The American Cancer Society DetermiNation team is dedicated to promoting prevention through a healthy and active lifestyle, while encouraging volunteers to lead the fight for a world without cancer. Along with entries to Boston, Chicago, New York City, and Philadelphia, DetermiNation has the opportunity for 15 runners to join us in running the 2018 Virgin Money London Marathon.
The London Marathon is part of the Abbott World Majors, a series of six of the largest and most renowned marathons in the world. The races take place in Tokyo, Boston, London, Berlin, Chicago, and New York City. Though all of these races draw a great deal of interest, the London Marathon is nearly impossible to get into without representing a charity.
The London Marathon is known as the "largest one-day fundraising event in the world." We would love for you or someone you know to join DetermiNation as an ambassador of our mission abroad, and help us raise funds to diminish the pain and suffering caused by cancer. Email Christopher.Bowles@cancer.org for more information or to guarantee your spot.
In 2017, Jen Hunt, director, Community Development of North Central, ran London with DetermiNation. "As an experienced marathoner, London was on my bucket list. This race is all about charity. I am not the fastest runner and in London it is completely ok. In fact, I tore my meniscus during training and as a result had to walk/jog. I still finished well before the cut-off time, I had a blast and still felt the support of the crowd throughout the course. When else would I get to run past Prince Harry at the start line, cross the Tower Bridge on foot, or charge across a finish line in front of Buckingham Palace?"
"The London Marathon experience is truly remarkable because nearly 80% of the runners are running for a cause," saidChris Bowles, senior manager, Community Development of DetermiNation Chicago. "This is an incredible opportunity for our volunteers to combine their passion for ACS, international travel, and running to do something remarkable. Our participants are asked to raise a minimum of $10,000 in exchange for one of our fifteen entries. The London Marathon takes place on April 22, 2018, so there is plenty of time for us to help you reach your goals."
"I was intimidated by the fundraising goal," commented Jen. "However, my network completely rallied around me since this was a bucket list event and because I always tie in how my family has been impacted by cancer. I did really well with Giving Tuesday and end-of-year calls for support via social media, as well as email messages and small fundraisers. It all added up quickly!"