Coliseum Health System February 23, 2016

To celebrate March as Colon Cancer Awareness Month, the Coliseum Cancer Institute will once again bring the Undy 5K Run/Walk to Macon. On Saturday, March 5, racers will gather at Wesleyan College at 9:00 a.m. wearing their underwear on the outside of their race attire as a tongue-in-cheek reference to the area on the body affected by colon cancer.

The 2016 Macon Undy 5K Run/Walk financially supports the efforts of the Colon Cancer Alliance to provide colon cancer screening and education to patients in Middle Georgia. The Undy Run/Walk will be held in cities across the country to educate the public about colon cancer, promote screenings and encourage people to talk about the disease. Instead of race day T-shirts, all registered participants receive a commemorative pair of Undy 5K Run/Walk boxers. It is a family-friendly event open to all ages, and in addition to the 5K, there will be a Kid's fun run and activities.

All survivors of colon cancer are encouraged to run and receive free registration. The race course will begin and end on the campus of Wesleyan College and the course is "stroller friendly" for participants who may wish to go at a slower pace. Prizes will be awarded to first, second, and third place for all age groups. There will also be a prize for best costume.

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 5K Run/Walk 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.

Anyone wishing to participate in this family-oriented, fun event, can visit www.undyrunwalk.organd choose Macon as their race location to register for the event. Registrants can also stay up to date with the events' happenings on its Facebook page: Macon Undy 5k Run/Walk.