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Undy Run/Walk

Call It Like It Is: New Name for the Undy Series

Posted on May 13, 2014

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Have you been participating in our Undy 5000 for years, but never knew what the 5000 was all about?  After hearing that the name “Undy 5000” didn’t resonate with a lot of people, we have some good news – we are excited to announce that the Colon Cancer Alliance’s signature Undy 5000 5K series will now be known as the Undy Run/Walk! Read more

Why Does Patrick Shipley Run in His Undies?

Posted on March 27, 2014

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My partner, best friend and soul mate of 19 years, Richard Bessette, was diagnosed with stage III colon cancer on January 11, 2013. We decided to treat this aggressively and scheduled the surgery to remove the 7 cm tumor on January 21. On March 4th, 2013, Rich began his first of eight chemotherapy treatments (Xeloda and Oxaliplatin).  Read more

Boxers and Briefs Take Over Phoenix Streets

Posted on November 25, 2013

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Last Saturday, nearly 1,300 people ran in support of colon cancer patients, survivors, caregivers and advocates at the Arizona State Capitol District in underwear-themed outfits in our 6th annual Undy 5000 5K Run/Walk. Even the Phoenix Suns Gorilla came out sporting banana print boxers, and was wildly popular with participants and their families.

The Undy 5000 costume contest was a hit, showcasing some fun and elaborate “undy” ensembles. Nolan the Colon, the Central Arizona Chapter’s giant inflatable colon, was a hot spot for photo opportunities during the event.     Read more

Dallas Undy 5000 Honors Young Woman’s Cancer Battle

Posted on October 24, 2013


In 2006, Kelly Rider-Williams, a 26 year-old Dallas resident, was diagnosed with stage IV colon cancer. High school geography teacher by day and activist by night, Kelly was determined to raise awareness about this disease. Despite the grueling chemotherapy and radiation, Kelly continued teaching, started her own colon cancer jewelry line and led the charge to bring the Colon Cancer Alliance’s signature event, the Undy 5000 5K Run/Walk, to the Dallas/Fort Worth area. Read more

Undy 5000: The Gift That Keeps on Giving

Posted on September 3, 2013

Where can you find a man in Santa boxers, a dog in undies and Batman all running down the street? At the Nashville Undy 5000, of course.

Underwear-themed outfits filled the streets of Walk of Fame Park on August 17th as more than 400 colon cancer patients, survivors, caregivers and advocates participated in Music City’s 2nd annual Undy 5000 5K Walk/Run. Read more