About RACE

we run for beer & kicking cancer’s ass.

RACE Cancer Foundation fights cancer through action and prevention. We produce kick-ass events to raise funds and awareness for organizations dedicated to kicking cancer’s ass. Our Sunscreen Squad fights skin cancer by bringing free sunscreen dispensers to outdoor events across New England. Based in Boston, RACE is a Massachusetts non-profit organization and federally recognized as 501(c)(3) tax exempt public charity, EIN# 27-1859289. Donations and contributions are tax-deductible as allowed by law. If you would like to contact us or request a beneficiary grant application for your organization, please drop us a line via hello[at]racecancer.org.



Super Sunday

Sunday Feb. 1st, 2015 – Kendall Square, Cambridge (2,350+ runners in 2014)


What’s new for Super Sunday?
For starters, we have two wonderful new presenting partners: Sanofi Oncology and Genzyme. They’re helping us increase the cash purse for top 10 overall men and women in the 5-miler, with a new start/finish line and separate start for 5K runners. Both races share the same finish line.

Super Sunday Party
As always, Super Sunday will have a HUGE post-race party. We’ll have thousands of craft beers for you along with Chicken Zingers and kick-ass live music from BearFight. Not running? Lucky for you, guest tickets can be purchased during the registration process. (so find a runner!)

Entry fee & tshirts
Raceday registration will be available for $40 from 8:30am to 9:30am



Bib numbers here

Live results here

Coed Team Competition
Scored by the cumulative time of your team’s top 3 female runners and top 3 male runners.

$1,500 cash purse for top 10 overall men and women in the 5-miler ($250/$150/$100/$65/$50/$40/$30/$25/$20/$20 )
Age group awards in the 5-miler and 5K (18 & under, 19-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60+)
Top 3 teams in the Bustonian Team Competition
Awards can be picked up at our office but cash prizes must be picked up by winner at awards ceremony.

Race day schedule: 
8:30am – number pick-up opens
9:30am – number pick-up closes
10:00am – 5-mile race begins
10:12am – 5K race begins
10:30am – post-race party opens
12:00pm – awards ceremony (you must be present to win)
12:30 – bag check closes
1:30pm – LAST CALL
2:00pm – post-race party ends

Early number pick-up:
Thursday, Jan 29th: 5pm-8pm:
 Miller’s Boston Ale House (if you registered prior to 1/26)
Friday Jan 30th, 11am-2pm: Bustonian Rolling Pickup (if you registered prior to 1/27)
11:00am to 11:30am: Outside 500 Kendall Street at Genzyme – CONFIRMED
12:00pm to 12:30pm: location still TBD, sorry! UPDATE: FINANCIAL DISTRICT CANCELED. NEXT STOP: BACK BAY – SORRY!
12:15pm to 1:30pm: Outside 583 Boylston Street at New Balance Boston – CONFIRMED
(Planned for Kendall Square, Financial District and Back Bay but locations must change due to 8′ tall snow banks in two of the scheduled locations. Sorry – we’ll update locations ASAP.)
Saturday Jan 31st, 12pm-6pm: 583 Boylston Street at New Balance Boston (if you registered prior to 1/31)

Bag Check:
As with all RACE events, there will be secure bag-check area (near start/finish line) for all participants.

Chip Timing:
Overall awards in the 5 mile race are based on GUN time; age group awards are based on CHIP time. There are no awards for the 5K.

Walkers, strollers and dogs
Strollers and dogs are welcome but please line up in the back and maintain a safe distance from others. Walkers allowed in the 5K, but please maintain a 15min/mile pace or faster. No walkers on the course after 11:00am per City of Cambridge.

Please help us recruit volunteers.
We are seeking volunteers to help with several aspects of the event; please sign up here. Volunteers receive a special edition tshirt and free entry into the post-race party.

We’re doing this to kick cancer’s ass.
100% of Super Sunday proceeds go to charity. For 2015, the race supports RACE Cancer Foundation’s Sunscreen Squad and event beneficiaries TargetCancer Foundation, Joe Andruzzi Foundation, and Cancer Resource Foundation.

