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.

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

Special AACr Runners for research kickoff

September 10, 2024, 6pm at Yards Brewery, 500 Spring Garden Street, Philadelphia

Join the AACR Runners for Research for a fun 3-to-4-mile group run over the Ben Franklin Bridge pedestrian path. Afterwards, enjoy drink specials, door prizes and, most importantly, celebrate the upcoming fall running season! All paces and faces welcome. No experience necessary.

2024 Philadelphia Marathon Weekend

November 22-24, 2024; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Whether you’re training for the AACR Philadelphia Marathon, Dietz & Watson Philadelphia Half Marathon, Rothman Orthopaedics 8K, or simply looking for a fun way to support AACR Runners for Research, we invite you to join our team.

Register Today

2024 Marine Corps Marathon

New in 2024! The AACR Runners for Research have joined the Marine Corps Marathon as charity partner on October 27, 2024! Make your race experience more meaningful by fundraising for a mission that supports lifesaving cancer research.

For a $900 fundraising requirement, you will receive a race entry, AACR Running Gear, and access to our program amenities! (Additional fundraising incentives available for those who go above and beyond the $900 fundraising minimum!)

Space is limited so sign up today!

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2024 tcs new york city marathon

The AACR is an Official Charity Partner for the 2024 TCS New York City Marathon, which takes place on November 3, 2024.

We have limited number of bibs for this prestigious race and within the next few weeks we will share information on how you can apply for one of them. Stay tuned to this space.

run anywhere, anytime to support cancer research

AACR Runners for Research enables you to run any race, any time. By doing so, you’re not just aiming for a personal best, you are pushing yourself to save lives from cancer. Whether you’re an elite athlete, a casual runner, or new to the sport, join us for your next race.


Show Your Support

Whether you’re training for a Philadelphia Marathon Weekend race, racing in a 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!