The Team Run 2 Empower (TR2E) is a group of Vermont 100 runners who commit to fundraise for Vermont Adaptive Ski & Sports. This program was started in 2015, and has swelled over the years in both number of Team members AND in the impact on adaptive sports access over the years.
Learn more about the Team, including how to apply to join the Team, below.
(Alternatively, if you are simply looking to generally fundraise on your own or donate toward Vermont Adaptive through Vermont 100 or a VT100 race participant, please visit our main Fundraising page to learn more or go directly to our PledgeReg fundraising platform to take action. Thank you!).
The 2024 Vermont 100 race sets aside up to 60 slots for our Team Run 2 Empower. Under this program, runners are allowed free entry* into the Vermont 100 so long as they commit to raising a minimum of $1,500 for Vermont Adaptive Ski & 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)! All fundraising is done through the race’s fundraising portal at pledgereg.com.
2024 marks the 10th year of this program. In the first year, we had 10 runners who participated and they raised just over $30,000 for Vermont Adaptive. We’ve come a long way since then, fundraising over $200,000 in 2022. The goal for this year is to fundraise at least $250,000, which would bring the 10-year total to over $1,000,000!
Think of how much of a difference that charity makes in the lives of so many Vermont Adaptive athletes! Especially given the strain of COVID on the finances of Vermont Adaptive — our support – your support! – is needed!
There are limited spots available on the Team Run 2 Empower for 2024. There are simply a lot of folks who are interested in this option, and yet we want the Team to still feel relatively small and intimate. Due to that demand, folks who wish to join the Team must apply, and a small committee will determine who is accepted onto the Team this year.
We will accept applications for the first round through November 24, 2023, and the second round through December 15. Additional applications will be evaluated on a rolling basis, and new Team members will be accepted if spots are available. Notifications on who is welcomed to the Team will be made within a week after application deadlines. Please feel free to be creative and add in any info you think will help us in the selection of who joins the Team — we want to know you and why this is important to you!
Any questions can be sent to Race Director Amy Rusiecki at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sports is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing recreational and competitive sports opportunities to people with disabilities.
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!
We believe sports and recreation provide a physical, mental, and social experience that is immeasurable in promoting self-confidence and independence in an individual, and we are so proud to be a part of this amazing organization’s success. More information on Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sports can be found at vermontadaptive.org.
If you are invited 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 minimum of 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 15, 2024 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 1, 2024 to enter into the Team, and then any unused entries will be given to runners on the general waitlist.
Runners have until July 1st to enter into the Team, and then any unused entries will be given to runners on the general waitlist.
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. Team members have found that the motivation and gratitude that comes with this additional meaning fuels them in their long hours of training and on race day.
"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
Joining Team Run 2 Empower added so much more meaning to my race. It was no longer just about me. It was about the team!! - Kimmy B.
“By joining Team Run 2 Empower, you become more than just a competitor in the Vermont 100. You’re a game-changer, helping to level the playing field and create opportunities for all.” - Vin F.
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
- When does registration open for the Team Run 2 Empower? For the 2024 event, applications for a spot on the Team Run 2 Empower will be accepted through November 24 and December 15. After that, the first two rounds of applications will be reviewed and new Team members will be welcomed (hopefully within a week of these dates). 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, and 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 100-km 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.