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Terry Fox at Marathon of Hope
Terry Fox running

Our Story

Since 1980, Four Seasons has organized and participated in annual charity runs and other initiatives all over the world to raise funds toward advancing cancer research, a cause that has been supported by Four Seasons employees since Terry Fox’s historic Marathon of Hope across Canada 40 years ago.

Along highways, through towns and in pouring rain, Terry inspired thousands along a route that was lined with supporters from all walks of life who cheered on his courage and advocacy. Terry succumbed to cancer before reaching his goal. Following Terry’s passing, Isadore Sharp, founder of Four Seasons Hotels, worked closely with the Canadian Cancer Society and other sponsors to ensure Terry’s legacy lived on through an annual run held in his name. 

Read more about the 2019 Race To Beat Cancer in this PRESS RELEASE. Save the date for our 2020 race on October 3, 2020!

Dollars Raised

for cancer research by Four Seasons Hotel, Washington DC last year


runners and walkers participated in the race last year

Million Dollars

raised in support for cancer research for MedStar Washington Hospital Center

New Cancer Patients

are treated at Medstar Washington Hospital Center annually

New Physicians

have joined the Washington Cancer Institute in the past two years

Clinical Trials

200 patients are currently enrolled in one of 35 clinical trials

Carrying On the Legacy

The first Terry Fox Run, held the following year, drew more than 300,000 participants and raised $3.2 million. Supporting Terry’s dream is just one way Four Seasons employees strive to advance cancer research. Through annual runs, golf tournaments, food, and beverage promotions and other activities, every Four Seasons hotel and resort actively supports local and regional efforts to find a cure for cancer.

The Four Seasons Hotel Washington, DC is proud to have participated in this tradition almost from the start. 2020 will mark the 40th year of the Four Seasons Hotel Washington, DC will have been raising crucial funds for cancer research. Our vision is to expand this to a 5K and 10K race that will further engage a broader group of people to rally the community toward one shared goal: #BeatCancer. We look forward to welcoming you on this next venture with us this year and in our 40th year!

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