaptive staff at the race, and our eternal gratitude.

Once runners reach each fundraising tier, they will also be listed on the race’s Wall of Fame.


Wait…There’s More

As if the above wasn’t enough to incentivize your fundraising, there will also be monthly fundraising raffles.  Each month, we’ll raffle off goodies from sponsors or Vermont Adaptive, sometimes to whoever makes the donation and sometimes to the runner who receives the donation.  Either way, there will be opportunities for folks to win some nice products from race sponsors and Vermont Adaptive along the way.

In the end, every cent that is fundraised at the Vermont 100 is given to Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sports, so they can continue to offer amazing adaptive sports programs.

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Giving Tuesday and the VT 100 Raffle Winners

Giving Tuesday and the VT 100 Raffle Winners


A Note From Our Race Director, Amy

I want to say THANK YOU for your donations on #GivingTuesday.  I wish I could send out personal emails to each of you…but there are just too many of you, so please excuse the impersonal, group note.

I am completely overwhelmed with what the VT100 did for Vermont Adaptive .  In total, between your donations plus the donations for our current Team Run 2 Empower folks, over $20,000 was raised for Vermont Adaptive (which will be doubled by their matching donor!).  That is amazing, and will have a remarkable impact on so many lives.

From The Executive Director of Vermont Adaptive , Erin Fernandez:

“We are humbled at the above and beyond VT100 runners do in order to raise more money and awareness for our athletes. You guys are heroes and don’t ever forget that. Your trudge through 100 miles has an impact way beyond each step you take. Your gifts and hard work will never be erased. Thank you for making a difference in the lives of others.”
So, on behalf of Vermont Adaptive, THANK YOU for what each of you contributed yesterday!

VT100 Raffle Results

As promised, we raffled off a free entry into the race, and an early entry (essentially a lottery bypass), and the winners are…(drum roll please)…

Curt Pandiscio won a free entry into the 2019 Vermont 100!

John Pierz won an early entry (lottery bypassed entry) into the 2019 Vermont 100!

Congrats to both of you!

I hope that many of you return to this year’s race.
We’re having the race lottery in January, however there will be a few more opportunities for folks to win spots in this year’s race (if not lucky in the lottery)…so stay tuned!

Happy trails!


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Giving Tuesday-Support Vermont Adaptive, Boost Your Odds for the VT100 Lottery

Giving Tuesday-Support Vermont Adaptive, Boost Your Odds for the VT100 Lottery

Hey Vermont 100 runners, crews and family members-Thanksgiving, Black Friday, Shop Local Saturday and Cyber Monday are great, but for us at the Vermont 100 the best day is-#GivingTuesday!

You know we run and fundraise for Vermont Adaptive Ski & Sports but did you know we host a raffle for entry to the Vermont 100 on Giving Tuesday.
Yes we do and it increases your chance of getting into our race.

And this year your donations are doubled as an anonymous donor has pledged to match donations made to Vermont Adaptive on Giving Tuesday.

This year the raffle includes
One raffle ticket for a **FREE ENTRY** into the 2019 Vermont 100 (100 mile or 100k, your choice), for every $100 you donate towards Vermont 100’s Vermont Adaptive fundraising page on Giving Tuesday. The Vermont 100 fundraising page is here:

Or, one raffle ticket for an early entry (i.e. guaranteed spot) into the 2019 Vermont 100 (100 mile or 100k, your choice), for every $30 you donate towards Vermont 100’s Vermont Adaptive fundraising page on Giving Tuesday. The Vermont 100 fundraising page is here:

++You will still need to complete your qualifier (if running the 100 miler) and volunteer service requirement (for both the 100 mile and 100k) even if you are successful in these raffles.++

Thanks for supporting Vermont Adaptive!
Amy R. and the Race Committee

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A Sweetheart Deal-February’s Top Fundraiser Will Get A Pair of Snow Shoes

A Sweetheart Deal-February’s Top Fundraiser Will Get A Pair of Snow Shoes

Be the TOP Vermont 100 Fundraiser for February, win a pair of DION Snowshoes

Thanks to race sponsor DION SNOWSHOES the top fundraiser for the month of February will get a pair of Dion Snowshoes!

The DION difference: They offer snowshoes as separate components (Frame, Binding and Cleat) instead of complete systems. This allows you to be sure of getting just the right system for your needs. This is what makes Dion Snowshoes the best choice and not “just another snowshoe”.  Just pick the Frame you want, then the Cleat, then the Binding! They will ship your snowshoe order assembled and ready to go.

