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Race For Hope Greater Philadelphia

The brain tumor community will come together on Sunday, October 13, 2024 for a 5K Walk/Run to raise awareness and funds to support the needs of patients with a brain tumor and their families. The 2024 event brings big changes, including a brand new location at Cooper River Park in Southern New Jersey, just minutes from Philadelphia. The Race for Hope Greater Philadelphia is a family-friendly event for all ages! Join us for a morning of celebration, remembrance and hope. Your community is here. Let’s discover a cure, together.

Join us:

In-person participation options include an event t-shirt if you register prior to September 13, 2024. Event t-shirts are not guaranteed to late registrants. Registration fees will increase on August 13, 2024, and again on event week.

  • Walker – $25
  • Timed Runner– $35
  • Youth Walker (12 and under) – $10
  • Youth Timed Runner (12 and under) – $15
  • Volunteer – FREE

Volunteers are essential to the Race for Hope Greater Philadelphia! Thank you for your dedication to our shared mission. Groups, schools, community organizations, families and individuals are all welcome to volunteer. Need student community service hours? Our event is perfect!

Register online, choosing “volunteer” as your participation type. Once registered, you will receive an email to confirm your volunteer shift. For more information about volunteer opportunities at the Race for Hope Greater Philadelphia, please contact Theresa Milanese at

New in 2024

Virtual Participant – FREE registration for those who are unable to attend the event in person. Event t-shirts will be mailed to all virtual participants who raise $75 or more by September 13, 2024. T-shirts will arrive to you by event day. Virtual participants who register after September 13, 2024, will not qualify for an event t-shirt.

Plan your day:

Event Schedule

7:30 AM – Registration Opens
8:30 AM – Remembrance Ceremony
9:00 AM – Opening Ceremony Starts
10:00 AM – Race Start
11:15 AM – Closing Ceremony and Awards

The event is RAIN or SHINE.

For the walk/run, participants have the choice to run the 5K as a timed participant, untimed runner, or walk at your own pace. Wheelchairs and strollers are welcome. Water will be available at the halfway point of the 5K and at the event site, along with light snacks.
Questions? Email us at

Event Changes FAQ:

Why a new location? 

We are extremely grateful for our time at the Navy Yard, as it offered our event room to grow and make an even greater impact for our shared mission. That being said, the Navy Yard is also growing, with unpredictable construction slated to impact both our event site and route in the coming years. 

Why Cooper River Park? 

After extensive research, Cooper River Park was the best location; able to accommodate a walk of this size with growth potential. Cooper River Park also offers a beautiful looped certified 5k course, ample parking for participants, a public playground for kids and onsite bathrooms. In addition to the aforementioned amenities, there are plenty of restaurants nearby for post event activities! 

Why New Jersey? 

The proximity of Cooper River Park is only 16 minutes from the Navy Yard and 9 minutes from Ben Franklin Bridge. Cooper River Park is easily accessible from I-95, I-676, I-295, and Route 130. While other Pennsylvania locations were considered, none provided the same ease of access nor proximity to our current event site. 

Why did the date change to Sunday? 

In 2024, Yom Kippur falls on the second Saturday of October. Out of respect for our Jewish community that will be celebrating Yom Kippur on Saturday, October 12, we shifted this year’s date to Sunday, October 13. The event will return to Saturday next year! 

Will the event still be called Race for Hope PA? 

The event name has been updated to Race for Hope Greater Philadelphia. This has been long overdue since the event has participants from Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware and other surrounding states. 

We assure you, these changes were made in the best interest of our entire Greater Philadelphia brain tumor community. Your continued participation and support will drive discoveries and fuel breakthroughs. We can’t wait to see you on October 13!

Team and Individual Fundraising Incentives

Fundraising for the brain tumor community takes real commitment to our cause, so we want to celebrate your successes.

Commemorative Pin

New in 2024, our NBTS Accelerator Club will recognize event participants like you driving brain tumor breakthroughs forward through your fundraising efforts. The more you raise, the more additional prizes you can earn. By raising $250 or more on your personal fundraising page by event day, you will become part of the NBTS Accelerator Club.

$250 – Accelerator: By raising $250 or more on your personal fundraising page by event day, you will become part of the NBTS Accelerator Club and receive exclusive benefits, including:

  • 2024 Accelerator Pin. Wear it at your event to raise awareness and share pride in your fundraising efforts
  • Recognition at registration and packet pickup
  • A Digital Accelerator Badge on your personal fundraising page

$5,000 – Changemaker 
In addition to the Accelerator Club benefits, you will also receive:

  • VIP Fast Lane at day-of event registration and t-shirt pickup
  • Changemaker lanyard
  • Verbal recognition at the event by the event emcee
  • Changemakers will be highlighted on social media

$10,000 – Groundbreaker 
In addition to the Accelerator Club Benefits, you will also receive:

  • VIP Fast Lane at day-of event registration and t-shirt pickup
  • Groundbreakers will be recognized on stage at your event!
  • Groundbreaker medal
  • Groundbreakers will be highlighted on social media

Additional Individual Fundraising Prizes:
Achieve one of the milestones listed below by October 27 and your prize will be mailed directly to your home post-event.

  • Raise $750 – $1,499 on your personal fundraising page to earn a NBTS ballcap
  • Raise $1,500 – $4,999 on your personal fundraising page to earn a NBTS fleece 1/4 Zip Pullover
  • Raise $5,000-$9,999 on your personal fundraising page to earn a NBTS backpack
  • Raise $10,000+ on your personal fundraising page to earn a NBTS rain jacket
Team Fundraising Prize:


Fundraising Resources & Help Desk:

National Brain Tumor Society wants to make sure you are successful in your fundraising efforts. Equip yourself with these curated fundraising resources to maximize your impact.

Highest Earning Teams
Rank Team Name Amount Earned
1 ReMARKable Strides $27,143.45
2 Team Bald Bubby $13,816.70
3 Allison’s NumbSkulls $5,178.00
4 BRYgade Strong $4,820.00
5 Always for Kate $3,596.79
6 Finnspiration $3,206.93
7 PFD Brain Team $2,318.03
8 Kevin’s Brainy Bunch $2,150.00
9 Alane Strong $1,710.00
10 Team Holly Grace $1,651.50
Highest Earning Participants
Rank Participant Name Amount Earned
1 Lynn Oxenberg $7,425.40
2 Sandra Kramer $5,447.28
3 Larry Oxenberg $5,357.98
4 Bryan Johnson $4,725.00
5 Beth Finn $2,776.93
6 Denise Bednarek $2,243.79
7 Matthew Connors $2,025.00
8 Linda Long $1,378.53
9 Lou Lanza $1,374.14
10 Merilee Grimes $1,157.78

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Event Sponsorship

As an event sponsor, your organization will connect with the brain tumor community on a platform that will enable meaningful and enduring impact for both your brand and our mission. Sponsorship will allow your organization to make a difference in the lives of millions.

For more information, please contact: or 617.863.8345.

Email us

For more information, please contact your Regional Director, Theresa Milanese at or 484-947-1964.

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