January 20, 2012
Colon Cancer Awareness Month Continues With San Diego Undy 5000
San Diego, CA (January 20, 2012) – The Undy 5000 5K Run/Walk to fight colon cancer returns to San Diego for the third consecutive year. The event will take place at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 10, at Mission Bay Park’s De Anza Cove. It is one of three Undy 5000 races in March, which is also Colon Cancer Awareness Month. Participants are encouraged to run in their underwear as a tongue-in-cheek reference to the area affected by colon cancer.
“Last year, we had more than 550 participants run, including an astounding 22 colon cancer survivors,” said Todd Setter, National Undy 5000 Event Director. “We hope this year has tons more survivors, since that’s what this event is all about, after all - early detection and surviving!”
This year’s event will also feature the Colon Cancer Alliance’s (CCA) Inflatable Colon, which is a giant, walk-through colon that shows the various stages of colon cancer, including descriptions about Crohn’s disease and Colitis.
A portion of the funds raised from the 2012 San Diego Undy 5000 will be given to our Community Health Partner, the California Colorectal Cancer provide colon cancer screening and treatment programs for residents in need.
The Undy 5000 will be held in 16 cities across the country this year to educate the public about colon cancer, promote screenings and encourage people to talk about the disease. Instead of raceday T-shirts, all registered participants receive a commemorative pair of Undy 5000 boxers. It is a family-friendly event open to all ages, and in addition to the 5K, there is a 1-mile fun run. The CCA, the nation’s largest and oldest patient advocacy organization dedicated to ending the suffering caused by colon cancer, hosts the event.
Created by the CCA in 2008, the Undy 5000 stresses the importance of timely colon cancer screenings, early detection, and provides valuable information for those already affected by the disease. Event proceeds help fund the CCA’s patient support and public awareness programs.
Boehringer Ingelheim, the maker of Dulcolax®*, is the proud presenting sponsor of the 2012 Undy 5000 races. As the #1 doctor-recommended stimulant for constipation relief, Dulcolax ® reminds everyone over the age of 50 or with a family history of colon cancer, that a colonoscopy can save lives.
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The Colon Cancer Alliance (CCA) is a community that provides hope and support to patients and their families, while saving lives through screening, access, awareness, advocacy and research.