Adventure Race FAQ
What are the specific race challenges and tasks that will take place during the event?
The exact details are a secret that will not be unveiled until the day of the event! You may not know what is next from minute to minute, so be ready for anything! Make sure to check your email and the event's Facebook page leading up to the date for important information and maybe even some clues. We also encourage you to log on to our website and check out the video documenting last year’s race if you would like to get an idea of what past participants faced.
Who does Mission: Possible benefit?
The event’s cause is “Whole Community Improvement” through The Community Fund of the United Way of Chittenden County. United Way’s program mobilizes hundreds of local volunteer and community partners to help identify the areas of greatest needs in our community, raises resources for those needs and provides millions of dollars annually to fund programs of non-profit agencies. The work of United Way focuses on improving education, financial stability and health – the building blocks of a strong community. Their funded programs and strategic initiatives address the root causes of the problems facing our community, rather than simply treating the symptoms. They have raised almost $4 million to fund projects and programs that benefit Chittenden County; including programs of organizations that you likely know: the King Street Youth Center, COTS, Spectrum, Boys and Girls Club, Association of Africans Living in Vermont, The Obrien Center the Vermont Refugee Resettlement program, the Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf and many other worthy causes.
United Way also facilitates important new projects that fill in the gaps between existing community support and state and federal human service programs. They maintain the largest volunteer coordinating effort in the state – supporting United Way helps ensure a broad set of community needs are met.
The result is measurable “whole community improvement” – which means a better community for everyone.
How many years has this event existed?
2010 marked our inaugural year for Mission: Possible. To date, the event has raised over $37,000 and raised awareness among thousands. This year we are seeking 20 teams to be involved. This is your chance to be part of a truly unique and special 2014 Mission Possible.
How did the event get started?
The event was conceptualized by a group of young people in the Burlington region who volunteered to participate in an advisory board of the United Way of Chittenden County. The group's goal was to identify strategies to engage younger people in community activism. The event is being organized by volunteers and the organizations that work so hard for our community every day.
What do I get for participating?
• An exciting and memorable event experience and the opportunity to be a part of a group of young people making a difference in our local community
• A chance to learn more about our community and its needs
• The opportunity to win recognition & prizes awarded to the top teams
• Fundraising success will be recognized in a number of ways
What happens once I register?
You will receive a confirmation email. Next, personalize your fundraising page and use the website's tools to email your friends, co-workers and family a pledge request. The site provides a printable pledge forms too. Participants are encouraged to post the link to your Facebook page and include it in their email signature. Leading up to the event, registered participants will receive email updates on the event. Make sure to check your email the week before the event for very important information. Also, make sure to follow Mission: Possible on Facebook!
Why are participants required to fund-raise?
This event was conceptualized to create a fun, social and memorable experience that will mobilize young adults to learn about our community needs and to participate in community advocacy. We ask each team to either pay $100 to participate and try to meet that by fundraising. Remember this is volunteer coordinated, so all monies raised go directly to UWCC. We hope many people will take it upon themselves to raise even more!
How do I fundraise?
Be creative and get others involved! Raising donations should be as fun as the day itself. We will offer the opportunity to create an online fundraising page when you register. This makes donating simple, quick, and hassle-free. We encourage participants to forward on the link to their fundraising page to friends, family, and co-workers. It might surprise you how much people are willing to help out. There are other ways to raise money & awareness outside of the online fund-raising. Most past participants have found sending requests to friends, family & coworkers 2 to 3 times leading up to the event is effective.
Who can participate?
Teams of two people can participate in the race. A minor may participate with a parent or guardian as a team mate. If you are interested in joining an existing team, adding a new team or volunteering you can do so on or website. Or email one of our team recruiters.
Can I participate alone?
The event is designed for teams of two. Contact us if you'd like to join a team, or sign up individually. We will help facilitate a teammate for you at one of our many kick-off events!
What should I wear?
Something comfortable that you don't mind getting a little dirty! Make sure to wear comfortable sneakers and dress for the weather. The event will go on rain or shine…..it is Vermont…maybe even snow.
What do I need to bring?
Cell phone, camera, sunscreen, hat, sunglasses, water, donations you collected and snacks. A more detailed supplies list may be included in the email sent to participants the week before the event.
How physically fit do I need to be?
While participants don't need to be able to run a marathon, you do need to be able to move around for up to three hours. Biking or other physical activities may also be involved. This event is a competition that spans a couple of miles of area and requires quick decision making abilities.
If you have a disability and are interested in participating, please email one of our team recruiters.
How long is the event?
We anticipate the registration at 8:45 AM at the Burlington Water Front (Pavilion on lake between the Coast Guard and Sailing Center). The event will start at 9:30 AM and finish at 12PM followed by a lunch and awards. A pre-event breakfast will be provided at our starting location.
When do we get our day of event information?
As the day draws nearer, we will be releasing more information (additional items you may need, etc.). Feel free to ask us questions about what you might find on the event day…..but don’t expect too many answers. Until you reach the starting line, most of the adventures will be a mystery.