FREE Running Program for Cancer Survivors in MD, DC, VA

FREE Running Program for Cancer Survivors in MD, DC, VA

Andy & Alan 2004 Bay Bridge 10K

Andy & Alan @ Rockville Rotary Twilighter 8K Runfest 1992


Pictured above is Alan (on the right) with his childhood friend Andy.  Since this picture was taken, Andy has run 27 marathons, completed 5 triathlons and has become a certified running coach.  Despite all these accomplishments, Andy always made time to go for a run or walk with Alan, even after he was diagnosed with cancer.


Andy is now volunteering as a running coach for The Ulman Cancer Fund’s CANCER to 5K Training Program-a FREE 12-week training program designed to introduce or reintroduce cancer survivors to training for and completing a 5K road race.  Amazing, right?!

ABOUT The CANCER to 5K Training Program:

Research has now shown that exercise is especially important for cancer survivors both in and out of active treatment.  Regular exercise not only improves mood, boosts self-confidence and reduces fatigue, but there is loads of evidence suggesting that higher levels of physical activity can help keep the cancer from recurring.

The Cancer to 5K Training Program is a progressive run/walk program designed to get cancer survivors to the 5K finish line happy, healthy and injury-free.  

*  Who can join?  Young adult cancer survivors (ages 15-40) living in Maryland, DC or Northern Virginia.  Survivors who have completed treatment and survivors who are currently undergoing treatment can participate.

*  This program is limited to 10 participants per 12-week session.  Personalized training plans are created by experienced running coaches.  This is a FREE program with no fundraising commitments.

*  BEFORE starting the program, a Medical Waiver must be signed by the participant’s current primary care physician to ensure that training for a 5K won’t negatively impact  treatment or recovery.

*  Next training sessions begins on March 23, 2013.  Click on the links below for a team near you:  

Montgomery County Maryland team 

Northern VA/ Washington DC team 

Howard County team 

* If you live outside the current training areas (Northern Virginia, Washington DC, Baltimore, Montgomery County, MD and Howard County, MD), you can still participate with The CANCER to 5K “At Home” Training Program via email and phone.


To learn more or sign up for a team, visit  And if you run into Andy at the trainings (no pun intended 😉 ), please give him a big hug from ME.

5 thoughts on “FREE Running Program for Cancer Survivors in MD, DC, VA

  1. Kendall

    Hi Robyn! Thanks for sharing – what a great program! It’s so tough to get back into exercising or start running after treatment AND of course, equally difficult to do it while in treatment. It’s hard enough to get into running or an exercise routine WITHOUT cancer! 🙂 Really love this! And kudos to Andy!

    1. Robyn Post author

      You are so right Kendall! Getting into an exercise routine is no easy task… but it’s so important. Research has now shown what we already knew anecdotally-exercise can not only help to prevent some types of cancer from occurring in the first place, but it can also help keep the cancer from recurring.

  2. Stephanie Jenkins


    I am not a cancer survivor/patient. My mom was dx with lung cancer in Nov. 2010 and passed away April 24, 2012. In Nov. 2011 we participated in the Lungevity cancer walk fundraiser. Last year we participated again in memory of my mom. One thing I’d like to do this year is to actually run a marathon raising money for cancer research. I’ve searched and searched but haven’t found anything. I have never ran a marathon, so I’d like to get training going into one. Do you know of an organization who’d provide the training and also a run for cancer research?

    Thank you!

    1. Robyn Post author

      Hi Stephanie,
      Thanks so much for reaching out to me. I admire your desire to raise funds for cancer research via a marathon. What city & state do you live in? I know of several programs in Maryland. In fact, the county where I live has a very good running and training program. Our local running apparel store also offers training sessions for first time marathon runners. Many different organizations sponsor running events with the funds raised going to cancer research. When I googled “marathons for cancer research”, quite a few different events came up. I hope this helps!
      Best, Robyn

    2. Robyn

      Stephanie, I just saw this info about a half marathon in NY to benefit cancer research. I’m not sure if this is an annual event or not though.

      2013 NYC Half Marathon – Benefit for Cancer Research Institute

      Each runner is raising a minimum of $1,000 for CRI. You can find their fundraising pages by going to the CRI marathon page on the CRI website and then clicking the link to search for a runner:


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