Get fundraising!

Donate to an individual or team or start your own fundraising-it’s never too late to raise money for Vermont Adaptive

30th Anniversary Logo

Oh, and here’s a sneak peek at this year’s logo!


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Fundraising Wall of Fame

Fundraising Wall of Fame

2018 Wall of Fame

We are grateful to the people listed on this page – supportive, generous, enthusiastic and committed Vermont 100 participants who have fundraised for Vermont Adaptive this year. Each of these participants has invited their friends and family to sponsor them in the Vermont 100 – to join them in supporting Vermont Adaptive’ s important work.  Since 2015 (when the Team Run 2 Empower started), Vermont 100 participants have fundraised over $300,000 for Vermont Adaptive!

If you haven’t already begun, it’s not too late! Look up your fundraising page and ask friends and family to support you!  Thanks!


Champion for Change


Meg Cullings, Matt Klein


Champion for Equity


Krista Alderdice, Lucimar Araujo, Maria Chevalier, Chris Eaton, Jessie Farnham, Tim Finke, Erik Glover, Jennifer McLaughlin, Keith McWilliams, Michelle Rice, Nathan Stanford, Allison Westhoven


Champion for Empowerment


Rihana Azam, Adam Baker, Cara Baskin, Karen Benway, Dylan Broderick, Janna Chernetz, Leah Christensen, Jason Cousins, Bruce Dailey, Vanessa DeSota, Tim Dowling, Kevin Draper, Marc Eaton, >Sam Farnsworth, Ben Fiandaca, Sam Fiandaca, Robert Gill, Gene Gugliotta, Charlotte Healy, Tanya Holbrook, Gregg Holst, Celia Leber, Jon Mason, Thomas Nuovo, Melissa Ossanna, Chad Prichard, Joe Pulver, Brendan Pytka, Michael Rafferty, Robert Seaman, John Sheedy, Tiffany Sivco, Chris Straub, Kelly Tabara, Denis Trafecanty, Tammy Volock, Kelly Walsh, Caroline Williams


Champion for Independence


Steven Benardete, Howard Breinan, Aaron Christie, Brian Emerson, Lori Emery, Maureen Gillespie, Jessica Goldman, Michelle Mccarthy, Alex Shaffer, Graham Sherriff, Erica Simister


Champion for Opportunity


Ryan Couto, Katy-Jayne Dowd, Andrew Drummond, Tom Hooper, Sharon Knorr, Suzanne Marhesano, Jason Proulx, Lauren Santonastaso, Diane Souza, Christian Taylor



All-Time Fundraising Totals

Top 20 Fundraisers

1. Matt Klein – $54,825
2. Meg Cullings – $17,290
3. Neely Fortune – $16,0000
4. Keith McWilliams – $11,660
5. Maria Chevalier – $10,110
6. Chris Eaton – $10,050
7. Lucimar Araujo – $9,283
8. Erik Glover – $7,317
9. Neil Feldman – $5,610
10. Leah Christensen – $5,303
11. Tom Hancock – $5,000
12. E. David Granum – $4,516
13. Celia Leber – $4,270
14.Scot Binder – $3,930
15. Krista Alderdice – $3,815
16. Allison Westhoven – $3,782
17. Alex Shaffer – $3,301
18. Michael Rafferty – $3,140
19. Nathan Stanford – $3,100
20. Tim Finke – $3,000

(*Based on fundraising totals from 2013 – current, we unfortunately don’t have records prior to this time.  If you feel this information is incorrect, please email the RD.)

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Winners of Our #GivingTuesday Raffle are…

Winners of Our #GivingTuesday Raffle are…

Congratulations to Our #GivingTuesday Raffle winners: Emily Wivell who won a free entry into this year’s VT100, and Casey Fisher who won early entry into this year’s race.

Together we helped Vermont Adaptive raise $90,000!

A message from Erin Fernandez, Executive Director Vermont Adaptive

Donors Help Meet #GivingTuesday Matching Pledge and Raise More Than $90,000 for Adaptive Sports 

It’s a bit overwhelming to reach this amazing milestone – raising more than $90,000 in just one day during #GivingTuesday.

