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Get Your Rear in Gear: Start a team!

Thursday, May 10, 2018

By: Femi Cole



 

Here’s how to make the fourth annual Get Your Rear in Gear-Green Bay 5K more enjoyable: Get a little help from your friends.

 

“It’s already a fun, family-friendly event,” executive race director Mike Schmidt says. “Getting a group of family and friends together as a team to run or walk this event takes the excitement levels up a few notches. It makes for an increasingly positive experience.”

 

The 5K run/walk will take place at 9 a.m. on Saturday, August 4, on the Aurora BayCare Medical Center campus at 2845 Greenbrier Road in Green Bay.

 

The event features a 5K (3.1-mile) timed race and a 1.5-mile walk. There also is a kids’ fun run. The run/walk will wind its way around the hospital campus and take participants through nearby neighborhoods.

 

The day 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.

 

Registration is open. The fee is $25 for adults and $15 for ages 12 and under through July 31, the close of online registration. Fees are $30 for adults and $20 for ages 12 and under on race day. The kids’ fun run remains $15.

 

The annual Get Your Rear in Gear 5K run/walk is powered by the Colon Cancer Coalition, a Minneapolis-based non-profit organization seeking to raise national awareness about colon cancer screening and early detection.

 

Colon cancer is a disease that needs to be discussed more frequently, Dr. Erik Johnson says. He’s a colorectal surgeon with Aurora BayCare General & Vascular Surgeons.

 

“It can be a challenging disease to treat if not caught early,” he said. “That’s why this event provides us the ideal platform to raise awareness of this disease, the importance of simple screening tests and the importance of early detection.”

 

Aurora BayCare Medical Center is the event’s presenting sponsor.

 

Visit the Get Your Rear in Gear-Green Bay Facebook page or website for more information.

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Erik Johnson, MD, FACS, is Board Certified  in general surgery and in colon and rectal surgery, and practices at Aurora BayCare Medical Center.  Dr. Johnson received his education at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee and completed two fellowships, one at Ferguson Clinic in colorectal and one at the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics in oncology. Learn more here.  

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