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Avera Race Logistics

 

Both 5K and 10K runs are certified, official chip-timed events

 

View our course map

 

Build a team and fundraise through your Participant Center

 

Awards presented to the top three male and female finishers for both 5K and 10K runs

Race Routes

The Avera Race Against Cancer has something for everyone - all ages and all fitness levels! View the course maps below.

Full Course Map 

 

Avera Race Teams are an excellent way for individuals/businesses to participate in the state's largest cancer race while fostering tradition, creating memories, boosting employee morale and team-building skills all while showing your community YOU care!

Opportunities for Individuals/Businesses: Organize a Family or Company Team!

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  • Start a tradition as a great way to celebrate Mother's Day weekend.
  • Company involvement in the Avera Race Against Cancer.
  • Fosters team-building, boosts morale.
  • Makes a great company picnic or gathering.
  • Fulfills workplace fitness or wellness initiatives.
  • Offers your company the opportunity to make a positive statement about cancer survivorship, perhaps by participating in honor of an employee currently battling the disease.
  • Opens the door to educate your company about programs of early detection and prevention of cancer.
  • Increases visibility and enhances public image.

Partner with Avera -  A Trusted Leader

The Avera Cancer Institute continues to be the leader in cancer care in our community with the most trusted source for cancer information. By joining the Avera Race Against Cancer, you will partner with a leader in the fight against cancer. Since 1989, the Avera Race has donated over $7 million dollars to cancer programs and services. The Avera Race takes pride in funding innovative research, advanced technology and enhanced patient services such as integrative medicine.

Money raised through proceeds from cancer awareness events such as the Avera Race have funded the following programs and services:

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  • Cancer Support Groups
  • Comprehensive Wig Program at Care Store Salon
  • Integrative Medicine Program
  • Educational Materials and Classes
  • Patient Navigation 

Steps For Team Registration

  • You may register your team by clicking the "Register" and "Form a Team" buttons.
  • If you create a new team, you will be the team captain.
  • Recruit team members (NOTE: Ten registered participants are required to qualify as a team. If your team does not have ten registered participants by Monday, April 18, the team will be registered as individuals. There is no maximum of registered participants per team).
  • Challenge team members to go the next step and create their own online fundraising page with their registration.
  • Be creative with your team; design shirts, make signs and have fun!
  • Team registration is due by Friday, April 22 at 5:00 p.m.

Sideline Supporter

Race at your own pace and become a Sideline Supporter." Join thousands of community supporters and work towards your own "virtual finish line" together, helping local cancer patients and families along the way. Simply select "Sideline Supporter" as your race and receive an official Avera Race t-shirt and give-aways. 

Packet Pick-Ups

All registered participants are required to pick up their packets on the dates below based upon their registration type. Team and individual packet pick-ups will take place at the  Avera McKennan Fitness Center during the times listed below: 

NOTE: Timing chips for runners are included in all packets. Any late team packets will be available during individual packet pick-up. Due to large volumes, packets will not be mailed out or delivered. If you are unable to attend one of the packet pick-up times, please make other arrangements. Packets not picked up before Friday, May 17 will be donated to the Avera Cancer Institute. 

  • The first 5,000 registrants will receive a journal, towel and unisex long-sleeve loose fit performance t-shirt.
  • To ensure all registered participants receive their selected size, substitutions may only be made AFTER the race or the following week. 

Individual Packet Pick-Up

  • Thursday, May 5  3:30 - 6:30 p.m.
  • Friday, May 6  6:45 a.m. - 6:15 p.m. 

Team Packet Pick-Up

  • Thursday, April 28   3:00 - 7:00 p.m. 
  • Friday, April 29  8:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, April 30  8:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, May 1  10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Monday, May 2 7:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Transportation

Shuttle Buses

Shuttle Bus Map

Survivor Parking

  • Limited survivor parking is available in the Avera McKennan Fitness Center and Shalom Christian Reformed Church parking lots.
  • Gain access by wearing your cancer survivor shirt included in your race packet.

NOTE: When parking in residential and business areas, be aware of city parking laws. Be courteous to our neighbors and avoid blocking driveways. 

Participant Parking

  • Plan to arrive 30 to 60 minutes early to allow adequate time.
  • Participant parking is available in surrounding residential areas.

NOTE: Please do not park in the Avera McKennan Fitness Center parking lot. When parking in residential and business areas, be aware of city parking laws. Be courteous to our neighbors and avoid blocking driveways. 

Volunteer Parking

  • Volunteer parking is available at Lions Centennial Park, behind the Four Hills Shopping Mall and Shalom Christian Reformed Church. 

NOTE: Please do not park in the Avera McKennan Fitness Center parking lot. When parking in residential and business areas, be aware of city parking laws. Be courteous to our neighbors and avoid blocking driveways. 

