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Terry Fox at Marathon of Hope
Terry Fox running

Our Story

This year’s Race to Beat Cancer will mark the 41st year of this race in Washington, DC and the Four Seasons Hotel Washington, DC’s 21st year in partnership with MedStar Washington Hospital Center Washington Cancer Institute

The Four Seasons’ commitment to cancer research began in 1980, when Isadore Sharp personally pledged to support Terry Fox’s historic Marathon of Hope and wrote to 999 other Canadian executives urging them to join in support of cancer research. The following year, Four Seasons organized the first-ever Terry Fox Run in support of cancer research, in his memory.

As part of its unwavering global commitment to the cause, Four Seasons organizes and participates in annual charity runs and other initiatives all over the world to raise funds toward advancing cancer research benefitting the Terry Fox Foundation and local cancer research and care facilities.

As Regional Vice President and General Manager, David Bernand, says, “Cancer is a disease that has touched us all in some way. This race is a meaningful way to honor and remember those that this disease has impacted, and to take an empowering stand against it.” We are committed to raising money to continue to help fund cancer research and clinical trials, and we need your help. Please make any size donation to join us in this fight!”

Read more about the 2020 Race To Beat Cancer in this PRESS RELEASE. Register today for the 2021 Virtual Race, with a celebration taking place on Saturday, October 2.

Dollars Raised

for cancer research 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

300+ 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. 2021 will mark the 41st year of the Four Seasons Hotel Washington, DC 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!

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