On November 21 at 9:00 a.m., Phoenix residents will hit the pavement in the State Capitol District of downtown Phoenix for the family-friendly, underwear-themed Undy Run/Walk to raise money and awareness for colon cancer.  Funds raised through this event benefit colon cancer screening efforts through the Arizona Department of Health Services. The fundraiser also supports national prevention, research and patient support initiatives of the Colon Cancer Alliance.

Presented by the Colon Cancer Alliance, the Undy Run/Walk isn’t the  everyday 5K. Instead of typical running gear, attendees sport everything from matching team underwear, to tutus, capes and costumes, with some even coming fully dressed as superheroes or ninja turtles. Whatever the style choice, the Undy Run/Walk takes on colon cancer in a fun and lighthearted way and gets people talking about the disease. A clever twist on a serious topic, the Undy Run/Walk helps to spark much needed conversations. In Arizona, there have been 2,560 diagnoses and 990 colon cancer deaths in the past year alone. Colon cancer is one of the most preventable cancers, yet it is still the second leading cause of cancer death in the United States. In 2014, nearly 140,000 Americans were diagnosed with colon cancer, and more than 50,000 died from the disease.

“The creative boxers and witty team names bring a light-heartedness to the Undy Run/Walk, but it’s serious business,” says Adina Frazier, Colon Cancer Alliance Special Events Director. “Through this event we’re able to have an even bigger impact on the Phoenix community and get one step closer to accomplishing our mission. What’s better than that?”

During the event, there are opportunities to encourage those currently battling the disease, remember those lost too soon, and celebrate those who have completed colon cancer treatment. Undy Run/Walk participants can also stroll through a larger-than-life giant inflatable colon. This educational inflatable is a unique way for visitors to learn about this vital part of the body. In addition to the 5K, the event also features an all-ages 1-mile fun run. With registration, participants receive a free pair of boxer shorts.

Registration fees:

5K Adult (14 and older) – $35 Advance/$40 Race Day

5K Youth (6-13) – $30 Advance/$35 Race Day

1 Mile Fun Run (all ages, Children 5 and younger are free) – $30 Advance/$35 Race Day

The Undy Run/Walk is November 21 in downtown Phoenix. Onsite registration begins at 7:30 a.m., and the run/walk begins at 9:00 a.m. The Undy Run/Walk starts at the State Capitol District: 1600 W. Washington Street, Phoenix, Ariz., 85007. For more information or to register, visit www.undyrunwalk.org, and click on Phoenix, AZ.