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What is Get Your Rear in Gear?

Get Your Rear in Gear® is the signature event of the Colon Cancer Coalition. It is the largest colon cancer-focused event series in the United States. In addition to raising funds to increase screening rates and awareness for colon cancer, Get Your Rear in Gear is also a call to take care of your body and make healthy choices. Money raised has immediate impact on the local community by being invested back for awareness and to increase screening for colon cancer.
 

How long is a 5K?

A 5K is 3.1 miles.

Is the run timed?

Yes, most Get Your Rear in Gear events are electronically timed. If the event in your area is not timed it will be noted on the local event information page. You may choose not to be timed. Walkers who would like to be timed should register as a runner.

Are there prizes?

Marathon-quality medals are given to the top finishers in traditional age groups. Many events also provide awards for the top overall male and female finishers. If other awards are given, the information will be included on the local event information page.

What is your weather policy?

In case of inclement weather, Get Your Rear in Gear events will not be re-scheduled. Our full weather policy is available here.  

Can I bring my dog?

Dogs and other pets are discouraged. Service animals are always welcome.

Can I bring a stroller?

Strollers are welcome. Those participating in the 5K run, please be courteous of other participants and line up towards the back of the pack.

Can I participate in a wheelchair?

Participants using a wheelchair are welcome. Most Get Your Rear in Gear events are held on paved courses. If you have specific questions about the route in your area or accessibility at the event site, please see the race map, or contact the local event director.

Can I walk or do I have to run?

All Get Your Rear in Gear events are run/walk events. Courses are open long enough to allow for all participants to finish.

Can I register on race day?

In addition to advance online registration, you can also register during advance packet pick-up and on race day at the registration tent.

Do I need to come to packet pickup or can I pick up my packet on race day?

Runners and walkers may pick-up their packets at advance packet pick-up or on race morning. Please leave enough time on race day morning to claim your packet. (To avoid the long lines, we recommend picking up during advance packet pick-up).

How do I get my registration packet and t-shirt?

Please pick-up your t-shirt at pre-packet pick-up or at the registration area on race morning.

Where do I check-in?

If you pick-up your packet at packet pick-up there is no need to check in on race morning. If you have not received your race bib and t-shirt, check in in the registration area.

What time do I need to arrive?

To save time and avoid long lines on race morning, we recommend you pick your race number and packet up during pre-packet pick-up. Many events will have an opening ceremony prior to the start of the race. To get the full “Get Your Rear in Gear experience” we recommend you arrive in time to participate in those activities. Check the event schedule on the local event page for the timing of the morning. But please plan ahead to allow you to be at the start line 5-10 minutes ahead of the start time.

What comes with my registration fee?

Your registration include your race number and an event t-shirt, as well as refreshments following the run/walk, timed results, event photo gallery, medals for the top finishers, awards for the teams and individuals, etc.

What do survivors receive?

Self-identified survivors will receive a special survivor t-shirt when they pick-up their packet. If you are a cancer survivor, please identify yourself as such on your registration so we can have a t-shirt ready for you!

Where should I park?

Parking varies for each Get Your Rear in Gear event. Please review the local event page for any specific parking instructions for your event.

Can I come to watch or do I have to register?

Spectators are of course welcome. Come cheer on the runners and show your support for the colon cancer survivors in attendance. Please note, you do need a race number to participate in run or the walk, this is for insurance reasons and because we rely on the registration fees paid by all participants to cover the event expenses.

Can I pick up a packet for someone else?

Yes, we only ask that you let that person know you have their packet.

I picked-up my race bib at packet pick-up and have now misplaced it.

Please come to the registration tent and we will get you a replacement.

I wasn't able to attend the race; will you mail me my packet?

Unfortunately we are unable to mail t-shirts to registered participants. You are invited to have a friend pick your t-shirt up for you at pre-packet pick-up or on race morning.

Do I need to fundraise to participate in a Get Your Rear in Gear Run/Walk?

Fundraising is appreciated, and we rely on participant fundraising to make an impact on awareness and screening in the local community. Fundraising is not, however, required to be a part of a Get Your Rear in Gear event. For more information about fundraising, please see our Fundraising FAQs.
 
