TeamTKC Benefits

Curing pediatric cancer is a marathon, not a sprint. Help us make strides by participating in our Endurance Race program and run for #TeamTKC in an upcoming marathon or triathlon

Free race registration

Help navigating race logistics

Nutrition & training tips

Tackle Kids Cancer running gear

Special offers from our partners

Fundraising support

"When my son Logan was first diagnosed at the tender age of just 19 months, I needed a way to escape and be alone with my thoughts, a way to deal with the pain and emotions that I was facing. That was why I started to run – but then the short runs turned into long runs. And seeing my son battle cancer at such a young age and his strength, it pushed me to want to run marathons and participate in these races. Running on #TeamTKC has helped me find my own strength through the darkness of pediatric cancer."

—Ben Guzman, patient father

Training for an upcoming race?

Check out these helpful training tips from our endurance partner, Ivy Rehab:

When attempting to increase running speed, avoid excessive arm swing. This will increase your energy expenditure and cause you to tire out faster. Instead, try leaning forward or “falling,” using gravity to propel you forward and allowing you to conserve energy.

Over-striding, or taking too large of a step, can increase stress to the lower extremity. To land with your foot closer to your body, try taking smaller and more frequent steps while maintaining the same speed.

It DOES matter how your foot initially strikes the ground. To minimize stress through knees, hips, and low back (and to avoid injuries such as shin splints, IT Band syndrome, and low back pain), a midfoot landing absorbs the most shock.

Use a metronome app on your phone to help increase your cadence. Taking more steps per minute, at small strides will help to improve form without having to think too hard about mechanics. You can even set music to a desired cadence with certain apps. Your goal should be around 180 steps per minute, however work up to this at your own pace by increasing 5 steps at a time.

Footwear can be important depending on how you strike the ground and the rigidity of your foot. Running sneakers should be replaced approximately every 300 miles. It is recommended to get evaluated by a running specialist to determine the proper footwear for your particular foot type.

Running is not enough! It is important to strengthen other muscles in your body while endurance training. Exercises such as hamstring curls, planks, and bridges can be helpful in training the muscles required for long distance running.

"Having always been a runner, this gives me something to run for. It is motivating during the race to hear the cheers for you and for Tackle Kids Cancer. I am pushed to run the best race ever. I run for the kids fighting cancer. I run because they can’t."

—Nancy Durning, APN

"As President and COO of Inserra Supermarkets, I have seen first-hand the work that Tackle Kids Cancer does and I have been lucky enough to support Tackle Kids Cancer through our partnership. I have met the patients, seen the impact pediatric cancer has on a family and it makes me want to find more ways to support Tackle Kids Cancer. I run in the hope of helping to find a cure for pediatric cancer."

—Ron Onorato, Corporate Partner, Inserra Supermarkets

If you are interested in running for Tackle Kids Cancer, please contact Lauren Coticchio Willis

email: lauren.willis@hackensackmeridian.org or call: 551-996-3573