The second annual Get Your Rear in Gear – Seattle Area event was a resounding success, nearly doubling in size from the inaugural event in 2011. Local event Chair Keely O’Neill and a group of 50 dedicated volunteers put on a race that will be remembered as much for the strong emotions shared by the participants as it was for the colon cancer education elements that were part of the 5K course.
Nearly 30 teams, plus hundreds of other runners and walkers joined forces on November 4 at Marymoor Park in Redmond, WA. Each person had their own reason for attending, whether it was recognizing loved ones or supporting colon cancer care in the Pacific Northwest. Finishing first in a time of 18:45, was Lauren Breihof, a female athlete who works at sponsor Brooks Sports. On the men’s side, local masters runner Frank Pape finished second overall a time of 19:38.
No, it wasn’t just a flat 5K race course. The race included a short colon-themed obstacle course sponsored by CrossFit Fuse, four climbing and crawling elements represented the ascending, transverse, descending and sigmoid colon. To cap it off, everyone finished under the Brooks arch and through a fifteen foot walk-through colon – - polyps included.
Just before the awards ceremony a pack of youngsters raced around the venue in the Lakeshore Clinic Kids Dash with the Veggies. It was fun for all, as the kids received their medals in the colon.
Thanks to the support of our sponsors, the race was tremendous success. We appreciate the contributions to colon cancer care and education by Lake Shore Clinic, Genentech, Evergreen Health Foundation, Bad Credit Loans, Brooks, Clear Chiropractic and CrossFit Fuse. Thank you also to local sponsors PCC Natural Markets and Blazing Bagels for providing healthy snacks for the finishers.
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