 

What is Tour de Tush?

Launched in 2015, Tour de Tush is a colon cancer awareness event produced by the Colon Cancer Coalition. It is the first colon cancer-focused bike series in the country. Money raised has immediate impact on the local community by being invested back for awareness and to increase screening for colon cancer.

How long is the ride?

Ride distance varies by event. Distances featured at the Colon Cancer Coalition’s Tour de Tush series are 15 miles, 30 miles and 62 miles (metric century).

Is the ride timed?

At this time Tour de Tush events are not timed.

Are there medals?

Finishers medals are given to all riders as they cross the finishline.

What is your weather policy?

In case of inclement weather, Tour de Tush events will not be re-scheduled. Our full weather policy is available here.  

Can I register on the day of the ride?

In addition to advance online registration, you can also register on the day of the ride at the registration tent.

What comes with my registration fee?

Your registration include your riders bib number, an event t-shirt and a finishers medal. Refreshments  and water are also provided at water/rest stops and at the finish line following the ride. An online photo gallery is posted following most events.

What do survivors receive?

Self-identified survivors will receive a special survivor t-shirt when they pick-up their packet. If you are a cancer survivor, please identify yourself as such on your registration so we can have a t-shirt ready for you!

Where should I park?

Parking varies for each event. Please review the local event page for any specific parking instructions for your event.

Can I come to watch or do I have to register?

Spectators are welcome. Cheer on the riders at the start and show your support at rest stops and out on the course. High-five any colon cancer survivors in attendance. Please note, you do need a rider number to participate in the ride, this is for insurance reasons and because we rely on the registration fees paid by all participants to cover the event expenses.

Can I pick up a packet for someone else?

Yes, we only ask that you let that person know you have their packet.

I picked-up my packet and have now misplaced it.

Please come to the registration tent and we will get you a replacement rider number.

I wasn't able to attend the ride; will you mail me my packet?

Unfortunately we are unable to mail t-shirts to registered participants. You are invited to have a friend pick your t-shirt up for you.

Do I need to fundraise to participate in a Tour de Tush Bike Ride?

Fundraising is appreciated, and we rely on participant fundraising to make an impact on awareness and screening in the local community. Fundraising is not, however, required to be a part of a Tour de Tush ride. For more information about fundraising, please see our Fundraising FAQs.
 
 

How do I know if I am a new or returning user?

If you have participated in any Get Your Rear in Gear or Tour de Tush event since 2011, you will be considered a returning user. To find your username and password, you will need the email address used to register for a previous event. Use the link provided and request a password reset. Please be patient, we need to reset passwords manually and will help you as soon as possible.

Can I register for an event in another city in the same year?

Yes, when registering for the second (or third, or forth) event you will be considered a “returning user.” When registering, login with the same credentials used for the previous event(s). If you have misplaced this information use the link provided to ask for a password reset, you will need the email address used to register for a previous event. Please be patient, we need to reset passwords manually and will help you as soon as possible.

Is my username and password the same as last year?

Yes. If you have misplaced this information you will need the email address used to register for a previous event, use the link provided to ask for a password reset. Please be patient, we need to reset passwords manually and will help you as soon as possible.

I registered as a walker, and now I want to run.

Please contact us to request your registration be updated. Please include your name, age, and event you are participating in (Twin Cities, Boston, Houston, Seattle, etc.)  

I have completed my registration and now I would like to register someone else. How do I do that?

Once you have left your initial registration session, you must register any additional participants with a new unique email address. If you have any issues, please contact us.

I am unable to complete registration using Internet Explorer.

Unfortunately, our registration software does not support early versions of Internet Explorer (7 or earlier). If you are having trouble registering or viewing items in your participant center, please try using Chrome, Firefox, Safari, or Internet Explorer 8 or later. If you are still having trouble, please contact us and we’ll help you figure it out. 

My company/employer wants to pay for multiple registration fees. Is this possible?

Yes, we can set up billing codes for your organization. Please contact us to arrange.

I accidentally registered as an individual and meant to join a team. What do I do?

