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Race For Hope Philadelphia

New in 2022!

The Race For Hope Philadelphia community will be walking and running in person on October 8, 2022. After two years of coming together virtually, we look forward to being physically together, once again, for our annual event. Virtual participant and programming options will still be available for those interested or unable to attend in-person.

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Event Details

October 8, 2022
Registration opens at 7:30 AM
Walk/Race starts at 10 AM

If you are unable to attend in person, register as a virtual participant and watch the livestream of event day on the Pennsylvania Brain Tumor Community Facebook Page.

Event Timeline:

7:30 AM – Registration Opens
8:30 AM – Remembrance Ceremony
9:00 AM – Opening Ceremony Starts
9:35 AM – Survivor March and Survivor Photo
10:00 AM – Race Start
11:15 AM – Closing Ceremony and Awards

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Packet Pick Up

All registered participants are invited to pick up their t-shirts and/or race bibs in advance of Saturday, October 8. We are hosting an outdoor Packet Pick Up  on Thursday, October 6 and Friday, October 7 at the Courtyard Marriott at the Navy Yard (1001 Intrepid Ave. Philadelphia, PA) from 3pm-8pm. 


Please be aware, the Navy Yard is undergoing significant construction. Participants can park within the Navy Yard. When you arrive, please follow the  parking attendants instructions. Once the Navy Yard parking lots are filled, all parking will be in the Novacare lot. We will be offering shuttle transportation from parking lots. If a member of your party is handicapped, please notify the parking attendants and they will direct you to the event site for drop off.

Registration Options

Registration fees will increase slightly the week of the event (Monday, October 3). Registration closes the morning of Thursday, October 6. After that, contactless walker registration will be in person only at the event. There will be no runner registration after Thursday, October 6. 

Youth registration options are 17 and under.

Current registration fees:

  • Adult Runner – $50
  • Adult Walker – $40
  • Youth Runner – $20
  • Youth Walker – $5
  • Adult Virtual Participant – $25
  • Youth Virtual Participant – $5

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Highest Earning Teams
Rank Team Name Amount Earned
1 ReMARKable Strides $78,897.93
2 Team Bald Bubby $28,953.30
3 Penn Pioneers $18,836.36
4 PFD Brain Team $17,845.69
5 Payal’s Smile $17,476.17
6 Always for Kate $16,748.46
7 Team Jess $13,427.94
8 Team Kakkers $11,842.69
9 LOL: Love of Lenrow $10,828.25
10 Team Jefferson Health $10,708.00
Highest Earning Participants
Rank Participant Name Amount Earned
1 Lynn Oxenberg $13,578.13
2 Jean Dalstad $12,971.44
3 Larry Oxenberg $9,526.89
4 Susan Kovalcik $9,375.19
5 Denise Bednarek $9,123.94
6 Allison Bishof $7,536.39
7 Avi Wisnia $6,978.61
8 Trish Milanese $5,000.00
9 Sandra Weaver $4,488.28
10 Emma Foran $4,329.14

Register and start fundraising early to qualify for some great prizes! Achieve one of the milestones listed below and your prize will be mailed directly to your home.

You have until one month following the event to achieve your fundraising milestone. The fundraising deadline to qualify for fundraising prizes is November 8. (Prizes are not cumulative. You will be given the option of what incentive you would like based on your fundraising total as of the deadline provided and prizes will be shipped to you directly.)

Individual Fundraising Prizes:

  • Raise $500 – $999 on your personal fundraising page to earn a NBTS Winter Beanie
  • Raise $1,000-$2,499 on your personal fundraising page to earn a NBTS long-sleeved tee
  • Raise $2,500 – $4,999 on your personal fundraising page to earn a NBTS branded full zip hoodie
  • Raise $5,000+ on your personal fundraising page to earn a NBTS branded puffy vest

Team Fundraising Prizes: 

  • Raise $1,500 as a team by Friday, September 23 at 9am, and receive a Mission Mile Sign with your loved ones photo. 
  • Raise $7,500 as a team by Friday September 23 at 9am, and receive a Team Banner with your team name. 
  • Top 10 Teams by Friday, October 7 at 9am, will receive a designated Team Tent on site on event day. 

