"I started running when I turned 50. My goal was to run a 5K by my 50th birthday. I belong to many running groups, am an ambassador for fitness apparel brands 2XU and Physiclo, and running club RunJunkEes. I run and train daily. I train three times a week with Perry Coolbaugh (pictured) of PAC Fitness. He has helped me reach my fitness goals and prepares me for all my half marathons & local 5 and 10K races that I do. My profession as an endoscopy nurse has a lot to do with why I'm raising money for the Colon Cancer Alliance. Working in the endoscopy department, I see colon cancer. Early detection and screening is so very important. This year as I run the Raleigh Rock 'n' Roll half I will be dedicating my 13.1 miles to colon cancer survivors, those battling colon cancer, and those who have lost their battle to colon cancer. And to my mother-in-law who was recently diagnosed with colon cancer." For more information and to sign up for a race, visit https://www.ccalliance.org/rock-n-run-colon-cancer/. Those who sign up for free commit to raising a minimum of $300 for a 5k race; $500 for a 10k race; $800 for a half marathon; and $1200 for a full marathon.
IN THE NEWS • 03/28/2017
Mary Ann Ratajczak talks rocking and running for colon cancer
For the first time, the Colon Cancer Alliance is partnering with the Rock n Roll Marathon Series in our ongoing effort to help raise funds and raise awareness for colon cancer. Those who choose to sign up on behalf of the Colon Cancer Alliance can register for free! We're excited to announce that we have our first runner: Mary Ann Ratajczak of Exeter, PA. She is traveling to run the Humana Rock ‘n’ Roll Raleigh Half Marathon on April 2, and took a few moments to share her running story: