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Take Your Mark at the KeyBank Vermont City Marathon and Race Toward the Ultimate Finish Line: A World without Cancer
Join the DetermiNation Team! You are a runner. Make your running much more meaningful and redefine your personal best by making every step of your training and your next marathon count, no matter how fast or slow, whether a beginner or experienced racer. When you use the power of running to support the mission to conquer cancer, everyone is a winner.

Take Your Mark at the KeyBank Vermont City Marathon and Race Toward the Ultimate Finish Line: A World without Cancer

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By Skip Cleaver
Posted Tuesday, 21 February, 2012

The DetermiNation Team of the American Cancer Society is a nation wide program that allows you to complete races while supporting the lifesaving mission of the American Cancer Society. And this marathon is in New England, running in Burlington, Vermont on May 27, 2012. You can determine your own goals and challenges for the marathon and draw inspiration from the cause, the team, and the outstanding support provided by the American Cancer Society and the DetermiNation Team. They will help you with great training support and even your fundraising process and goals. You can dedicate your marathon to honor someone fighting cancer or run in memory of someone who lost the battle. You will make a difference in the lives of cancer patients everywhere.

“It takes determination to now endure.
It takes DetermiNation to find a cure.”

Run the marathon course in Burlington on Memorial Day Weekend, and change the course of cancer forever.

Mission Possible
The time is right to join the Determination Team and help to support the tremendous work of the American Cancer Society in their bold goals of fighting cancer. They are making great progress with prevention and early detection, wellness and recovery programs for patients, groundbreaking research on causes and cures, and legal, legislative and environmental action on local, state and national levels. Progress is being made, and a cure for many types of cancer is within reach. Indeed, a turning point in the battle against cancer has been reached; the knowledge and tools to conquer this dread disease are at hand. Everyone has a friend, coworker or relative fighting cancer. This is an opportunity to accomplish two worthwhile goals at the same time, and make each step more meaningful. Millions of cancer patients would give anything to be able to do what you will do in Vermont—run and complete a marathon.

Runners welcome, from anywhere;
Train, sign up now and find your pace.
DetermiNation needs your care.
Challenge yourself, help win this race!

The DetermiNation Program is a nation wide community of athletes with excellent localized support with training and fundraising. Through this program thousands of runners have achieved their running or athletic goals while enriching their own lives by helping others. This Team makes every training mile and every stride in the big race that much more meaningful. There is powerful motivation in helping to save and enhance lives. Please visit the DetermiNation Team website at

If you cannot participate as a Marathon runner there are many opportunities for folks to participate as volunteers. In fact, this may be an ideal way for family members or close friends to support the runner in their lives AND support the American Cancer Society as a volunteer.

Determination Team Members get special VIP perks, in addition to the sense of “Team” that is palpable in all training and the numerous social gatherings. Remote team members also have great training programs available, and of course everyone will enjoy their own team pre-race Pasta Dinner in Burlington the evening before the big event complete with motivational speakers and a sense of teamwork and pride.

Training Programs and fundraising support are very strong, and proven since the program was launched in 1996 at Chicago. It went fully national in 2007 and has been growing rapidly since.

Participants get training advice and e-mail reminders, fundraising help, online tools, social events and social media, a team shirt from Brooks running gear, recognition and so much more before the race. And on race day there is a VIP team tent, gear check, restroom facilities, changing area, masseuses, cheer teams and a post race get-together.

The Website is an excellent resource with information about the program and participation, donations, volunteering, signing up, training, contacts and connections, mobile apps and social media, sponsorship, fundraising, event details, benefits, alumni, testimonials, cancer prevention, and the American Cancer Society itself.

If you want direct contact or have further questions on participation, please contact Alexandra Larrow by e-mail at or call at 800-227-2345. The American Cancer Society Website is

The KeyBank Vermont City Marathon
This is a great marathon, especially if it is your first. It is exceptionally well organized by an experienced, dedicated group and they really know what they are doing and how to treat their guests, the runners. The Expo and packet pickup will be Friday and Saturday, and even race day morning.

The race gets underway with the wheelchair participants starting at 8:00 a.m. and the marathon and marathon relay runners at 8:03. The start overlooks Lake Champlain and the Burlington harbor. The field is limited to 3,600 marathoners, so you won’t be overwhelmed by throngs of runners. They use the latest B-tag system, so results are quick and accurate. Please visit the terrific Website for all the details on the Expo, packet pick-up and schedule, area guides, course information and map, directions and parking, spectator information, runners’ services, timing, awards, FAQ’s and more: .

Why You, and Why Now?
There are so many terrific and rewarding aspects to the program that you will wonder why you haven’t participated sooner! Even if you have no previous experience with fundraising, you will find it is a breeze with expert support. You can count on the team at DetermiNation and ACS to take the guesswork out by showing you how to make fundraising easy and effective. You will be amazed at how supportive relatives, friends, and coworkers are when someone they know is involved with a well known and highly valued charitable purpose.

The DetermiNation Team is a program for every runner, whether a novice or a seasoned veteran or somewhere in between. In fact, you can do it even if you have never raced a marathon before! The marathon preparation and training programs are first rate. They help you every step of your buildup. Chances are you have already set your sights on this excellent event. Now is the time to make your running mean something more. You can dramatically increase the value of every mile you run. It is a great feeling to know that you can give something back through the sport you love. Set your goals and lend a helping hand in the fight against cancer simply by doing something that you already plan to do.

Spread the word, gather your friends; get your running club involved. Everyone will want to participate in this priceless experience of making a difference in the lives of individuals battling cancer. There is no better inspiration and motivation for maintaining or increasing your running goals than the satisfaction and joy of knowing that your fundraising efforts will enable researchers to achieve better cure rates and to enhance the quality of life for so many cancer patients.

Who knows where this kind of inspiration will lead you? You may even take on a new athletic challenge that you never dreamed possible. This is an ideal time to redefine your personal best by combining your personal fitness goals and your commitment to a healthy lifestyle with a meaningful and worthwhile cause. Take the opportunity to explore new territory, not just on the road but within yourself. Reach beyond what you thought was possible for yourself as well as for others in their determined fight to reach the ultimate finish line--a cure for cancer.

Yes, The Ultimate Finish Line
Please join thousands of dedicated runners who support the efforts of the DetermiNation Team and dozens of teammates in Vermont in making progress in the fight against cancer. Simply sign up, take your mark, and race toward the ultimate finish line: a world without cancer. Experience the special satisfaction of being a part of this vital, lifesaving mission to eradicate cancer. Run your marathon with a purpose. This is one finish line experience that you won’t want to miss.



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