Welcome to Running For Refuge

We run because we like to, but not everyone has a choice. Join us on our mission to support refugees through running!

About the Project

What we've done

90 miles across Vermont, 200 miles across Cape Cod, and 100 miles of trails on Mt. Ascutney...  Through these events, we've spread awareness and have raised over $5,000 for new Americans. And we're not stopping now!


Millions of uprooted individuals are on the run, and need support once they reach safety. We fundraise for organizations and groups who provide that support directly.

How You Can Help

Donate to help us keep running in support of those who have no choice but to run. 100% of donations go to support refugee resettlement and to help new Americans rebuild their lives once they reach safety.

We finished our 100 miles of trails!

On August 3rd and 4th, a Running for Refuge team of 7 students returned to RFR's birthplace...Vermont!! Despite a lot of rain (and a LOT of mud) we ran a 100ish-mile Ragnar trail relay over 24 hours on Mt. Ascutney. With the support of our incredible donors,  we  were able to raise over $1,200 from this project alone to support refugees and immigrants coming to Vermont! If you want to be a part of this project, it's not too late! Help us raise even more by clicking the DONATE button above.

Why we #runforrefuge

“I #runforrefuge because I am embarrassed by my country’s response to the refugee crisis - at a time when we should all be reaching out, the West is choosing to close its doors to vulnerable immigrants. And I think that needs to change.” 

-Grace R. {United Kingdom}

"I run for refugees because I have been lucky enough to never have to worry about where I will sleep the next night or if my little brother will be able to receive a good education. I hope that by running a few miles I can support a crisis that is much bigger than myself."-Liana GN {NY, United States}

"I #runforrefuge because this country has always been a beacon for refugees and immigrants and in recent years, it's become much less so. Now it's up to us, ordinary citizens, to decide to stand up for what this country has the potential to be." 

-Alex P. {VT, United States}

"I #runforrefuge because there are currently approximately 65 million people who aren't as lucky as I have been. This is my small contribution to standing in solidarity with and bringing awareness to these 65 million people."

-Lucia W. {NY, United States}

"I #runforrefuge because when my family decided to migrate to Germany because of the insecurity in my home country, Afghanistan, I along with my siblings and my mom gave everything up to seek a better life. However, every day and night that we tried to pass the borders was hopeless. The borders were all closed and we had to come back. While coming back, I was separated from my family and deported to Afghanistan. I don’t want anyone else to go through the bad and horrible experience that I went through.”
-K {Afghanistan}

Why do YOU #runforrefuge? Send us an email to tell us why and be featured on our website.

promoting religious tolerance

Running for Refuge recently sponsored the creation of a video to combat bias and discrimination against Islam.

The film is an attempt to humanize a religion that is often viewed through a lens of fear, reiterate the difference between the doctrines of a society's religion versus those of its culture, and promote global tolerance.

Watch the video and please share!

We made it across Cape Cod!

On May 12th, a Running for Refuge team of 12 students finished our 24-hour, 200-mile Ragnar race across Cape Cod from Hull to Provincetown to continue fundraising for refugees. We placed first in our division,  finished 2 hours ahead of schedule, and raised money that we were thrilled to donate to the Refugee and Immigrant Support Services of Emmaus, also know as the RISSE Center in Albany, NY. Thank you for your support.

Enjoy this video about our adventure! 

Why Donate?

We run because we like to...

Hello! My name is Olivia and I'm from VT. I'm a senior in high school at Emma Willard School who loves to run. I want to use that love to contribute to a cause that I believe in. 

But many people have no choice but to run.

There are currently about 22.5 million refugees in the world, all looking for a safe place to live and thrive. Vermont has taken in some of those refugees, but still needs more funding to help them as they adjust to their new lives as Vermonters.

Refuge Resettlement organizations like USCRI VT are working to help.

The U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants of Vermont uses donations to provide support to new Vermonters through housing, education, employment, advocacy and more. 

By donating to our project, you directly impact people's lives.

New Vermonters in Burlington and surrounding towns are still in need of housing, employment, education, healthcare, and advocacy, and donating to Running for Refuge will directly support these causes. 

100 % of donations go to help

100% of the funds we raise through this project will go to support USCRI Vermont in its efforts to help refugees. Help us run to help those who are running!

Supporting change

Support Girls Education to Support Change.

In Afghanistan, an extremist group known as the Taliban has been waging war within the country for decades, forcing multitudes of Afghans to leave their home country in search of security. There is one thing, though, that the Taliban fears: GIRLS EDUCATION. And they fear it for good reason. Although 130 million girls are currently out of school, education has been shown to be the single most effective way to end poverty and promote peace. Running for Refuge urges everyone to support this incredible organization, School of Leadership, Afghanistan. SOLA's mission is to educate Afghan girls and help them become leaders in the world. These girls are going to help bring peace, and we all need to support them. 

We made it across VT!

We finished our run across Vermont! Thank you to everyone who has encouraged us on this adventure to support refugees. Stay tuned to hear what Running for Refuge is planning next!


MAY 11th-12th

An RFR team of 12 students will be participating in Ragnar Cape Cod to continue fundraising for refugees coming to VT!! Check out our social media pages to learn more. 

AUGUST, 2017---Cross-VT Run for Refuge

This is when we will complete our Cross-Vermont Run for Refuge! This is not a public event, but you can join in the adventure by following us on our social media pages, which are linked at the bottom of this site. 

JULY 11the---First public 5K RUN FOR REFUGE

Get excited everyone... Running for Refuge is hosting its first ever public 5K Run for Refuge!! This event will be held at and sponsored by the Catamount Outdoor Family Center of Williston, Vermont, as part of their weekly trail series. There will be opportunities to donate, learn more about RFR, and buy RFR race t-shirts. For more info, visit our Facebook page.


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