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This year’s race is VIRTUAL –> run from anywhere you want and walk or run at anytime that works for you!


We love our supporters and welcome additional fundraising efforts from individuals and teams alike! Here are a few things to consider and some tips we suggest for getting the most out of your experience:

Step 1 – Establish a fundraising goal and a deadline for reaching that goal. This is a great way to challenge yourself, family, and friends while partaking in friendly competition with others. Set up your own personal fundraising page when you REGISTER

Step 2 – Make a list of everyone in your network (friends, family, co-workers, social circles, etc.) and share your personal fundraising page with them. The number one reason people don’t donate is because no one asks them – so, don’t be shy!

Step 3 – Tell everyone in your network that you’re participating in the Race to Beat Cancer and give them some compelling reasons and options to support you.

  • SHARE information about the event and why it is important to you!
  • SHARE stories, videos, stats, and photos from the event website, so they understand the impact 
  • GIVE them options to support you: Ask for a $25 donation, LIKE the Facebook page, follow on Instagram, register to volunteer, become an in-kind donor or sponsor, etc.   

Step 4 – Say ‘Thank You’ and follow-up with people! We’ll take care of acknowledging your donors with tax receipts, but a personal thank you from you goes a long way. Keep them up to date on your fundraising and training progress and let them know that their donation matters and is helping support cancer research and support those battling cancer. 

Don’t forget to ask your employer if they have a matching gift program. Many companies will match donations made by employees. This is a way for companies to support charitable contributions, plus it is tax deductible.


Absolutely! Gather your friends and family to join the fight to #BeatCancer! To register as a team, a minimum of four participants is required. Additional participants can be added after initial registration. Teams can be families, friends, clubs, or simply running enthusiasts who love the thrill of crossing a finish line together for a great cause.


  • Rally your friends by telling them about the event and the cause. Make sure to have them check follow us on Facebook and Instagram.
  • Choose a fun team name that represents your group and assign a team captain who will be the point of contact for communication between your team and the race team.
  • Set a fundraising goal and register your team and stay up to date for the big day
  • Share your team page on social media and via e-mail to recruit and raise money


Great question! We will be holding our virtual race from September 26 – October 3, 2020. You can register today for the race as we will be sending some fun challenges and health tips before the start date. A few things to help your initial planning:

  • REGISTER for the race online. You can select the one mile 5K or 10K distance – your choice! No matter what you select, you’ll be able to download and print your very own personalized race bib to go out and get moving.
  • Run or walk whenever or wherever you want at anytime. Some people can even choose to run/walk on the elliptical or treadmill. It’s really up o you on how you want to complete it.
  • If you choose to participate in some special challenges for rewards and shout-outs, remember to track them each day for accuracy and of course to celebrate yourself and
  • Submit your time (you’ll receive instructions on where to submit it with your bib)

We looked around for some information and really like the practical tips HERE from Runner’s World. Tip #2 is a great way to help plan a course that works for you whether you are walking or running. Below you will find more specific information on signing up and links to share with your networks.

  1. Sign up or become a fundraiser. Our top fundraiser will win a prize!
  2. Print the Virtual 10K/5K/1 Mile race bib to attach to your clothing. Follow these instructions to get you to your printable race bib:
  3. Anytime during race week (September 26-October 3), pick a safe place to run or walk 10K, 5K or 1 Mile on your own wearing your printed race bib.
  4. You can use MapMyRunStrava or any other free app or your GPS watch to help you map a course or time your run. Or use the old-fashioned car odometer and a wrist watch.
  5. Run or walk your planned course.
  6. Take some photos and celebrate your run! Tag @racetobeatcancer5K on Instagram and Facebook and use the hashtag #MyRace2BeatCancer so we can share your accomplishments!
  7. Post your own results (or just indicate that you finished…and hey, we’re proud of you for finishing!). We will send you a link for you to upload your results.
  8. We will be holding a raffle for everyone who posts a photo of their Race To Beat Cancer accomplishments! Make sure to tag @racetobeatcancer5K and use the hashtag #MyRace2BeatCancer on Instagram and Facebook.

NOTE: Kids ages 1-3 are FREE, and kids ages 4-17 are $10 for ALL races. Discount will be applied at checkout.


