Virtual Avera Race Logistics


Both 5K and 10K runs are done virtually.


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Build a team and fundraise through your Participant Center


Awards presented to the top fundraisers and virtual teams. 

Virtual 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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  • Company involvement in the history-making Virtual Avera Race Against Cancer.
  • Fosters team-building and boosts morale.
  • Fulfills workplace fitness and wellness initiatives, provides unique opportunity to create a "personalized" race route and participate as a company. 
  • 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 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 Virtual Team Registration

  • You may register your virtual team by clicking the "Register" and "Form a Team" buttons.
  • If you create a new virtual team, you will be the virtual team captain.
  • Start recruiting! The Virtual Avera Race still encourages teambuilding  (NOTE: Ten registered participants are required to qualify as a team - there is no maximum of registered participants per team).
  • Challenge team members to go the next step and customize their Participant Center to track fundraising goals, send out messages and share fun photos!
  • Be creative with your virtual team; this year's virtual race encourages interaction via social media. Design shirts, make signs, dress up and take pics to share on the Avera Race Facebook page and Instagram: use the hashtag #RunThisTown.

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 give-aways. 

Virtual Race Packet Pick-Ups

All registered participants will receive their official Avera Race packets AFTER the race at a to-be-determined time at the Avera McKennan Fitness Center.

Virtual Race Times and Schedule

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  • 7:45 am - Warm-up with Jackie (link to live warm-up will be provided)
  • 8:00 am - all distance races and walks begin!

Please Note: Refunds are not permitted regardless of COVID-19 restrictions.


When does online registration end?

The Virtual Avera Race registration will remain open throughout race day!  

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

Because the 2021 Avera Race is virtual only, digital screening mammograms will not be offered on-site. However, the Avera Cancer Institute still encourages annual check-ups. Please call 605-322-PINK (7465) to make an appointment at a Avera Breast Center location near you.

Will the 5K and 10K runs be timed?

No, there will be no official timing for those who choose to participate in the virtual 5K and 10K runs. However, we encourage you to share your times on Facebook and Instagram using the hashtag: #RunThisTown to show your support and encourage others to do the same!

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

It's your race: the benefit of a Virtual Avera Race is you can customize your level of participation to accommodate your fitness level!  

When will I get my Avera Race shirt and packet?

The 2021 Avera Race giveaways are currently being decided. Check back soon for more details. 

What if I cannot pick up my shirt and packet on the new date? 

Please make arrangements with family or friends to retrieve your packet. If that is not an option, please contact the Avera McKennan Foundation and we may be able to ship your packet(s) with a minimum $5 shipping and handling fee. There are two options for payment, please mail checks made payable to the Avera McKennan Foundation to the below address or click on the box for the online payment option. Please note: if you are using the online form, please be sure to type "RACE PACKET" and your address under the section "Select Your Area of Support." Avera McKennan Foundation, 815 S. 6th Ave., Sioux Falls, SD 57105 ONLINE PAYMENT OPTION 

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 backpack. Children 16 and under receive a discounted registration fee of $15. 

Virtual Race Incentives

  • Receive official Avera Race giveaways.
  • Print off an Avera Race window sign: choose from the full color version or get creative and download the customizable version
  • Fun activities and opportunities to stay engaged.
  • Share pictures of yourself leading up to the Virtual Avera Race on May 8 to build excitement, improve morale and HAVE FUN! 


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

Virtual Race Leaderboard

Top Participants

    Top Teams

      Become a Sponsor

      The Virtual 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 Virtual Avera Race offers a variety of levels to match your business or organization's marketing goals and budget.

      Download Sponsorship Opportunities

      Top Sponsors

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      The Virtual Avera Race Against Cancer still relies on the commitment of volunteers. Please note: only a reduced number of volunteer spots will be needed. Sign-up will be announced and available on a first come, first service basis.

      Check Back for Virtual Race Volunteer Opportunies!


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