Volunteers are essential to the Race for Hope PA! Thank you for your dedication to our shared mission. Visit our website to register as a volunteer. Once registered, you will receive an email to confirm your volunteer shift.

COVID protocols

 NBTS will be monitoring all guidance and guidelines in place by the CDC and local government in the spring and will make the best decisions for our vulnerable community. Any guidelines will be communicated to registered participants in the weeks leading up to event day. We ask those unable or unwilling to abide by requested COVID-related protocols on event day to participate virtually from the comfort of their home. No registration fees nor donations will be refunded.

Important note about COVID-19:

(updated 2/22)

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, National Brain Tumor Society plans to implement the following safety measures for in-person outdoor 2022 events. Please note these are subject to change if conditions worsen in the coming months. NBTS will continue to follow local and national CDC guidelines related to safely convening our community. Please be advised that while we realize restrictions are loosening in some of the regions that we serve, the health and safety of our most vulnerable attendees is our greatest priority. Please reach out to Theresa Milanese at if you have any questions or concerns.

  • No on-site registration
  • Online health screening for all registered participants 24-48 hours prior to event start
  • Masking required for all volunteers, staff and vendors
  • Masking strongly encouraged for all participants attending
  • Physical distancing when possible
  • Enhanced sanitation
  • Prepackaged refreshments will be available, but participants are highly encouraged to bring their own

Thank you in advance for your cooperation in adhering to the above protocol during your event. We are so excited to come together as a community after two years and with your help, we can do so safely.

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.

Download Race for Hope Philadelphia Sponsorship Opportunities

Sponsorship Information

For more information about sponsorship opportunities, please contact or 617.863.8345.

Thank you to the Race for Hope PA Volunteer Planning Committee. These volunteers work relentlessly year long to realize the mission of the National Brain Tumor Society. If you are interested in getting involved with the Race for Hope PA committee, contact Theresa Milanese today.

Leadership Committee Chair

Sandy Kramer, ReMARKable Strides (13 years involved with the Race)

Committee Members

Allison Bishof, Allison’s Numbskulls

Beth Finn, Team Finnspiration (6 years involved with the Race)

Bob Hentz

Bruce Kaercher, Team Bruce

Cass Weghorst, InKind Co-Chair, Team Jefferson (15 years involved with the Race)

Christine Bednarek, Always for Kate 

Christine Ward, Team Rory 

Denise Bednarek, Always for Kate

Denise Miller, Penn Neurosurgery Pioneers 

Elizabeth Heisler, Penn Neurosurgery Pioneers

Rabbi Eric Wisnia, Team Dov (11 years involved with the Race)

Felicia Rogiani, Nonno Capone (5 years involved with the Race) 

Ian Sontag

Jennifer Hultzapple, Team Harry

John Weghorst, InKind Co-Chair, Team Jefferson (15 years involved with the Race)

Judith Wisnia, Team Dov

Karen Armentani, Karen’s Brain Waves (15 years involved with the Race) 

Kristen Johanson, Team Kakkers

Larry Oxenberg, Team Bald Bubby 

Lisa Lenrow, LOL: Love of Lenrow

Lynn Oxenberg, Team Bald Bubby

Lou Lanza (4 years involved with the Race), Team Aunt Gigi

Mark Kramer, Sponsorship Chair, ReMARKable Strides (13 years involved with the Race) 

Richard Burns, Team Burns

Sarah Cottone, Shelinsky Strong (4 years involved with the Race)

Steve Braid (5 years involved with the Race)

Steven Shelinsky, Shelinsky Strong (4 years involved with the Race) 

Sue Kovalcik, Team Kakkers

Tony Armentani, Karen’s Brain Waves (15 years involved with the Race)

Valerie Wigginton, Sean Strong (4 years involved with the Race)

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

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