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'Get Your Rear in Gear' to raise awareness for colon cancer

Hundreds of runners, walkers, bikers, volunteers, cancer survivors and caregivers will gather in Richfield this Sunday to fight a killer.

RICHFIELD, Minn. — Experts say 1 in 23 Americans will be diagnosed with colon or rectal (colorectal) cancer during their lifetime. Colorectal cancer is now the most common cause of cancer death in men younger than 50. 

On Sunday, September 22, 2019, more than 2,000 runners, walkers, bikers, volunteers, colorectal cancer survivors and caregivers will celebrate 15 years together in the fight against the nation’s No. 2 cancer killer: colon cancer. 

The 5th annual Get Your Rear in Gear Run/Walk and the Tour de Tush 25-mile bike ride takes place at the Veterans Park Bandshell in Richfield.

The family-friendly 5K Run/Walk, 1.7-Mile Walk, Kids’ Fun Run, and 25-Mile Bike Ride will help raise awareness and encourage screening for this largely preventable cancer. Opening ceremony starts at 8:20 a.m.The Kids’ Fun Run begins at 8:50 a.m., followed by the start of the Tour de Tush bike ride at 9 a.m. and the 5K run/walk at 9:05 a.m. Participants can also visit giant inflatable colon to see what your doctor sees during a colonoscopy. They can also view a healthy colon wall and see how a polyp progress from benign into stage IV colorectal cancer.

Get Your Rear in Gear Twin Cities was the first event planned by the Colon Cancer Coalition in 2005 and is now one of 40 events held annually in communities across the country led by the organization. For more information, click here. All events educate the public and raise funds for colon cancer screening and prevention. Money raised in the Twin Cities helps to build and fund programs aimed at increasing colon cancer screening and early detection of the disease.The Colon Cancer Coalition is a non-profit organization based in Minnesota dedicated to encouraging screening and raising awareness of colon cancer.