Race “Your Way” Against Cancer
This November 2020 Race Against Cancer changes course to virtual format

Knoxville, Tenn. - September 2020 - In an effort to ensure a safe environment for our race participants, Thompson Cancer Survival Center’s annual Race Against Cancer will take place virtually this fall. This 5K run/walk, originally scheduled for November 8, 2020 at World’s Fair Park, has moved to a virtual format to allow participants to safely social distance while supporting cancer outreach, screenings and access to healthcare for those who need it most. Proceeds from the event benefit clinical research and other valuable support programs for patients and families of Thompson Cancer Survival Center.

“2020 has been a challenging year for us all but even more so for those affected by cancer,” says Scott Warwick, President and Chief Administrative Officer, Thompson Cancer Survival Center. “Studies have shown that the impact of COVID-19 on cancer patients is more than double the impact on the normal population. Because of this, family and friends attending appointments and treatments with them have been limited to protect their safety. Now more than ever, cancer patients need these many valuable support programs funded by the TCSC Foundation. So please join us in our first ever virtual race to support cancer patients during this difficult time.”

Event organizers have announced that in order to prioritize health and safety of our community, the 27th annual Race Against Cancer will offer several race course options and a flexible time frame. Between Oct. 31 and Nov. 22, runners may choose the race course that best fits their goals. This virtual experience allows the Race Against Cancer to deliver an official interactive race experience that supports the social distancing needs of today’s climate while providing real-time engagement with participants.

How to “Race Your Way” Against Cancer

Using an app called “RaceJoy,” participants choose between two certified timed course locations, or choose to create their own independent 5K route, resulting in a custom race experience for each participant that allows them to race their way. In addition to new interactive features like receiving virtual cheers from friends and family, audio progress at mile markers and virtual scored results, registered participants will receive a commemorative runner’s pullover to wear during their run. Participants can register for the virtual event now through November 22 at www.raceagainstcancer.org.

About Thompson Cancer Survival Center

Thompson Cancer Survival Center is more than a world-class cancer center. We are a cancer survival center, where leading cancer specialists use the most advanced technologies to achieve breakthrough successes in treating many types of cancer. Our patients are supported by a team of physicians, patient navigators, dietitians, genetic counselors, clinical trial specialists, physicists, pharmacists, therapists, technologists, oncology nurses, social workers, and counselors. Thompson has four cancer center locations and eight oncology medical practices throughout the region.

Gifts to the Thompson Cancer Survival Center Foundation ensure leading-edge cancer treatment, clinical trials and technology advancements as well as services such as early detection, education and direct patient support accessible to all people throughout our region regardless of their ability to pay. As Thompson Cancer Survival Center continues to serve our community and the region, there are many opportunities for the community to help strengthen our programs and services and make a difference in the fight against cancer.

About Race Against Cancer

Since its inception 26 years ago, the Race Against Cancer has raised more than $7.4 million for those affected by cancer in our area. Thanks to donors, teams, and individual fundraising efforts, Thompson Cancer Survival Center is able to continue life-saving services in Knox and 18 surrounding counties, and fight the battle against cancer. Through prevention, early detection and education, we are saving lives. For more information or to register, visit www.raceagainstcancer.org or call 865-531-5210.

How does our virtual race work?

Between the dates of October 31 and November 21, run or walk the virtual course that you chose when you registered. Our event will offer several virtual versions of walk/run events- a 1 mile walk/run anywhere event utilizing any 1 mile route that the participant chooses, three 5K events - one utilizing any 5K route that the participant chooses and two that will utilize a certified 5K course. Each choice will allow use of the RaceJoy application from RunSignup to capture and record time and distance or a participant can record their time for any of the "run anywhere" courses using their Garmin, FitBit, or whatever method they choose and manually submit their time.

The only requirement for the "run anywhere" events is that the participants complete the walk/run in one session. Participants may utilize the RaceJoy application to record their time and distance or they can manually record and submit their time. We will post the time on the RunSignUp and Total Race Solutions sites. No awards for the "run anywhere" events.

The participants who choose the Walk/Run on a certified course option will be required to walk/run a certified course. We have chosen two USATF certified courses—one that starts and ends in Tyson Park close to downtown Knoxville, TN and one that starts and ends in the Turkey Creek area of West Knoxville. Both courses are out and back courses. The Tyson Park course will utilize a greenway and some streets on the UT Ag Campus. The Tyson Park Course USATF certification number is TN19070MS. Click Tyson to view the course map and description for this course. The West Knoxville Course will utilize a greenway and residential streets. The West Knoxville Course is USATF number is TN11028MS. Click West Knox to view the course map and description for this course. In order to be eligible for awards for one of the certified courses, participants must utilize the RaceJoy Application to record their time.

Participants will be able to post their individual results either using the RaceJoy application or manually beginning at 12:00 AM on October 31, 2020 and ending at 11:59 PM on November 22, 2020. Only results captured and posted on the RaceJoy application will be eligible for awards on the certified 5K course.

Manual results may be posted as follows:

  • Visit the Race Against Cancer Virtual Race at https://runsignup.com/Race/Events/TN/Knoxville/ThompsonCancerSurvivalCenterRaceAgainstCancer
  • Make sure you are logged in.
  • Locate the "Results" tab at the top of the menu.
  • Click the "Submit Virtual Results" button.
  • Next search for your registration either by first and last name or by email address and date of birth.
  • Once you have found your registration, select "Submit Virtual Results" and enter your finish time.


We have included RaceJoy utilization for this event to each registered participant as part of the registration fee. Each registered participant will receive detailed instructions on using the RaceJoy application. We have also posted those instructions on this page. The RaceJoy application utilizes a smart phone's gps capability to record distance and time. Instructions for RaceJoy utilization for virtual events are as follows:

  • Download RaceJoy from the App Store or Google Play.
  • Find Race: Click Featured Races to access the event you are doing or search by name in the search field.
  • Set Up Tracking: Click I Want to Be Tracked and follow the prompts carefully. Select the course(s) you plan to complete.
  • Enter Your Bib Number for Results: For events offering virtual scored results, enter your bib number provided to you by the race. RaceJoy will then automatically submit your finish data. Ensure Proper Settings: Follow RaceJoy's prompts and adjust settings as needed.

Virtual Race Day:

  • Click TRACK ME: Make sure to click the green blinking TrackMe button on race day to start the tracking of your phone.
  • Select the course you are about to do.
  • For Virtual Courses, Click START MY RACE as you begin your walk/run to start your personal clock.
  • RaceJoy auto detects when you complete the course distance. No need to click Finish. Race Redo for Virtual Events: You have the option to redo a course by clicking the redo button. This is only available for virtual events or on-site events with expanded race dates. Warning: Selecting the redo button will clear previous performance data.


The Race Against Cancer is part of the  Run and See Tennessee Grand Prix© series

*5KCourse certification is available at www.totalracesolutions.com; certification code TN18060MS.