All survivor participants are eligible to complete two seasons of the Cancer to 5K program. Ready to sign up? Click the Survivor Registration button below. If you are interested in becoming a Volunteer Sherpa, please follow the link and you will be redirected.


Can I still participate if I am not a 'young adult'?

Yes! The Ulman Cancer Fund’s services are typically designed to address the needs of young adult cancer survivors, but there is no age limit for Cancer to 5K. Survivors under age 18 must obtain parental consent and attend group workouts with a parent.

Do I have to run the whole time, or can I walk too?

We welcome participants of all fitness levels, and encourage everyone to participate in a safe, regular workout plan – whatever speed you choose!

Can I join the team if I finished treatment a long time ago?

Participation in the program is open to survivors regardless of treatment status. Each team is typically comprised of individuals currently in treatment, survivors recently finished with treatment, and long-term survivors. Each individual will be required to submit a signed Physician’s Clearance form before their training season begins.

Do I have to be a cancer survivor to participate in the program?

The training program is reserved for cancer survivors only. However, experienced runners that are not survivors are encouraged to join our team as a Volunteer Sherpa!

Will I be required to pay a fee or fundraise as a part of Cancer to 5K?

All coaching, training plans, gear, and race registration fees are complimentary for survivor participants. There is no fundraising commitment for survivors, volunteers or coaches. If you wish to support this free program, donations can easily be made online. *Please be sure to designate the donation is for the Cancer to 5K program.*

What if I cannot attend every group workout?

In order to ensure your safety on race day, participants must be able to attend at least 50% of the team workouts during the season. If you cannot attend a workout, please let the coaches know in advance and they will provide you with a workout to complete at home for that day.

What if I don't live near any of the team workout locations?

Survivor participants living outside of the current team locations are encouraged to join our “At Home”/Online training program. Survivor participants are matched with a virtual Cancer to 5K coach, who will provide them with weekly workouts for 12 weeks, connect them with other survivors, and help choose a local 5k goal race. The Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults will still cover the costs of training, race registration, and gear.

Can I participate in a race longer than a 5K distance?

Our program is designed for survivor participants to train for 12 weeks and complete a 5K road race. Ulman Cancer Fund will cover race registrations up to $50.

Can I join the team once the training season has already started?

Survivor participants may join the team up until the end of the first week of practice. After this date, survivors will be deferred to the following training season to ensure that they receive all benefits of the full program.

Please contact Amanda Kesler, Coordinator, Cancer to 5K, cancerto5k@ulmanfund.org or 410-964-0202 x120 if you have any questions!