Cancer Research UK has said its Race for Life fundraising events will return in the fall after a one-year hiatus due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The association said its flagship fundraiser would return with more than 400 events between August and October, including 3k, 5k and 10k courses and Pretty Muddy obstacle courses for adults and children.
Last year, the government’s pandemic restrictions meant that in-person events were replaced with virtual Race for Life at Home events that encouraged people to walk a 5 km route around their local park or neighborhood.
These events, held between 2020 and April 2021, raised more than £ 4million for the charity.
In a typical year, Race for Life raises around £ 30million. Over 59,000 people participated in virtual events last year, compared to over 375,000 people who participated in Race for Life 2019.
CRUK declined to confirm whether it has fundraising or attendance goals for this year’s events.
The charity said it expects fundraising income to drop by £ 250million over three years, due to the pandemic.
To mark the return of Race for Life in-person events, CRUK launched a campaign to encourage people to run, walk or jog at their local event this fall.
The campaign, which will run on TV, radio, VOD and social media, features people living with cancer to help demonstrate the importance of raising funds for the cause.
Philip Almond, Executive Director of Marketing, Fundraising and Engagement at CRUK, said: “We look forward to seeing people again at our Race for Life events across the country this fall. The Covid-19 hit us hard last year and it was a devastating decision to cancel our events.
“But we’re back and ready to run again for life. The safety of our attendees is our top priority and we have developed ways to ensure that our events can be held safely, in accordance with government guidelines. Our events might look a little different this year, but will remain a great experience for all involved, ”he said.
“By doing Race for Life and raising funds, people will be supporting our vital work to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer and ultimately save more lives.
“We hope the new campaign shows how everyone can be a part of the solution and will inspire people to register for their local Race for Life event. “