6th Annual Superhero Sprint & 6K

Presented by Headfirst Summer Camps

May 15-31, 2021

The ChadTough Defeat DIPG Superhero Sprint & 6K, presented by Headfirst Summer Camps, is a fun and meaningful way to contribute to the fight against childhood brain tumors. Typically, the main Superhero 6K event takes place in Maryland, with a 6K timed walk/run, a 1K walk/run, and a Tot Sprint. Due to COVID-19, this year’s race was entirely virtual. 

We are thrilled to share the results of the 6th Annual ChadTough Defeat DIPG Superhero Sprint & 6K!

Thanks to all of you, we had the biggest numbers yet for this event! What a powerful statement from the ChadTough Defeat DIPG community about the importance of our childhood brain cancer heroes and the mission to find a cure!

  • 2,734 virtual runners
  • Over $275,000 raised
  • Over 1,600 separate donors
  • 70 race teams
  • Over 130 cancer heroes honored by participants

Thank you especially to everyone who created a race team and those who launched fundraisers. Your efforts made this happen!

Twenty-seven of the race teams had at least 20 participants. Viv’s Venging Vikings, Mirah’s Many, and Callie’s Crew 305 each had over 240 participants!

More than 20 teams raised over $1,000. Team Covington (from Covington & Burling LLP), Viv’s Venging Vikings, and Team Big Hero Michael all raised over $20,000 each. Wow!

Although we were physically apart, you could feel the love, camaraderie, and unity of purpose from all who joined together for this event. The Mosier family especially appreciated the continued support as they marked six years since losing Michael. The pictures you shared warmed our hearts, and we know that it means the world to every family whose child you honored. We have collected photos in our online album at this link.

There is a reason this is a superhero event. Kids who fight cancer demonstrate strength and bravery that is unparalleled. They inspire us all and fuel our efforts to find a cure.

Thank you to our dedicated sponsors who stepped up to support childhood brain cancer research, even though our event had to be virtual. We want to give special mention to Presenting Sponsor Headfirst Summer Camps and Gold Sponsor Mirah’s Many. Please take time to view our full sponsor listing below.

From the Mosier and Carr families, and all of us at ChadTough Defeat DIPG Foundation, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts for making the 6th Annual Superhero 6K such a great success.

We are Tougher Together! 

Together we will Defeat DIPG!


The race was created in honor of Michael Mosier, a 6-year-old little boy from Bethesda, Maryland, who battled DIPG for 8.5 months before passing away in May 2015. This year is the 6th Annual Superhero 6K event, which has special significance as it marks 6 years since Michael passed away at the age of 6. It has been an honor for this event to include many dozens of childhood cancer families over the years, and we can’t wait to welcome back so many of our supporters who participate in honor of many special childhood cancer fighters.

Michael Mosier Defeat DIPG Foundation originally established and has hosted the Superhero 6K for the past 5 years. Now that the foundation has joined forces with The ChadTough Foundation to form ChadTough Defeat DIPG Foundation, the mission remains the same. All proceeds from the race will benefit ChadTough Defeat DIPG Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to raising funds for childhood brain cancer research, with an emphasis on DIPG.

Brain tumors are the leading cause of childhood cancer death for children and adolescents under the age of 19, and DIPG (diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma) is the most lethal form of pediatric brain cancer. There is now hope for progress in the battle against DIPG, and your participation can make an impact and help save these kids’ lives!

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