Last updated March 18, 2020

To all our friends and supporters,

As an organization, the health and safety of our community members, event participants, volunteers, donors and staff is our foremost concern and we hope that you and your family are healthy and unaffected by the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

We are so grateful for your interest in participating in the 17th Annual Colon Cancer Challenge, previously scheduled for March 29th. We are so disappointed that we will not be able to host this event as planned. While this ever evolving situation requires us to adapt, it also gives us the opportunity to innovate.

While registration for the event is closed, we still invite you to raise funds – the website will remain open through the end of the year. We are also exploring technology that will allow us to offer you, your friends and family a virtual option to keep our 17 year old signature event – the Colon Cancer Challenge – and our critical work in the fight against colorectal cancer alive.

COVID-19 does not lessen or change the needs of our community – over 1,000 people will lose their lives to colorectal cancer this week alone.  Now, more than ever, people with colorectal cancer and their families need us, and we need your help to achieve our fundraising goals in order to remain laser-focused on our mission – A World Without Colorectal Cancer™.

Although we have the usual disclaimer in our registration materials that registration fees are non-refundable and non-transferable, we want to offer each Colon Cancer Challenge registrant the following choices:

  • A chance to defer this year’s registration fee until the next in person Colon Cancer Challenge (date TBD). Please email us by Midnight, Sunday, March 22nd and let us know if you would like a 100% discount code to be used to register in the future; or
  • Allow the Colon Cancer Foundation to keep your registration fee as a donation to continue our fight against the nation’s second leading cancer killer – colorectal cancer.

Whatever you decide, we will be sending out your 2020 Colon Cancer Challenge t-shirt (you’re going to love the year’s design!) in the next few days and we hope you will join us on March 29th at 9:15 am for the virtual Colon Cancer Challenge Opening Ceremony More details to come!

Our hearts are with you and with those families affected by COVID-19 around the world.  Thank you for your understanding and support as we continue to keep everyone’s safety and health at the forefront of our work.

Last updated March 11, 2020

The Colon Cancer Foundation is closely monitoring the continuing developments pertaining to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Our concern for the health, safety and security of our community and Colon Cancer Challenge attendees remains at the core of our mission and is our top priority.

We are carefully evaluating currently available information, and thoroughly considering all of the factors essential to conducting the walk/run including all travel restrictions issued by the U.S. Government, as well as information and guidance from the Randall’s Island Park Alliance, the NYC Parks Department, the New York City Department of Health (NYCDOH), and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The leadership and staff of Icahn Stadium and Randall’s Island Park Alliance assure us they are following all prevention protocols as outlined by the New York City Department of Health including taking extra effort with daily cleaning practices of Ichan Stadium facilities.

Please revisit this site to track the status of the walk/run; we will monitor the COVID-19 situation as is develops, and make decisions on the basis of safety concerns as further updates warrant.

We encourage those in our community who are at a higher risk for serious illness from COVID-19 to take actions to reduce your risk of getting sick with the disease. For more information please visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/specific-groups/high-risk-complications.html

For those of you who are unable to join us due to travel/meeting restrictions we recommend you turn this into an opportunity to engage your community in a “virtual” walk/run in your neighborhood or community park.

Colorectal Cancer doesn’t stop for anyone – not even COVID-19. Your support is still critical to the success of the Foundation in fighting the nation’s second deadliest form of cancer.

Thank you in advance for your patience as we negotiate our way through the coming weeks.

If you have questions you can contact the Colon Cancer Foundation by email at info@legacy.coloncancerfoundation.org or by phone at 914-305-6674.


The 17th Annual Colon Cancer Challenge

Sunday, March 29, 2020

Icahn Stadium On Randall’s Island, New York City




2020 marks the 17th Anniversary of the Colon Cancer Challenge and we are thrilled to be returning to Icahn Stadium on Randall’s Island

Across the United States teams of families, friends, co-workers and local and national corporations will come together to raise awareness of colorectal cancer, support those battling the disease and raise funds for the Colon Cancer Challenge Foundation strategic initiatives of Public Awareness, Prevention, Screening and Research.