This incredible effort shows that people do pay attention to the season of giving and what it really means. The monies raised allows us to reach more people with our adaptive programs, regardless of their ability to pay, fund and keep current our fleet of expensive adaptive equipment, and continue to broaden our programming options with not just traditional outdoor sports and recreation, but also with our wellness and environmental programming.

If you made a donation yesterday – THANK YOU! And if you didn’t, it’s not too late to help!

More than 300 people gave to this effort and nearly 75% of those donations were $100 or less. This is proof that when a community rallies together around a cause it works! Please keep the momentum going, share your Vermont Adaptive story with friends and family today through email and social media and let them know why you support sports for people with disabilities. We must raise $300,000 from individual and corporate donors for 2018 programs and operations. Every penny counts, and we’re off to a great start. Without you, we can’t share the passion for sports and recreation with others.

Thank you again – have a wonderful holiday season.

A Note from Amy, our Race Director-DECEMBER SHOE RAFFLE

In December Vermont 100 will be raffling off 2 shoe certificates (1 for Hoka, 1 for Inov-8) to anyone who makes a donation greater than $20 to their favorite Team Run 2 Empower runner, or to Vermont Adaptive using this link! VT100


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#GivingTuesday for Vermont Adaptive

#GivingTuesday for Vermont Adaptive

Right Now, Your Gift to Vermont Adaptive Will Go Twice as Far in Supporting Athletes with Disabilities.

As Cyber Monday begins today,  Vermont Adaptive is prepping for a great #GivingTuesday tomorrow.

Your donation is doubled – up to $45,000 (thanks to a matching pledge!)

So $50 = $100. $100 = $200. $1,000 = $2,000!

Help Vermont Adaptive take advantage of this INCREDIBLE opportunity to raise more than $90,000 during #GivingTuesday’s global movement.


Know that your donation today will count toward 2017’s #GivingTuesday, which is tomorrow, Nov. 28, and will have twice the impact. Vermont Adaptive’s #GivingTuesday campaign is live!

Without you, they wouldn’t be able to continue to share the passion of sports and recreation with others. Will you consider making a donation today and help spread the word? It’s easy, just copy and paste this link  and share it with your story as to why you choose to give to Vermont Adaptive.

Need some ideas? Check out their YouTube Channel to listen to the stories from the Vermont Adaptive Tribe.

And thank you from the Vermont 100 Race Committee!

Giving Tuesday

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Team Run 2 Empower – Meet the 2017 Team

Team Run 2 Empower – Meet the 2017 Team

Every year, the VT100 reserves race entries for Team Run to Empower. Team Run 2 Empower is made up of individuals who commit to fundraising a minimum of $1,000 for Vermont Adaptive Ski & Sports, a nationally recognized nonprofit providing sports and recreational programs to people with disabilities.

Team Run 2 Empower is a large reason why the VT100 is one of biggest yearly fundraisers for Vermont Adaptive. They spend many hours over several months training to get to the VT100 start line, and they are deeply passionate about our race and they believe strongly in its cause as an event that extends beyond themselves and into the lives of others. So, let’s meet this year’s *2017 participants.

To learn more about Team Run 2 Empower, make a donation to the team or an individual on this team, or learn more about Vermont Adaptive – Please visit the Team Run 2 Empower PledgeReg page.

Team Run 2 Empower – Meet the 2017 Team

Leah Christensen

I’m a wife, mom to four, elementary art/phys ed teacher and ultra runner.  I love dogs, poetry and photography.  This is my second year raising funds for Vermont Adaptive. 

Last year was my first experience with the VT100 race itself.  I was blown away by the family like environment, amazing volunteers, outstanding organization and fundraising for Vermont Adaptive.  I have to admit, at that point, I wasn’t quite sure what I was getting into raising funds.  I had heard very little about Vermont Adaptive, but boy did I learn!  People were so willing to give for such a wonderful cause, and the Vermont Adaptive presentation and speech at the pre-race gathering was so motivational, I knew that when the invite came around this year I would want to help again.

Although I am not directly involved with the program itself, I love being able to give what I can by doing this fundraising event.  My only regret is that more states do not try to mirror the fine work that Vermont Adaptive does in getting folks outside.  I am by no means a disabled individual, but I suffer from and battle depression, so I know what a great help it is to get outside and enjoy being active.  Ultra running has been a personal lifesaver for me in this regard. 

I am so honored to be able to run for Team Run 2 Empower and raise funds for this second year in a row!

