AACR Runners for Research

Getting Started

Have you been searching for a way to raise money for cancer research, but didn’t know where to start? Are you short on time but big on motivation? The American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) Foundation has just the solution!

Join the Team

Run to Save Lives

Whether participating in a virtual race or an in-person event, when you run with the AACR Runners for Research team, you run to save lives. So, get ready to lace up those shoes and run with us. 

The AACR Runners for Research program envisions a world without cancer and knows this goal is one that requires a united front. Cancer is a disease that affects us all regardless of race, gender, economic status, sexuality, religion, and the like. To that end, the AACR brings together key groups of diverse individuals, including its 58,000 AACR members worldwide, donors, volunteers, cancer survivors and advocates, and others in the cancer community, to support our mission to prevent and cure all cancers.

Specifically, our runners represent a diverse group of survivors, advocates, researchers, and those wishing to honor or memorialize a loved one. From novice runners to seasoned athletes, our team members have all turned to running in some way: some to cope with their disease and regain a feeling of bodily autonomy, others to contribute meaningfully through funds in a situation they feel otherwise powerless to combat.


The advantages of joining our diverse group of like-minded athletes go beyond the feel-good benefits of supporting a charity. AACR Runners for Research is a unique experience for athletes to build community and earn fundraising incentives (such as running gear, AACR swag, and race registrations.)

2023 Philadelphia Marathon Weekend

November 17-19, 2023; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Whether you’re training for the Full Marathon, the Half Marathon, 8K (5 miles), or simply looking for a fun way to support AACR Runners for Research, we invite you to join our team!

What sets AACR Runners for Research apart from other charity programs is the experience you will receive throughout the Philadelphia Marathon Weekend. Regardless of whether you are an elite athlete, casual runner, or enthusiastic supporter – our team has a place for you!

Join our community and put more meaning into your miles by raising funds for lifesaving cancer research. We are a diverse group with big plans to crush cancer!

Register Today

Not a runner? Or have other race plans? No sweat! With AACR Runners for Research, you can join us anywhere, anytime! Create your own AACR Runners for Research fundraising dashboard OR Make a donation to support our team goal!

Show Your Support

Whether you’re training for a Philadelphia Marathon Weekend race, racing IN local 5k, or just trying to stay fit, we want to see your AACR Runners for Research pride!

Post a picture, Tag us at our handles, and share your progress with the hashtag – #Runners4Research:

Download one (or more) of our AACR Runners for Research Bibs below!

Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center Gold Sponsor Logo