Medical Monday: "Get Your Rear in Gear" Race Preview

Posted at 8:50 PM, Aug 01, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-01 21:50:17-04
Get Your Rear in Gear-Green Bay presented by Aurora BayCare Medical Center, and is an annual 5K run/walk raising local and regional awareness of colon cancer, the need for age-appropriate screenings and the importance of early detection. 
Green Bay is one of about 50 cities nationwide hosting a Get Your Rear in Gear events this year. The event is powered by the Colon Cancer Coalition, a Minneapolis-based non-profit organization.
The Get Your Rear in Gear will take place at 9 a.m. on Saturday, August 6. It’s a race for anyone who wants to run or walk a 5K or for anyone, through personal or family or friend experience, really wants to contribute to our local and regional efforts to raise awareness of colon cancer, screenings and early detection. Race organizers predict 200 and 300 participants this year.
The starting line and race-day festivities are on the Aurora BayCare Medical Center campus at 2845 Greenbrier Road on Green Bay’s east side. The race takes participants around the hospital campus and through the area neighborhoods.
It is a timed race, but participants can take part at their own pace. They can compete for one of the top placement prizes or simply make it an occasion to run or walk a 5K for their own experience or in memory of a loved one. It’s as competitive as each participant wants to make it. We welcome all skill levels.
Just over 70 percent of eligible Wisconsinites are screened for colorectal cancer, a percentage that ranks the state fifth nationally for the number of people that have been screened. Add to that the fact that 1 in 20 Americans will be diagnosed with colon cancer during their lifetime, and yeah, you can see how important it is to raise awareness of this treatable disease. And it is highly treatable when caught early.
NBC26 is a proud sponsor of the event and will have a team on the course. We would love to see you out there.
To sign up, click here