Run with the Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge to help fight cancer

Run with us to conquer cancer

Whether you’re running for yourself, a loved one, or everyone affected by the disease, take strides in the fight against cancer by running the Boston Marathon Monday, April 15, and help the Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge team raise $6 million.

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Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge Boston Marathon route

HOPKINTON START

Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge Boston Marathon route 26.2 MILES
Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge Boston Marathon route

COPLEY SQUARE FINISH

Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge runners

RUNNERS RECEIVE

  • Guaranteed race entry
  • Special recognition for top fundraisers
  • Fundraising tips and tools, including a personal fundraising web page
  • Dana-Farber race singlet and training apparel
  • Exclusive pre-race and post-race amenities
  • Team pre-race dinner and ceremonies
  • Boston-area weekly training runs
  • Training program designed by 1976 Boston Marathon Men’s Open Division Champion, Jack Fultz

FEES AND FUNDRAISING REQUIREMENTS

For runners using a race entry provided by Dana-Farber
  • $75 team fee
  • $5,000 fundraising commitment (amount set by the B.A.A.)
  • $615 race entry fee (amount set by the B.A.A.)
For runners with their own race entry
  • $75 team fee
  • $4,000 fundraising commitment
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ABOUT THE DANA-FARBER MARATHON CHALLENGE

The Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge started in 1990 icon

STARTED IN 1990

WITH NINETEEN RUNNERS

500+ runners will participate in the 2019 Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge icon

500+ RUNNERS

WILL PARTICIPATE IN 2019

Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge fundraising icon

$90+ MILLION

HAS BEEN RAISED TO FIGHT CANCER

Boston Athletic Association logo In 1989, Michael Silverstein ran the Boston Marathon in memory of his friend Seth Feldman, raising more than $35,000 for Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Inspired by Mike’s fundraising endeavors, Institute Trustees Delores Barr Weaver and her husband, Wayne, offered a “challenge grant” to Dana-Farber to organize a team that would raise funds for the Barr Program. In 1990, a team of nineteen runners ran the Boston Marathon.

Now in its 30th season, the Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge’s annual roster has grown into hundreds of athletes dedicated to the vision of a world without cancer. These passionate individuals are united by their deep commitment to fighting this disease through fundraising and training. Check out photos of our team in action.

Dana-Farber is indebted to The Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A.) for its longtime partnership and ongoing support. Learn more about the B.A.A. and the Boston Marathon, ranked among the world’s most prestigious annual road racing events.

BARR PROGRAM IMPACT

The Claudia Adams Barr Program in Innovative Basic Cancer Research supports new lines of research, playing an essential role in the development of early-career scientists who work on a broad range of research investigations that yield new clues about cancer. Based on a rigorous and highly selective process, the Barr Program selects the brightest scientists and funds their innovative ideas, propelling basic research discoveries that transform cancer treatment. Claudia Adams Barr Program investigators have made tremendous advances and spearheaded breakthroughs that are improving care, quality of life, and survival for patients everywhere.

HOW YOUR SUPPORT HELPS

Help Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in discovery of groundbreaking cancer research

More than 800 innovative, active clinical trials each year

Help Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in the battle against cancer with funds for patient care

Personalized support and resources for patients and their loved ones

Help Dana-Farber in the battle against cancer with funds for facilities

State-of-the-art facilities bring effective treatments to patients quickly

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute provides expert, compassionate care to children and adults and is home to groundbreaking cancer discoveries. Since its founding in 1948, the Jimmy Fund has raised millions of dollars through thousands of community efforts to advance Dana-Farber’s lifesaving mission.

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