Get Your Rear in Gear run/walk set for Aug. 5

Friday, July 7, 2017

By: Femi Cole


Get Your Rear in Gear-Green Bay returns to the area’s east side on Saturday, Aug. 5, a run/walk to help underscore the importance of health screenings and early detection of a potentially deadly disease – colon cancer.


Get Your Rear in Gear-Green Bay presented by Aurora BayCare Medical Center is scheduled for 9 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 5. It’s part of the Colon Cancer Coalition’s national campaign to raise awareness of colon cancer and the importance of preventive screenings and early detection.


The run/walk will take participants around the Aurora BayCare Medical Center campus at 2845 Greenbrier Road in Green Bay, and through nearby neighborhoods. It will feature a 5K (3.1-mile) timed race and a 1.5-mile walk. There also will be a kids’ fun run.


The day’s events will include opportunities to celebrate colon cancer survivors and provide support for those family members and caregivers left behind following a loved one’s fight with the disease. Aurora BayCare Medical Center is the event’s presenting sponsor.


“Get Your Rear in Gear is a great way to help motivate our community to enhance fitness and wellness efforts while also providing a platform to start important conversations about colon cancer awareness,” said Mike Schmidt, executive race director. He’s also a member of BayCare Clinic’s executive team.


Dr. Erik Johnson, an Aurora BayCare colorectal surgeon, echoed those thoughts. He’s the event’s physician leader.


“Get Your Rear in Gear is a perfect platform for providing a fun event that encourages fitness and wellness, while also informing our local communities about the dangers of colon cancer and the importance of preventive screenings and early detection,” he said.


Colon cancer is a malignancy that begins in the colon or large intestine. A closely related and often interchanged term, colorectal cancer, includes not only cancers of the colon, but also cancers that form in the rectum.


According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in 2013 (the most recent year for which numbers are available):


  • 136,119 people in the United States were diagnosed with colorectal cancer, including 71,099 men and 65,020 women.
  • 51,813 people in the United States died from colorectal cancer, including 27,230 men and 24,583 women.

Although those numbers make colorectal cancer the second-leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the U.S., the Colon Cancer Coalition says regular screenings can prevent many of these instances from occurring.


“Even though 1 in 20 Americans will be diagnosed with colon cancer during their lifetime, this disease is highly treatable,” Johnson said. “The five-year survival rate is around 90 percent when we catch the disease in its earliest stages.”


Registration is $25 for adults and $15 for ages 12 and under through Aug. 2, the close of online registration. Fees are $30 for adults and $20 for ages 12 and under on race day. The kids’ fun run is $15.

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