Postponement, Cancellation and Refund Policy
In the event of inclement weather, the event may be postponed to another date. No refunds will be issued due to conflicts with the postponement date. If RACE must cancel the event due to circumstances beyond their control, no refunds will be issued. Bottom line: RACE does not control the weather, nor does RACE issue refunds unless RACE really screwed up.  Please remember, all proceeds go to charity.

Getting to the race: 
Start/Finish at 500 Kendall Street, Cambridge MA 02142

Please ride your bike or take the T; it’s better for everyone!
Red line
: Take the Red Line to the Kendall Square station. Head towards Charles River/Main St. Turn left onto 3rd St and walk .2 miles and turn right onto Athenaeum.  Green line: Take the Green Line to the Lechmere Station. Walk west on Cambridge St towards 1st St. Turn right onto 1st St., cross Binney St., then turn right onto Athenaeum.

If you must drive, there’s a parking garage underneath the start/finish line and a parking lot at the corner of Binney Street and 2nd Street.



Feb. 1st, 2015 – Kendall Square, Cambridge

Flat, fast 5M course with two water stations.

USATF course certification pending.


5K course shares final 1.6 miles & finish line as 5M course.


Super Sunday Feb. 1st, 2015 – Kendall Square, Cambridge

Fastest Co-Ed Team
For 2015, we’re adopting the scoring from our Boston 5K Summer Series: cumulative time of the team’s top 3 women + top 3 men.

Bustonian Team
All teams with at least 10 runners are eligible to win the Bustonian Team Award, which goes to the fastest team based on the cumulative time of the team’s top 10 finishers, male or female.

Largest Team
Total runners combined between the 5K and 5M races.

Team Captains 
Register your team here and start recruiting today.


Super Sunday – Feb. 1st, 2015 – Kendall Square, Cambridge

Super Sunday is a fundraiser for several fantastic charitable organizations.  For 2014, Super Sunday supported TargetCancer ,  Gronk Nation Youth Foundation and the East Cambridge Little League. Please help us increase the amount raised for these organizations by creating a fundraising page.  We’ve got great prizes to reward you for reaching certain amounts.

Fundraisers run for free! 

Step 1 – register for Super Sunday

Step 2 – create your Super Sunday fundraising page

Please raise at least $100 via your personal fundraising page by 1/15.

Fundraising Incentives:

Earn prizes as you reach donation amounts:

$200 – RACE fundraiser tshirt ($20 value)
$500 – RACE fundraiser tshirt ($20 value) + RaceMenu swag bag w/ mug, tshirt, winter cap and gloves ($50 value)
$1,000 – Super Sunday limited-edition hoodie sweatshirt + all of the above ($125 value)


Sunscreen Squad


Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the US, and most cases are preventable. While the US spends over $8 billion annually to treat skin cancers and loses another $3 billion in lost productivity, sunscreen can help solve the problem. You can reduce your risk of developing melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, by 50% through daily application of sunscreen. People are often exposed to dangerous levels of UV rays solely because they forgot to apply sunscreen before outdoor activities, where accessing sunscreen is a challenge.

In late 2014, RACE Cancer Foundation began working on the Sunscreen Squad, an initiative to bring free sunscreen to people where they need it most—at the point of exposure to the sun’s dangerous UV rays. Our sunscreen dispensers are mounted on portable stands, backpacks, bike trailers, and can also be permanently installed in parks and stadiums. On April 20, 2015, the Sunscreen Squad debuted in Hopkinton, MA to protect runners at the 2015 Boston Marathon. For more information about supporting this initiative, or to request having the Sunscreen Squad attend your event, please contact Kathleen at 617-431-8070 or hello@racecancer.org


Summer Series

2015 Boston 5K Summer Series

Our dates have been approved and we have new home! The remainder of the 2015 Boston 5K Summer Series races will be at the Chestnut Hill Reservoir.


