As a healthcare provider, I know the importance of staying healthy. I try to make conscious decisions about what I eat and make sure to exercise on a regular basis. I do my best to share the importance of a healthy lifestyle with my patients by encouraging them to eat healthy, exercise regularly and stay on top of their health.
In 2014, I was able to mix business with my favorite hobby as we held the inaugural Run for Your Buns 5K run/walk benefitting colon cancer. Over 200 participants and 30 volunteers came together on a beautiful June morning to raise awareness of the importance of screening colonoscopy.
Combining race registrations with sponsorship support from local businesses, Run for Your Buns presented a check for $5,000 to Altru Health Foundation to assist uninsured and underinsured patients cover the cost of their colonoscopy. And, we were back in 2015 with an even larger attendance, and we did it again in 2016.
On the fence? Here are a few reasons you should Run for Your Buns:
- It’s held on the Greater Grand Forks Greenway. The race begins in Lincoln Park and follows the Greenway towards downtown Grand Forks. Cross under the Sorlie Bridge, turn around and head back to the park. Post-race refreshments and medals will be waiting for you.
- Run for Your Buns is open to all ability levels. Whether you run a 5K in the blink of an eye, or join friends for a walk on the course, everyone is welcome to participate. Last year, we had people finish in less than 20 minutes, children pushed in strollers, people over the age of 70 and all abilities and ages in between.
- Use Run for Your Buns as a training race for other races. A 5K is a good race to train for if you’re new to running or are looking to improve your pace for longer races. Red River Runners offers a variety of group runs to get you in shape. A quick Google search will also present multiple Couch to 5K training programs.
- The inflatable colon will be there. What can be more exciting than that? Take a walk through the colon and learn about the various stages of colon cancer. Colonoscopy can be a difficult subject for some people. This educational tool brings a lighter side to the topic of colon health.
- You’re making a difference in the fight against colon cancer. According to the American Cancer Society, excluding skin cancers, colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer diagnosed in both men and women in the United States. Think of it this way – for every 20 people who sign up for this race, one will develop colon cancer. Together, we can provide financial assistance to those who can’t afford a colonoscopy and potentially save someone’s life.
So, what are you waiting for? Sign up for the 2017 Run for Your Buns on June 10.
Kamrin Macki is a wife, mother, friend, gastroenterology nurse practitioner, artist, avid runner, triathlete and amateur gourmet gluten-free chef.