ESPN and Team Up with The V Foundation for Cancer Research for the First Jimmy V ‘Don’t Ever Give Up’ Run Series

In the eternal spirit of Coach Jim Valvano, ESPN has teamed up with and The V Foundation for Cancer Research to present the First Jimmy V “Don’t Ever Give Up” Run Series.  The website,, located in The Life section on features a schedule of races across the country, how to register and compete in a race, donating to The V Foundation and more.

Sign-ups are now open to runners for races in California, Florida and Texas that will begin in March and will continue through April.  New races will continue to be added to the list in the weeks ahead.  The current series schedule includes: 




Sat, Mar 5

Shamrock 5 Miler

Santa Barbara, CA

Sat, Mar 5

41st NorCal John Frank Memorial Run

Redding, CA

Sat, Mar 5

Sombrero Beach Run

Key West, FL

Sun, Mar 6

XTERRA Trout Creek 15K & 5K Trail Run

Tampa, FL

Sat, Mar 12

15th Annual Juanna Run

Palo Alto, CA

Sat, Mar 12

Leaping Leprechauns 5K & 15K

McKinney, TX

Sun, Mar 13

2011 Go Green St. Patrick’s Day 5K/10K & Half Marathon

Los Gatos, CA

Sat, Mar 19

Run with the Dogs

Destin, FL

Fri, Mar 25

Robinson Preserve Twilight 5K Run

Bradenton, FL

Sat, Mar 26

26th Great Race

Augora Hills, CA

Sat, Apr 16

Springer Elem Stampede 5K

Rockwell, TX

Sat, Apr 23

The Heart of Health 5K

Heath, TX


For first-timers and seasoned veterans, online training plans from will be available to runners to help prepare for races.  The plans allow runners to log and track cardio and strength training workouts, map favorite training routes, track shoe mileage, connect with other athletes on community message boards, access training calculators and more.  Beginners will be able to choose one of three training plans (5K, 10K or half marathon) with intermediate plans available for a 5K and 10K.

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About The V Foundation

The V Foundation for Cancer Research was founded in 1993 by ESPN and the late Jim Valvano, legendary North Carolina State basketball coach and ESPN commentator. Since 1993, The Foundation has raised more than $100 million to fund cancer research grants nationwide. It awards 100 percent of all direct cash donations and net proceeds of events directly to cancer research and related programs. Administrative and fundraising expenses are paid by the Foundation’s endowment. The Foundation awards grants through a competitive awards process strictly supervised by a Scientific Advisory Board. For more information on The V Foundation or to make a donation, please visit