Reaching For The Cure Half Marathon, 10K, 5K, And Kids Run


Everyone has something to give to support this hallmark event of Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation. On Sunday, March 17th, the 21st Annual Reaching for the Cure Half Marathon, 10K, 5K and Kids Run made its return to Irvine Valley College campus with the PCRF Community to reach for a cure for pediatric cancer.

PCRF welcomed support from Corporate Sponsors, Teams, Volunteers, Participants and Spectators! With options for all fitness levels, the run/walk/bike event features a Half Marathon, 10K Run, 5K Run/Walk, 1K Kid’s Fun Run and five bike route distances. High energy runs throughout the venue; athletes run/walk, kids enjoy the fun atmosphere, and families connect with the community to support their children’s fight against cancer.

2019 Post-race activities included our VIP Gold Ribbon Reception from Firestone Brewing Company and Urbane Cafe. The Finish Line Festival featured an awards ceremony, over 70 health and wellness exhibitors and PCRF’s famous Kids Zone complete with rides, a petting zoo, bounce houses, obstacle courses, face painting and more – fun for the whole family.

Funds raised from this event support the annual open grant cycle that has allowed the Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation to support more than 174 grants to 50 principal investigators at 32 leading institutions across the nation. Be a part of the solution: participate, volunteer and fundraise!

Get involved and be a part of Reaching for a Cure! Mark your calendars now for next year’s Reaching for the Cure on March 22, 2020.

Fast Facts

Event Date and Time:
Sunday, March 17, 2019, 6:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Irvine Valley College, 5500 Irvine Center Dr, Irvine, CA 92618

Run/Walk Events:
Half Marathon, 10K Run, 5K Run, 5K Walk, 1K Kids Fun Run

Packet Pickup at Irvine Valley College:
Saturday, March 16th, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Sunday, March 17th, 2019, 6:00 AM

Be a part of the HOPE! Be a part of the solution!


Join us in 2019 as a Reaching for the Cure Event Sponsor!  Be part of a select group of companies with direct access to a desirable demographic of 5,000 active, affluent and well-educated participants. This annual event is PCRF’s largest fundraiser of the year and a Southern California “must” for fitness and recreation enthusiasts.

Learn More

About Reaching for the Cure

Sunday, March 17, 2019

5500 Irvine Center Dr, Irvine, CA 92618

Reaching for the Cure is PCRF’s annual run/walk event that started in 1998 as a grassroots awareness event with a banner, some very committed volunteers, and a walk around the Irvine Spectrum parking lot. Proudly, the event has grown to include a half marathon, 10K, 5K, and 1K kids fun run with thousands of participants from across the country.

This year we will celebrate 21 years of life-saving research dollars raised at this event in honor of pediatric cancer warriors, patients, and survivors everywhere. Each participant is asked to fundraise for the Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation so that we can continue to fund the most cutting-edge research that improves the care, quality of life and survival rates of children with malignant disease. Your registration gets you to the start line and fundraising will get a cure to the finish line!

Join these 2019 Corporate Sponsors!

Venue Sponsor

Corporate Sponsor

Classic Sponsor

Rainbow Sponsor

Mile Marker Sponsor

Fundraising & Team Support

Teams are one of the most integral parts of our annual Reaching for the Cure event. 2018 was an INCREDIBLE year for our teams – we had a record 111 teams with over 2,000 team members raise over $300,000 for pediatric cancer research! When you participate as a team, your impact is amplified tremendously – for your fundraising and for the awareness you create in the community at large.

Individuals may also make an impact on pediatric cancer by doing their own fundraising and earn some cool prizes too! Your effort is vital to making research advancements possible. Everyone can participate in this effort to end pediatric cancer.

Start a team today! Once you register you’ll be connected with your very own Coach, a member of the Reaching for the Cure committee staff who is committed to making sure you have a wonderful walk experience. You Coach will help give you tools you need to start fundraising, answer any questions you may have, and have you on your way to Reaching for the Cure!

