First Time Runner?

About the DetermiNation team:
If you've ever dreamed of changing your life and being part of something bigger than yourself, the DetermiNation team is the place to start. The DetermiNation program is a remarkable community of ordinary people who are doing extraordinary things. With professional training, the ultimate community of support, and inspiration every step of the way, the American Cancer Society can help you finish a half-marathon, marathon, or triathlon for your first time or your best time. And every step you take and every mile you conquer will help save lives and create more birthdays. We’ll help you find your extraordinary and complete your endurance event, and you’ll help us change the course of cancer forever.

New to running or endurance events?
You'll be right at home with the DetermiNation family! Many first-time participants seek out the American Cancer Society DetermiNation program because they know the Society has a long-standing history of assisting runners, walkers, and triathletes to the start AND finish line of their race. You'll thrive as a first-timer with professional training and a community of support that will make every step not only possible, but meaningful. On race day, DetermiNation participants are surrounded by dedicated volunteers, past participants and mentors, and a new circle and community of friends who help ensure you feel encouraged every step of the way!

Determination team members may receive:

  • Training for your half-marathon, marathon, or triathlon
  • DetermiNation technical shirt
  • Mentor support
  • Team social events
  • Race-weekend VIP amenities
  • Personal fundraising Web site
  • The opportunity to race in honor or in memory of someone affected by cancer

*Benefits may vary from event to event. For a comprehensive list of benefits specific to each race, please visit your DetermiNation member benefits page.

Our Mission:
The DetermiNation team unites you with a very important mission – the mission to save lives from all types of cancer! Together with our millions of supporters, the American Cancer Society saves lives and creates a world with less cancer and more birthdays by helping people stay well, helping people get well, by finding cures, and by fighting back.

Visit our Event Help page to read some commonly asked questions about DetermiNation.

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