Schedule

Race Day Schedule - Saturday, May 7

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  • 6:00 am - Shuttle buses begin
  • 7:00 am - Avera Race Expo and Survivor Pavilion opens
  • 7:15 am - Survivor group photo
  • 7:40 am - Song tribute to all survivors
  • 7:45 am - Warm-up with Jackie
  • 8:00 am - Race begins 
    • 10K race begins
    • Breakfast buffet opens
  • 8:15 am - 5K race begins
  • 8:20 am - 1.5 and 3 mile walks begin

*Note that both runs will be staggered and chip- timed. View the Race Day map and download race day schedule here.

Post Race

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  • Participants, volunteers, sponsors and Sideline Supporters are welcome to stay after the race and enjoy the Avera Race Expo and complimentary breakfast buffet. Note that the Survivor Pavilion is open to ALL cancer survivors and their families.
  • Race results will be posted online after the race at AveraRaceSiouxFalls.org.
  • Runner awards for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners in both 5K and 10K races receive a gift card donated by the Great Outdoor Store.

Bring Your Family and Friends

Everyone can participate in the Avera Race Against Cancer. The aerobic warm-up, fun walks, expo area and cool-down breakfast are all designed for family fun.

Please Note: Refunds are not permitted regardless of weather, situation or circumstance.

FAQs

Can I register offline?

Yes. You can download the offline registration flyer and submit to the foundation office and you will be registered. There is a price difference for both offline and race day registrations. Please note that all offline registrations are $45 and race day registrations are $50. 

When does online registration end?

Online registration is open until Friday, May 6 at 5:00 p.m. 

Can I register on race day, May 7?

Yes. The registration fee is $45 for both walkers and runners if registering race day only. 5K/10K participants will be timed if registered before 7:30 a.m.

Can I run with a stroller?

We discourage strollers and wagons along the race run routes. However, we do allow them on the walk routes. Please line up near the back of start line for safety purposes. 

Are pets welcome?

With the exception of service and emotional support animals, no pets are allowed.

I am registered but can no longer participate.  Am I able to get a refund?

The Avera Race is unable to process refunds for registrations. If you are unable to participate, you may transfer your registration to another individual, change your registration type to a "Sideline Supporter" so that you still receive an official Avera Race packet or ask that your registration be converted to a donation. Should you wish to update your registration based on any of these options, please reach out using the Contact Us form.

What if I'm injured on the route?

Medical professionals and volunteers will be available to assist in the event of an injury on the route. There will also be a First Aid station near the main stage staffed by a paramedic and an on-call Paramedics Plus Ambulance.

Will there be special accommodations for wheelchairs?

The Avera Race is ADA accessible. Please call 605-322-5303 for specific accommodations. Shuttle buses are also wheelchair accessible. 

Are there water stops along the route?

Water stations are located on the 5K/10K routes and at the finish line. Please refer to the race route flyer for more information. Water will also be available at the Start/Finish Line as well as the food tent near the main stage.

Are the 5K/10K runs timed?

Both the 5K/10K runs are competitive, official chip-timed events. Results are posted online after the event.

Will the race be canceled due to inclement weather?

The Avera Race takes place rain or shine!  We do reserve the right to cancel in extreme circumstances. In that event, there will be no refunds and your registration fee will be used as a donation to benefit cancer patients and families served at Avera Cancer Institute.

Am I able to get my yearly screening mammogram at the Avera Race?

Digital screening mammograms will be available from 6-11 a.m. in the Avera Digital Mobile Mammography truck at the race. Breast health materials, scheduling information and tours will also be available. Please call 605-322-PINK (7465) to schedule your Avera Race day mammogram or make an appointment at a Avera Breast Center location near you.

Is there a time limit for running the 5K or 10K?

There are no time limits on the race routes, however, streets will be re-opened at 10 a.m. Lead and tail bikers will be on the run routes to make sure that everyone finishes safely.

Can I pick up packets for my friends and family members? 

Yes. Registrants unable to pick up their packets during packet pick-up hours may make arrangements for pick-up. 

I have young children that will be attending the race with me.  Do they need to be registered?

Only registered participants receive an official Avera Race shirt and canvas tote bag. Children 16 and under receive a discounted registration fee of $15. 

Your Impact

Screening and Detection through genetic testingAdvanced Technology and Research through clinical trialsPatient Resources such as navigation servicesWhole Person Care with integrative medicine services
 

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    Become a Sponsor

    The Avera Race Against Cancer still offers unique opportunities to sponsors. We are optimistic the year's event will be a success with opportunities for everyone to support cancer survivors and their families at the Avera Cancer Institute. From cash donations to in-kind sponsorships, the Avera Race offers a variety of levels to match your business or organization's marketing goals and budget.

    Become a Sponsor

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     Volunteer

    We agree with our participants. We have the most compassionate and energizing community of volunteers. Every year, the Avera Race hosts close to 6,000 participants and we couldn't take care of them without your help. The Avera Race Against Cancer is a first-class event with small town charm because of our volunteers! For 34 years, our community has come together every Mother's Day weekend to do something extraordinary for those impacted by cancer, and that ccommitment has been shared and echoed across the region. You make all the difference, thank you!
     
    Volunteer registration for 2022 will open soon. Please check back for updates. 

     

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