General Race Day Questions

When is the LA Cancer Challenge and who does it benefit?

The 19th Annual event is on Sunday, October 30, 2016 on the campus of U.C.L.A. in West LA. The event benefits The Hirshberg Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research.

Where is the LA Cancer Challenge Held?

Our New Permanent Home will be on the campus of UCLA.

The 5K is 3.1 miles and the 10K is 6.2. The Kids Can Cure Fun Run is open to children ages 2 - 7. Most kids 8 and older walk, jog or run the 5K.

Please click here for the complete Race Day Schedule.

Our race will be chip timed. Each runner will wear a bib number on the front of their body and a timing chip on their shoe. The chip identifies runners as they cross electronic mats placed at the finish line. Bib numbers and chips can be picked up on race morning, or on Saturday, October 29 at Packet Pick Up.

Yes, children of all ages are welcome. Children being pushed in strollers do not need to register. Children running in the Kids Can Cure Fun Run need to be registered, and will receive a finishers prize. Adults can bring their children and either walk the 5K/10K with them, push them in a stroller, or leave them with another adult from your party in the expo area while you race. (There will be lots for kids to do but they need to be supervised). Last year we had children as young as five walk or run the entire 5K. We also ask that families walking the race start at the back of the line and allow the competitive runners to take off first.

NOTE: For the Kids Can Cure Fun Run, children must walk or run this very short race, which is broken down into heats by age (very young children can have parents accompany them). Children as young as 2 years of age have participated. Strollers, bikes and scooters are not allowed during the kids race.

Our Fit Family Expo will feature food and beverage samples from our sponsors.

Please, for the safety of all runners, bikes, rollerblades, dogs, scooters, heelies, etc are not permitted along the race course. We encourage you to bike, blade or scooter to UCLA, just not along the course with the runners and walkers.

Registration Questions

If you need to change which race you signed up for, please contact the office at 310-473-5121 to ensure you are registered correctly.

When you register online, choose the registration type called "BOTH 5K and 10K". The cost is only $5.00 more to run both races than it is to run just one. You will receive one timing bib that will record your times for both races. You receive one event shirt and one runners gift bag.

No, the sale, transfer, or duplication of a race entry/bib is strictly prohibited. All entry fees are non-refundable and are considered a donation to the Hirshberg Foundation.

Team Questions

A team is a group of co-workers, neighbors, friends, family, or fellow students who can raise money together to compete for team prizes and run/walk together on the day of the LA Cancer Challenge. A team can range anywhere from 5 to more than 200 members.

There are two:

—Highest # of registered participants
—Highest $ amount raised

Winning teams will be awarded a deluxe TEAM MEETING TENT with special food and treats for their teams. A plaque will also be given to these two teams after the event. Winning teams are based on online statistics through Sunday, October 16, 2016. Winning teams will be announced on Monday, October 17, 2016.

In addition to the Team Contests, we have our Corporate Team Challenge. We’ll award an awesome trophy to the Largest Corporate Team and the Highest Fundraising Corporate Team.

2016 Highest Fundraiser Marvin's Marvels $49,990
2016 Most Participants Team Raging Health 210 Members
2015 Highest Fundraiser Marvin's Marvels $57,757
2015 Most Participants Marvin's Marvels 143 members
2014 Highest Fundraiser Marvin's Marvels $66,171
2014 Most Participants Marvin's Marvels 166 members
2013 Highest Fundraiser Marvin's Marvels $40,812
2013 Most Participants Benny's Team 126 members
2012 Highest Fundraiser Marvin's Marvels $39,101
2012 Most Participants Benny's Team 137 members
2011 Highest Fundraiser Team Schneider/Gursey $94,706
2011 Most Participants Marvin's Marvels 124 members
2010 Highest Fundraiser Marvin's Marvels $30,756
2010 Most Participants Benny's Team 110 members
2009 Highest Fundraiser Team Personal Power & Marvin's Marvels both raised $15,600
2009 Most Participants Sunshine Daydreams 73 members
2008 Highest Fundraiser Team Personal Power $31,605
2008 Most Participants Team Dr. T 114 members
2007 Highest Fundraiser Don's Team $36,118
2007 Most Participants Team Mark Galton 128 members
2006 Highest Fundraiser Ellen's Angels $40,290
2006 Most Participants Team Mark Galton 158 members
2005 Highest Fundraiser Walk for Hock $14,232
2005 Most Participants Team Mark Galton 149 members

Yes, participants that have already registered can join your team. Simply email with the participant's name and email address (if available) and we will transfer them to your team.

By creating a team in honor or memory of someone, you have taken the first and biggest step. Ideas for creating team spirit and honoring a loved one are here.

Be a Part of the Team Tribute Video. Every year one of the emotional highlights of the day is watching the "big screen" at our race an seeing the Team Video Tribute that we create using photos submitted by our team captains. Visit our website for more details on how to be included.

Fundraising Questions

You enter your Headquarters from the upper right hand corner of our home page. In your Headquarters, you can build or edit your webpage(s), send emails to friends and family, enter offline donations, edit your profile and view fundraising, email and team statistics and so much more. You need your username and password to enter your HQ.

All participants, whether running as an individual or as a part of a team, are eligible to receive the fundraising prizes. Even if you are a part of a team, you will still have your own personal web page to collect donations. Both you and your team will receive credit for all donations you collect.

Winners medals are given out to the first, second and third place finishers in 28 divisions (14 male and 14 female) for each race. All 5K and 10K participants will receive a finishers medal for completing the event. The Kids Can Cure Fun Run is non-competitive with each participant receiving a finishers medal.

Everyone is encouraged to raise pledge money. This is how we raise funds for the pancreatic cancer research. There are fundraising prizes at various levels. All of the pledge money goes to support the Hirshberg Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research. For more information, please visit

We encourage you to utilize our online fundraising system. If you receive check or cash donations, they should be turned in on race day to the Pledge Turn-In Table located at the center of the Expo. Pledges not turned in on race day can be mailed to Hirshberg Foundation, 2990 S. Sepulveda Blvd, Suite 300C, Los Angeles, CA 90064. Please note, pledges turned in after race day will not be eligible for prizes.

If you or anyone you know would like to donate a prize, please download our Prize Donation Form.

All participants, whether running as an individual or as a part of a team, are eligible to receive the fundraising prizes. Even if you are a part of a team, you will still have your own personal web page to collect donations. Both you and your team will receive credit for all donations you collect.

Many employers sponsor matching gift programs and will match any charitable contributions made by their employees. When you turn in your pledges on race day, please attach the company's Matching Gift Form to the check and we will submit the forms after the race.

Packet Pickup

If you would like to save time on race morning, you can come pick up your running bib, timing chip, t-shirt and gift bag at Packet Pick Up.

Saturday, October 29 at Big 5 Sporting Goods, located at 3121 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90403 from 11 a.m. 3 p.m.

If you cannot make it to Packet Pick Up, that's ok too! Simply arrive with ample time on race morning and proceed to the Pre-Registration Area.