Race Day Questions

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

The 24th Annual event is on Sunday, October 31, 2021 on the campus of U.C.L.A. in West Los Angeles. In addition, participants across the country have the option of participating in the virtual LACC in their own cities, states and neighborhoods. The event benefits The Hirshberg Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research.

Where is the LA Cancer Challenge Held?

The LA Cancer Challenge takes place on the beautiful UCLA campus. It starts and finishes in Wilson Plaza.

Will COVID-19 impact the LACC?

Whether participants join us in-person or a choose the virtual option, we encourage everyone to be safe. The LACC will follow up to date local/state guidelines on large occupancy gatherings and encourage anyone not vaccinated to wear a mask and adhere to CDC guidelines for the safety of everyone in attendance, especially those at higher risk including pancreatic cancer survivors. Event information may be updated prior to race day. If you have a fever or feel sick please do not participate and contact your doctor.

The 5K is 3.1 miles around the UCLA campus.

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Our race offers the option for runners to be chip timed. Each runner will wear a chip timed bib number on the front of their body with a timing chip attached. 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 30th at Packet Pick Up.

Yes, children of all ages are welcome. Children being pushed in strollers do not need to register. Children running need to be registered. Adults can bring their children and either walk the 5K 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). Each year we have 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.

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.

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

IIf 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.

The LA Cancer Challenge takes place on Halloween this year and we love costumed runners & walkers! Tutus, capes, wigs, headwear and festive outfits make our event unique! However, the LACC is a family-friendly event and we will enforce the following Costume Policy.

- Costumes may not be obstructive, offensive, objectionable or violent.
- Masks are not allowed to be worn at all.
- Costumes may not contain any weapons, whatsoever, that could easily be mistaken for an actual weapon.
- Costumes may not contain sharp objects or materials that may accidentally harm another LACC participant.

Virtual Walk/Run Questions

What is a virtual walk/run?

A virtual walk/run can be completed any time, place and at any pace you choose. Take a stroll or jog in your neighborhood, time a 5K on your treadmill, use technology to count your steps walking at home or (if local and state guidelines allow) select a park, walking path or location where you can walk or run while practicing social distancing. The choice is yours!

What are the benefits of a virtual walk?

The Virtual LACC can be wherever and whenever you want with the benefit of still supporting a cause you care about and participating in a nationwide call-to-action. The LACC is on Halloween this year! We encourage a fun costume or simply wearing purple at our event on Sunday, October 31st.

How far or how long should I walk?

The annual LA Cancer Challenge is a 5K walk/run but if you want or need to run a shorter distance we won’t tell! You can also choose to go further but ultimately the goal is 3.1 miles.

Will there be an in-person live event?

Yes! Our event is scheduled for Sunday, October 31st at Wilson Plaza on the UCLA campus. We are following local and state guidelines closely and are preparing for both in-person and virtual events. We will notify all registered participants if anything changes. Either way, you will be supporting our fight against pancreatic cancer and raising awareness by participating.

Can I livestream or record my virtual LACC walk/run?

Absolutely! Livestreaming your walk/run is not required but it’s certainly fun. Livestreaming allows your community to join you remotely and cheer you on with encouraging messages. Plus, you’ll have the opportunity to remind them you’re walking for pancreatic cancer research and ask them to donate in real time. Livestreaming options include the following social media platforms: Facebook Live, YouTube Live, LinkedIn Live or the Periscope streaming app to livestream on Twitter.

Choose to livestream your entire walk/run or simply stream for a few minutes when you start, as you finish or anytime in between. The choice is yours! *An alternative to livestreaming is to record your walk/run on a smartphone and share the video footage.

What should I talk about while livestreaming?

  • Why you’re walking or running for pancreatic cancer
  • Who you are dedicating your walk/run to (example: a family member, friend, the community of survivors or the researchers searching for a cure)
  • Your fundraising goal and asking loved ones to give what they can
  • Facts about pancreatic cancer
  • How COVID-19 has impacted patients facing pancreatic cancer
  • Patient & family services provided by the Hirshberg Foundation
  • Advances in pancreatic cancer research
  • Share the hashtags #LACancerChallenge or #LACC
Registration Questions

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.

2020 Highest Fundraiser Marvin's Marvels $93,131
2019 Most Participants The Don James Dawg Pack 68 Members
2019 Highest Fundraiser Marvin's Marvels $92,364
2019 Most Participants Team Raging Health 101 Members
2018 Highest Fundraiser Marvin's Marvels $87,188
2018 Most Participants Team Raging Health 82 Members
2017 Highest Fundraiser Marvin's Marvels $51,648
2017 Most Participants Team Raging Health 102 Members
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 info@pancreatic.org 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 towards doing something special for your loved one! On event day, there are a number of ways to honor your loved ones. In the meantime, check out our ideas for creating team spirit.

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 incentives. 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.

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 www.pancreatic.org.

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.

Many employers sponsor matching gift programs and will match any charitable contributions made by their employees. Some will even provide a monetary grant for volunteer hours. Use our Matching Gift tool to see if you company will match. Be sure to tell your donors to check as well. Your fundraising can go twice as far with matching gifts!