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Chattanooga “Get Your Rear in Gear” 5K Promotes Colon Cancer
By Megan Roberts
Posted: Monday, January 16, 2012

 Contacts: Michael Ringering, University Surgical Associates (423) 757-0717
                   Alison Counts, Parkridge Health System (423) 495-1835


Chattanooga “Get Your Rear in Gear” 5K Promotes Colon Cancer Awareness

 Second Annual 5K Run/Fun Walk set for Saturday, March 24, 2011 at Coolidge Park

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- Chattanooga, Tenn. (Friday, Jan. 12, 2012) – The second annual Get Your Rear in Gear Chattanooga 5K Run/Walk will take place Saturday, March 24, 2012 at Coolidge Park in Chattanooga. Runners, walkers and colon cancer survivors will join forces to raise awareness for the importance of early colon cancer screening, and to provide support for those affected by the nation’s number two cancer killer. Funds raised will support the newly founded Greater Chattanooga Colon Cancer Foundation, in their efforts to increase awareness of colorectal cancer, improve access to screenings and offer support to those touched by the disease in the greater Chattanooga region.

Last year’s race drew more than 900 runners and walkers, raising more than $24,000 in support of colon cancer awareness and education. Shauna Lorenzo-Rivero., M.D., a colorectal surgeon for University Surgical Associates, is co-chair of the Get Your Rear in Gear Chattanooga race committee.

“The Get Your Rear in Gear Chattanooga 5K Race and Fun Walk reminds us all that through fitness and fellowship, colon cancer is preventable, treatable and beatable,” said Dr. Lorenzo. “We were extremely thrilled with last year’s turnout, and are hoping to draw 1,500 participants this year. It is our belief this race and fun walk will generate much-needed awareness and funds we can use to better educate the region on issues regarding colon and rectal cancer.”

Get Your Rear in Gear Chattanooga is a joint collaborative led by University Surgical Associates, Erlanger Health System, Memorial Health Care System and Parkridge Health System, and sponsored by Memorial Mission Surgery Center, Powerade, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Modern Way Printing, Miller & Martin, PLLC, Jason’s Deli, Galen Medical Group, Karl Storz Endoscope, Ross Chiropractic, A Better You Salon and Spa, EarthFare, Diagnostic Pathology Services, Digestive Health Associates, Panera Bread, Blush Magazine, Clear Channel, Gastroenterology Associates of Chattanooga, Puckett EMS, the Path Group, Dale L. Buchanan & Associates, Southern Pathology Associates, David N. Collins, MD and Elizabeth W. Goodwin, NP, and Salix Pharmaceuticals.

Participants may register online in advance of race day at
www.getyourrearingear.comor on race day at the race site beginning at 7:30 a.m. The 5K race will begin at 9 a.m., with race awards and survivor recognition following at 10:15 a.m. The Kiddie Run will take place at 10:45 a.m., followed by the 5K Fun Walk at 11:15 a.m. Volunteers are needed. Please call (423) 757-0716 to sign up to assist on race day.

Get Your Rear in Gear 5K Run/Walk events are presented nationally by the Colon Cancer Coalition, a non-profit organization based in Minneapolis, Minn. Their mission is to ensure that all citizens have adequate information and access to screening for colorectal cancer. There are currently over 30 Get Your Rear in Gear events scheduled in cities around the country. A history of the organization and a list of upcoming and past events can be found at




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