Welcome to the Charity Bib Program and Wander Project!
Wander Project is the official nonprofit of Vacation Races. Wander Project was created to support the communities in and around where our races are held and the places that inspire us to run. When you join the Charity Bib program to run one of our races, you will be required to raise a minimum donation amount (depending on the event) and once you do, we’ll waive your race entry fee.
Each year, we go through multiple grant cycles where community organizations are encouraged to apply for funds for specific projects that support their unique missions. In 2020, some of our community partners that athletes are raising funds to support include: Navajo YES, Yosemite Conservancy and Yellowstone Forever. Check out the Wander Project website to learn more about community organizations that we partner with.
Top Fundraiser Prizes
As an added bonus this year, there will be prizes for the TOP fundraiser at each event. AND, if you are the top fundraiser for the year (this includes charity bibs for all 14 races) you will win a race entry, flight and hotel accommodations for a 2021 half or ultramarathon of your choice!
How It Works
During registration, select the Charity Bib option under the “Choose your event” section. Once your registration is complete, you will be prompted to create a fundraising page. Before writing your fundraising story, take a few minutes and consider why you are running the race. Why is it important to you? Is this your first half or ultra marathon? What will be the big challenges and obstacles you foresee in getting you to the finish line (physically and in fundraising)? Then ask yourself, why did you decide to join the charity bib program? Once you have answered those questions, create your fundraising page with your responses. Make sure you add pictures and make this PERSONAL.
You will also be prompted to sign up for an online meet-up. These are held multiple times a month and are designed to help you get started and to support you along the way in your fundraising journey.
If you have not raised your required minimum amount prior to the race, you will receive an invoice that will request the additional funding needed to make you eligible to run the race. For example, if you have registered for the Zion Half Marathon and have a fundraising goal of $1,000 but were only able to raise $940, you will receive an invoice for $60.
We have a total of 50 Charity Bibs for each race/event and the fundraising commitments vary based on the event. See the chart below for examples.
Every bit helps!
Want to help raise awareness about our cause, but don’t want to commit to a Charity Bib? Even those signing up via a standard registration can create a fundraiser, or you can choose to donate directly to an athlete with a Charity Bib and support them in their fundraising efforts! You can learn more about donating to an athlete or make a donation on the Wander Project athlete page.
We Are Here to Help!
We are so excited to have you join our fundraising community and look forward to celebrating with you at the finish line. If you have any questions or need additional support, feel free to contact email@example.com