Why is Race for Life a women-only event?

Why can't men take part?

Race for Life is the only women-specific event organised by Cancer Research UK and is our most successful fundraising event series, raising millions of pounds each year for our life-saving research into all cancers that affect both men and women.

When we launched Race for Life in 1994 it was unique due to the fact that it was a women only event and this aspect has really shaped how the series has grown from strength to strength each year. The atmosphere on the day of Race for Life events has a strong sense of sisterhood, uniting all women with a common goal, to raise funds to beat cancer.

We regularly review our events to make them the best they can be and four years ago we seriously looked at whether we should let men enter Race for Life. However, our research showed that Race for Life’s success is due to its appeal to women as a women-only event and to allow men to enter could bring in less income for the charity’s life saving work.

We cannot risk this vital source of income to cancer research. We hope you understand that this decision has been made in the best interests of the cause.

There are, however, many ways that men can get involved with Race for Life. Male volunteers are invaluable at our events - we really couldn't go on without them - so any men that would like to support Race for Life by becoming a volunteer would be making a real contribution to the cause - find out more about volunteering.

Participants in Race for Life often enter in memory or support of both men and women, displaying their dedications on their back sign. The money raised from Race for Life events goes towards our life-saving work across all 200 types of cancer, which affect both men and women. We are committed to beating cancer, regardless of the gender of the person affected.

And there are lots of other Cancer Research UK fundraising events that both men and women can take part in, including: Stand Up To Cancer, a joint fundraising initiative between Cancer Research UK and Channel 4; Shine, our night time walking marathon; and Dryathlon.

Support Cancer Research UK by taking part in one of our events:

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