Neil Feldman

I ran the race in 2010 and that was my 1st intro to Vermont adaptive and ski. It was very cool to see what is being done to help people with disabilities to have more of the life experiences they otherwise may be missing. I raised money for team Hoyt for 3 years even was able to have the privilege of pushing an athlete in a chair during one of the local races. I’ve enjoyed the feeling of supporting a cause beyond my own personal goals. I was going to participate in this years race, and when I saw the team being formed,  I jumped at the chance. It’s really an honor to be supporting this program and all of you who dedicate yourselves to improving the lives of others. So thank you!!

Sharon Knorr


This is my first year raising money for Vermont Adaptive. I have participated in sports and outdoor activities for as long as I can remember, but running is my greatest passion. It would really be impossible for me to describe myself without being able to share how much running is a part of who I am, whether it be out on the road or trails, or supporting and spectating others. At the same time, I have loved ones who have been sidelined due to lifelong disability, who dream of being able to join in with their friends and family. I also have loved ones who have lost, through illness or injury, their ability to participate in what they are passionate about, and while a few of those people were able to redirect their passions elsewhere, others still struggle. Being physical active provides an immeasurable value to one’s life not easily replaced by anything else. I wanted to run to raise money for Vermont Adaptive because they work so hard to provide equal opportunities for people of all abilities to participate in sports and recreational activities, giving them the experiences they would not otherwise have. I feel honored to be able to share my passion for running with others in this way, so that they may know the same joy and wellness through physical activity.  

James Lehneman

I decided to run to raise money for Vermont Adaptive because it allows me to do two things I enjoy at the same time, run and help people.

I feel very fortunate to be able to live a very active lifestyle, without any physical, medical or other challenges to overcome.  My first exposure to help people with disabilities was the Special Olympics when I was back in High School.  I was able to work with a young boy and teach him to XC Ski.  I was surprised how good it made me feel.  Since then I have helped raise money and awareness for several organizations that help people with all forms of disabilities and illnesses.  My first fundraising for Vermont Adaptive was in 2012 when I ran the VT50 for the first time.  That was my first 50 Mile race and it changed my life.  I believe joining Team Run to Empower is a perfect way for me to continue to raise awareness of Vermont Adaptive and take on the biggest physical challenge of my life, the VT100.  This will be my first 100 Mile run and possibly the first of many more to come.

I am proud to have been able to be part of the team. 

Robert Kintz

I need to run a 100 miler…a year ago I choose to raise money as a way to insure my entry into VT100…not much of a statement about Vermont Adaptive but I can say this…I’ve been on the board of the Krempels Center in Portsmouth, NH for 7 or 8 years where we help people with acquired brain injuries regain meaning and purpose in their lives. This includes connecting some of the members with adaptive bikes so that they can ride in an annual fundraiser called the King of the Road Challenge.  I have learned how these folks struggle each day dealing with their issues…yet they don’t complain or give up…and they’re always ready to aid others. It’s pretty motivating for me as I’m in a perpetual training cycle and I imagine that Vermont Adaptive is also providing folks with an opportunity to push themselves beyond their current injuries…I’m very happy to be part of Team Run 2 Empower and support the efforts of Vermont Adaptive.


Jim Hughes

My father and 5 brothers have been long time participants in the Vermont 50 since 2004; both running and biking. This is my first year running the VT100 with my longtime friend Neil Feldman and fundraising for Vermont Adaptive.

I’m excited to be both running the race for the first time; but also supporting this great organization!  


Jeff Stauch

This is my second year raising money for VT Adaptive.  I enjoy fundraising for VT Adaptive because I know that I’m giving folks who wouldn’t otherwise have the opportunity to enjoy the outdoors the chance to do so thanks to the amazing programming offered by VT Adaptive.  It’s an honor to be a part of the work that they do in this small way.


Scout Phillips

This will be my second year running the VT100 and running as a charity runner. I’m in the men’s solo division (same as last year).


Matt Klein

This July I’m going to be competing in my fourth Vermont 100 mile ultra-running marathon. I’m as excited for this race as I was when I ran my first VT 100. Running is something that I’m incredibly passionate about as it’s helped to change my life for the better. It’s also provided me the ability to help others through my blood, sweat and tears.

