UCI chemistry professor Greg Weiss riding a bike
UCI chemistry professor Greg Weiss leads riders off the starting line at the 2018 UCI Anti-Cancer Challenge. The 2019 cancer research fundraiser offers 14-, 35-, 60- and 100-mile rides and 5- and 10K run/walks. UCI Health

Orange, Calif., April 11, 2019 — The UCI Anti-Cancer Challenge is coming home to the University of California, Irvine campus on Saturday, June 8. Registration is now open for this third annual ride, run and walk to benefit cancer research at the UCI Health Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center.

“We’re grateful to the Orange County community for embracing the Anti-Cancer Challenge, raising more than $1 million for cancer research in the early years of the event,” said Dr. Richard Van Etten, director of the Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center. “Given the interest we’ve seen to date, we expect the event to break records in 2019. With every participant dollar raised going directly to lifesaving cancer research, each new person who rides, runs or walks brings us closer to achieving breakthroughs for patients.” 

The Anti-Cancer Challenge offers many ways to get involved, including 14-, 35-, 60- and 100-mile bicycle rides; 5- and 10K run/walks; and volunteer opportunities. Events will start and finish in Aldrich Park, at the center of the UCI campus. The 60- and 100-mile rides feature some of the nation’s most iconic beaches.

“This year, we’re excited to add a 10K, which offers runners and walkers a new way to support the innovative work of researchers at the Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center,” said Jennifer Sarrail, executive director of the Anti-Cancer Challenge. “The route will take people through the heart of the beautiful UCI campus, making it an enjoyable way to be part of a local movement to end cancer.”

Anti-Cancer Challenge sponsors include Monarch Beach Resort, Monster Energy, Hensel Phelps, Lynn Capouya Inc., the Kay Family Foundation, Hathaway Dinwiddie Construction Co., Montessori Schools of Irvine, tk1sc, DPR Construction, Pacific Ventures Management, Metagenics, Kitchell, FPL and Associates, Melissa’s Produce, Hologic and B. Braun Medical.

The Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center is at the forefront of discovering new ways to fight cancer. As the only National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center in Orange County, it combines leading-edge research, pioneering clinical trials and world-class patient care. In 2018 alone, more than 5,600 new patients benefited from the advanced treatment provided by the center. For further information about the June event or to register, visit Anti-CancerChallenge.org.

About the UCI Anti-Cancer Challenge

  • 5:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • Saturday, June 8, 2019
  • Aldrich Park, UCI campus, Irvine
  • Complimentary parking is available in the UCI Student Center Parking Structure, at 311 W. Peltason Drive.

About the UCI Anti-Cancer Challenge: A community movement and annual ride, run and walk, the Anti-Cancer Challenge raises awareness of and funds for innovative cancer research at UCI’s Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center. In the event’s short history, participants have raised enough money to enable the pursuit of more than two dozen original research approaches to prevent, diagnose or treat cancer. For more information, visit Anti-CancerChallenge.org. 

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