Run Across America. Fight Cancer.

Start Your Adventure

Join a group of young adults on a 49 day, 4,000 mile relay run across America this summer to raise funds and awareness for young adult cancer. Spend your summer meeting lifelong friends, seeing the country in a new way, and offering hope, inspiration and support to the cancer community along the way.

A lot goes into the 4K for Cancer. Here is a quick snapshot of some important things to know:

Application Process

How do you apply?

It’s as easy as 1-2-3: 1. Fill out the online application! (Apps are reviewed on a rolling basis.) 2. Once contacted, schedule a phone interview. (Takes about 30 minutes… or one netflix episode). 3. Accepted applicants will fill out the registration form and pay $100 registration fee. Go ahead – click the “Start Your Adventure” button above to get started. You know ya want to!
 

What are the requirements

Our program is for young adults, 18-25 years old. Looking for those with a love for adventure and giving back!
 

Logistics

What is the daily mileage covered?

Run anywhere from 6-16 miles per day (avg. 10-12 miles) in a relay-style format.
 

Am I responsible for carrying my own gear?

I don’t know… are you? Just Kidding! Support vehicles will carry gear and luggage. They will also help facilitate the relay too.
 

Where do we stay?

Churches, schools, gyms, YMCA’s, rotary clubs, and the occasional campsite through National Parks – anywhere that provides a safe place for our teams to rest their heads at night.
 

What do we eat?

I hope you like pizza, sandwiches, and granola bars! Don’t worry a home cooked meal is right around the corner – hosts typically provide breakfast and dinner. For lunch, participants seek out food donations from restaurants and grocery stores.
 

Gear

What gear is provided?

All the swag! 2 pairs of running sneakers, 3 running jerseys, 2 pairs of running shorts, and a branded t-shirt, long sleeve shirt, sweatshirt, and duffle bag. Safety is important too! You’ll be given a road ID and two reflective bands at orientation.
 

What else is important to have?

Each 4Ker is different, but there are some must-haves we recommend: sleeping bag, sleeping pad, quick dry towel, toiletries, small pillow. Check out our gear guide if you’re interested in seeing the entire packing list recommendations.

Fundraising

What is the fundraising minimum?

$4,500 big ones (or 450,000 pennies). Fundraising tips and tricks, plus frequent check in calls with our awesome staff, will help support your efforts.
 

Where does the money raised go?

It helps Ulman Foundation change lives (everyday) of young adult’s facing cancer.
 

Mission

What type of service events can I expect?

This is where you change lives. Deliver a scholarship, cook a meal, chat with patients. You’ll get to share your why and see our community grow.
 

Are there service requirements before the trip?

TBD – We’re still working on some exciting changes in this department! Be on the lookout soon for an update.
 

Leadership

What leadership opportunities are there?

We have 5 different leadership positions – Director (2), Leg Leader (6), Trainer (1-2), Mission Coordinator (1), Media Coordinator (1). Read our leadership guide to learn more about each position.
 

Can I receive college credit through 4K?

You sure can! Check out our credit opportunity site to see how to get started.

Ready To Join The Fight?

Applications for 2020 are open!

What Alumni Are Saying

It’s funny, you go in with all these expectations of the miles you’ll run, the places you’ll go, and the people you’re going to run with. You get so caught up in the adventure, that you overlook what’s really going to happen. You are going to grow. You are going to meet people along the way who have been through such heartbreaking and beautiful things, that it will give your life a perspective that you cannot imagine.

You will go places that change your life, your view, and your outlook on what matters. You will be stretched, and challenged in ways you can’t imagine. But when you get to that finish line all those days later, you will be different. You will have changed for the better. 4K is the ultimate dual degree in changing other people’s lives and changing your own. You’ve heard the saying before, but the 4k can be summarized in only one way…people change people.

Seth Rinehart

Team Baltimore 2016, Team New York 2017, & Team Boston 2018

The 4K means a million different things to me. Being a part of a team with 25-30 other people who have been in your shoes and know how hard it is to face cancer makes you feel like you can face those emotions and become stronger. It is humbling to know that with every footstep you take, you are not only growing as an individual, you are also inspiring so many people to get active and healthy. Most of all, you are telling survivors that you believe in their fight.

Lala Grau

Team New York 2015

Where there used to be a cynical, somewhat detached girl, there is now someone who knows there are so many good, honest people, and beautiful places. I have become someone who is slightly less scared to show emotions and who is completely attached to a team I spent an awe-inspiring summer with. The petty things that once bothered me seem so insignificant. When you get the opportunity to see people battling for their lives, with a smile on their face, you really learn to appreciate everything you’re given.

Emily Herold

Team New York 2015

The friends you create on this journey, no matter how long you don’t see them or don’t get to talk to them, where their lives are changing without you, these bonds you have created will never falter. You’ll meet people on the run with such different views, see places you would have never imagined in your wildest dreams existed in America, and you’ll take it in, it may be overwhelming at times, but when you run across that finish line, you’ll learn more about yourself, about your abilities, about what you cherish in relationships, leadership, and come to terms with just how much you as an individual can be an impact in someone else’s life.

Katherine Schaffer

Team Baltimore 2017

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Got some questions?

If you are interested in 4K, but still have some questions before applying, reach out to us!