FIGHT ON is multi-sport celebration of the cancer-fighting spirit of our community to raise funds for UT/West Institute. This annual event takes place at Shelby Farms Park and attracts cyclists, runners, walkers, sponsors, and volunteers from all across the Mid-South.

There are three different cycling routes: 20, 40, and 60 miles with fun and festive SAG stops along the routes as well as rolling SAGs to support cyclists along their ride. For those who want an extra challenge, sign up for the 20 mile ride and 5K run combo.


The FIGHT ON 5K takes over 1,000 runners on a scenic loop around Patriot Lake. There is also a 1 mile walk option great for families. All races use chip timing and are managed by Start2Finish.


You don’t want to miss the post-race party in Celebration Village featuring brunch, live entertainment, local vendor, awards ceremonies, kids’ activities, and a touching memorial honoring those whose lives have been touched by cancer. Because FIGHT ON is more than just a great event– it is for an even greater cause– to FIGHT ON in the face of cancer. Funds raised through FIGHT ON benefit The West Institute for cancer research, patient services, and community outreach.

Cancer survivors after the survivor ceremony at  FIGHT ON 2018.

Our History

Back in 2013, two oncologists, Dr. Bradley Somer and Dr. Todd Tillmanns, decided to start a bike ride to raise money for cancer research. That first year, “The Ride to Conquer Cancer” had 20-something cyclists riding around what was then The West Clinic on Humphreys Boulevard. The next two years, “The Ride To Fight On” partnered with the Memphis Hightailers Bicycle Club and their BCB 100 ride and the event continued to grow and raise funds for cancer research.

In 2016, the event became FIGHT ON as it moved to Shelby Farms Park and added a 5K run and 1 mile walk. Since then, FIGHT ON has grown to boast more than 2,000 participants as it celebrates the cancer-fighting spirit of our community. As the signature fundraising event for The University of Tennessee/ West Institute for Cancer Research, FIGHT ON has raised over $3 million dollars for cancer research, patient services, and community outreach.