Each year the Washington Cancer Institute at MedStar Washington Hospital Center diagnoses >2,000 people with new cancers. Approximately 15% of all patients enroll on a clinical trial. In addition, 56% of all enrollments are in minority populations, and this number makes the Washington Cancer Institute a national leader in minority cancer care. Approximately 18% of our African-American/Black women with breast cancer are enrolled on clinical trials, compared with only 1% nationally. Funding from the Race to Beat Cancer directly supports efforts to enroll patients in clinical trials! Here are some things that funding is currently supporting:

The Washington Cancer Institute is the 5th largest convalescent plasma program in the country that uses recovered COVID-19 patient plasma antibodies to treat the most vulnerable and sickest of COVID patients. Dr. Aarthi Shenoy, in collaboration with the Mayo Clinic and National Institute of Health, has started a convalescent plasma program at MedStar Washington Hospital Center that has several important factors that will impact not only DC residents, but those nationally. These funds are being used to support needed diagnostic tests that must be done to safely identify plasma donors for the program. To date plasma has been collected on dozens of donors and has been provided to dozen of acutely ill COVID-19 patients with great results. The plasma program is not only benefiting the patients at MedStar Washington Hospital Center. We have shared the collected plasma to care for COVID-19 patients at other hospitals in both Washington DC and Maryland.They will:

  • Identify and screen potential plasma donors that have survived COVID-19
  • Develop a protocol to treat acutely ill patients with donor plasma as a potential treatment for COVID-19
  • Collect plasma specimens from donors and patients to conduct further research into effective COIVD-19 treatments

Dr. Ami Chitalia was awarded funds in 2019-2020 and initiated a study with the cardio-oncology team at MedStar Washington Hospital Center to assess breast cancer survivors’ risk of cardiovascular disease in the years following treatment. She has been successful in enrolling patients and working with the robust cardio-oncology team and hopes to complete enrollment this year when the COVID pandemic improves. 

Dr. Asma Dilawari was awarded funds for a collaborative pilot with Paxman Scalp Cooling Company, offering an FDA approved supportive treatment to prevent hair loss in black women receiving chemotherapy for breast cancer. It was so helpful to offer this treatment free of cost as it normally carries a possible cost to patients of $2000.00 and is not covered by most insurances. Initial results of this study indicate that the treatment does not work in the same way for black hair types. Because of these findings, Paxman has taken measures to try to improve their caps and delivery. The results were accepted for a poster publication at this year’s ASCO (American Society of Clinical Oncology) national meeting.

Through funding from the race the Washington Cancer Institute is able to continually support:

  • Expert Physicians –The Institute physicians are national experts in cancer screening, diagnosis, and treatment.
  • Customized Support Services – Cancer is life-changing. The Institute’s goal is to provide compassionate and professional care to each patient, promote the healing process, and support patients every step of the way.
  • Clinical Trials – The Institute provides patients access to many clinical trials, which offer new treatments for cancer.
  • A Healing Environment – The Institute is a national model and regional leader of patient-centered cancer diagnosis and treatment.
  • Technology – The Institute is one of the nation’s most technologically advanced cancer centers and is a national model and regional leader of cancer treatment.


Yes! We want to thank and reward those that go the extra mile to help raise additional funding for cancer research. Fundraisers that raise $100 or more receive awesome SWAG that will be a reminder of the great work and effort put worth when race day is over:

  • Platinum Fundraiser ($1,000) ZipUp Pullover and Water Bottle
  • Gold Fundraiser ($750) ZipUp Pullover
  • Silver Fundraiser ($250) Vooray Backpack
  • Bronze Fundraiser ($100) – Water Bottle

Visit Fundraising Tips and Tools for more ways to jumpstart your fundraising! We are also excited to present awards to our top three fundraising teams to acknowledge their joint efforts and collaboration. Prizes vary each year but are given with a team in mind to celebrate together after race day is over! The top three male finishers and top female finishers will be awarded cash prizes:

  • 1st Place – $200
  • 2nd Place – $100
  • 3rd Place – $50

We’ll also be giving out some FUN AWARDS this year for things like most original route, best finisher photo and best race outfit. Have some other ideas? Please email them to



Online registration for the 2020 Race to Beat Cancer is now open. While you can start training now and enjoy some fun challenges we have in the works, the actual race will occur from September 26 – October 3, 2020.

Find your 2019 Race To Beat Cancer 5K results HERE.