Run Across America. Fight Cancer.Applications for the 2022 summer are open! Start your adventure- learn more.
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:
How do you apply?
What are the requirements
What is the daily mileage covered?
Am I responsible for carrying my own gear?
Where do we stay?
What do we eat?
What gear is provided?
What else is important to have?
What is the fundraising minimum?
Where does the money raised go?
What type of service events can I expect?
Are there service requirements before the trip?
What leadership opportunities are there?
Can I receive college credit through 4K?
What is the COVID-19 policy for 2021 and 2022?
The 4K for Cancer unites young adults from different communities to travel cross-country on a journey to inspire, raise hope and awareness, and support the Ulman Foundation’s free programs for young adults impacted by cancer. While we are optimistic for a safe 4K for Cancer in 2021 and 2022 depending on the state of the pandemic cross-country travel could pose health risks for our riders and runners, the communities they travel through, and the young adults we support. To ensure the safest environment for the broad Ulman community, the 4K for Cancer as it is traditionally held may be postponed based on current protocols and guidelines provided by experts.
The Ulman Foundation team is developing “safe to ride and run” criteria based on these protocols and guidelines and will continue to evaluate the safety of the 2021 and 2022 4K for Cancer. Based on that criteria should the 4K for Cancer not be able to take place as originally planned, 4K riders and runners would be updated no later than April 30, 2021 and April 30, 2022 respectively, and would be provided with the option to defer to the following year or participate in an alternate experience. The alternate experience would be built with the input from riders and runners and based on current recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), our partner hospitals, and state regulations.
Interested in Joining the Fight?
Applications are open for the summer of 2022! Interested? Fill out the form below for more information.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A program of @ulmanfoundation. Ride or run 4000 miles across America to fight young adult cancer!
Got some questions?
If you are interested in 4K, but still have some questions before applying, reach out to us!