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Undy 5000 Run/Walk – photos

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Over 550 participants ran and walked in their underwear in today’s Undy 5000 5K Run/Walk at William Land Park. Sponsored by the Colon Cancer Alliance, the event is expected to raise over $50,000 for research and treatment for colorectal cancer.

March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month.

Undy 5000 Run/Walk director Todd Setter said the Colon Cancer Alliance sponsors over 20 events across the nation and this was the first appearance in Sacramento. Setter has been coordinating Undy 5000 events since his father passed away from colon cancer several years ago. He said, "The key is for people to get screened for colon cancer."

With teams named, "Oscar the Pouch," "Cancer Can Kiss My ___," "Pirate’s Booty," and the "Poop Chute Protectors," underwear-clad runners sprinted the 5K circuit, some with dogs in tow. Even the dogs got into the act, wearing thongs, boxer shorts and team shirts. A one-mile walk was also part of the morning’s event.

Dr. Daniel "Stony" Anderson from the California Colorectal Cancer Coalition (C4) stressed the importance of cancer screening as he spoke to the crowd assembled after the run. Anderson said, "Colon cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in California. 5,000 Californians will die of colon cancer this year. In non-smokers, it’s the leading cause of cancer deaths."

A ceremony honoring colon cancer survivors and family members concluded the event.

Photos by Ron Nabity

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