Sunday, August 25, 2019

Oakledge Park

MAKING HOMES ACCESSIBLE

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About Zoe’s Race

Runners at the beginning of the race
The first annual Howard Center Zoe’s Race was held on August 30, 2009.  The idea for the 5K race was sparked when Erika Nestor began a remodeling project to make her home accessible for her daughter Zoe.  Zoe, who is now 14 years old, is in a wheelchair as a result of a near drowning accident when she was 18 months old. During this process Erika was surprised to learn that there were very limited funds available to assist families with remodeling costs related to accessibility.  The Nestor’s were fortunate enough to be able to remodel their home to make it comfortable and accessible for their daughter, her brothers and her caretakers.  Erika was thankful that she was able to make her home accessible, but worried about other families that may not be so fortunate. Erika teamed up with Howard Center and Zoe’s Race was born.

Howard Center’s Zoe’s Race is a 1K fun run and 5K walk/run, and new this year an anniversary 10K option, designed to raise funds for Vermont families who are in need of creating accessible homes for their children. In its first year, the race had incredible community support and raised over $13,000.  To date, Zoe’s Race has raised over $200,000 and has helped 19 local families to make their homes accessible.

The tenth annual Zoe’s Race will be held on Sunday, August 26, 2018 at Oakledge Park in Burlington, Vermont.  Join us as we continue to make a difference assisting local families with their accessibility needs. To celebrate our 10th anniversary we will offer a 10K race option this year!!

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