Join us on six terrific Thursday evenings this summer for fun, friendly, chip-timed 5K runs!  The races are held along the Chestnut Hill Reservoir.  Each event includes a post-race party at Miller’s Boston Ale House  with beer generously provided by our brewery partners.

Changes for 2015: Anyone who entered race #1 will get a 20% discount towards the season pass. Sadly, the women-only 5K races which we’ve had in past years are on hold until 2016 due to our new location. RACE Cancer Foundation’s 2015 Boston 5K Summer Series provides funding for our Sunscreen Squad, bringing free sunscreen to running events across Massachusetts.

boston_summer_series-smileyAwards at each event:
Top 3 male & female overall (ranked by gun time)
Age group winners (20 & under, 21-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60+; ranked by chip time)
Fastest team (scoring: total time of top 3 females + top 3 males, ranked by gun time)

2015 Season Points Competition:
Top 3 female & male overall
Top 3 in each age group
Top 3 fastest teams
Largest team

Scoring points, explained: Overall winners (female & male) each get 1,000 points. Then we’ll divide the winner’s time by your time and multiply it by 1,000 points to determine your score.

May 7th   |   June 18th   |   July 9th   |   Aug. 6th   |   Sep. 10th   |   Sep. 24th

Season pass (all 6 events): $99
Pre-registration online: $25 in advance, $30 same day
Raceday entry at event: $40(if not sold out)



The final 2015 Boston 5K Summer Series race on Sep. 24th is part of the inaugural Brighton Race Series. Visit racemenu.com/brighton for more information about the series!

Number Pick-up & Registration: Opens 30 minutes before the race.

Bag check: As always, we will have free, secure bag check.

Location: Next to the reservoir near Chestnut Hill Reservoir, Beacon St & Chestnut Hill Ave

Public Transportation: Take the Green Line ‘C’ branch to Cleveland Circle. After exiting the MBTA walk 200 feet east on Beacon Street. Cross Chestnut Hill Avenue at the lights. Chestnut Hill Reservation is immediately on the right.

Refunds & Cancellations: If we are forced to cancel by the DCR, Mother Nature or even a big scary dude, we’re all out of luck.  We do not issue refunds, but you can transfer your bib to a friend here.

Parking: Street parking is available along Beacon Street and the parking lot at the intersection of Beacon & Chestnut Hill Ave.
Race Course (for races 2-6):

Run Wild


Run Wild – Saturday October 31st, 2015

Join us at Boston’s Franklin Park Zoo for our 3rd annual Run Wild 5K! Entry includes free admission to the zoo ($20 value), a free t-shirt (if you register before Oct. 1st), and our WILD post-race party with lots of craft beers! The race is a partnership benefiting Zoo New England RACE Cancer Foundation.


Refer 5 friends and run for FREE
Races are more fun with friends and we want to reward you for referring friends to the Run Wild 5K. When you register, you’ll receive a Sharelink which helps us track your referrals. Get 5 referrals (paid entries)
before Oct. 1st and we will refund 100% of your entry fee!

Raceday Information:
Number pick-up opens at 12:00pm – enjoy your afternoon in the zoo!
Enter Zoo from Giraffe entrance on Pierpoint Road (directions)
Race starts at 3:00pm.
Awards ceremony starts at 4:30pm.
We will have a secure bag-check area.
Strollers strongly discouraged due to a steep, narrow trail on the course.
Sorry, dogs are not allowed in the zoo.

Awards for Top Influencer, Top Team, Top Male, Top Female and Age Group Champions.
Age groups: 18&U, 19-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60+

For last-minute updates, follow @racecancer on Twitter and Facebook.


2014 RESULTS – Run Wild Stone Zoo

2014 RESULTS – Run Wild Franklin Park Zoo

RACE the Runway

Friday November 6th, 2015 – Cambridge, MA
More details coming soon.race-the-runway-logo

Holiday 5K

Miss Santa Holiday 5K – Sat, Dec 13th 2014, Esplanade, Boston (SOLD OUT in 2013!)