PCRF recognizes
individual reaching for the cure fundraisers at the following levels:

$150 Level Recognition
Gold Ribbon VIP Reception & Reaching for the Cure Rally Towel
$200 Level Recognition
2019 HOPE Lifestyle Shirt
$500 Level Recognition
2019 HOPE Running Hat or PCRF Beach Tote Bag
$1,000 Level Recognition
HOPE Zip Up Jacket or PCRF 27oz Stainless Steel Tumbler
$2,500 Level Recognition
Race Night Hotel Stay or Pair of Running Shoes
Top 3, $5,000+ Level Recognition
66 Audio BTS Sport Wireless Earbuds or 2 Disneyland Park Hopper Tickets
$10,000 Level Recognition
Helicopter ride to Catalina with Overnight Hotel stay for 2

When you participate as a team, you win as a team.

Active fundraising teams are eligible for team perks.

$1,500 – Custom Team Shirts
Raise $1,500 on/before February 26th for Team Shirts on Race Day.
$2,500 – Honor & Memorial Team Banners
Raise $2,500 on/before March 1st for a Team banner at the Start Line.
$5,000 – Custom Team Wristbands (100)
Raise $5,000 on/before February 28th for Team wristbands.
$7,500 – NEW Custom Team Hats (40)
Raise $7,500 on/before March 8th for Team Hats to wear.
$10,000 – Custom Team Spirit Flags
Raise $10,000 on/before March 1st for Team Spirit Flags.

Express Team Packet Pickup
PCRF hosts an exclusive, long-line-free, Team Pickup Thursday, March 14th, 2019 from 3-7pm.
Festive Team Land

Teams are able to mark off areas and setup a Team meeting spot Saturday, March 16th from 2-7pm.
Exclusive Team Land – with Private “Throne”
Top 3 Corporate and Top 3 Family Teams will get marked off meeting spots with a dedicated bathroom!

PHOTOS COMING SOON! Until then, Here’s a reminder for what our 2017 Recognition Prizes were:


Entry fees do not count towards fundraising totals.

Fundraising Tools

We offer a variety of tools to make your fundraising journey easy. Here you’ll find ideas and guides to help keep you motivated, along with a Success Plan that will have you well on your way to reaching your goals.

Catch up on Team Captain Emails:

  • Connect #1 – coming soon!
  • Connect #2 – coming soon!
  • Connect #3 – coming soon!
  • Connect #4 – coming soon!
  • Connect #5 – coming soon!
  • Connect #6 – coming soon!
  • Connect #7 – coming soon!

Frequently Asked Questions

General Event FAQs

A: Sunday, March 17, 2019 at Irvine Valley College (5500 Irvine Center Dr, Irvine, CA 92618)

A: There are 5 race-weekend options, as well as a fabulous finish-line festival and kids’ activities to entertain the entire family:

7:00AM – Reaching for the Cure Half Marathon (13.1 miles/timed)
7:15AM –  Orange Aluminum 5K Run (3.1 miles/timed)
7:45AM –  Seyfarth Shaw 10K Run (6.2 miles/timed)
9:30AM –  Cox Castle & Nicholson 5K Walk (3.1 miles/untimed)
11:00AM – 1K kids’ fun run  (untimed)

A: Stay on top of price increases with the schedule below:

PCRF Opening Go Gold Pricing Fall Pricing New Year Pricing Countdown Pricing Event Pricing Race Day Pricing
8/1/2018 9/1/2018 10/1/2018 1/1/2019 2/1/2019 3/1/2019 3/17/2019
Half Marathon $60.00 $70.00 $80.00 $90.00 $100.00 $110.00 $115.00
10K Run $33.00 $35.00 $37.00 $42.00 $45.00 $50.00 $55.00
5K Run or Walk $32.00 $34.00 $36.00 $40.00 $42.00 $45.00 $50.00
Child – 5K Run/Walk, 10K $25.00 $25.00 $25.00 $25.00 $25.00 $25.00 $30.00
1K Kids Fun Run $20.00 $20.00 $20.00 $20.00 $20.00 $20.00 $25.00
Upgrade to the Brick $45.00 $45.00 $45.00 $45.00 $45.00 $45.00 $45.00
Saddleback Century (100) $90.00 $90.00 $100.00 $110.00 $120.00 $130.00 $135.00
Saddleback 50 $60.00 $60.00 $65.00 $70.00 $75.00 $80.00 $80.00
Saddleback 35 $50.00 $50.00 $55.00 $60.00 $65.00 $70.00 $75.00
Saddleback 15 $35.00 $35.00 $38.00 $40.00 $43.00 $47.00 $50.00
Saddleback Kids Ride $12.00 $12.00 $15.00 $18.00 $20.00 $22.00 $24.00
Virtual Participant $20.00 $20.00 $20.00 $20.00 $20.00 $20.00 $20.00
PCRF Reception Area $20.00 $20.00 $20.00 $20.00 $20.00 $20.00 $20.00