Why Take the Challenge?

While we have made great progress in reducing incidence and death rates of those 50 or older over the last decade through the prevention and early detection of colorectal cancer through screening – the simple fact is colorectal cancer is still the third most commonly diagnosed cancer and the second leading cause of cancer-related death.  And, incidence rates and death of those under 50 have increased at an alarming rate each year.

In 2018 over 135,000 (estimated) Americans will be diagnosed with colorectal cancer and over 50,000 Americans will lose their battle with the disease. Most frustrating is the fact that most of these cases could be prevented with early detection. If caught early the 5 year survival rate is 90%.

Where do the funds raised go?

Funds raised by teams and individuals helps provide:

  • Free educational materials and our participation in outreach events in communities around the country;
  • A national tour of our educational inflatable colon – the Rollin’ Colon;
  • Local, state, national and global programs that promote colorectal cancer prevention and early detection;
  • Awards to young colorectal cancer investigators presenting at the world’s premier societies and conferences;
  • Funding to support the nation’s ONLY Summit focused on early age onset colorectal cancer.

The Colon Cancer Challenge offers survivors, and family and friends of those affected by colorectal cancer, a unique opportunity to raise public awareness and contribute to the fight against this often fatal, yet preventable disease.

Choose the 2 Mile Walk, the certified, timed 5K Run, or Kids Fun Run. No Matter what distance you cover, you will make up ground in the race to prevent colorectal cancer.


5:30 AM M35 Bus Between Harlem and Randall’s Ward’s Island Loop begins – Approx. 9 Minutes Stop @ Lexington and 125th
8:30 AMCheck in, T-shirt and bib pick up, and gear check on the Concourse Level of Icahn Stadium
8:30 AM-1:00 PMWellness Festival Open on Concourse Level of Icahn Stadium
• Wellness Festival
• Kid’s Activities
• Sponsor and Exhibitor booths
• Survivor Lounge
8:30 AMDJ Brad will be playing your song requests and dedications
9:00 AMMain Stage (Track) Opens
9:15 AM – 9:30 AM Opening Ceremony
9:20 – 9:45 AM Pre-race warm up by Jimmy’s Angels
9:45 AM5K Runners called to the Start Line/ 2 Mile Remembrance & Prevention Walk called to the Start Line
9:50 AM5K Run and 2 Mile Walk Starting Horn Sounds
10:20 AM Kid’s Fun Run Participants called to the Kid’s Fun Run Corral
10:20 – 10:50 AMKid’s Fun Run takes place on the Icahn Stadium Track
• 100 Yard Dash – 2-5 Year Old
• 200 Yard Dash – 6-9 Year Old
• 1/4 Track – 10 – 12 Year Old
11:00 AM 5K Top Finishers, Team Awards and Raffle Drawing On The Concourse Stage
12:00 PMEvent Ends


Click on the image below to view the course map. You may also download the course map by clicking here.

2017 Colon Cancer Challenge Course Map


We don’t expect you to be an expert at fundraising. Your passion and dedication to raising awareness of Colorectal Cancer (CRC) in your community and the fact that you are not asking for yourself, but for the thousands of families across the country who are battling CRC will help you reach your fundraising goal. It can seem overwhelming at first, but remember our mission is critical and we are here to help!

Click here to download our Fundraising Toolkit.


The 17th Annual Colon Cancer Challenge would not be possible without the help of our wonderful volunteers. We have opportunities for all ages and groups.

We need more than 110 volunteers to ensure a safe and fun day for all at the Colon Cancer Challenge. We have opportunities for everyone, including groups: distribute T-Shirts, pass out refreshments for walkers/runners, accept donations and so much more.

Please feel free to call Marcline St Germain Volunteer Coordinator at 914.305.6674 or email at info@legacy.coloncancerfoundation.org with any questions or concerns.


