More than 200 expected for Get Your Rear in Gear 5K
Thursday, July 21, 2016
Organizers of the second annual Get Your Rear in Gear-Green Bay presented by Aurora BayCare Medical Center are expecting more than 200 registrants for the Saturday, Aug. 6 run/walk.
“Registration is well under way and looks on pace to meet our signup expectations,” race director Mike Schmidt said. “For many, this event would simply be another local, fun-filled run/walk, but we are adding an additional layer to that positive experience – a vital health education layer.”
Dr. Erik Johnson, a colorectal surgeon at Aurora BayCare, echoed those thoughts.
“The widespread attention we expect this event to draw provides us an opportunity to shed light on colon cancer and the importance of appropriate screenings and early detection,” Johnson said. “Colon cancer, a seldom-discussed disease, can be treated effectively and successfully when caught early. Diagnosing it at later stages usually means a patient is in for a more challenging fight.”
Just over 70 percent of eligible Wisconsinites are screened for colorectal cancer, a percentage that ranks 5th nationally for the number of people that have been screened, the Colon Cancer Coalition has said.
“It’s a good start, but considering 1 in 20 Americans (about 5 percent of the U.S. population) will be diagnosed with colon cancer during their lifetime, we need to do a better job of increasing awareness of the importance of preventive screenings and early detection,” Johnson said. “That’s why this race event is so important to residents across northeast Wisconsin and Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.”
According to the American Cancer Society, “colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer diagnosed in both men and women in the United States.”
The 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. Aurora BayCare Medical Center in Green Bay is the presenting sponsor.
The event features a timed 5K (3.1-mile) run at 9 a.m. and a 1.5-mile walk at 9:15 a.m. Events kick off with a kid’s run at 8:30 a.m. The festive atmosphere will include opportunities to celebrate survivors and support those family members and caregivers left behind following a loved one’s fight with the disease.
The race route will curve around the hospital campus at 2845 Greenbrier Road on Green Bay’s east side and through nearby neighborhoods.
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.