2013 RESULTS  |  2013 PHOTOS


Pink Walk at 10am  – Miss Santa Holiday 5K at 11am

Whether running or walking, everyone enjoys our flat, fast & scenic 3.1 mile course taking place entirely on the Charles River Esplanade. The event benefits RACE Cancer Foundation and The Ellie Fund.

Entry fee: $25
Cancer survivors run for free; please email hello@racecancer.org for more information.

Team captain perks:
Create a team, recruit at least 4 other teammates and you’ll get free into our Super Sunday 5K/5M! Once you’ve got 5 runners on your team, email hello@racecancer.org for your coupon code. We’ll also have prizes for the captains of the three largest teams.

Chip timing:
The Miss Santa Holiday 5K is a chip-timed event for runners; the chip will be on the back of your race number. The Pink Walk is not timed.

View the Holiday 5K course map here.

Awards categories:
Top Miss Santa costume (judged by the crowd and the race director!) + Top 3 Male & female overall and age group awards: 18 & under, 19-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60+.  Overall awards are based on gun time; age group awards are based on chip time. Trophies/medals can be picked up at our office but any other prizes may only be claimed at the awards ceremony.

9:00am – registration opens
10:00am – Pink Walk begins
10:30am – registration closes
11:00am – Miss Santa costume contest
11:15am – Miss Santa Holiday 5K run begins
12:00pm – Samuel Adams after-party at Beacon Hill Pub The Hill Tavern

Number pick-up:
Friday December 12th, 5-8pm at Athleta, 92 Newbury Street, Boston

At race on Saturday 9:00am to 10:30am

Bag check:
As with all RACE events, there will be secure bag-check area (near start/finish line) for all participants.

Dogs and strollers:
Dogs and strollers are welcome in either event – please start from the back if participating in the run and pass carefully.

We need volunteers!
We are seeking volunteers to help with several aspects of the event. Please email hello@racecancer.org if you are interested in volunteering.

It pays to tell your friends!
Races are more fun with friends and we reward our runners for referring others to our events. When you register, you’ll get a “Sharelink” in your confirmation email so that RaceMenu can track your referrals.  As always, we’ll have  awesome prizes for the top referrers.

Postponement, Cancellation and Refund Policy:
In the event of inclement weather, the event may be postponed to another date. No refunds will be issued due to conflicts with the postponement date. If RACE must cancel the event due to circumstances beyond our control, no refunds will be issued.  Please remember, all proceeds go to charity.

Getting to the event:

Parking is not available at the Esplanade, however the event is easily accessible via MBTA:

Green Line: Get off at the Arlington Street Station. Walk along the Public Garden/Arlington Street to Beacon Street. Cross over Beacon Street and take the Arthur Fiedler Footbridge over Storrow Drive to the Hatch Shell. From there, follow the path across the lagoon towards the Arthur Fiedler statue.

Red Line: Get off at the Charles Street/MGH station. Take the footbridge over Storrow Drive to the Charles River side and walk west along Storrow Drive. The Hatch Shell is a short walk from there; follow the path across the lagoon towards the Arthur Fiedler statue.

If driving, park at the Boston Common Garage on Charles Street. Upon exiting the garage, go right on Charles Street and left on Beacon Street. Cross over Beacon Street and take the Arthur Fiedler Footbridge over Storrow Drive to the Hatch Shell, then follow the path across the lagoon towards the Arthur Fiedler statue.

Partner Races

RACE Cancer Foundation occasionally partners with other organizations to help them produce world class events.  We can assist with all aspects of event production, including the event’s concept, operating budget,  marketing plan, logo design, website development, operations plan and timeline, course design and certification, start/finish site plan, municipal permitting, liability insurance, staff/volunteer recruiting and management, 2-way radio communications, water stations, event signage, stages and tents, amplified sound and music, number pick-up, sponsor activation, race-day registration, and post-race awards. We partner exclusively with RaceMenu for online registration, on-site registration, RFID timing, and race photography services.


Blue Cross Blue Shield Island Run
presented by Boston.com

Sunday September 27, 2015 at Spectacle Island




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