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The Race That Nearly Wasn't - Beat Covid 19 - Fight Cancer

Register today for The Race That Nearly Wasn’t and commit to 2km a day for 20 days, to help fund life-saving cancer research! We are all under lockdown but still need to exercise, so we are looking for 2,000 runners or walkers to accept the challenge and you will be helping those at the frontline fighting cancer.

Breakthrough Cancer Research’s mission to achieve 100% survival for 100% of cancers must continue. Cancer still kills one person every hour in Ireland and will still be with us after we beat the corona virus. We can use the lockdown and 2km restrictions to beat both COVID19 and cancer!

What is a virtual race?

This race is just like any other race, but with one exception – you choose when and where you do it!

You can to it around your back garden in isolation or run or walk by yourself within a 2km radius of your home and the app will look after the rest.

You can keep your social distance of at least 2m at all time, get some exercise and support cancer research all while observing the 2km COVID19 restrictions.

Once registered you can choose your challenge of either 40km (2km a day for 20 days) or 60km (3km a day for 20days), even while isolated.

Check out our FAQ's for more and the How to take part section below



April - May 2020


Just step outside your front door and start


When suits you

What your need to do.

Run/walk 2km each day for 20 days


2020 has already been a year like no other and the current pandemic is a crisis the likes of which we have never faced before. Daily life has changed dramatically for everyone as we attempt to tackle the spread of the virus. It is a very concerning time for cancer patients, survivors and their families and it is also a very challenging time for fundraising.

We still need your support to help us find new ways to fight cancer but also want you to stay at home. So be creative and use the app to track laps of garden or lengths of the kitchen or if you are leaving your house stay within the 2 km radius and maintain at least 2m social distancing at all times.

Run on your own but stay connected with others who also want to help make more cancer survivors. Be part of Team Breakthrough. Challenge your friends, family and colleagues to do it too, in their own time, in their own place.

Breakthrough Cancer Research does not receive any government funding and so without the support of people like you the type of research that has already led to 9 new treatments moving from the lab to the clinic will just stop.

We cannot let that happen. 

We still need to raise €2million this year to fund life-saving cancer research programmes and help bring ideas from the lab all the way to the patient clinics where they are most needed.

Many events are cancelled. You can ensure The Race That Nearly Wasn’t goes ahead. You can help save lives.

Official Race App

Download the app now from one of these links.

How to take part

From May 1st through to June 20th the challenge will be live in the “Your Virtual Race” App – here is what you need to do to be ready for the virtual run:

1. Download the Your Virtual Run App on iOS or Android, links below
2. Please ensure you allow the app to use your location
3. Navigate to the “Challenges” tab in the App
4. Click on the “The Race That Nearly Wasn't” Challenge and click “join challenge”
5. The challenge opens on April 1st until May 24th.
6. When you are ready to run/walk/jog, navigate back to the challenge page and record your journey, ensuring to click start and stop when finished.
7. You can run or walk as often as you like during April & May until you reach your 40km or 60km chosen target, please use the app each time.

Please ensure that your press STOP on the app when you have run/walk. 


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