Opportunities for athletes to join the fight against cancer

Make Your Miles Meaningful! 

“My lifelong goal to run a marathon seemed too daunting. But when I found out I could do it while raising money to help end cancer – it wasn’t just about me anymore; it’s about a much bigger, more worthwhile cause."
- American Cancer Society DetermiNation team member

Whether you are already an endurance athlete or looking to participate in your first event, the American Cancer Society can help you to make your miles more meaningful. Participation in a marathon, half marathon, triathlon, or cycling event can now also become a means to make a difference in the fight against cancer. With every step taken and every mile conquered, athletes are helping create a world with less cancer and more birthdays.


Several races across the country have become part of the DetermiNation endurance event program, allowing athletes to turn their participation into a chance to make a difference in the fight against cancer. Athletes who choose to join the DetermiNation program commit to a fundraising minimum, and in return, they enjoy many benefits that DetermiNation has to offer: training tips from experts, an exclusive DetermiNation racing shirt, a personal Web site, race-day amentities, and the knowledge that they are helping to save lives and create a world with more birthdays.

Click here to learn more about DetermiNation and to find a list of participating races.

Bicycles Battling Cancer - Sunday, June 8, 2014

Bicycles Battling Cancer is the American Cancer Society’s own cycling event that takes riders 100 miles over scenic back roads between Marlborough, MA, and Hollis, NH. Cyclists also can choose a 70-mile route, or a 30-mile route. The registration fee is $75 between January 16 and March 31, 2014. The fee goes up to $100 on April 1. Riders are encouraged to raise a minimum of $300. Visit our 2014 Web site to learn much more.

Pedal to End Cancer

Pedal to End Cancer is a three-hour indoor cycling event that takes place at dozens of health clubs across New England the first Sunday of March. Participants can register as an individual and cycle for the entire three hours, or form a team and take turns cycling. Families, friends, corporations, and fitness clubs are encouraged to form teams. Individuals registering to cycle the entire three hours should strive to raise at least $100 per hour. Those registering as part of a team are asked to raise $100 each. Visit the 2014 Pedal to End Cancer Web site to learn more.

Spin Odyssey

Spin Odyssey, a third-party indoor spinning event, will be held at Fairway Stamford on Sunday, March 30, 2014. Visit its Web site to learn more.  Money raised by participants supports breast cancer research.

Team ACS

Are you already participating in another event that does not currently have a relationship with the American Cancer Society? With Team ACS you can turn any event into a chance to support the life saving mission of the American Cancer Society. Register with Team ACS, and use the online tools to promote your efforts and collect donations. Just set your goal, send email right from your Team ACS personal page, and then track your fundraising progress.

Click here to learn more about Team ACS.

How your donations make a difference

Whether you are an athlete or a novice trying to improve your health through exercise, we welcome your participation! In addition to lowering your own cancer risk through exercise, you will be helping the American Cancer Society continue to educate the public about ways to reduce their risk and screen for cancer at its earliest, most treatable stages. Donations also allow the Society to continue to fund cancer researchers with groundbreaking ideas. Our track record is impressive: 46 of the scientists we funded early in their careers, when few others would, went on to win the Noble Prize. Society-funded research has led to:

  • The Pap smear to detect abnormal cells before they become cancerous
  • Establishing mammography as the gold standard to find breast cancer early, before tumors can be felt
  • The cure for childhood leukemia
  • The PSA test for prostate cancer screening
  • Identification of smoking as a cause of lung cancer
  • The discovery of genes for inherited breast and colon cancers
  • The discovery of treatments (such as Herceptin) to improve breast cancer survival and drugs (such as Tamoxifen) to reduce the risk of second or first breast cancer
  • Knowledge that genetics, diet, lack of exercise, and alcohol abuse can increase a person's cancer risk

Learn more about reducing your cancer risk through exercise and nutrition.