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2022 Team Run 2 Empower — What to Know

2022 Team Run 2 Empower — What to Know

Are you interested in joining Vermont 100’s Team Run 2 Empower for 2022? Here’s what you need to know.

How to Join

There are limited spots available in the Team Run 2 Empower for 2022. This is because folks who were signed up for the Team in 2020 and 2021 had the option to roll their spots into the 2022 VT100… and there’s lots of interest for the few remaining spots available. Due to that demand, we’re changing the process for new registrants to join the 2022 Team (and beyond) — you have to apply.

This is the link to the application.

We will accept applications for the first round through December 31st.  Notifications on who is welcomed to the Team will be made by January 15th. Please feel free and encouraged to add in any info you think will help us in the selection of who joins the Team, and be creative — we want to know you and why this is important to you! Completed applications are to be sent to Race Director Amy Rusiecki at vt100@vermontadaptive.org.

About VT100’s Team Run 2 Empower Program

The 2022 Vermont 100 race will set aside up to 60 slots for our Team Run 2 Empower. Under this program, runners will be allowed free entry* into the Vermont 100 so long as they commit to raising a minimum of $1,500 for Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sports (*and make a $100 donation towards their personal fundraising account). Of course, we encourage our Team participants to raise additional funds above the minimum requirement (and have
some awesome incentives for you as you fundraise)!

This will be the 7th year of this program. In the first year, we had 10 runners who participated and they raised $30,000 for Vermont Adaptive. We’ve come a long way since then, fundraising over $150,000 in 2019. The goal for this year is to fundraise at least $250,000, which would put the 7-year total to over $600,000!

Think of how much of a difference that makes in the lives of so many Vermont Adaptive athletes! Especially given the strain of COVID on the finances of Vermont Adaptive — our support is needed!

2 Guides and a Blind Athlete Race Along the VT100's Dirt Roads with Fields on Their Left

About Our Charity, Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sports

The Vermont 100 is one of Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sports’ biggest fundraisers every year. Our participants, volunteers, and sponsors help Vermont Adaptive provide access to skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, sailing, canoeing, kayaking, hand cycling, tandem biking, horseback riding, rock climbing, hiking, camping, and other adventure weekends to their participants!

Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sports is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing recreational and competitive sports opportunities to people with disabilities. We believe sports and recreation provide a physical, mental, and social experience that is immeasurable in promoting self-confidence and independence in an individual. More information on Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sports can be found at vermontadaptive.org.

How Does Team Run 2 Empower Work?

If you chose to participate in the Team Run 2 Empower, you will register for the Vermont 100 under the Team Run 2 Empower registration. At this time, a fundraising page will be generated for you. Each runner joining the Team must kick start their fundraising campaign by making a $100 donation towards their personal fundraising. Once you have raised the $1,500 minimum, you are officially in (but encouraged to keep up the fundraising efforts)! On July 10th, if you haven’t raised the $1,500 minimum, your credit card will be charged the remaining funds (but we hope
that doesn’t happen!).

Runners have until July 1st to enter into the Team, and then any unused entries will be given to runners on the general waitlist.

Why Participate in Team Run 2 Empower?

Running an ultramarathon is challenging enough, but participating in the Team Run 2 Empower gives additional meaning to your race. You are running to support Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sports; every step you take will benefit people with disabilities by giving
them an opportunity to participate in sports.

What are the Benefits of Participating on Team Run 2 Empower?

There are some special perks for folks on the Team:

  • Guaranteed entry into one of the oldest 100 milers, and one of the Grand Slam races (or the 100k race, if that’s your choice!)
  • Monthly coaching tips and articles of interest for both running and fundraising
  • Opportunity to participate in an exclusive training run on the VT100 course (which is partially on private property; a rare opportunity!)
  • Allowance to ‘swap distances’ between the 100k and 100-mile race at any time
  • Top 10 fundraisers earn bibs #1 through 10 for the race
  • Team Run 2 Empower singlet

“To see the support [from fellow Team Run 2 Empower runners] I had on a training run, where my only disability is my own mind – imagine the support Vermont Adaptive gives to athletes will different sorts of disabilities.” –Jessie F., Team Run 2 Empower 2018

Frequently Asked Questions:

  • When does registration open for the Team Run 2 Empower? For the 2022 event, applications for a spot on the Team Run 2 Empower will be accepted through December 31, 2021. After that, the first round of applications will be reviewed and new Team members will be welcomed (hopefully by January 15, 2022). Based on the availability of spots, additional Team members will be admitted on a rolling basis.
  • What’s the deal with the mandatory $100 contribution to my own fundraising? Research shows that others are more likely to contribute to your fundraising efforts if you are also invested in the cause. We hope this will allow you each to be financially committed to your efforts. Also, note that Team members don’t pay the race registration fee, so a $100 donation is less than registration.
  • Can I fundraise for another charity and participate on the Team Run 2 Empower? Unfortunately, no. While we appreciate anyone willing to fundraise for an incredible charity, the Vermont 100 and Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sports are partners therefore this Team Run 2 Empower is specifically designed to benefit Vermont Adaptive.
  • If I am on the Team Run 2 Empower, can I run the 100km race? Of course! Members of the Team Run 2 Empower can choose to run either the 100-mile or 100km distance. Even
    better, Team members are allowed to change their race distance at any time.
  • If I am on the Team Run 2 Empower, do I still need to qualify for the 100-mile race? Yes, if you are planning to run the 100-mile race, you still must meet the qualification requirements for the event. However, if you’re a member of the Team then you can switch from the 100-mile to 100km distance at any time if you fail to qualify.
  • If I am on the Team Run 2 Empower, do I still need to complete the volunteer requirement? Yes, you are still required to complete the volunteer requirement. Alternatively, you can fundraise the $200 Volunteer Buy-out fee (total fundraising goal of $1,700) instead.
  • What happens if I don’t fundraise the minimum $1,500? There are a few options if you don’t fundraise the minimum amount. First, you can pay the difference to meet the
    requirement. Second, if there is a spot in the 100-mile or 100km race, you can switch to regular registration and pay the registration fee. It should be noted that in 6 years of this Team, we have only once had someone who failed to meet the minimum fundraising requirement.
  • What happens if I get injured and can’t race at this year’s Vermont 100? If a Team Run 2 Empower member has started fundraising and is not able to run due to injury or another issue, we are dedicated to working with the runner to find the correct solution.