You are cordially invited to join us for this year’s Colon Cancer Challenge Wellness Festival, a unique component of the Colon Cancer Challenge.

What is the Colon Cancer Challenge?

2020 marks the 17th year of our signature event – the Colon Cancer Challenge. Teams of families, friends, co-workers, local and national corporations will come together to raise awareness of colorectal cancer, support those battling the disease and raise funds for the Colon Cancer Challenge Foundation’s strategic initiatives of Public Awareness, Prevention, and Research.

The Colon Cancer Challenge offers survivors, family and friends of those affected by colorectal cancer a unique opportunity to raise public awareness and contribute to the fight against this preventable, yet often fatal disease. Participants can choose to participate in a 2 Mile Remembrance & Prevention Walk, a 5K run or the Kid’s Fun Run.

What is the Wellness Festival?

The Wellness Festival includes informational booths, demonstrations, and interactive activities for our participants. This festival is an excellent opportunity for area non-profit organizations and health service organizations to connect with the community and showcase programs and services aimed at the prevention and treatment options for those affected by colorectal cancer including exercise, nutrition and healthy lifestyles.

We would be delighted to have your organization participate as an exhibitor in this year’s festival.

We encourage exhibitors to have an interactive presentation of their services – we have plenty of space for an activity or demonstration if interested.  We encourage exhibitors to think creatively about how to engage festival attendees and offer tips and ideas about healthy living. If you are interested in participating but not sure what you’d like to do, please contact us at 914.305.6674 to discuss your ideas.

How do I get involved?

If you would like to participate as an exhibitor, please complete the attached registration form for the appropriate venue. We also offer Sponsorship Opportunities. Once you are registered as an exhibitor, we will send a confirmation letter to the person you have designated as a contact. Also, please review the following pages for more details about the event and set up, and please share it with those responsible for your exhibitor booth at the Festival.


The sponsors of the Colon Cancer Challenge make it possible for us to build public awareness of colorectal cancer (CRC) including hereditary colorectal cancer and the importance of timely screening and prevention.  Their support also allows us to help sponsor prevention programs in New York City including screening efforts for the uninsured and innovative translational research projects focused on early age onset of colorectal cancer.

As a sponsor of the 2019 Colon Cancer Challenge, you have the opportunity to reach thousands who join us each year to raise awareness of this deadly and yet preventable disease. The Challenge Wellness Festival focuses in on preventive measures our community can take including exercise and nutrition.

If you are interested in joining our community of Sponsors, please look at our Corporate Sponsor Opportunities or contact us at 914.305.6675.


Click here to get to the Challenge Greeting Page.  The first step is to select whether you want to register as an individual, form a team or join an existing team. Then you will need to select your participation type before continuing with the rest of the form. Note that if you already have a contact record in the Challenge database, you must log in with your username and password before registering. If you have problems registering online, please call the Colon Cancer Challenge Foundation at 914-305-6674 or email us at info@coloncancerchallenge.org.

The beauty of the Challenge is that you have multiple options to participate, including the Prevention and Remembrance Walk or a 3M or 5K (dependent on location.)  If you are unable to run or walk the route in New York City, contact us to create your own Challenge in your local community.  

Bibs, Numbers and T-shirts will be available for pick up on event day beginning at 8:30 AM.  T-shirts are guaranteed to the first 500 participants. Shirt size is subject to availability.  Pickup will be located on the Concourse Level of Icahn Stadium and will close 30 minutes before the start of the each portion of the event.

Please visit the Randall’s Island Directions and Parking website for detailed information and directions to the event.

  • Parking is available adjacent to Icahn Stadium in Lot E. We do recommend car pooling and public transportation.
  • We also recommend participants consider parking near the 103rd street footbridge to Randall’s island and walk across. It takes approximately 10 minutes to get to Icahn Stadium from the east side of the river.
  • Visit Bestparking.com for detailed information on convenient parking garages located near the 103rd street footbridge.
  • Click here for a map of Randall’s Island Park and Access Points.
  • The M35 MTA Bus also runs to the Island from the Northeast corner of 125th Street ad Lexington Avenue. Transfer is available from the Lexington Avenue 4,5, or 6 suway at 125th Street.

