2018 Rock'n Roll Marathon Series Home › About DetermiNation

The American Cancer Society DetermiNation program will help you do the unthinkable, achieve what seems impossible, and change the course of cancer forever. With access to professional training, an unparalleled community of support, and inspiration every step of the way, the American Cancer Society will help you finish a half-marathon, marathon, or triathlon. Your personal race victory will change your life, but the finish line will be just the beginning. Because your triumph also means a triumph over cancer - where every step you take and every mile you conquer will create a world with less cancer and more birthdays.

The American Cancer Society DetermiNation program began in Chicago in 1996. The program includes a variety of races and is continuing to grow.


Every Mile is Meaningful
Every step you take and every mile you conquer will help the American Cancer Society continue to save lives and celebrate life, every single day. Because of you:

  • More people will stay well by taking steps to prevent cancer or find it early.
  • More people will get well with help from our free programs and services to guide them through every step of a cancer experience.
  • We’ll continue to find cancer’s causes and cures through groundbreaking research.
  • We’ll continue to fight back by working to pass laws that defeat cancer and rallying every community to join the fight.

DetermiNation Member Benefits*
As a DetermiNation team member, you will have access to training and the ultimate VIP race experience, whether you are a first-timer or a racing veteran. Your benefits may include*:

  • Access to free team training designed to fit your lifestyle
  • Invitations to exclusive social events in and around your community
  • Race-weekend VIP amenities, which may include access to an American Cancer Society tent, gear check, private changing areas, facilities, masseuses, cheer teams to inspire you along the course, and more
  • Exclusive American Cancer Society DetermiNation racing shirt
  • Free online tools to make achieving your fundraising goals easy and fun
  • Recognition for fundraising success
  • The opportunity to dedicate your efforts in honor of or in memory of someone affected by cancer and receive ribbons to wear in support of them
  • Mentor support from coaches and fellow team members who will help you every step of the way

*Benefits may vary from event to event.

Our Commitment to You
We’re here to help you achieve things you never imagined you could accomplish. As a member of the American Cancer Society DetermiNation team, you’ll find a powerful strength inside yourself that you never knew was there - and the ultimate community of support. We promise to be in your corner throughout your training and your race - just as we are in everyone’s corner facing cancer.

But it’s not just about the race. By joining our DetermiNation team, you’re also making an important commitment to the fight against cancer. We assure you that the money you raise will help save lives. Your participation will help people stay well, help people get well, help find cures, and help fight back. Whether or not you have fundraising experience, don’t stress - we have helpful resources, tips, and suggestions that will help you meet (and hopefully exceed!) your goals.

Your Commitment to Us
DetermiNation athletes commit to raise funds to help save lives from cancer. Sound intimidating? It’s not. We’ve established realistic fundraising goals for each race, and we provide the tools you’ll need to make it easy and fun. Think of your DetermiNation participation as your personal stake in the fight against cancer. It’s an opportunity to get your family and friends involved in a cause you’re passionate about, and you’ll be amazed at the support you’ll receive.

As a member of the DetermiNation team, we’re counting on you to fulfill your event’s stated fundraising minimum. That’s why, if you don’t reach your goal, you will be required to make a personal donation to fulfill the balance. But don’t worry - raising money is way easier than you think, so this shouldn’t be a problem for you. Be sure to take advantage of the many tools and tips we offer to help you meet your fundraising goals.

Questions?  Contact Kyra Racelis line kyra.racelis@cancer.orgline312.960.2346lineor view Online Help