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!

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. 

Taking part in raising money and awareness for cancer research has never been easier:

  • Step 1: Visit our Events page to see our upcoming fundraising activities.
  • Step 2: Click on an event for details, sign-up information, and to start your own fundraising page. If there isn’t an event near you, create a Do-It-Yourself Fundraiser, and raise funds for any race, anywhere, anytime.
  • Step 3: Invite a friend to run and raise money with you – running is better with a buddy!
  • Step 4: Join the AACR Runners for Research Facebook Group and the AACR Runners for Research Strava Group to meet our community dedicated to the cause to prevent and cure cancer through awareness and funding.
  • Step 5: Contact the AACR runners for Research team at [email protected] if you’d like more information or to join the team!


The advantages of joining our supportive and like-minded team of runners go beyond the feel-good benefits of supporting a charity and moving your body. AACR Runners for Research team members can earn fundraising prizes and receive team gear. You can also build your network and experience a greater sense of camaraderie among your teammates when you are running for cures. 

Upcoming events

2022 AACR Runners for Research 5k Run/Walk

April 9, 2022 || New Orleans, Louisiana

This year our signature 5K Run/Walk will be held in New Orleans, LA, as cancer scientists, survivors, advocates, and others gather April 8 -13 for the AACR Annual Meeting 2022 to discuss the latest developments in the fight against cancer. The Annual Meeting 5K Run/Walk is a wonderful opportunity to bring together AACR members with the local New Orleans community in an effort to raise awareness and funds for cancer research. We invite individuals and companies to join us for this event to unite for a cause and support healthy active lifestyles. Proceeds raised from the AACR Runners for Research 5K Run/Walk will go toward advancing research progress for the millions worldwide affected by cancer.

2022 Philadelphia Marathon Weekend

November 18 – 20, 2022 || Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Whether you’re planning to run the AACR Philadelphia Marathon, Dietz & Watson Philadelphia Half Marathon, or the Rothman 8K, we invite you to join the AACR Runners for Research team! Become part of a community that puts more meaning in their miles by raising funds for lifesaving cancer research.

Racing with us? Don’t forget to tag us in your race weekend photos using the handles below and #Runners4Research:

  • Instagram: @aacr_foundation
  • Twitter: @AACRFoundation
  • Facebook: @AACRFoundation

Other ways to get involved

  • Use your talents or interests to support the AACR through a DIY FUNDRAISER!
  • Please visit our EVENTS page to see how you can get involved!