The UCI Anti-Cancer Challenge Event Returns on October 8th to Raise Funds for Critical Cancer Research

UCI Anti-Cancer Challenge

The ride, run and walk event will be held Saturday, Oct. 8


The sixth annual UCI Anti-Cancer Challenge, a ride, run and walk event dedicated to raising funds for critical cancer research, will resume on-site activities on Saturday, Oct. 8, 2022, at the main UCI campus after two years of hosting only virtual events.

All participant-raised funds support pilot studies and early phase clinical trials at the UCI Health Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center, one of only 52 elite National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer centers and the only one based in Orange County. Through a partnership with Children’s Health of Orange County (CHOC), a portion of the funds is directed to pediatric cancer research.

Since 2017, over 9,300 UCI Anti-Cancer Challenge participants have come together to raise more than $2.6 million to enable the pursuit of 72 research grants aimed to produce meaningful insights into cancer prevention, treatment and cures – to save lives.

“The UCI Anti-Cancer Challenge advances our cancer center’s mission by funding the most innovative basic, translational and clinical research that can potentially lead to the next breakthrough in cancer treatment,” said Dr. Richard Van Etten, director of the UCI Health Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center and founder of the UCI Anti-Cancer Challenge. “Thanks to the UCI Anti-Cancer Challenge community, some of the studies have already significantly impacted our understanding of cancer and new approaches to treatment.”

Individuals and teams are signing up now to help set new fundraising records and to get an early start on training for Challenge Day on Saturday, Oct. 8.

In-Person and Virtual Program

The 2022 UCI Anti-Cancer Challenge will host an in-person festival that will offer 14-, 35-, 60- and 100- mile bike routes and 5K and 10K run/walks. This family-friendly event will include live entertainment, awards and activities for the community to enjoy. UCI Anti-Cancer Challenge rally events will return in July and September. Rally events are free and open to the public and provide an opportunity to learn more about the ride, run and walk event. Registration is required.

To build on the success of previous years’ virtual program, the UCI Anti-Cancer Challenge will continue to offer ways for participants to virtually get involved. Through the mobile app, participants can track the miles that qualify them to earn great prizes. Participants also are encouraged to attend monthly educational webinars with renowned UCI Health physician-scientists.

“We are excited to bring our program back in person and invite our community to join us at UCI’s Aldrich Park on Oct. 8. Our participants’ dedication and support over the past few years are inspiring, and we hope to continue this success to raise over $1 million for the UCI Health Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center this year,” said Jennifer Sarrail, executive director of the UCI Anti-Cancer Challenge.

Register Now

To register, visit or download the app for iPhone or Android devices. For information on event sponsorship opportunities, contact Jennifer Sarrail at [email protected] or call 714-456-7171.

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