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Race For Hope Philadelphia

The Race for Hope Philadelphia brain tumor community will come together on October 14, 2023 for a 5K Walk/Run to raise awareness and funds to support the needs of patients with brain tumors and their families.

Your community is here. Let us discover a cure, together.

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Event Schedule

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

Packet Pickup

All registered participants are invited to pick up their t-shirts and/or race bibs in advance of Saturday, October 14. We are hosting two Packet Pickup options:

  • Thursday, October 12 between 3pm-7pm at Road Runners in Cherry Hill (921 Haddonfield Rd, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002).
  • Friday, October 13 between 3pm-8pm at the Courtyard Marriott at the Navy Yard (1001 Intrepid Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19112). *Meet and greet with NBTS CEO David Arons between 5pm-7pm


When you arrive, please follow the parking attendants instructions. Please be aware, the Navy Yard is undergoing significant construction. Participants can park within the Navy Yard. 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 needs closer accessibility, 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 9). Registration closes the morning of Thursday, October 12. After that, contactless walker registration only will be available at the event. There will be no runner registration beyond Thursday, October 12 at 9am.

Youth registration options are 12 and under. 

Current registration fees:

  • Adult Runner – $40 
  • Adult Walker – $30
  • Youth Runner – $15
  • Youth Walker – $5
  • Virtual Participant – $25
  • Volunteer – FREE

Registration fees starting on Monday, October 9: 

  • Adult Runner – $50
  • Adult Walker – $40
  • Youth Runner – $15
  • Youth Walker – $5
  • Virtual Participant – $25
  • Volunteer – FREE

Event Day Registration Fees:

  • Day of Event Participant (untimed only) – $50
  • Day of Event Youth Participant (12 and under) – $10

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Highest Earning Teams
Rank Team Name Amount Earned
1 ReMARKable Strides $45,417.54
2 Team Bald Bubby $18,305.53
3 Allison’s NumbSkulls $16,978.81
4 BRYgade Strong $15,785.85
5 Team Jess $14,862.50
6 Always for Kate $13,030.45
7 Dang-erous Minds $12,456.59
8 #Hope4Hadley $12,015.49
9 Team Kakkers $9,923.76
10 On your left… frontal lobe $8,706.39
Highest Earning Participants
Rank Participant Name Amount Earned
1 Jean Dalstad $14,301.50
2 Bryan Johnson $12,450.62
3 Krista Ludwig $11,735.49
4 Lynn Oxenberg $8,559.98
5 Denise Bednarek $8,330.28
6 Susan Kovalcik $8,064.76
7 Grace Gutberlet $7,537.39
8 Brian Kass $6,907.62
9 Thien Dang $6,328.00
10 Larry Oxenberg $5,296.08

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 following this year’s event.

New in 2023! Anyone who raises $250 by event day will earn a NBTS drawstring back that you will be able to pick up with your event t-shirt at packet pick up or event day!

You have until one month following the event to achieve your fundraising milestone. The fundraising deadline to qualify for the remaining fundraising prizes is November 14. (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 $250 on your personal fundraising page by event day to earn a NBTS drawstring bag
  • Raise $750 – $1,499 on your personal fundraising page to earn a NBTS long-sleeve moisture-wicking performance tee
  • Raise $1,500 – $4,999 on your personal fundraising page to earn a NBTS quarter zip sweatshirt
  • Raise $5,000-$9,999 on your personal fundraising page to earn a NBTS fleece zip up
  • Raise $10,000+ on your personal fundraising page to earn a NBTS duffel bag
Team Fundraising Prizes:
  • Raise $1,500 as a team by Friday, September 29 at 9am and receive a Mission Mile Sign with your loved ones name and photo. 
  • Raise $12,000 as a team by Monday, October 9 and receive a designated Team Tent with a Team Flag 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.