A: We understand that things happen, but the policy for registrations is no refunds. We are no longer accepting deferrals for next year’s race. You may convert your registration to a tax deductible donation that funds lifesaving pediatric cancer research.

A: There are four different ways to register:

– ONLINE – Visit Reaching For The Cure Registration and click on the type of fundraising you’d like to do. Please note that the earlier you register, the more you save!

– BY MAIL/FAX* – Fill out a printable registration form and mail to: PCRF, 17932 Sky Park Circle, Suite E, Irvine, CA 92614.

– IN PERSON* – You may also register at packet pick-up

– OVER THE PHONE – You can call our offices at 949-859-6312 and we can help register single participants

*One form is required for each participant – you can make copies of the form or you can request one from PCRF (949)-859-6312 or admin@pcrf-kids.org).

A: There is no minimum age requirement for any of the running events.

A: Upgrade your registration and join our new Bike Partner, Renegade Racing’s Saddleback Spring Classic Gran Fondo! This ride has a distance for you no matter what your experience or fitness level may be. This is the perfect training weekend for triathletes or anyone wanting to really see what they are made of while “Pedaling to Cure Pediatric Cancer”. All “Brick” participants get a commemorative “Brick” with plaque: “I did a Brick to Help Cure Pediatric Cancer”.

For more information on just the bike, click here.

A: You can sign up to be on a PCRF team through this site. Just follow the registration instructions.

A: Bike Participants can pick up their packets on:

Friday, March 15th 4:00pm – 8:00pm
Rock N’ Road Cyclery
6282 Irvine Blvd. Irvine, CA 92620


A: Participants can pick up their packets, goodie bags and bibs race weekend at Irvine Valley College:
Saturday, March 16th 10:00am – 2:00pm
Sunday, March 17th 6:00am

A: Yes, if you are picking up for a team member who has pre-registered for the event, you can pick up their packet. Simply bring a signed note saying, “I Name allow for Name to pick up my race packet.” The person picking up your packet will just have to show a photo ID. As for parents of young children – no you do not need a photo ID to pick up your kid’s stuff!

If you are registering someone new that day, they will need to sign the waiver. They can do this in-person or download the waiver from the website and bring it to packet pickup.

A: We do! For all our long-distance travelers and friends who want to stay close to the race site on race weekend can book their stay with the DoubleTree by Hilton – Spectrum. When you use the code PCR you can get a rate of $109/night, free parking and free wifi!

Click here and book your room by March 1st to get this great rate!

A: Age Group Division Awards are given to the follow age groups in all the timed races (Half Marathon, 5K and 10K):

Men and Women: 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80-84, 85+

Youth: 6-7, 8-9, 10-11, 12-13, 14-15, 16-19

*1K Kids Runs are non-competitive and will be timed but overall and age division awards will not be given.

A: Course maps for the Half Marathon, 10K, 5K and 1K events are available, click here! For bike maps, click here! Expo and parking, click here!

