Run in Your Underwear for Charity
If you're in Tampa's Al Lopez Park Saturday, you're not imagining things: people are running around in their underwear and that is a twenty foot long, ten foot tall inflatable colon.
It's all part of the "Undy 5000 5K Run/Walk," the first time the colon cancer awareness event has been brought to Tampa. Racers are encouraged to run in their underwear to pay tribute to people affected by colon cancer.
“Colon cancer affects almost 1,200 Tampa residents annually,” said Todd Setter, National Undy 5000 Event Director tells USF Health.
“The Undy 5000 is designed to bring greater awareness to this largely preventable disease. One in 20 people will develop colon cancer over their lifetime. By being screened, polyps can be removed before they become cancerous.”
And to emphasize the point, race organizer, the Colon Cancer Alliance, will bring its giant, inflatable colon that people can actually walk through and see the various stages of colon cancer (see video below from the "Super Colon's" visit to Moffitt in 2009)
In addition, some of the funds raised at the race will support local colon cancer screening programs, including those at the USF Health BRIDGE Healthcare Clinic.
“The BRIDGE Clinic needs this funding to help pay for the colonoscopy procedures that find the cancer, and then the surgical treatments required to remove and cure the cancer,” said Doctor Frederick Slone, MD, assistant faculty director for the BRIDGE Clinic.
The Undy 5000 starts at 9 a.m. this Saturday at Al Lopez Park, with registration and race packet (including free boxer shorts!) pick up beginning at 7:30 a.m.