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

Committee Members

Allison Bishof, Allison’s Numbskulls

Beth Finn, Team Finnspiration

Bob Hentz

Cass Weghorst, InKind Co-Chair, Team Jefferson

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

Felicia Rogiani, Nonno Capone

Jennifer Hultzapple, Team Harry

John Weghorst, InKind Co-Chair, Team Jefferson

Judith Wisnia, Team Dov

Karen Armentani, Karen’s Brain Waves

Kristen Johanson, Team Kakkers

Larry Oxenberg, Team Bald Bubby 

Lisa Lenrow, LOL: Love of Lenrow

Lynn Oxenberg, Team Bald Bubby

Lou Lanza, Team Aunt Gigi

Mark Kramer, Sponsorship Chair, ReMARKable Strides

Richard Burns, Team Burns

Steve Braid

Sue Kovalcik, Team Kakkers

Tony Armentani, Karen’s Brain Waves

Valerie Wigginton, Sean Strong

As NBTS continues the return to in-person events around the country, we want you to know that the safety and well being of our staff and volunteers is our top priority. We encourage those in attendance to educate themselves of the health risks associated with attending mass gatherings and know that we will be offering virtual opportunities for engagement for those members of our community who opt out of attending. Masks will remain optional at this time, but are encouraged for the immunocompromised or “at-risk” members of our community. If you have been recently exposed to someone who had tested positive for COVID-19 or are exhibiting any symptoms, we do ask that you refrain from attending. Thank you for your cooperation and we look forward to seeing you in person in 2023!

All NBTS events are rain or shine and will not have a cancellation date due to inclement weather. Events will only be canceled if weather conditions are unsafe for participants to attend (i.e. lightning, dangerous winds).

Checks should be made payable to: National Brain Tumor Society. Send donations to: National Brain Tumor Society, 55 Chapel Street, Suite 006, Newton, MA 02458. Download a printable donation form to include with your donation. If applicable, the memo line of the check should include the name of the individual or team that you want credited for the donation.

Many employers offer to match gifts made by their philanthropic employees. Whether you donate to the National Brain Tumor Society through direct mail, in person at an event, or online, check with your Human Resources Department to see whether your company participates.
If your company is eligible, follow these easy steps to watch your impact double:

  1. Request a matching gift form from your employer
  2. Send the completed and signed form to:
    National Brain Tumor Society
    Attn: NBTS Giving
    55 Chapel Street Suite 006
    Newton, MA 02458
    Checks should be payable to the National Brain Tumor Society. Include event name or event participant in the memo line.

    National Brain Tumor Society is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Our federal tax ID number is 04-3068130.

You can register all members of your household, including other adults, all at once. When you get to the last stage of the registration process, you will be asked if you would like to register other members of your household. Select “yes,” and the registration process will continue without requiring additional email addresses. Family registration must be done at the time of initial registration.

Yes, anyone who intends to walk/run needs to be registered for the event.

Yes, virtual participation is available for all NBTS events. Choose “Virtual Participation” during registration, and you can participate from afar.

Yes, contactless registration will be available online as a “Day Of” participant using the event website or the QR code scannable at the Packet Pickup/Registration tent onsite. No cash or check payments will be accepted for on-site registration. Event T Shirts are not guaranteed for “Day Of” registrations.

Volunteering at an NBTS event is FREE and a vital part of our events. Choose Volunteer as your participant type. We will contact you after you register to choose your volunteer duty.

If you wish to walk/run and volunteer pre or post event, register as a walker or runner and contact your Regional Director to let them know you also would like to volunteer!

Event t-shirts will be available for pickup at any available early packet pickup events the week of the event or on event day. Registrants who sign up in the last 30 days prior to the event are not guaranteed a t-shirt.

No ID is necessary to pick up your event shirts and race bibs.

You will have until 30 days after the event to fundraise to earn an incentive. You will be contacted by your Regional Director via email to confirm your item and shipping information. All items will be mailed to homes in the few months following your event. Please see the incentives section on the event website for the full list of prizes available.

Yes, as an event sponsor or company team, your company will connect with the brain tumor community on a platform that will enable a meaningful and enduring impact for both your brand and our mission. Contact for more information.

Yes, you can click the “Fundraise on Facebook” button. This will link your fundraising for your event to your Facebook page, allowing you to solicit donations directly on Facebook. You do not want to launch a Facebook fundraiser directly on Facebook, as it will not be linked back to your event participation. Contact your Regional Director if you need assistance.

Yes! You can download the Brain Tumor Events mobile app on the Google Play Store or Apple App Store. The app lets you update your personal fundraising page, solicit donations from friends and family and track your fundraising progress right from your phone!

We will have water and light refreshments available for event participants. Please feel free to bring your own if you have certain dietary restrictions.

Funds raised benefit the National Brain Tumor Society. NBTS unrelentingly invests in, mobilizes, and unites the brain tumor community to discover a cure, deliver effective treatments, and advocate for patients and caregivers. Information on how your fundraiser dollars makes an impact can be found here:

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

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