When I reflect on how I got to this point, there are clearly moments that are “life altering” as I like to say. There’s the obvious – like relationships and children – and then there are some that are not so clear at first glance. For me, the Vermont 100 is one of those moments (actually, more like 24+ hours of moments strung together 😉

The kindness and caring that was provided to me out on the course, by volunteers, is something that I’ll forever be grateful. And to know that I can help make some small difference is worth any “suffering” that occurs out on the course.

I first participated in this race in 2014. I was so moved by the prerace dinner and presentation, and then, as I mentioned above, the volunteers out on the course, that I decided to come back and put the effort to good use. The race itself, and what the body and mind go through over a day’s worth of straight running, is hard to define and articulate. But more so, I was incredibly moved and humbled by Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sports. I’m happy to say that this is my third year in a row raising funds. And I’m super proud to say that I’ve been able to raise, with help from friends, family and folks in my community, more than $30 thousand over the last three years. 

Today I’m grateful to have the ability to even attempt to run 100 miles. It’s not lost on me that there are people out there for whom simply walking can be a challenge. The amazing work that VA conducts, as well as all the people involved are what keeps me coming back for more – year after year. Having the opportunity to put my legs to good use for VA is well worth any sacrifice on my end. 

Meg Cullings

Running cross country and track was an absolute lifesaver when we moved as my twin sister and I were starting 7th grade. It gave me goals; a “rabbit” ahead of me to chase; a rivals time; a hill; laps on the track;or the clock itself-to challenge myself. The sights and sounds of a trail race or a track meet were inviting and I felt “at home” and like I belonged. The move was full of challenges but gave me the biggest “gift” in finding running.
Finding out about Vermont Adaptive and running for Team 2 Empower feels like the opportunity to pay it forward for someone else…who may be at a similar unexpected crossroads & have no idea how beautiful and life changing and inspiring their journey is about to be enhanced. It’s the greatest gift ever to fuel your own freedom with a day skiing; or kayaking; or riding a horse; or a bike is my best friend. It gave me a favorite job ever as a bike messenger(every day in all 4 seasons-changing flats as quick as possible or you don’t make any money…)Running & cycling takes me through the highs; and then the tough days of losing my has been an honor to be a member of Team 2 Empower and Vermont Adaptive. What new adventure will you start with them?…..

Jack Bailey

This year is my fourth time participating in the Vermont 100, but the first time I’ve ever raised money for Vermont Adaptive.  It has been through my participation in VT100 that I’ve learned about Vermont Adaptive and I’ve always admired their work ever since first learning about them.  I have a background in sports medicine and once worked for an orthotics and prosthetics company where I gained a first-hand appreciation for crafting assistive devices for people to stay active.    I feel blessed to have my health and the enjoyment I get from being active through running, so this year I decided to put my time and talents to use for a worthy cause, and I couldn’t have chosen a better organization than Vermont Adaptive!  It is so motivating to see the determination, and enjoyment, of those who benefit from Vermont Adaptive, and I’m just glad I can give a little bit back.

Mark Ryder

I ran last year as a Charity bib runner for two reasons; i) I thought it was a nice idea, other of my friends ran different races and raised money, ii) It was a guaranteed entry.  I wasn’t able to finish last year so I still wanted that guaranteed entry. However, after guiding some visually impaired runners  a couple months after last years race and how much fun and what a difference it could make I thought this was a great idea, so I thought I would try it again.


I was matched with a little guy named Nick about 3 years ago. Nick, my WingMan, suffered a brain injury at birth and does not have mobility in one whole side. His parents have never given up on the hope that he might be able walk, and even run someday. He is excelling in school, very dedicated to all of his different therapies and loved by everyone he meets…his energy is infectious! He participates in a local adaptive sports camp where he lives, much like VASS, and largely in part thanks to the kindness of donors who support such an amazing opportunity. 

This is my 3rd year fundraising for VASS, and my 6th attempt at finishing VT100…I just love what this event is all about. There is a certain depth of humanity that is experienced out in those miles, and I can’t seem to get enough of it. When the chance came up to be a part of the fundraising team and do more for VASS, it was a natural choice. I love being a part of something bigger, something pretty special. 

Claude Parent

I just want to let you know how lucky I feel to be able to run for such a great cause.

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Claude

*Note – The above list of individuals represents the majority of the 2017 Team Run 2 Empower team, however some participants didn’t submit their bios to us on time to get published. You can still find those unlisted individuals (as well as others) and donate to their campaigns within the Team Run 2 Empower PledgeReg page. Cheers!

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