Get Your Rear in Gear® & Tour de Tush®

Get Your Rear in Gear® & Tour de Tush®
Event on 2017-09-10 08:45:00
On Sun., Sept. 10, nearly 2,500 runners, walkers, bikers, volunteers, colon cancer survivors, and caregivers will join together in the fight against the nation’s No. 2 cancer killer: colon cancer. Presented by Minnesota Gastroenterology, Get Your Rear in Gear® & Tour de Tush®  Twin Cities is a family-friendly 5K run/walk and 25-mile bike ride taking off from Veterans Memorial Park in Richfield, Minn. (6335 Portland Ave). The event is planned to raise awareness and encourage screening for this largely preventable cancer.

This is the thirteenth year that the colon cancer community will gather in the Twin Cities to celebrate survivors, support caregivers, and remember those who left us too soon. Stroll the Blue Mile and see tributes to those lost and messages honoring survivors of colon and rectal cancer. Visit the giant inflatable colon to see what your doctor sees during a colonoscopy – view a healthy colon wall, then see how a polyp progress from benign into stage IV colorectal cancer. The 5K course is a USATF certified 5K route that starts and ends in Veterans Park in Richfield, Minn. The 25-mile bike ride starts at Veteran’s Park and passes Lake Nokomis before traveling along the Mississippi River into downtown Minneapolis where riders will cross the river and travel back along the east bank, ultimately crossing the river and returning to Richfield. Registration information is available at

The event festivities begin Sun., Sept. 10, at 8:45 a.m. with the Kids’ Fun Run. The 25-mile bike ride will follow at 9 a.m. with the timed 5K run/walk at 9:05 a.m. The registration fee includes entry into the 5K or the bike ride, a free t-shirt, and refreshments, as well as admission to the After Party, featuring LIVE MUSIC from Tim Mahoney, food, games, beer samples (for those 21+), and other activities. After party begins at 11 a.m. at the American Legion Post 435, adjacent to Veteran’s Memorial Park, donations accepted at the door for those who do not participate in the run or bike ride.

Over 100 teams are expected and awards will be given to the top fundraising team, most creative team, the largest team, and the top fundraising individual. Information about volunteering, fundraising, sponsoring the event or forming a team is also posted at

“We know how to detect and prevent colon cancer when it is discovered in its earliest and most treatable stages,” says Anne Carlson, executive director for the Colon Cancer Coalition. “By placing our focus on funding programs that work to increase screening rates and educate the public about the signs and symptoms, we can prevent this disease before it happens. Minnesota’s colon cancer screening rate is 72%, ranking #11 in the nation. Twenty-eight percent of Minnesotans eligible for screening are not being proactive and taking care of their health. By working with partners throughout the state, we hope to encourage change and increase the local rates to at least 80%.”

Money from previous Get Your Rear in Gear – Twin Cities events has supported the SAGE Scopes Screening Program, a division of the Minnesota Department of Health, providing colon cancer screening and treatment services to Minnesotans who are under- or uninsured, and the American Indian Cancer Foundation to support stronger, more effective colorectal cancer education, outreach and navigation in tribal communities. Additional funds have developed programing and materials to help individuals identify their family’s cancer history and mitigate the risks of genetic cancers.

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Run/Walk and Bike Ride for Colon Cancer Awareness
Sun., Sept. 10, 2017 – Veterans Park, Richfield, Minn.
Contact: Molly Steinke, 612-309-1677,

Edina, Minn.-based Colon Cancer Coalition hosts this event each year. Get Your Rear in Gear & Tour de Tush – Twin Cities is one of nearly 50 special events planned in 2017 across the country to educate and raise funds for colon cancer screening and prevention, but the Twin Cities was the first. It was with the support of the Twin Cities community that 13 years ago the Colon Cancer Coalition hosted the first Get Your Rear in Gear event and launched a national organization impacting and saving lives through screening across the country.

Many thanks to our local sponsors including presenting sponsor Minnesota Gastroenterology, with additional thanks to HealthPartners Park Nicollet, Minnesota Oncology, Olympus, Colon & Rectal Surgery Associates, Suburban Imaging, Nemer Fieger, Penn Cycle, Cantel Medivators, Genentech, and Minneapolis-Richfield American Legion Post 435.

Just the facts about colon cancer:
● One in 20 Americans will be diagnosed with colon cancer during their lifetime.
● 9 out of 10 patients will survive 5+ years when colon cancer is caught in early (localized) stages.
● Screening for colon cancer should start at age 50, earlier for some ethnic groups and those with family history.
● Colorectal cancer is a leading cause of cancer incidence and death in young adults under 50 in the United States (National Center for Biotechnology Information at the National Institute of Health).
● A study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association estimates a 90% increase in colon cancer and a 124% increase in rectal cancer diagnoses in young people by 2030.

Many colon cancer symptoms are also signs of something else, but if you experience one or more of the below for a week or more, please talk with your doctor.
• Change in bathroom habits.
• Change in color or shape of stool.
• Rectal bleeding.
• Blood in toilet after bowel movement.
• Stomach discomfort or cramping.
• Unexplained weight loss or fatigue.

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About the Colon Cancer Coalition
The Colon Cancer Coalition is a non-profit organization based in Minneapolis, Minn. dedicated to encouraging screening and raising awareness of colon cancer. The organization’s signature Get Your Rear in Gear® and Tour de Tush® event series are volunteer-driven in communities throughout the United States. Since 2004, over million dollars have been granted by the Colon Cancer Coalition to build and sustain programs that promote early prevention, screening, and patient support services for this disease. By making the words colon, colorectal and colonoscopy a part of the everyday language, we believe we can overcome the fear and decrease deaths from this largely preventable cancer. For more information visit

at Veterans Memorial Park
6335 Portland Ave
Minneapolis, United States

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