SUNDAY, AUGUST 18, 2019, 9 A.M.

Washington Park, Denver

How the Race for Research Started

Michele Plachy-Rubin was a young wife, mother, and kindergarten teacher in the Denver Public Schools when she was diagnosed with brain cancer in December of 1996. The Race for Research was conceived in 1997 by Michele's friends to raise money to fund local cancer research. Michele was able to walk the race with her young son that year. Tragically, Michele lost her fight with cancer in May of 1998, but her legacy lives on. The Cancer Leage of Colorado, a non-profit organization, now operates the Race for Research, providing everyone the opportunity to help fight cancer in Michele's memory. 

While the race honors Michele, her mother Sondra was diagnosed with the same type of brain cancer years later, though it which was not genetically related.  Sondra received treatment thanks to advances in cancer research since Michele's passing. "What is amazing to me is that many of the drugs that helped me were not even available to Michelle 15 years ago," Sondra said. "They were in trial. Drugs have changed, treatments have changed, and technologies have changed because of research. I never dreamed how important this race would mean to me personally." 

Since 1997, the Race for Research has raised more than $1.4 million thanks to thousands of racers and generous sponsors and donors!

Who Benefits

Cancer touches everyone. Innovative treatments and approaches to cure or control cancer benefit us all. Funds from the Race for Research go directly to cancer research right here in Colorado. For example, Race for Research has funded research on pediatric brain tumors and preliminary work in cancer vaccinations.

Cancer League of Colorado was founded in 1969 by five women whose lives were affected by cancer.  From their individual struggles grew a joint commitment to raise money for innovative cancer research and patient care within the state. This all-volunteer charity organization became Cancer League of Colorado.  Since 1985, Cancer League has awarded over $10 million in grants to cancer researchers and cancer patient service organizations.

Click here to learn more about Cancer League of Colorado »

Who Participates

Participants have ranged in age from one to eighty-one and have included doctors, nurses, teachers, families, runners, and walkers of all abilities, as well as Michele's friends and family. Everyone is welcome! In 2018, the race attracted more than 1,000 walkers and runners, about 100 volunteers, and hundreds of other supporters. 

The race features a festive, family-friendly post-race Expo. There's a free pancake breakfast, a free beer garden sponsored by Bristol Brewing, live music by the band Look Both Ways, a Kid Zone with a kiddie train, clowns and games, and sponsor and vendor booths with give-aways. Sports mascots Bernie from the Avalanche and Miles from the Broncos have been known to show up.

The Race for Research is open to well-behaved dogs on leashes. Dog water is available at the on-course water stations and in the post-race Expo. 

How You Can Help

Here are some ways to increase your support for cancer research:

First, register for the race! Links to the Race for Research registration site will be available a few months in advance of race day. Participants may also register in person the morning of the race.

  • Start a team and sign up as many friends and family as you can. 
  • Take the challenge and set up a fundraising page when you register. You can raise funds as a team or individually and win prizes.
  • Donate and make a difference!  Donate now » 
  • Honor someone's battle with cancer with a poster on Morton Publishing's Miracle Mile. Raise at least $150 in donations to qualify for a poster for your loved one. More information is available on the Fundraising page. 
  • Tell all your friends and post on your social media accounts! 

Team Awards

Largest Team  -The team with the largest number of paid participants will be awarded the traveling team trophy.

Largest team Cancer League Membership - This traveling trophy honors the largest team organized by a Cancer League member.

Fundraising Awards 

The top three fundraising teams and the top three individuals who raise the highest donation amounts are awarded prizes at the post-race Expo. 

Performance Awards

Trophies - The top three males and top three females, overall, receive trophies.

Medals - The top male and female finisher for the 5K run in each of the age categories listed below will receive a special Race For Research medal.

  • 12 and Under
  • 13-19 
  • 20-29 
  • 30-39 
  • 40-49 
  • 50-59
  • 60-69
  • 70+                                                                                                                                                         

2018 Race Results »