Parking is AVAILABLE adjacent to Icahn Stadium in Lot E. We do strongly encourage carpooling and/or public transportation. The 103rd Street Footbridge in Manhattan is open to pedestrians and cyclists 365 days per year, 24 hours per day, and connects the East River Esplanade/FDR Drive at 103rd Street with the southern end of Randall’s Island Park. Parking is available nearby.

The Foundation will be reaching out to hotels in the area for a discounted block of rooms. Please check back within the next week for details.

Free baggage check will be available to all registered runners and walkers on the Concourse Level of the Stadium accessed through he Right Field Entrance.  Participants are encouraged to keep baggage to a minimum.  To use this service, detach the “Baggage” tag from your race number, pin it to your bag, and place the bag in the baggage area according to the last digit of your number. You may claim your bag after the race; be prepared to show your race number, which must match your baggage-tag number. Staff and volunteers will be on hand to assist you, but please keep in mind that thousands of bags are checked at our events; we recommend that you use an inexpensive bag and not check valuables. CCCF is not responsible for lost or stolen items. We also recommend that you check the event map for the location of the baggage-check area and allow enough time to get to the start after checking your bag. 

The Lost and Found is located in the Wellness Festival located on the Concourse Level.  If you’ve lost an item, please check there; if you find a lost item, please bring it there. Unclaimed items will be brought to CCCF (10 New King Street, Suite 202, White Plains, NY); please call 914.305.6674, or e-mail info@legacy.coloncancerfoundation.org

Registration fees are non-refundable and non-transferable, even if you are unable to participate on the day of the Challenge.

Each year the Colon Cancer Challenge sells out within just a few weeks.  The 5k sells out more quickly than the Remembrance & Prevention Walk.  The deadline for online registration for the 5K, Remembrance & Prevention Walk or Kid’s Fun Run is one week prior to the event or March 17. Onsite registration will open at 8:30 AM on event day and is subject to a premium. 

Registration fees vary according to whether you participate in the Remembrance & Prevention Walk, 5K or Kid’s Fun Run.  For complete pricing visit our Registration Page.

Remembrance & Prevention Walk: $40.00
5K Run: $50.00
Kid’s Fun Run: $15.00
We take cash, check, and credit card.

Yes, children 4 and older must be registered to participate in the walk or run. All children participating in the Kids Fun Run, regardless of age, must register and sign the waiver. Waivers will be available onsite on the concourse level at the Registration tent prior to the start of the event.

We do not require a fundraising minimum to participate in the Colon Cancer Challenge.  Pease know that while your registration fee gets you to the start line on the day of The Challenge, it is your fundraising dollars that will help us fund lifesaving prevention and screening programs and research.  If each participant raises just $150.00 we will very quickly reach our goal of raising $1,000,000 in 2018. 

Yes! Survivors remind us all that participating in this event is a part of a bigger race to find the cures for colorectal cancer. Survivors are recognized in a number of ways:

  • Survivors receive a complimentary blue star necklace and blue Survivor hat on the day of The Challenge.
  • Survivors are welcomed to a special V.I.P. Tent on Race Day where they can enjoy light refreshments and receive a special survivor goody bag.
  • Survivors are welcomed to participate in a collective Survivor “Victory Photo” on the main stage during our opening ceremony and participate in the Survivors and Caregivers Victory Lap. 

Absolutely!  We are pleased to collaborate with T Wellott Photography and to offer professional prints of the thousands of photographs taken at Randall’s Island.  Photos will be available after the event, but you can sign up now for notifications!

Yes, you can bring a stroller but please be courteous and mindful of those running and walking with you.

Pets are not allowed inside the stadium – only certified service dogs.