Philly's 'Get Your Rear in Gear' Registration Booming

Mar 12, 2011, 11:05 ET from Get Your Rear in Gear Philadelphia

PHILADELPHIA, March 12, 2011 /PRNewswire/ --

  • Region's premiere event during National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month
  • New award to be presented at this year's event
  • New 10K added to 5K Run/Walk for colon cancer fuels registration boom
  • Mayor Michael Nutter and former Philadelphia Eagle and colon cancer survivor Vince Papale will be at event
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The Greater Philadelphia Region is looking forward to more than twice the attendance at Philadelphia's third annual Get Your Rear In Gear, presented by the Stop Colon Cancer Now Campaign, new 10K and 5K Run/Walk to be held in front of the Philadelphia Museum of Art and Martin Luther King Drive (AKA West River Drive) on Sunday, March 20, 2011.  To date, more than 2,000 participants are registered and the number is growing daily.

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Organized by Mount Laurel, NJ resident and PCVB Sales Director Maria Grasso, this annual event is part of awareness and fund-raising efforts during March, National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month.  Both survivors and those lost to colorectal cancer will be honored.  Grasso lost her own father and grandfather to the disease and hopes that more people will get the message how early detection can make a difference in survival.

"Statistics tell us that more than 150,000 are diagnosed every year and 50,000 do not survive," said Grasso.  "Many of those people are from this region.  We want to change those numbers."

Stop Colon Cancer Now, a community of 200 outpatient surgery centers and more than 700 physicians specializing in digestive tract treatment, including the prevention of colon cancer, also returns as presenting sponsor. The centers are affiliated with AmSurg Corporation, America's leader in specialized outpatient surgery centers.  

At the event, those visiting the tent to talk with doctors of Main Line Endoscopy Center West and Main Line Endoscopy Center South to get answers to questions about digestive health, colon cancer risk factors and the importance of screening.  Visitors to the tent will be invited to schedule their screening. has a goal of scheduling 100 at risk individuals for screening during the race. Former Philadelphia Eagle and colon cancer survivor Vince Papale will also be at the tent from 7:30-11:30 a.m.

The American Cancer Society will also host a Survivorship and Education Tent on site with special activities to honor survivors. 

When Grasso began planning the event in 2009, she worked with the National Colon Cancer Coalition that oversees similar events in other cities. She, at best, expected a hundred people to show up for a first time race.  This year, due to popular demand, GYRIG added a 10K component to its tradition 5K Walk/Run.  

"The inaugural event built the foundation for continued and growing success," she said.  "Our sponsors and the many survivors, caregivers, families and friends of people affected by colon cancer continue to encourage participation.  The 10K has attracted a whole new level of participant and this year's numbers are growing fast!  To date, registration numbers are more than twice what they were at this time last year.

"The number of people affected by this disease is astounding," said Grasso.  "And, while we have not eliminated colon cancer, we have certainly worked toward eliminating much of the suffering, thanks to awareness that leads to earlier and earlier detection."

Get Your Rear in Gear Philadelphia's Honorary Chair, Mayor Michael Nutter, will welcome sponsors, runners, walkers, and event participants on Sunday and join NBC 10's Terry Ruggles, also a cancer survivor, to kick off the race.

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Media Event/Sponsor Reception:


Wednesday, March 16, 2011


Hyatt Penn's Landing, Columbus Blvd.


5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. (ideal time 6:15 p.m.)

Special Guests:

Mayor Michael Nutter, Event Honorary Chair (invited)

Terry Ruggles, NBC-10

Dr. Richard Pestel, Kimmel Cancer Center

Dr. Scott Goldstein, Colorectal Surgery, TJUH

Kyle Rosenberg, age 14, Recipient of the first Maude Daniels Award

Race Event Details:


Sunday, March 20, 2011


Philadelphia Museum of Art & ML King, Jr. Drive


7:30 am

Tony's Trot for Kids Fun Run  

9:00 am

*10 K and 5K Timed Run

9:30 am

2-Mile Remembrance Walk

9:45 am

Awards Ceremony

10:30 am

(*This is a USA Track & Field Certified Course for runners.)

  • Proceeds from the event will help raise awareness and funds for colon cancer.  Event registration is $25 (until March 15) and $30 (after March 15). Mayor Michael Nutter is the event Honorary Chair.
  • Awards will be given for the top overall male and female run finishers, multiple age categories in the 10 K and 5K, and to the Largest Registered Team, the Top Fundraising Team and the Top Fundraising Individual.
  • A new award titled the Maude Daniels Award, named after New Jersey resident Maude Daniels who succumbed to colon cancer last year at age 97
  • In addition to the new 10K and traditional 5K, the Get Your Rear in Gear Philadelphia event will feature the third annual Tony's Trot for Kids Fun Run, honoring the memory of former White House Press Secretary Tony Snow.  Tony Snow lost his battle to colon cancer in July, 2008, and his family will be at the event to present the youth participants with special medals.
  • Every year, colon cancer kills more than 50,000 Americans – 43 percent of those diagnosed. Remarkably, as the second largest cancer killer, the disease is preventable with early screenings and treatable if caught in the early stages.
  • For more information, to make a donation, or to register for the Get Your Rear in Gear Philadelphia 10K or 5K Run/Walk, visit


Bonnie Grant, 215-290-0382,

Maria Grasso, 856-371-9238,

Liz Sullivan, 484-213-7436,

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