8th Annual RunTough 5K & 1M Fun Run

RunTough 2021 was held on September 25, 2021

The 8th Annual RunTough for ChadTough Defeat DIPG 5K & 1M Fun Run presented by Blue Cross Blue Shield Of Michigan was a resounding success! Because of YOU, we raised over $390,000. This year we had more than 900 registrations for the local Saline race (special thanks to those who braved the rain!) and almost 1,800 participated virtually (thank you Bose for sponsoring the virtual option) from around the world! Over the past 8 years, more than 16,000 people have taken part in this event, helping us raise awareness and dollars for important pediatric brain cancer research. THANK YOU!

We are truly TOUGHER TOGETHER and could not have been successful without our sponsors, donors, fundraisers, and families who hosted their own teams. Please know that each dollar we raised is bringing us one step closer to finding a cure for DIPG and pediatric brain cancer.

Hosting this event year after year would not be possible without our RunTough committee. Many have been with us since the very first RunTough event. Thank you for making our event a success, especially our Event Lead, Zoe Thompson!

Whether you ran with us in person or participated from across the country, in honor of one specific child or on behalf of all who have faced pediatric brain cancer, we felt your presence. We know that together, we are getting one step closer to finding a cure for this terrible disease.

Be sure to share all of your photos from your run with us on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. #ChadToughDefeatDIPG #RunTough

Thank you for being part of our journey!


“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.


Sponsors are needed for 2022! 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 [email protected].

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