The 9th Annual Scope It Out 5K Run/Walk, produced by the Chris4Life Colon Cancer Foundationwill be held at 9:00 a.m. on Sunday, March 23, 2014 in the heart of downtown Washington, D.C. Registration is now open with the race kicking off at Freedom Plaza (13th & Pennsylvania) and will include a scenic tour of popular DC landmark sites.
Held during National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month the race is the largest colon cancer awareness race in the country, attracting close to 4,000 participants. The Washington, DC/Metro Area ranks high in the nation to lives lost to colon cancer. Overall, colon cancer is the 2nd leading cause of cancer deaths for men and women combined. This year, there will be around 140,000 new cases of colorectal cancer in the United States and of those around 47,000 will pass away.
This year’s race is held on the four year anniversary since the founding of the Chris4Life Colon Cancer Foundation. Last year, Chris4Life successfully launched a national awareness campaign titled ‘Love Your Butt’, that gained tremendous media and viral attention giving attention to how important it is to get screened. The race is an effort to call attention to the test (the colonoscopy) that is important to saving lives if a cancer diagnosis is caught early. The race name is an attempt to be both direct and humorous – to encourage others to talk about the need to be scoped. If caught early, colorectal cancer is 90% preventable.
To date, the Scope It Out 5K has donated more than $1million dollars to further colorectal cancer research and awareness. The race continues to grow each year with a 2014 goal of raising $400,000 in race proceeds in which will be donated to Chris4Life. The Scope It Out 5K is one of the fastest growing races in the county – expanding to other cities such as Detroit, Pittsburgh, Denver, New York City, and Chicago.
2014 race sponsors to date include: ABC7/WJLA-TV and News Channel 8, WTOP News, 94.7 Fresh FM, The Ruesch Center for the Cure of Gastrointestinal Cancers at Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center, Med Star Georgetown University Hospital, City Sports,Deloitte, Fairfax Colon & Rectal Surgery, and Sentara Healthcare. For race information and sponsorship opportunities, visitwww.scopeitout5k.com
What: 9th Annual Scope It Out 5K
Presented by: Chris4Life Colon Cancer Foundation
When: Sunday, March 23, 2014
Where: Freedom Plaza (13th and Pennsylvania), Washington, D.C.
Time: 9:00AM – 11:00AM
Website/Event Registration: www.chris4life.org or www.scopeitout5k.com