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

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Run with us to defy 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® with the Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge.

Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge Boston Marathon route
Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge Boston Marathon route

26.2 MILES

Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge Boston Marathon route
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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 ceremonies
  • Boston-area weekly training runs
  • Training program designed by 1976 Boston Marathon Men’s Open Division Champion, Jack Fultz

FEES AND FUNDRAISING REQUIREMENTS*

*2023 requirements to be determined

  • For runners using a ’22 Dana-Farber entry
    • $85 team fee & $7,500 fundraising commitment
    • $620 B.A.A. fees

      ($370 invitational race entry fee paid directly to the B.A.A., $250 Official Charity Program premium fee)

  • For runners using their own ’22 race entry
    • $85 team fee & $4,000 fundraising commitment
  • For ’22 virtual DFMC runners

    Virtual Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge team members run their 26.2 miles anywhere/anytime and receive DFMC benefits and amenities other than guaranteed race entry

    • $25 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 Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge icon

500+ RUNNERS

WILL PARTICIPATE IN 2023

Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge fundraising icon

$115+ 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 Claudia Adams Barr Program in Innovative Basic Cancer Research, which was founded by the Weavers in honor of Delores’ mother in 1987. In 1990, a team of nineteen runners ran the Boston Marathon.

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.

CLAUDIA ADAMS BARR PROGRAM IMPACT

Funds raised by the Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge support the Claudia Adams Barr Program in Innovative Basic Cancer Research.

Watch the Program overview video and learn more about the scientific advancements made by our Barr Investigators.

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