A visual impaired athlete and their guide race along the Vermont 100 with open fields around them.
Not Finding What You Need?

For any questions regarding the Vermont Adaptive Team Run 2 Empower, or to officially join the team, fill out your application today, or contact the Vermont 100 Race Director at vt100@vermontadaptive.org. Thank you!

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2022 Vermont 100 Race Registration Process

2022 Vermont 100 Race Registration Process

Last Updated: December 10, 2021


The 2022 edition of the Vermont 100 Endurance Race is fast on its way (fingers crossed!). Here’s
 an update on registration for the upcoming event.

2020 Registered Runners (on the 2020 start list at the time of race cancellation):

As promised to 2020 registered runners (100k and 100m), you have the option to roll your registration into the 2022 or 2023 VT100 (or otherwise forgo your spot). Go here to check your status on the 2020 start list. If you are on the start list:

  • You will have between December 15-20, 2021 to sign up for the 2022 VT100.
  • You will receive an email about how re-register for the 2022 VT100 on December 14, 2021.
  • If you do not claim your 2022 spot by Dec. 20, 2021, you will receive another email with an invitation to re-register for the 2023 Vermont 100.
  • If you do not claim your spot for either event, it will go the next runner in line on the waitlist.

NOTE: Those on the start list have the option to *register for either race (100m or 100k). That’s right … for one time only, regardless of which 2020 start list you were on, if you want to run the 100-miler then sign up for the 100-miler, and if you want to run the 100k then sign up for the 100k! (*Those who were registered for the 2020 Vermont 100k and sign up for the 2022 Vermont 100 mile will be charged the difference in registration fees for the two distances, currently $50.)

2020 Waitlisted Runners (on the 2020 waitlist at the time of race cancellation):

Runners who were on the 2020 waitlist will have the option to re-register and re-claim their place/ranking on the 2022 VT100 waitlist. Go here to check your status on the 2020 waitlist. If you are on the waitlist:

  • You will receive an email on December 21, 2021 with details about how to re-register.
  • You will have between December 22-26, 2021 to re-register and re-claim your spot.
  • If you do not re-claim your spot by December 26, 2021, you are forfeiting your spot on the VT100 waitlist.
  • If you re-claim your waitlist spot, you will be given the same position you were in at the time of race cancellation.
  • You must re-claim your spot within the same distance you were on the waitlist for in 2020.
  • We will hold a small lottery on January 15, 2022 for all runners who are currently on the waitlist for a limited number of spots in the 2022 event. More details will be available as we get closer to this date.

NOTE: Unfortunately, we are not offering to roll over waitlist spots into the 2023 event, nor are we allowing flexibility to adjust the distance you are on the waitlist for.

2020 Team Run 2 Empower (on TR2E at the time of race cancelation):

As always, Vermont 100 welcomes runners who commit to fundraising for Vermont Adaptive and sets aside several spots in the event for these runners. There are limited spots on the Team, as most of the 2020 Team Run 2 Empower has rolled their registration into the 2022 VT100. However, applications are being accepted until the spots are taken – more information is available here.

Those on the 2020 Team Run 2 Empower have a separate process to reclaim their spots for the 2022 or 2023 event and can reach out to the Race Director directly if they have not already done so. Go here to check your status on the 2020 Team Run 2 Empower.

A Note for ALL 2020 Registrants (Start List, Waitlist, Team Run 2 Empower):

An email was sent to all runners signed up for the 2020 Vermont 100 (including the start list, waitlist, and Team Run 2 Empower) on December 9th. If you did not receive this email and believe you should have, please first check your spam/junk/promotions folders. Then, refer to the posted 2020 registered runner list, to ensure that you were on it. Lastly, reach out to the RD if you aren’t on the 2020 registered runner list and believe you should be or didn’t receive the email and we need to update your email in our system. Thank you.

Other 2022 VT100 Entries:

On January 1, 2022, registration will open for anyone who wishes to join the waitlist and was not signed up for the 2020 event. You will be placed at the bottom of the waitlist (below 2020 wait-listed runners) on a first-come-first-served basis.

On January 15, 2022, we will hold a small lottery for all runners who are currently on the waitlist for a limited number of spots in the event. More details will be available as we get closer to this date.

Other Critical Information

  • Please see our Race Entry Page.
  • All 100-mile runners must meet the qualifier requirements, described here.
  • All runners must meet the volunteer service requirements, described here.
  • Race’s refund policy is listed here (scroll to “Runner Withdrawal).
  • 2022 race dates are July 15-17, 2022

Reminder: Please See our Race Entry Page

All for Now

Good luck, thank you, and we appreciate continued your patience as we work through these crazy and unprecedented times. We look forward to seeing as many of you as possible on Silver Hill this summer for the 2022 Vermont 100 Endurance Race.

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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 vt100@vermontadaptive.org 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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