Join the 2021 Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge team as a virtual runner or in-person runner. Whether your Boston Marathon® finish line is on Boylston Street October 11 or in your own neighborhood, you can help Dana-Farber defy cancer. Apply today and let us know which option is right for you!Apply Now
($370 invitational race entry fee and $25 COVID-19 mitigation fee paid directly to the B.A.A., $250 Official Charity Program premium fee)
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. In 1990, a team of nineteen runners ran the Boston Marathon.
Now in its 32nd 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.
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 Claudia Adams 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.
The Dana-Farber Campaign supports the Institute and its mission to defy cancer by accelerating science, care, and expertise. With your support and an unmatched record of success, Dana-Farber will continue to lead the way to change the future of cancer. What happens here changes lives everywhere.