8th Annual RunTough 5K & 1M Fun Run

Presented by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan

September 25, 2021
Location Options:
  • Virtual Race — Anywhere, anytime! We will mail your shirt to you (if you want one).
  • Saline, MI — We are hosting an in-person event this year! Packet pickup will be Friday, Sept 24th from 4-6pm at Saline High School’s Hornet Stadium and starting at 7:45am the morning of the race. Opening ceremony is at 8:30am, and the race starts at 9am.

Registration is open, CLICK HERE!

**PLEASE NOTE the following UPDATED timeline for race packet mailings (as of 9/9/21)**

Due to ongoing supply-chain issues that unfortunately have become commonplace during the pandemic, we are experiencing delays with regard to our race shirts. As a result, the timing of race packet mailings has unfortunately been delayed.

• If you registered by August 1 — Your packet will be shipped by 9/10.
• If you registered by September 1 — Your packet will be shipped by 9/17.
• If you register after September 1 — You will receive your packet in October.



ChadTough Defeat DIPG Foundation is excited to announce the kickoff of the 8th annual RunTough 5K and 1M Fun Run, which will be held both virtually and in person at Saline Hornet Stadium on September 25th. This family-friendly 5K and 1 Mile Fun Run is the foundation’s longest-running event.


“RunTough for ChadTough” originated in 2014 when a group of neighbors in the Saline area came together in support of Chad Carr, a 3-year-old boy who had been diagnosed with terminal brain cancer called DIPG. Since then, RunTough alone has raised over $1.5 million for pediatric brain cancer research and inspired more than 13,000 registrants.

“RunTough will always hold a special place in our heart,” said co-founder Tammi Carr. “Our community surprised us within weeks of Chad’s diagnosis. The outpouring of support meant everything. We now hold the event around his birthday every year as a celebration of his life. And it has become the primary way we endure marking another year without him.”


Brain cancer kills more kids than any other type, and DIPG is responsible for almost half of all pediatric brain cancer deaths. With a nearly 0% survival rate and less than 1% of federal cancer research funding earmarked for ALL types of pediatric brain cancer, it’s no surprise that the standard of care has not changed in the six decades since Neil Armstrong’s daughter died of DIPG. But thanks primarily to families like the Carrs, who have channeled their grief into an effort to fund game-changing research on DIPG, doctors have begun to discover breakthrough treatments that are showing great promise, so much so that they now believe a cure will be found in our lifetime.

In Person Is BACK!

Assuming local conditions allow, the foundation will be welcoming as many local families as possible to join them in September. Event chair Zoe Thompson said, “We are so happy to be able to offer a fun, safe, meaningful way for families to gather together and help make a difference. This event has always been a favorite among local families. We look forward to celebrating together come fall.”

As in years past, virtual participants from all over the world are encouraged to register. The foundation has a goal of inspiring at least 5 registrations from every state in the U.S., in honor of the 5 years Chad was with his family. In addition to the main RunTough event, satellite efforts are being hosted by ChadTough Defeat DIPG Family Partners and other families affected by pediatric brain cancer across the country.

And NEW this year – registration options for as low as $20! Of course, the foundation will continue to offer an in-person-only toddler special – $5 for children 5 and under.



Sponsors are needed! Recognizing the pandemic has negatively affected many local businesses, including past sponsors, the ChadTough Defeat DIPG Foundation is looking for help. If you are interested in becoming a RunTough sponsor to help support funding pediatric brain cancer research, or know of someone who might be, contact kristina@chadtough.org.

A Message from Our CEO

CEO Ann Friedholm wants to encourage everyone to come. “Please mark your calendar and plan to join us on September 25th. We’ve so missed being together with our volunteers and supporters. It will be an exceptionally fun morning for the entire family!”

*Note: Our highest priority is the health and safety of our supporters and community. We will follow all local health and safety guidelines in place at the time of the event.

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