Fred’s Team, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center's (MSK) running program, is dedicated to moving us closer to a world without cancer.

Runners raise money for the area of cancer research that means the most to them, making a real difference in the lives of people with cancer.

Official events include the TCS New York City Marathon, United Airlines NYC Half, Virgin Money London Marathon, and BMW Berlin Marathon. Runners can also participate in any race through the Choose Your Own Event program. Fred’s Team runners are given the ultimate race experience, including exclusive benefits, training, and supportive coaches and staff. 

Check out our 2019 Impact Report.


In 1995, Fred’s Team was named in honor of running legend and co-founder of the New York City Marathon—Fred Lebow, a man who dreamed of a world without cancer. In 1991, while he was being treated for brain cancer at MSK, he jogged through hospital hallways, determined to find a way to raise money for a cure. That year, Fred encouraged runners competing in the New York City Marathon to raise money for each mile they ran, and designated MSK its first official charity.

Since the start of Fred’s Team, runners have been participating in races worldwide to raise money for any area of critical cancer research at MSK. Every year, participants sign up, put on their orange Fred’s Team uniform, and take part in races, such as 5Ks, half-marathons, marathons, triathlons, and climbs—all while adding meaning to their miles.

As Fred said, a lot of satisfaction comes with crossing the finish line—but the critical funds runners raise for cancer research makes a difference that goes far beyond the finish line.

Fred Lebow

“Running the marathon is the best way I know to fight this disease.”

—Fred Lebow