Cure Cancer In Costume

By Michael Berick

Los Angeles Events - Cancer Challenge

Kids make a beeline to the finish line at the L.A. Cancer Challenge. PHOTO BY ANGELA DAVES HALEY

The L.A. Cancer Challenge, taking place from 7 a.m.-noon Oct. 25 at Warner Center Park in Woodland Hills, isn’t your typical fundraising event. Organized by the Hirshberg Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research, this 5K/10K Walk/Run really gets into the Halloween spirit. Participants are encouraged to come in costume, so if you aren’t a stellar athlete, you could still win a prize for costume design. (No need to worry about running in costume. You can dress up after the race.)

The event also includes a Kids Can Cure Fun Run and – new this year – a 4-Legged 5K for runners and their canine companions. Dog owners can also join the Pooch Parade, and children can join the Halloween Parade. Round out the day at the Fit Family Expo with health, fitness and pet-related booths, enjoy live entertainment and decorate a pumpkin in the Halloween Kids Zone.

Now in its 18th year, the L.A. Cancer Challenge has raised nearly $6 million for pancreatic cancer research. You can contribute to the cause by signing up to participate, by pledging a donation to a runner/walker or a team or by donating online. For more information, visit

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