May 7, 2022

Avera Race Logistics

Race Times and Schedule

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

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 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. Deadline for team registration is April 26. 
  • If you create a new virtual team, you will be the virtual team captain.
  • Start recruiting! The 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.

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 shirt, towel and journal. 

Virtual Race Packet Pick-Ups

All registered participants will receive their official Avera Race unisex long-sleeve loose fit performance shirt, towel and journal mailed to their homes. 



When does online registration end?

The Avera Race registration will remain open until May 31. 

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, if you are 40 years or older (or know any women who are) now is the time to get a mammogram. Why? Mammograms detect changes in the breast that may indicate early signs of cancer too small or subtle to be felt by self-exams. Count on Avera’s innovative digital mammography and 3-D technology to provide clearer views from multiple angles. 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 packet?

If your registration is received by April 25, your packet will be mailed the week of May 2. Any registration received after April 25 will have their packet mailed the week of May 9. 

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, towel and journal. Children 16 and under receive a discounted registration fee of $20.

Race Incentives

  • Receive official Avera Race shirt, towel and journal.
  • Don't forget to "like" the Avera Race facebook page to get updates about the Avera Race and watch the virtual livestream on the morning of May 7!
  • 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 Avera Race on May 7 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

Race Leaderboard

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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.

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    All volunteer positions have been filled for the 2021 Avera Race, thanks to all who signed up! We look forward to having more volunteers for next year's Avera Race.


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