MACON, Georgia (COLISEUM CANCER INSTITUTE RELEASE) – The Undy 5000 5K Run/Walk to fight colon cancer is once again headed to Macon , thanks to the efforts of the members of Coliseum's Cancer Institute.
The family friendly 5K run or walk will take place at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 8, at Wesleyan College, kicking off March as "Brush the Town Blue," Coliseum's Colon Cancer Awareness Month. The event is one of four Undy 5000 races being held nationwide in March. Participants are encouraged to wear boxer shorts or as a tongue-in-cheek reference to the area on the body affected by colon cancer.
A portion of the funds raised from the 2014 Macon Undy 5000 will be help support the efforts of the Colon Cancer Alliance to provide colon cancer screening and education to patients in Middle Georgia.
The Undy 5000 will be held in 20 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 race day 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 will be a Kid's fun run and activities, including a bounce house.
All survivors of colon cancer are encouraged to run and receive free registration. This year the race course has been changed slightly, it will begin and end on Wesleyan College's campus, however, returning participants will appreciate a new runner and stroller friendly course. Prizes will be awarded to first, second, and third place for all age groups. There will also be a prize for best costume.
The Colon Cancer Alliance (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.
Anyone wishing to participate in this family-oriented, fun event, can visit www.undy5000.org and choose Macon as their race location to register for the event. All participants will receive a pair of boxer shorts in lieu of the traditional t-shirt offered at most races. Registrants can also stay up to date with the events' happenings on its Facebook page: Macon Undy 5000 5k Run/Walk. Questions about the event can be directed to the Coliseum Cancer Institute at (478) 765-4805.