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KeyBank Vermont City Marathon Run for a Cause:
Become an Official Charity

"This was my fifth year. I keep coming back because of the quality of the experience. I live in the area and have come to expect the best. All aspects of this race are superior."


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.

In 2014, 50 3-5 person relay teams and 50 2-person relay teams were awarded.  While there are limited relay teams available for new charity partners, there is no limit on the number of marathon slots awarded.

2014 registration prices:
2014 rates included for reference; 2015 rates anticipated November 2014
Marathon -  $90-$115, date dependent ($5 discount given to M4M Partners)
2-Person Relay Team - $145
3-5 Person Relay Team - $195

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 lottery process in February.
•    Your organization will be featured in a RunVermont newsletter prior to the marathon (circa 8000+ subscribers).
•    Your logo (which can be linked to your website) will appear on the Miles for a Mission section of the Vermont City Marathon website.

Application Process:

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, Jen Savas at 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 8, 2015
•    February 1: Relay lottery open to public, ability for the charity to enter for more relay slots.
•    June 15: Final report due back  from each charity.

Selection process:
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 Jen Savas, Registration Director, at 802.863.8412 (toll free 800-880-8149) or via email

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