Hope in Motion 2018

NOTE: You may register using this link up until the time of the event. We will also have Race Day Registration available onsite.
Credit cards, cash and checks will be accepted.

Celebrate National Cancer Survivors Day at the Fifth Annual Hope in Motion 5K & 1-Mile Family Walk! Hope in Motion is Minnesota’s National Cancer Survivors Day Celebration, including a 5K Run/Walk, a 1-Mile Family Walk, a Kids Dash, wellness activities, entertainment, speakers, and more. Proceeds will benefit Angel Foundation, a local nonprofit that provides support and programs for cancer survivors and their families. 

Presented by Minnesota Oncology, this inspiring event honors survivors of all types of cancers, at all stages of the cancer journey – whether they were just diagnosed yesterday or have been cancer-free for decades. The featured speakers for Hope in Motion 2018 are cancer survivors Kris West and Marc Thompson.

Event, Parking & Shuttle Bus maps

Course Map


Please see the event map  for parking lot locations. There are four parking lots along Phalen Avenue available for parking. One is adjacent to the pavilion and the others are a short walk (1/4 mile or less) to the pavilion.

Additional Parking/Shuttle:

Two shuttle buses will run continuously from Johnson Senior High School (1349 Arcade St. N St. Paul, MN 55106) to Phalen Park Pavilion beginning at 7:30 a.m. and ending at 11:30 a.m.


7:30 a.m. – Registration and Packet pick up begins
7:30-11 a.m. – Survivor Resource Center and Photo Station open
7:45-8:30 a.m. -- High Five Fit Demos outside of the pavilion: High Five Fit is offering free demos of Kangoo Jumps® rebound boots. Bounce around for fitness, fun, balance, and as a quick warm up for the walk/run! 
8:00 -8:30 a.m. - Musical entertainment by cancer survivor and oncology nurse Yana Reko and her family
8:30 a.m. – Welcome and speakers
8:55 a.m. -- Survivor Photo (Meet on the hill between the pavilion and finish line)
9:00 a.m. - Kids’ Super Hero Dash
9:15 a.m. – 5K & 1-Mile Start (1 Mile walkers will line up behind 5K participants)
9:30-11 a.m. – Refreshments, musical entertainment by cancer survivor and oncology nurse Yana Reko and her family
10:30 a.m. – Awards Ceremony

Course and timing: 

The 5K course is USATF certified. View the Course Map  here. The 5K will be manually timed this year. The 1-Mile Family Walk Course and Kids Challenge Courses will be marked on event day.  Course Marshalls will be on hand to guide you. There will be one water stop on the 5K course after the 2-mile mark. Please bring additional water with you if you will require water before the second mile.

Photo Station: 

The Photo Station will be open from 7:45 a.m. to 11 a.m. in the registration area. Bring your friends and family for fun photos in front of our Hope in Motion backdrop with plenty of props from which to choose (superhero gear for adults and kids, Survivor sashes, and more). 

Wall of Hope: 

Visit the "Wall of Hope" to post your message of hope for cancer survivors, tell us what you're celebrating, or post a note of remembrance for those who have lost the battle with cancer. Children are invited to come and color posters to help decorate the wall.

Strollers and pets: 

You may bring strollers for the walk/run activities, but because this is a path race we ask that you stay to the right of the path and do not pass other runners/walkers. We love pets, but respectfully request that you do not bring dogs to this event due to the size of the course paths. Leashes and pets may present a hazard for other walkers and runners.


Please check our  Facebook page or this webpage for any weather-related updates on Sunday.

Hope in Motion also features:

  • Donation and fundraising opportunities for runners and walkers
  • Entertainment and a festive family atmosphere
  • Inspirational and educational speakers
  • A fun photo booth
  • Activities for children
  • A Superhero Kids Dash
  • Superhero Appearances
  • Representatives from many community cancer support organizations
  • A chip-timed, USATF-certified 5K course
  • Age group finisher awards
  • Special awards for the top Male and Female Survivor 5K finishers
  • Fundraising opportunity for Angel Foundation
  • Team registration available
  • Sponsorship opportunities

To view photos of from Hope in Motion 2017, check out the Event Photo Album on Google+ and Photo Station Album on Facebook.  Keep up to date on future event announcements on the Hope in Motion Facebook page.


Watch the 2017 Hope in Motion highlight video below and read the full story on our website to learn more about Hope in Motion.

Hope in Motion is Minnesota’s National Cancer Survivors Day Celebration, including a 5K Run/Walk, a 1-Mile Family Walk, a 1K Kids Dash, wellness activities, entertainment, speakers, and more. In 2017, we raised over $50,000 in proceeds which will benefit Angel Foundation, a local nonprofit that provides support and programs for cancer survivors and their families.

About Angel Foundation: Founded in 2001, Angel Foundation helps when cancer strikes providing emergency financial assistance and education and support to Minnesota adults living with cancer and their families.www.mnangel.org Watch the video below to learn more about Angel Foundation:


About National Cancer Survivors Day:

National Cancer Survivors Day® is an annual, treasured Celebration of Life that is held in hundreds of communities nationwide, and around the world, on the first Sunday in June. It is a CELEBRATION for those who have survived, an INSPIRATION for those recently diagnosed, a gathering of SUPPORT for families, and an OUTREACH to the community. On National Cancer Survivors Day®, thousands gather across the globe to honor cancer survivors and to show the world that life after a cancer diagnosis can be fruitful, rewarding, and even inspiring.

It is a day for everyone, whether you're a cancer survivor, a family member, friend, or medical professional. This day provides an opportunity for all people living with a history of cancer – including America’s more than 15.5 million cancer survivors – to connect with each other, celebrate milestones, and recognize those who have supported them along the way. It is also a day to draw attention to the ongoing challenges of cancer survivorship in order to promote more resources, research, and survivor-friendly legislation to improve cancer survivors’ quality of life.

When is National Cancer Survivors Day®?  National Cancer Survivors Day® is observed each year on the first Sunday in June.

What does the National Cancer Survivors Day Foundation do?  The nonprofit National Cancer Survivors Day Foundation provides free guidance, education, and networking to hundreds of hospitals, support groups, and other cancer-related organizations that host NCSD events in their communities. Through National Cancer Survivors Day®, the Foundation works to improve the quality of life of cancer survivors by raising awareness of the ongoing challenges of cancer survivorship.

Who is a cancer survivor? The National Cancer Survivors Day Foundation defines a survivor as anyone living with a history of cancer – from the moment of diagnosis through the remainder of life. National Cancer Survivors Day® is an opportunity for your community to demonstrate that it has an active, productive cancer survivor population and to bring awareness to the challenges they face during and after treatment.

Hope in Motion 2018 Sponsors and Community Partners

Learn more about sponsorship and community partnership opportunities.

Presenting Sponsor

Star Sponsor

Inspiration Sponsors


Supporting Sponsors

Honor Sponsors

Survivor Resource Fair Partners

Angel Foundation

A Breath of Hope Lung Foundation

The Center of Movement

The Firefly Sisterhood

Gilda's Club Twin Cities

High Five Fit

Jack's Caregiver Coalition

Minnesota Ovarian Cancer Alliance (MOCA)

Rein in Sarcoma

Shoulak BreastFest Music Festivals 

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