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What is the entry fee for the Runyon 5K?
$45 through April 4
$60 from April 5 through April 14
Is there a discounted entry fee for kids?
Yes, kids ages 5-12 can participate in the 5K for a reduced entry fee of $25.
Is there a minimum age to participate?
Yes, participants in the Runyon 5K must be at least 5 years old on event day. For safety reasons, children younger than 5 years of age, including those held in child carriers by an adult participant or in strollers, will not be allowed on the route.
When is the deadline to register for the Runyon 5K?
Online registration will close at 12 noon on Saturday, April 14.
Can I make a donation in addition to paying the entry fee?
Yes and we encourage you to do so! You will have the option to make an additional donation to support cancer research when registering.
Is any portion of my entry fee tax-deductible?
No. The entry fee helps cover the cost of producing the Runyon 5K, and includes a participant t-shirt and medal. This is why fundraising is so important! All donations made or raised above and beyond your entry fee are tax-deductible.
I can't make it to Yankee Stadium on April 15, can I still be
Yes, you can register as a Virtual Participant to have an online fundraising page and receive a Runyon 5K t-shirt which will be mailed to you after the event. The entry fee is $35.
Can I register friends or family members at the same time I
Yes. After you provide your registration details, just click the blue button that says "Register Another Person" when you get to the Registration Summary page.
If I am no longer able to make it to the Runyon 5K after
registering, can I get a refund or have someone else run/walk in my place?
No, participation is non-transferrable and registration fees are non-refundable. Your registration fee will become a fully tax-deductible contribution to cancer research. Thank you for understanding.
How do I create a team?
You can create a team when you register online by selecting the option to “Create a Team” – you will become the Team Captain and will be asked to enter the Team Name. Those who wish to join your team can then register by selecting the option to “Join a Team.”
Is there a limit on team size?
No - sign up as many teammates as you can!
How do I join a team?
To join an existing team, select the “Join a Team” option, and search for the team name. Once you find the team you wish to join, click Join, and proceed with registration.
How do I join a team if I am already registered as an individual?
In your Participant Center, click Change Team Membership on the right side of the page. Search by team or captain name, and select Join Team when you see the team you wish to join.
Can I create a new team after I have registered as an individual?
Yes! Please contact us, and we will set the team up for you.
I am a Team Captain - can I enroll all members of my team at one
Yes. If you have a large team of more than 10 people to register, please contact us and we will be happy to assist you.
Can I pay for my whole team by company check?
Yes, a team can submit one check from its company for every team member’s registration fee.
How do we register our company team if paying by check?
We will provide the Team Captain with a discount code that he or she will need to provide to each team member, who will then enter it when registering online. No credit card information will be required. Please note that discount codes cannot be issued until payment is received, so you will need to confirm the number of team members in advance. We appreciate the extra effort and planning this requires. Please contact email@example.com if you plan to pay by company check.
Some of my teammates plan to run while others plan to walk, will
we all have the same start time?
Yes, teams of runners and walkers can have the same start time. To ensure everyone's safety, team members who are walking should position themselves in the back of the pack at the start line, while runners should head to the front. Walkers should stay to the right, allowing runners to pass on the left.
Is there a minimum fundraising requirement?
No, there is no minimum fundraising requirement, but we encourage you to fundraise! Cuts in federal research funding have put us at risk of losing this generation’s best young scientists to other careers. Every dollar you raise will help us sustain and grow our programs. Please help us keep those brilliant minds focused on beating cancer.
I saw on the home page that gifts could potentially be matched.
How does this match work?
One of our generous donors (a private foundation that prefers to remain anonymous in its charitable endeavors) is challenging us to raise as much money as possible and has agreed to match 1:1 all first-time donations made in support of this year’s Runyon 5K. This means that any new donors you recruit to support your run/walk will have their donations matched, doubling your impact!
I’ve participated in the Runyon 5K before, and my family and
friends who supported me in the past plan to donate again. Will their gifts be
The goal of the foundation offering the match is to help us find new donors, so their guidelines state that only new or increased gifts will be matched. If your past supporters increase their giving from last year by any amount, that amount will be matched! For example, if your friend donated $10 to your run/walk last year, but donates $20 this year, $10 of that gift will be matched. Donors who renew their gifts are our champions, and we need their continued support!
Does this match count toward my individual or team fundraising
No. The donor’s goal is to help us raise as much money as possible from new sources in support of cancer research, so the amount that is matched will not be added to your fundraising total.
How will this event help fund cancer research?
100% of each donation raised in support of a participant’s run/walk will directly support cutting-edge scientific research. Our low administrative and fundraising costs are paid by Damon Runyon Broadway Tickets and from our endowment.
How do I turn in any pledges collected
If you have collected checks or cash in support of your run/walk, you may submit your collected pledges along with our offline donation form by mail to:
Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation
One Exchange Plaza
55 Broadway, Suite 302
New York, NY 10006
Checks should be made payable to: Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation.
Your pledges will be added to your scrolling total upon receipt. You may also bring collected pledges to the event on April 15. Please be sure to indicate that the donations are in support of your run/walk or submit with a completed donation form so that you receive proper credit.
What is the pledge collection deadline?
Tuesday, May 15, 2018.
What does Damon Runyon have to do with the New York Yankees?
The Foundation has a long history with the Yankees: Joe DiMaggio was a member of the Board in the 1950s and Babe Ruth and Mickey Mantle were supporters. Damon Runyon himself was a New York writer who began his career as a baseball journalist and revolutionized how the game was covered.
What does Damon Runyon have to do with a cancer research
Damon Runyon died from throat cancer in 1946. His good friend, Walter Winchell, renowned journalist and radio commentator, went on his famous radio program and appealed to “Mr. and Mrs. America” for contributions to help fight cancer. The response was overwhelming, enabling Winchell to establish the “Damon Runyon Cancer Memorial Fund” with the mission of supporting the most promising early career scientists across the nation.
Does Damon Runyon also have a connection to Broadway?
Yes, his beloved Broadway short stories were later transformed into the hit show, Guys & Dolls.
What are the goals of the Foundation?
• Identify and fund the best and brightest early career scientists in cancer research
• Enable risk taking on bold new ideas
• Accelerate the translation of scientific discoveries into new diagnostic tools and treatments
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for answers to any questions not addressed on the website. We will continue to update event details so please check back!