2011 Washington, DC Undy 5000
Despite almost-freezing temperatures, about 380 people participated in the DC Undy 5000 at West Potomac Park on November 5. While most were not in just their undies, most participants had some form of underwear on over their sweatpants and jackets, showing camaraderie for the cause – to fight colon cancer.
The 2nd Annual DC Undy 5000 5K and 1-Mile Fun Run was held in honor of and in memory of those who have been directly affected by colon cancer. The event raised about $100,000 – a significantly higher amount than last year’s DC event. The money will help fund the Colon Cancer Alliance’s (CCA) patient support and educational programs.
“It was intimate, but inspiring,” said Todd Setter, National Undy 5000 Event Director. “We had a great group of people show up in 30-something-degree weather in their underwear to fight for a cause they care about. It doesn’t get much better than that.”
Eleven colon cancer survivors signed up to participate in the event, and Crawford Clay, a stage-3 survivor diagnosed in 2004, gave a short speech about his personal story, and some successes and triumphs. Clay is also the CCA’s Charitable Activities Coordinator. Dr. Allen Chudzinski, a colorectal surgeon at Georgetown University was present and also gave a brief talk on the importance of screenings and early detection.