Please contact us to request your registration be moved to a team. Please include your name, age, and event you are participating in (Twin Cities, Boston, Houston, Seattle, etc.) as well as the team you would like to join and team’s captain (if known).  

Online registration is closed, can I still register?

Yes! You are invited to register at pre-packet pick-up, or on race morning.

Can I register at the event and pay by credit card?

Yes, we accept Visa, Mastercard,  Discover, and American Express on site.

How do I form a team?

When you go to register select “Create a New Team.” From here follow the instructions to form a brand new team.

Can I reactivate my team from last year?

Yes! When you register select “Create a New Team.” From here, log in using your credentials from the previous year. You will then be able to reactivate your team from previous events, and contact your team members to invite them to this year’s team. 

We are registered separately and now would like to become a team.

No problem! Just pick at team name and identify who should be made the team captain. Then contact us. Include the event you are registered for and the list of people who should be added to the team. We’ll get you put together. Then don’t forget to customize your team page with the reason you are participating!

I accidentally registered as an individual and meant to join a team. What do I do?

Please contact us to request your registration be moved to a team. Please include your name, age, and event you are participating in (Twin Cities, Boston, Houston, Seattle, etc.) as well as the team you would like to join and team’s captain (if known).  

I have completed my registration and now I would like to register someone else. How do I do that?

Once you have left your initial registration session, you must register any additional participants with a new unique email address. If you have any issues, please contact us.

My company/employer wants to pay for multiple registration fees. Is this possible?

Yes, we can set up billing codes for your organization to either form a team or pay for multiple registrations. Please contact us to arrange.

Why do I receive emails for Team Captains?

You are receiving these emails because you are registered as a Team Captain. All Team Captains are automatically opted-in to receive event updates and other important information about the event you have registered for. You may not opt out of emails from this event as many of your teammates may not register with unique email addresses and you may need to pass important details on to your team members. Information that may include venue details, packet pick-up information, any weather-related updates, or other vitally important information. 

Is there a fundraising minimum to participate in this event?

There is no fundraising minimum to participate in a Get Your Rear in Gear or Tour de Tush event, but we appreciate any and all donations. Money raised by runners and walkers like you help us reach our goals of increasing screening for the nation’s No. 2 cancer killer. If each our participants raised or donated just $35 that would give the Colon Cancer Coalition an additional $1 million each year to help reach the goal of an 80% colon cancer screening rate by the year 2018.

Where does the money go?

Money raised at each event stays in the local area to further colon cancer education, awareness and screening. For examples of how the money has been used visit our grants page.  

How can I raise money?

When you register you are automatically set-up with a fundraising page. Personalize your page with your story or inspiration for participating, and then send emails to your friends and family asking them to support your efforts. More fundraising tips can be found in our Fundraising Packet.

How do I log on to my participant center?

Choose “Login” at the top of the event page. Use the email address and password used when you registered. If you have misplaced your password, use the link provided to request a password resent.If you do not get an email please call at 952-378-1237 between 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday. Please be patient, we need reset passwords manually and will help you as soon as possible.

I'm having trouble updating my participant center and sending emails

Watch this provided tutorial with tips for logging in, customizing your page, emailing participants, etc. You can always contact us with any questions. 

What is my personal page URL?

The URL to your personal page was emailed to you following your registration. If you cannot find it you can search by going to the event page of the city you are registered for and click on “find a team or participant.”

Can someone donate to me through the mail?

Yes, they can send a check to the Colon Cancer Coalition, 5666 Lincoln Dr., #270, Edina, MN 55436. Be sure they include your name, team name (if applicable) and the local event in which you are participating in a note included with the check. Please be sure they include an email address to receive a donation receipt.

What do I do if someone gives me cash or check in person?

To have the donations be counted towards the online fundraising totals and be eligible for fundraising prizes, please mail all checks to the Colon Cancer Coalition, 5666 Lincoln Dr., #270, Edina, MN 55436, no less than 10 days before the scheduled event. Please be sure to note the event and the participant and/or team for which to attribute the gifts. Use the donation register in the Fundraising Packet to record multiple donations. Please do not send cash in the mail. You may also drop off cash or check donations at the registration tent on race day.

