Registration is open for Get Your Rear in Gear run/walk
Wednesday, July 20, 2016
The annual run/walk will take place at 9 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 6, on the Aurora BayCare Medical Center campus, 2845 Greenbrier Road, Green Bay.
The event offers a 5K run (3.1 miles) or a 1.5-mile walk, and a kids’ fun run. The race course will curve around the hospital campus, taking hundreds of runners and walkers through nearby neighborhoods.
Registration is $25 for adults and $15 for ages 12 and under through August 3, then $30 for adults and $20 for ages 12 and under from August 4 to race day. The kids’ fun run is $15.
Race organizers and sponsors plan to use the event to help spread a serious health message, race director Mike Schmidt says.
“The race is a partnership with the Colon Cancer Coalition, a Minneapolis-based organization dedicated to raising awareness and encouraging screening for colon cancer,” he said. “It provides Northeast Wisconsin another great fitness and wellness event while also creating a large, public platform with which to share health messages hammering home the importance of screenings and early detection of colon cancer.”
Dr. Erik Johnson, a colorectal surgeon at Aurora BayCare, says the race and its focus on screenings and early detection can make a huge difference in the fight against colon cancer.
“We know that 1 in 20 Americans will battle this form of cancer at some point in their life,” Johnson said, “that’s why this run/walk and the spotlight it’s shining on colon cancer is important for people in northeast Wisconsin and Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.
“Wisconsin’s colorectal cancer screening rate is around 72 percent. That’s enough to rank us 5th in the nation, but we know we can do better, especially given that current screening tests and a continued focus on early detection can help us effectively spot changes in the colon and rectum and successfully address them before they potentially become cancerous.”
The Get Your Rear in Gear 5K run/walk is expected to draw up to 200 participants, organizers say. The race drew about 120 participants in its inaugural year.
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.