The 15th Annual Colon Cancer Challenge

Sunday, March 25, 2018

Icahn Stadium On Randall’s Island, New York City



2018 marks the 15th 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 third leading cause of cancer 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 nearly 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.

Where do the funds raised go?

Funds raised by teams and individuals helps provide:

  • Free educational materials and events in communities around the country
  • A national tour of our educational inflatable colon – Rollin’ Colon
  • Prevention Programs in New York City including colonoscopy screening efforts for the uninsured and underserved
  • Funding to support colorectal research at leading institutions
  • Awards to young colorectal cancer investigators presenting at the world’s premier colorectal cancer societies.

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 1.7 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 AMDJ Brad will be playing your song requests and dedications
9:00 AMMain Stage (Track) Opens
9:15 AM – 9:45 AM Opening Ceremony
9:40 AM Kid’s Fun Run Participants called to the Kid’s Fun Run Corral
9:45 AMKid’s Fun Run Corral Opens
9:50-10:15 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
10:05 AMPre-Race Warm Up by Jimmy’s Angels
10:15 AM5K Runners called to the Start Line/ 2 Mile Remembrance & Prevention Walk called to the Start Line
10:20 AM5K Run and 2 Mile Walk Starting Horn Sounds
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
11:45 AM 5K Top Finishers, Team Awards and Raffle Drawing On The Concourse Stage
1:00 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 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 15th 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 the Colon Cancer Challenge Foundation at 914.305.6674 or email at 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 2018—Colon Cancer Challenge.

What is the Colon Cancer Challenge?

2018 marks the 15th 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 1.7 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 2018 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

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 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  

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 18. 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.