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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.

Don’t forget – each person that raises $100 will earn an official Race to Beat Cancer t-shirt!


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 25 – October 1, 2021. A virtual celebration will take place on Saturday, October 2. You can register today for the race as we will be sending some fun challenges and health tips before the start date.

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 and become a fundraiser. Our top fundraiser will win a prize!
  2. Print the Virtual race bib to attach to your clothing, following these instructions.
  3. From September 25 – October 1, pick a safe place to run or walk 10K, 5K or 1 Mile – or bike 25 miles – on your own wearing your printed race bib.
  4. Use MapMyRunStrava, any free app or your GPS watch to help you map a course or time your run. A treadmill or stationary bike works, too!
  5. Take some photos and celebrate your run! Tag @racetobeatcancer on Instagram and Facebook and use the hashtag #MyRace2BeatCancer so we can share your accomplishments!
  6. During Race Week, visit your RunSignUp registration website to enter your Race Results (We’ll also send you a link). Results must be entered by October 1, 2021 at 11:59 p.m.

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 in 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. Here are some things that funding is currently supporting:

Dr. Ami Chitalia 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.

In 2020 Dr. Asma Dilawari completed enrollment of a collaborative pilot with Paxman Scalp Cooling Company that offered an FDA-approved supportive treatment to prevent hair loss in black women receiving chemotherapy for breast cancer. The treatment was offered free of cost, it normally carries a possible cost to patients of $2000.00 and is not covered by most insurances. Initial results of this study indicated 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.

Dr. Shenoy from the Washington Cancer Institute along with collaborators at the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), are conducting a study in cancer patients with early-stage cancers aimed to predict long term adverse outcomes to cancer treatments. By 2025 it is predicted that there will be >20 million cancer survivors in the US. How to monitor cancer survivors for long-term problems related to their cancer therapy provided to cure their cancer is unknown. Data from this project can inform future studies looking to prevent future medical problems in cancer survivors and even determine if certain cancer patients should avoid certain treatments due to the risk of long-term disease.

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! The top performer for each category (1-mile, 5k, 10k, biking) will be announced live on social media and the virtual race program on October 2. They’ll also each earn some awesome swag (water bottle, back pack and picture frame)! 

We also 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 will receive an official 2021 Washington DC Race to Beat Cancer t-shirt.

Visit Fundraising Tips and Tools for more ways to jumpstart your fundraising!

We’ll also be giving out some FUN PRIZES throughout the year. Please be sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram for the latest! Questions? Please reach out to


Online registration for the 2021 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 25 – October 1, 2021. Don’t forget to save the date for our virtual celebration at 10:00 am on Saturday, October 2!

Find your 2020 Race To Beat Cancer results HERE.