Additional event details:

  • Where are the Water Stations?
    • The Half Marathon will have 9 water stations located at miles 1.2, 1.75, 3.05, 4.6, 5.6, 7.0, 8.15, 9.9 and 11.6.
    • The 10K course will have 5 water stations located at miles 1.2, 1.75, 3.05, 4.6 and 5.75 miles.
    • The 5K course will have 3 water stations located at miles 1.2, 1.55 and 2.65.
    • All aid stations will have portable restrooms.
  • What is the Half Marathon Time Limit:
    • Half Marathon starts at 7:00 am. All half marathoners MUST start the race no later than 7:15 am. Late arrivals will not be permitted to officially start the race. The half marathon welcomes runners and walkers that are able to finish the course within a 3.5 hour time limit, requiring a minimum pace of 16 minutes per mile. The course will begin to break down at 10:30 am and the finish line will begin to break down at 11:00 am. Half marathon finishers after 11:00 am will still receive their finisher’s award and have their time recorded until 12 pm.
  • How will the races be timed?
    • The half marathon, 10K and 5K run will be official chip timed races done by Gemini Timing. The 5K walk and 1K fun run are non-timed events.
  • Will there be time clocks and mile markers on each of the courses?
    • There will be mile markers placed at each mile on all courses. However there will not be time clocks along the courses.

A: There are numerous sponsorship opportunities and levels available. Please contact Erin Arreola for opportunities that best meet your needs – email earreola@pcrf-kids.org or call (949) 859-6312.

A: Yes, vendor opportunities are available. Click here for our application and map. Any questions, please contact our Events Director for up-to-date information and pricing. Please email earreola@pcrf-kids.org or call the PCRF office at (949) 859-6312.

A: Paid registrants may push their infants and toddlers in strollers in any of the events.
We ask, for safety reasons, that participants do not bring skateboards or other equipment to the event. While we love pets, USATF insurance mandates no dogs or pets are allowed on the course due to safety issues from the large number of participants and spectators expected at the event.

A: Drop off your personal belongings at the GEAR CHECK on your way to the start line (close to registration). Belongings may be picked up after your race beginning. All items must be picked up by 12:30pm. Participants must present their bib number to claim their bag. A limited number of bags will be available for participants but it is recommended participants bring their own bags. Tape and markers will be provided to mark bags. Please do not include items of value including: cell phones, keys, credit cards or money. The race is not responsible for lost or missing items.

A: PCRF expects over 5,000 participants, 2,000 spectators and 600 volunteers.

A: Over 600 volunteers are needed for the weekend on March 16th & 17th. Contact the PCRF office and ask for the Volunteer Coordinator at (949) 859-6312.

A: Although this is a family friendly event, we do not provide child care and ask that you follow normal precautions in caring and monitoring your children.



Ways to Volunteer

The Reaching for the Cure Half Marathon, 10K, 5K, Kids Run would not be possible without the help of hundreds of dedicated volunteers. During the months leading up to the race, you can help at the Irvine office with outreach, recruitment and organizing. We also need 600 volunteers to work shifts during Race Weekend – there’s something for everyone!

Sign Up

There are many opportunities to participate in the Reaching for the Cure event. While we begin working out the details for shifts and assignments, please contact Brooke Bain to get your name on the list early! Fill out the form here or Email bbain@pcrf-kids.org or (949) 859-6312

Volunteer Training

We will offer Volunteer Orientation meetings and introduction videos to allow for key volunteers to learn the basics of the Reaching for the Cure Event and all that’s involved with being a volunteer. This will be held approximately 2 weeks before the walk as a final preparation for the weekend. If you’d like to step up and be a Key Volunteer on race weekend, please let our Volunteer Coordinator know and we will provide you with training dates and location details as soon as they become available.

RunWalk_volunteer2.jpgGroup Volunteers

We have many opportunities that are great for groups! If you’re interested, contact Brooke Bain to get your name on the list early! Email bbain@pcrf-kids.org or (949) 859-6312

Office Volunteers

We are always looking for volunteers to help during the months leading up to the race. We work on many tasks to prepare for the race, including team support, mailings, data entry, outreach and more. If you’re available anytime Monday-Friday, between 9:00am – 5:00pm, please let us know!


While volunteers aren’t required to fundraise, we encourage you to do what you can, too! It’s a way to make your experience even more powerful, and we’ll provide you with some great support and fundraising tools available to our participants. Let us know you’d like to participate and we’ll set you up!

Photo Gallery

2018 Reaching for the Cure Photo Album