October 12, 2011
Phoenix Prepares for 4th Annual Undy 5000 to Fight Colon Cancer
Phoenix, AZ (October 13, 2011) – The Undy 5000 5K Run/Walk to fight colon cancer is returning to Phoenix for the fourth consecutive year. This year’s event will take place at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, November 19 at the State Capitol District in Downtown Phoenix. Participants are encouraged to run in their underwear to bring attention to that area – the one affected by colon cancer.
“More than 1,100 participants ran in 2010, including an astounding 55 colon cancer survivors,” said Todd Setter, National Undy 5000 Event Director. “We hope this year to break 1,500 runners and have tons more survivors – that’s what this event is all about, after all - early detection and surviving!”
The Undy 5000 will be held in 12 cities across the country this year to educate the public about colon cancer, promote screenings and encourage people to talk about the disease. Instead of raceday T-shirts, all registered participants receive a commemorative pair of Undy 5000 boxers. It is a family friendly event open to all ages, and in addition to the 5K, there is a 1-mile fun run. The Colon Cancer Alliance (CCA), the nation’s largest and oldest patient advocacy organization dedicated to ending the suffering caused by colon cancer, hosts the event.
Created by the CCA in 2008, the Undy 5000 stresses the importance of timely colon cancer screenings, early detection, and provides valuable information for those already affected by the disease. Event proceeds help fund the CCA’s patient support and public awareness programs.
Boehringer Ingelheim, the maker of Dulcolax®*, is the proud presenting sponsor of the 2011 Undy 5000 races. As the #1 doctor-recommended stimulant for constipation relief, Dulcolax ® reminds everyone over the age of 50 or with a family history of colon cancer, that a colonoscopy can save lives.
“Every year, the Phoenix Undy 5000 shatters participation records” said Andrew Spiegel, Chief Executive Officer of the Colon Cancer Alliance. “Last year, participants raised more than $100,000 to help in the fight against colon cancer, and I have very high expectations for 2011.”
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The Colon Cancer Alliance (CCA) is a community that provides hope and support to patients and their families, while saving lives through screening, access, awareness, advocacy and research.