What can I do if a check is written out to me personally?

Please endorse the check to the Colon Cancer Coalition and mail to Colon Cancer Coalition, 5666 Lincoln Dr., #270, Edina, MN 55436, or drop it off at the registration tent on race day.

Can I mail in a cash donation?

Cash donations can be dropped at the registration tent at an event. Please do not send cash through the mail. Instead please make your gift online or mail a check.

Can I enter a check online?

Unfortunately, we cannot allow offline donations (cash and checks) to be entered by individual fundraisers. Please mail all checks to the Colon Cancer Coalition, 5666 Lincoln Dr., #270, Edina, MN 55436 or drop them off at the registration tent on race day. Use the donation register in the Fundraising Packet to record multiple donations. You may also drop off cash or check donations at the registration tent on race day.

Where can I find a donation form to download, print and mail?

Go to the “Give” page on the website and select “Give by Mail” to download the form.

Where can I find a list of people who have donated to me?

A list of people who have contributed to your fundraising activities can be found in your participant center.

How can I send a thank you email to my donors?

Log into your participant center, click on send email, there are sample messages you can use to thank your donors. 

Why am I receiving emails telling me that I've received a donation?

Congratulations! Someone has donated to the Colon Cancer Coalition through your participant page! Thank you for your efforts! We appreciate it.

Can I submit a matching gift for this event?

Definitely, find your company in the matching gift section when making your donation, or contact us for help.  

What is the deadline for fundraising awards?

The totals for the fundraising awards will be pulled from online donation totals at the close of pre-packet pick-up the day before the race.

I do not see the name of a donor that I know made a gift to me or my team.

Please contact us and we can find the donation and move it to an individual or team.

Making Donations by Mail or Phone

What other ways can I make a gift other than through the website?

Checks may be mailed to the Colon Cancer Coalition offices at 5666 Lincoln Dr., #270, Edina, MN 55436. Donations can be made over the phone by calling 952-378-1237 Monday through Friday, between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Central Time.

Can I make a cash donation?

Cash donations can be given to an even participant to be dropped off at the registration tent during an event. Please do not send cash through the mail. Instead please make your gift online or mail a check.

If I donate by mail, who do I make the check out to and where do I send it?

Make the check out to the “Colon Cancer Coalition.” Include the event city and a participant or team name (if applicable) in the memo line or in an accompanying note. Mail the check to the Colon Cancer Coalition, 5666 Lincoln Dr., #270, Edina, MN 55436. If you would like a receipt for your records, please include your email address.

Making Donations online

How do I make an online donation to a specific participant or team?

Go to the “Give” page on our website and select “Give online to a participant or team”

Can a donation be split among team members?

Yes, please contact us with your name, the event you are donating to, and who the gift should be allocated to.

What do I do if my donation is sent to a team when I intended it for a specific person?

Please contact us and request the gift be moved from to the team to a specific participant. Please include your name, email address and the specific participant’s name. We will move the donation and reply with confirmation of the change.

Other Donation Questions

How can I get a receipt for my gift?

Any gift made online, or an offline donation that which includes an email address, will receive a donation receipt automatically from the system. To request a duplicate receipt please contact us. Include as much information about the gift as you can remember.

Is my donation tax deductible?

Gifts are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law. Registration fees are not tax deductible.

Can I still make a gift to a team/participant if the event has already happened?

Yes, team and participant pages remain active until registration is open for the next year’s event.

How do I sponsor or provide product for the participants? Who should I contact?

We rely on generous community partners to make our events successful. If you are interested in sponsoring your local event through a cash sponsorship or in-kind donation (water, refreshments, entertainment, photography, etc.) please contact us.  

How do I volunteer?

Get Your Rear in Gear and Tour de Tush events cannot happen without our tireless volunteers. Help is needed in many capacities from being a part of the local race committee, to registration, water stops and course marshals during the event. Complete information about volunteering can be found here. Then contact your local event director to let them know how you can help.  

My question is not addressed in the FAQ and/or I need extra help.

We are happy to help you with any other questions that you may have, please email us anytime, or call 952-378-1237 Monday through Friday between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Central Time.