Last year, there were 46,632 organ transplants in the United States. Together, through the 2024 AST Virtual Run and Fitness Challenge, our goal is to collectively complete 46,632 miles to honor these recipients and organ donors.
Organ transplants are a treatment, not a cure, and transplant recipients know this reality all too well. Approximately 50 percent of transplant recipients face organ failure within 5 to 10 years, depending on the type of organ transplanted and the nature of the pre-existing condition. More research is needed to make transplants last a lifetime.
Get some exercise and help support transplant research by joining the Challenge today. Help us complete the heart below.
We are seeking community members to lead teams and recruit friends, colleagues, and families to raise awareness and funds for AST. Corporate teams are also welcome. This is a great way to achieve your health goals as a team while raising funds for transplant research!
The AST Virtual Run and Fitness Challenge takes place where you are and when you want, anytime between April 1 and June 1.
Our goal is to raise at least $10,000 and complete 46,632 miles - one for every transplant in 2023.
Race Dates
 April 1 – June 1, 2024
Regular Registration: $25
Transplant Community Registration*: $15
*Transplant recipients, living donors, caregivers, donor families
  • All participants in the United States will receive a t-shirt*
  • Participants who raise $200 or more will also receive an AST hoodie.
  • Participants who raise $250 will receive an AST hoodie AND an invitation to the 2024 Gratitude Reception during the 2024 American Transplant Congress in Philadelphia, PA.
  • Prizes will be awarded to the team and individual with the most mileage and money raised.
  • All participants who complete their distance or fundraising goal will be entered in a raffle to win prizes.
  • The winning AST Community of Practice (COP) will receive an exclusive digital recognition opportunity to showcase their COP.

*If you register for the race prior to April 30, your shirt will be delivered to you before ATC. Anyone registering after April 30, will receive your T-shirt after ATC.
  • Join the race by clicking on any "Register" button on this page.
  • Tell everyone about it! Invite your colleagues, family, and friends to join you, join a created team, or make a donation. Every dollar raised directly supports AST’s research efforts. Don't forget to hashtag #GetFit4Transplants
  • Participate in the Health Challenge! Walk or run the 'race' distance of 5L/3 miles (or set your own goal). You can also check out Activity Conversion Chart to see other ways that you can participate.
Campaign Engagement
This campaign offers numerous ways to get involved and earn points! Whether you’re posting in the scrapbook, leaving comments, chatting with others, or sending invitation emails, every action counts. Refer to the CAMPAIGN ENGAGEMENT POINTS CHART below to see how each activity earns points and start participating now to boost your score.
COMPLETED: 14,003 miles
TARGET: 46,632 miles
RAISED: $ 10,225
TARGET: $ 10,000
You must go on adventures to find out where you truly belong. ~ Sue Fitzmaurice
Come join us and leave your footprints around the heart!
Register for the campaign and set your fitness & fundraising targets.
Share your story and raise funds & awareness.
Track workouts anywhere & anytime and complete goal.
The American Society of Transplantation is a diverse organization dedicated to advancing the field of transplantation and improving patient care by promoting research, education, advocacy, organ donation, and service to the community through a lens of equity and inclusion.

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The funds raised will go toward AST's research efforts. A primary goal of the AST is to double long-term graft survival and optimize patient quality of life through transformative, multidisciplinary, basic, translational, and clinical research.
What is Charity Footprints?

Charity Footprints is a social enterprise that connects fitness and charitable giving. We empower people just like you, to get fit & give back.

Our Virtual Races allow non-profits to challenge their patrons to run, walk or ride and raise funds just as they would in a fundraising walkathon. The best part - charities save over 45% in event and logistical costs. So, the dollars that you pay to register or fundraise, go farther.

What is the campaign registration fee?

Campaign registration fee is the amount that you'll need to pay to enroll in this virtual race. This fee (less transaction charges) will go to the non-profit running this campaign as a donation.

The registration fee along with the funds raised through your individual fundraising page will enable the non-profit to fund various programs and pursue their organization's mission.

How can I create my fundraising page?

Well, you wouldn't have to create a separate fundraising page. Once you register for this campaign, we'll give you the link to your fundraising page.

How will I track my distance?

You can track your workouts by setting up your devices (Fitbit, Garmin, Apple Watch, Google Fit, Misfit, Strava), or download the Charity Footprints' iOS or Android app and track your workouts toward this campaign. ?>

If you workout indoors (treadmill, elliptical, stationary bike etc.), you can upload your workouts here.

How do I join a team on this campaign?

While registering for the campaign, select the team you'd like to join or create a new team and invite others to #GetFitGiveBack with you. If you want to join a team (or create your team) after registration, login to the campaign site and you would find a link to edit "My Team" in the menu under your profile in the header.

I am an international donor (non-US), what are my donation charges and tax-deductibility?

All donations are made in US dollars, so the donations may be levied an exchange rate fee via your bank. Donors will want to connect with their bank to determine exactly what that fee may be. Additionally, international donors will need to reach out to a tax professional to discuss if and how tax deductibility will apply to their donation.

Who can sponsor my fundraising efforts?

The short answer is - everyone. The fundraising research shows that the number one reason for people not donating is that they weren't asked to.

That said, there are things you can do to attract people to sponsor you. Adding a picture to your fundraising page, telling potential donors why this cause is so personal to you, sharing your fundraising page on social media, email, and chat groups.

Last, if your employer has a gift matching program, check with the human resources department to support your favorite cause as well.

Who can I contact if I need help?

You can contact us any time if you need help. We love hearing from our users so please don't hesitate to write to us about issues, suggestions, or to just say hi. You can also contact the non-profit administrator directly if you would like.

How do I change or switch my team?

If you want to join a team (or create your team) after registration, login to the campaign site and you would find a link to edit "My Team" in the menu under your profile in the header.