Get Your Rear in Gear 5K – Race Recap

Rear in Gear Logo bag

A chilly March morning brought thousands of runners and walkers together to raise awareness of one of the most commonly diagnosed cancer in America, colorectal cancer.  Get Your Rear in Gear, organized by Stop Colon Cancer Now, focuses on steps to prevent colon cancer:

The Get Your Rear in Gear events focus on raising awareness about colon cancer in communities across the country. They are events designed to unite people, cities and states throughout the USA; to provide support and hope for those who have had their lives affected by our nation’s second leading cause of cancer deaths, and to encourage individuals of all ages to get screened.

Get your rear in gear

The organization provides tips on how you can lower your risk of colorectal cancer.  I have to admit, I didn’t give much thought lowering my risk or of colorectal cancer before this race.

What Can I Do to Reduce My Risk?


Get Screened! This is the very best way to help prevent colorectal cancer.

Here are some other ways to help reduce your risk:

* Eat a diet rich in fruits and vegetables and whole grains from breads, cereals, nuts and beans.
* Eat a low-fat diet.
* Eat foods with folate such as kale, Swiss chard and other dark leafy green vegetables.
* Taking a daily multivitamin that contains 0.4 mg of folic acid may also be helpful in preventing colon cancer.
* Consume alcoholic beverages in moderation.
* Stop using tobacco products. If you don’t use tobacco products, don’t start.
* Engage in moderate exercise such as walking, gardening, or climbing steps for at least 20 minutes three to four times a week.

How was the race course?

  • Fast and flat with beautiful scenery along West River Drive. The course looped out and back around with a 1.5 mile turnaround marked for the 5K participants.
  • The temperature was at least 10 degrees colder than the day before making gloves and hat a must wear.
  • Former Philly Eagle Ron Jawarski started the race.The Black Eyed Peas song ‘Let’s Get It Started’ blared from the sound system as the runners embarked on the course.
  • I swore former Eagles coach Dick Vermeil was on stage at the event, turns out it was Terry Ruggles.  Yes, I am a sports nOOb.
  • There was a bit of confusion at the start of the race on where runners were to place themselves – 10K runners first then 5K runners. The race for both started and ended at the same place but we muddled through.
  • The first half mile was a struggle to get around and past groups of runners. I’m not aggressive weaving around other runners – must work on this.
  • Water stand at first mile. I still cannot take adequate sips of water while running, I find it very frustrating. Skipped the station entirely on the way back.
  • Volunteers cheering the runners along the course are the best!
  • Bonus points for good signage for runners and walkers plus clear directions for the 5K turnaround point.
  • Best finish EVER! The organizers planned this very, very well.  Large number of supports on both sides of the finish line with an MC getting the crowd to cheer the returning runners. Did my usual jump on the road sensors as I finished the course to the cheer of the crowds.
  • Race result: 33:12 at 10:43 per mile. Yes, I will do better.

Hope you enjoyed the review. Let me know your thoughts if you participated in this race.

Happy Running!

A few race day photos for you to peruse.

Chilling on the steps of the Art Museum post race:

Get your rear in gear

Tons of runners at the start line:

Get your rear in gear

I spotted a woman holding her dog while waiting for the run to begin. I wonder if the dog had its own B-Tag?

Get your rear in gear

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