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 to increase screening for colorectal cancer and raise awareness through public education projects.
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.
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.
In case of inclement weather, Get Your Rear in Gear events will not be re-scheduled. Our full weather policy is available here
Dogs and other pets are discouraged. Service animals are always welcome.
Strollers are welcome. Those participating in the 5K run, please be courteous of other participants and line up towards the back of the pack.
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.
All Get Your Rear in Gear events are run/walk events. Courses are open long enough to allow for all participants to finish.
In addition to advance online registration, you can also register during advance packet pick-up and on race day at the registration tent.
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).
Please pick-up your t-shirt at pre-packet pick-up or at the registration area on race morning.
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.
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.
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.
Self-identified survivors receive complimentary registration and a special survivor t-shirt. If you are a cancer survivor, please contact us
and let us know what event you want to participate in.
Parking varies for each Get Your Rear in Gear event. Please review the local event page for any specific parking instructions for your event.
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.
Yes, we only ask that you let that person know you have their packet.
Please come to the registration tent and we will get you a replacement.
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.
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.