Reaching for the Cure 


Sunday, March 25, 2018
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 20 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.

Quick Race Facts


Event Date and Time: Sunday, March 25, 2018, 6:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Location: 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 24th 10am - 2pm and Sunday, March 25th 6am

Race Weekend Hotel Stay: DoubleTree by Hilton has an exclusive rate of $109/night, free wifi and only $5 parking!

Click here and use code PCR to book your reservation.

Event FAQs: click here.

Fundraising & Team Support: click here.

Sponsor and Partnership Opportunities, click here.

Ways to Volunteer: click here.

2017 Results with Gemini Timing: click here.

Want to Bike the Brick? Upgrade your run or walk registration and join 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”. New this year: You can now sign up for your bike only event right here on our registration form! 

RunWalk_focus.jpgFor more information on just the bike, click here.

Finish Line FestivalLocated at Irvine Valley College. Race Day Activities for runners, walkers, cyclists, families and the community include packet pickup, race announcements, finisher medals, awards ceremony, exhibitors, food and musical entertainment; PCRF's famous Kids Zone features petting zoo, bounce houses, obstacle courses, video trucks, face painting, attractions and more.

For more information on joining us as a vendor, click here.

Sponsorship Opportunities: Interested in sponsoring the Reaching for the Cure Half Marathon, 10K, 5K, Kids Fun Run? Contact us at (949) 859-6312 or by email at

To download our sponsorship packet, click here.

361° OC Running Challenge

New Medal Challenge in Orange County! Earn extra bling by completeing all 3 races: Tustin Hanger, Reaching for the Cure, and Laguna Hills. You get the option to run, jog or walk any distance combinations - choose from half marathon, 10K and 5K courses. Plus, when you fundraise or donate to the official charity partner, the Pediatric Cancer Research Foudnation, you earn the change to win incredible prizes - including 361° shoes and swag. 

The challenge is managed by Renegade Racing and qualifiers are tracked by Gemini Timing. You will pick up your extra bling on race day at the 361° booth at the finish line expo at the Laguna Hills Memorial Day event on May 28th.


About Our Organization

Our Mission


Since its establishment in 1982, PCRF has focused its efforts to improve the care, quality of life and survival rate of children with malignant diseases. The founders, comprised of parents, physicians and community leaders, joined forces to begin support of laboratory research that would translate into immediate treatment for children with cancer. Since 1982, the dedicated volunteers of PCRF have raised over $36 million for pediatric cancer research. PCRF is currently funding at 11 different institutions across the country.

Winning the Battle

  • The cancer death rate has dropped more dramatically for children than for any other age group.
  • This progress can be attributed solely to research.
  • The survival rate in certain pediatric cancers has increased from 50% to greater than 80% since 1985.
  • 80% of all funds raised by PCRF goes directly to research.


Cancer Facts

  • 1 in 330 Americans will be diagnosed with cancer before the age of 20.
  • Each year cancer kills more children and adolescents than any other disease.
  • The incidence of cancer among children in the U.S. is rising almost 1% per year.
  • Every day, 46 young people are diagnosed with cancer.
  • Less than 4% of the money budgeted by the National Cancer Institute is directed to pediatric cancer research.

Now is the time to find a cure, the answer is very close and so much progress has been made. We just need the research to reach that finish line!