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Learn About the DetermiNation Endurance Event Program

About the Team

DetermiNation is the American Cancer Society’s nation of athletes determined to end cancer. This powerful and inspiring movement saves lives by enabling athletes to dedicate their training and participation in marathons, triathlons, cycling races, and other endurance events to a lifesaving effort to fight a disease that has already taken too many lives. Over the years, thousands of athletes have had an experience of a lifetime while raising millions for the fight against all types of cancer. With every step taken and every mile conquered, these determined athletes are helping create a world with less cancer and more birthdays.

The American Cancer Society DetermiNation (formerly known as Charity Runner) began in Chicago in 1996. The program expanded nationwide in 2007, and now includes a variety of races across the country and is continuing to grow.

To find one of our nationwide DetermiNation events, click here.

Every Mile is Meaningful

Since 1996, our nation of athletes has swum, biked, and run thousands of miles to raise millions of dollars to save lives. And together with members of the DetermiNation, the American Cancer Society is saving lives every day. Thanks to you …

  • We’ve pioneered and promoted cancer screenings that save lives.
  • We’ve helped patients and their loved ones make decisions and overcome obstacles with their care.
  • We’ve discovered medications that help people live longer and better than ever.
  • We work with lawmakers everywhere to make this world a healthier place to live and we rally communities around the globe to join our fight. Together, we’re saving lives by helping people stay well, helping people get well, by finding cures, and fighting back. And that means that we’re creating a world with more birthdays – where cancer will never steal another year from anyone’s life.

To find one of our nationwide DetermiNation events, click here.

DetermiNation Member Benefits*

As a DetermiNation team member, you are making a commitment to help save lives. Sound intimidating? It’s not. We’ve established realistic fundraising goals for each of our race participants and we provide the tools you’ll need to make it easy and fun. Additionally, as a member of the DetermiNation, you are eligible to receive a number of exclusive member benefits including:

  • Free team training to help you achieve your race goals
  • Invitations to social events in and around your community
  • Race-weekend VIP amenities, which may include access to an American Cancer Society tent, gear check, private changing areas, facilities, masseuses, cheer teams to inspire you along the course, and more
  • Exclusive American Cancer Society DetermiNation racing shirt
  • Personal fundraising Web site
  • Recognition for fundraising success
  • The opportunity to dedicate your efforts in honor of or in memory of someone affected by cancer and receive ribbons to wear in support of them
  • Mentor support and e-newsletters with important race information, inspiration, and training tips

*Benefits may vary from event to event.

To find one of our nationwide DetermiNation events, click here.

Our Commitment to You

The American Cancer Society recognizes that when you choose to participate in our DetermiNation program, you are not only making a commitment to yourself to achieve a tremendous goal, you are also making an important commitment to the fight against cancer by raising funds to save lives. Our commitment to you is the assurance that the money you raise will save lives by helping people stay well, helping people get well, by finding cures, and by fighting back. We do everything we can to minimize the costs for DetermiNation and our other fundraising programs. And whether or not you have fundraising experience, we have helpful resources, tips, and suggestions that will help you meet and exceed your training and fundraising goals.

To find one of our nationwide DetermiNation events, click here.

Your Commitment to Us

As a DetermiNation team member, you are making a commitment to help save lives. Sound intimidating? It’s not. We’ve established realistic fundraising goals for each of our race participants and we provide the tools you’ll need to make it easy and fun. Once you share with people how their support helps save lives every day, you’ll find that others want to help you fight as well. Click here to learn more about fundraising goals for your specific event. Athletes are responsible for honoring the stated fundraising minimum. If they are unable to do so, they will be required to fulfill the balance through a personal donation.

To find one of our nationwide DetermiNation events, click here.