The Big C Marathon has been run in early December every year since 2016, and has always started and finished at Cockrell Cider Farm in Puyallup. When I was diagnosed with breast cancer in the summer of 2016 Rich Cockrell was my running partner and was also a member of the same running club that endured five cancer diagnoses within a year and a half.  It was a stressful time and during the many miles of running together Rich was the sounding board for every sad detail and fear that I experienced.  The Cider Farm was also where I worked most days, and between the runs, playing in the dirt, and hanging out with chickens and dogs; healing happened.  With cancer, if it doesn’t kill you right away it eats away at your mind waiting for the next horrible thing to happen.  The only cure for that underlying fear is time.  For me, the time spent exhausting my body with runs and physical labor, watching the river move silently on its way, and sharing my days with animals and their undying love of life helped me heal.  

This year, because of the pandemic, The Big C Marathon will be run virtually.  When the pandemic hit, many of my cancer friends and I had the same reaction: welcome to our world.  Suddenly, everyone was in a state of not-knowing; there was a fear of death and trips were cancelled and not rebooked because the future was uncertain.  There was only the present.  The Big C Marathon was born out of this kind of situation. I had to cancel my big, planned-on travel marathon because of my diagnosis and treatment.  I knew I only had a window of time -the present- to run another marathon (maybe my last) and because of the uncertainty of treatment it needed to be close to home.  Voilá – The Big C Marathon.     

So, in this year of the pandemic, The Big C Marathon has new meaning for everyone.  Let’s run in places that feed our minds and bodies.  Let’s start and finish in locales that speak to us personally.  Let’s share the experience with just one or two friends – kept at a distance only physically.  Then, let’s celebrate our experiences remotely but with great enthusiasm.  Let’s heal.



Here are the details:


When: December 1-31, 2020


Where: Starts and finishes wherever you decide


Cost: Suggested donation of $25.00 payable to The Big C Marathon Fred Hutch Donation page 


Swag: The first 100 people to sign up and who donate at least the minimum-suggested amount will receive a medal and a token to be redeemed for a glass of Cockrell Cider (must be redeemed in 2020). You can receive them directly from the maker – Brian Bunko at Northwest Laser Design
14706 Meridian East 
Puyallup WA 98375
Space 6


How Do I Sign Up Et Cetera:  Send an email to with your name and phone number.  
Make suggested donation at
No, Really – How Do I Do This?  You need to run, walk, or crawl a marathon distance (26.2 miles).  You may do that all at once or over the course of several days.  You may combine your distance with a friend (they need to donate also) or two or three.  Please add pictures of your adventure on our Facebook page The Big C Marathon 


Where Does the Money Go: After race costs are deducted (in the four year history of the race we have had zero race costs) 100% of the profit will be donated to Fred Hutch for cancer research.

Can I Just Donate Money?  Yes!  Simply go to and give your tax-deductible donation directly.

In 2017 the big C Marathon

raised and donated $4500.00

to Fred Hutch! Thank you

sponsors, runners and volunteers. 

In 2016 the big C Marathon

raised and donated $1200.00

to Fred Hutch! Thank you

sponsors, runners and volunteers. 






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