When is the LA Cancer Challenge and who does it benefit?
The 26th Annual event is on Sunday, October 22, 2023 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.
Please click here for the complete Race Day Schedule.
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 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 Packet Pick Up.
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.
The LA Cancer Challenge is a Halloween celebration too! We encourage runners & walkers to attend in costume. 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.
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 on Sunday, October 23rd.
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 23rd 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.
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
- Patient & family services provided by the Hirshberg Foundation
- Advances in pancreatic cancer research
- Share the hashtags #LACancerChallenge or #LACC
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.
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.
Yes, see Teams page.
|2021 Highest Fundraiser||Marvin's Marvels||$95,406|
|2021 Most Participants||Team Esther||145 Members|
|2020 Highest Fundraiser||Marvin's Marvels||$93,131|
|2020 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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
You enter your Participant Center from the upper right hand corner of our home page. In your Participant Center, you can build or edit your personal or team webpage (you can edit the team webpage if you are the team captain), send emails to friends and family, enter offline donations, edit your profile, view your fundraising, and so much more. You need your username and password to enter your Participant Center. If you need help logging in, please contact us at email@example.com or 310-473-5121.
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 money to help us fight to cure pancreatic cancer. Your fundraising is how we fund our Seed Grant Program and provide free patient & family support services. Plus, we offer great fundraising prizes to keep you motivated! All the funds raised through the LA Cancer Challenge 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 to add donations you have received. You can easily add cash and check donations into your Participant Center as pledges. If you receive check donations, please mail them to:
2990 S. Sepulveda Blvd, Suite 300C
Los Angeles, CA 90064
Donations can also be turned in on race day at the Registration Booth. Please note, any 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 fill out our Prize Donation Form. If you have questions, contact our Raffle & Auction Coordinator, Julie Hirschberg at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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!