What is Miles for Melanoma?

Miles for Melanoma is a nationwide series of events that allow participants to support and raise funds for the MRF by participating in a 5k run/walk alongside fellow melanoma patients, survivors caregivers and supporters. Miles for Melanoma events take place in over a dozen cities throughout the United States and in 2017 a total of 7,500 participants raised over $1.1 million dollars!

Miles for Melanoma events are a great way to meet others who - like you - want to find better treatments for melanoma. Many of the events are produced by local volunteers who have dedicated their time and energy to make a day of inspiration and fun. Typically, events are held on weekend mornings, with several hundred attendees who walk or run a 5k (3.1 mile) course.

Prizes for top finishers and top fundraisers are awarded at the events. Whenever possible, free skin screenings are provided on-site as well as other educational opportunities regarding sun safety and melanoma prevention.

Funds raised by Miles for Melanoma participants support critical research for treatments, and ultimately a cure for melanoma. By participating in a Miles for Melanoma event, you can help make a real difference in the fight against melanoma!

Miles for Melanoma was the vision of an avid runner named Steve Farrell. Steve was an active member of the community in River Edge, New Jersey who was diagnosed with melanoma in 1988. Once diagnosed, Steve fought to raise awareness and funds for melanoma research. In 2002, after his second bout with melanoma, Steve began the MRF's "Miles for Melanoma" program when he ran in the NYC marathon. Sadly, Steve succumbed to melanoma in April 2010. He was a courageous dad who fought the disease with a vengeance and vowed to continue the fight. Since 2002, Miles for Melanoma events have raised millions of dollars for melanoma research, education and advocacy.

How Can You Get Involved?

Please JOIN US for the Miles for Melanoma event near you!  You can also browse through all our upcoming events by visiting our events calendar.
 
Event Location Date More Info
Miles for Melanoma Boston Chestnut Hill Reservoir
Boston, MA
April 28, 2018 Register Today!
Miles for Melanoma DC The Yards Park
Washington, DC
May 5, 2018 Register Today!
Miles for Melanoma LA Woodley Park
Van Nuys, CA
May 19, 2018 Register Today!
Miles for Melanoma Chicago Diversey Harbor
Chicago, IL
June 2, 2018 Register Today!
Miles for Melanoma Denver Stapleton Central Park
Denver, CO
June 24, 2018 Register Today!
Miles for Melanoma San Francisco Golden Gate Park
San Francisco, CA
July 21, 2018 Register Today!
Miles for Melanoma Memphis Shelby Farms Park
Memphis, TN
August 4, 2018 Register Today!
Miles for Melanoma Cleveland Edgewater Park
Cleveland, OH
August 5, 2018 Register Today!
Miles for Melanoma Twin Cities Lake Phalen
St. Paul, MN
August 11, 2018 Register Today!
Miles for Melanoma Philadelphia Philadelphia Zoo
Philadelphia, PA
September 8, 2018 Register Today!
Miles for Melanoma New Jersey Ginty Field
Morristown, NJ
Fall 2018 SAVE THE DATE!
Miles for Melanoma NYC Roosevelt Island
New York, NY
October 13, 2018 SAVE THE DATE!
Miles for Melanoma Atlanta Atlantic Station
Atlanta, GA
October 27, 2018 SAVE THE DATE!
Miles for Melanoma San Diego De Anza Cove Park
San Diego, CA
November 3, 2018 SAVE THE DATE!

 

Miles for Melanoma Sponsorship Opportunities are available - contact us to learn more about these or other questions you may have.

Are You Already Active or Participating in Races or Other Activities?

You can raise awareness and funding for the MRF! Runners, cyclists, swimmers, skiers - and just about anyone else - can participate in the MRF's CommUNITY Fundraising program to support the MRF while enjoying the races and activities they love, wherever they happen to be! Just contact us and we'll get you started.
 

Why Join the Fight Against Melanoma?

  • Melanoma does not discriminate by age, gender or race. Everyone is at risk.
  • Melanoma is the fastest-growing cancer in the world, especially in people under 35. It is the leading cause of cancer death in women ages 25-30.
  • Every year, approximately 178,000 people in the United States are diagnosed with melanoma and nearly 10,000 will be lost to the disease.