Held during National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, the race raises awareness for the the second-leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States. Despite a decrease in the number of colorectal cancer deaths nationwide, colorectal cancer remains the second leading cause of cancer death for California in 2019. In fact, according to the California Department of Public Health, colorectal cancer claims over 5,000 lives each year in California and is expected to claim 5,290 lives in 2019. This high death rate is largely due to a lack of colorectal cancer screening, especially among young people.
Even though colorectal cancer is the second leading cancer killer in the United States, it is also among the most preventable and treatable type of cancers. The five-year survival rate for colorectal cancer found at the local stage is 90 percent, compared to 14 percent for colorectal cancer found at distant stages.
The Undy RunWalk event is a key fundraising source for the Alliance and for colorectal cancer awareness and research for the San Diego area. This year, the run walk aims to raise $69,000, which will fund national prevention, research and patient support programs through the Colorectal Cancer Alliance. Locally, this race partners with the UC San Diego Health to help raise awareness and eliminate the disease within our lifetime. To date, the San Diego event has raised thousands of dollars to further colorectal cancer research and awareness.
Undy RunWalk series are a 5K, approximately 3.1 miles, and include a one-mile fun run, which is untimed. People of all ages and fitness levels attend, and all events are timed unless otherwise noted. There are medals for the top three finishers in each age group and all fundraising participants receive a pair of Alliance’s famous undies for their run or walk. For race information, please visit https://www.ccalliance.org/events/2019-sandiego-undy-runwalk.
The San Diego Undy RunWalk is sponsored locally by Moores Cancer Center at UC San Diego Health and #SWEmpireOnWheels.
What: 2019 San Diego Undy RunWalk
Presented by: Colorectal Cancer Alliance
When: Saturday, March 2, 2019
Where: Mission Bay Park - De Anza Cove, 2750 North Mission Bay Drive, San Diego
Time: 7 a.m. – 10 a.m.
Cost: Individual Registration/Team Registration $35 Advance/$40 Race Day
Website/Event Registration: https://www.ccalliance.org/events/2019-sandiego-undy-runwalk
Senior Manager of Strategic Communications, Colorectal Cancer Alliance
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