Run with the Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge to help fight 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® on October 11, and help Dana-Farber defy cancer.

Join 2022 Contact List

Boston Marathon registrants who would like to learn more about raising funds for the Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge team with their own entry are invited to contact the DFMC office.

Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge Boston Marathon route
Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge Boston Marathon route 26.2 MILES
Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge Boston Marathon route
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 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 ’21 Dana-Farber entry
    • $85 team fee & $7,500 fundraising commitment
    • B.A.A. race entry fees
  • For runners using their own ’21 race entry
    • $85 team fee & $4,000 fundraising commitment
  • For ’21 virtual Boston Marathon runners
    • $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

PARTICIPATED IN 2020

Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge fundraising icon

$100+ 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. 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.

CLAUDIA ADAMS 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 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.

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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.

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