March to Get Screened (MTGS) was created with a mission to raise awareness of colon cancer, early diagnosis and prevention. Just as we don’t want anyone to get colon cancer, in light of recent COVID-19 precautions, we also want to do our part for the wellbeing of the public, our patients and staff. To do this, we have chosen to provide a Virtual Race option for March to Get Screened 2021. We will continue to raise funds and have an in-person event on March 28, 2021. You may register for the virtual race, in-person event or donate at www.MarchToGetScreened.com. The money raised through the March To Get Screened event will help provide free colonoscopy screenings to high-risk individuals who do not have the means to afford this potentially life-saving test. Likewise, funds raised will also benefit our financial assistance program that will help those that are diagnosed with colon cancer pay for medical expenses.
What is a virtual race?
A virtual race is a race that can be run (or walked) from any location and at the timing of your choice. You can run, jog or walk on the road, on a trail, on the treadmill or even in your living room. You get to run your own 5K (or 3.1 miles) at your own pace, and time it yourself. Once you’ve completed your race, you can submit your time to 1st Place Sports and we will make sure that it is recorded in our logs and posted to the 1st Place Sports website. We ask that all participants who wish to time their race do so by March 28th.
Will I still get my medal?
Medals will be available for all registrants.
How do I track my Virtual 5K?
There are several ways participants may track their time and distance for the March to Get Screened virtual race. Smart phones, Apple watches, Fitbits and other activity trackers and wireless-enabled wearable technology devices can be used. There are also several apps that can help track time and distance, including MapMyRun and Runkeeper.
Once you have completed your 5k, enter your time to firstname.lastname@example.org (email subject March to Get Screened 2021) 1st Place Sports will include your submission time as the official posted time on their website.
Will there be awards for timed runners?
We will not be handing out overall or category-specific awards for timed runners this year. More details to come.
Do I have to wear my bib with a tracker if I’m going to time my virtual run?
Because race bib trackers only work when special GPS equipment is activated at a race, you do not need to wear your bib for the virtual race. Tracking your run through your phone, wearable technology devices and/or any relevant apps can serve as your official time.
That being said, we would love to see a picture of you wearing your MTGS race bib and participating virtually! Be a part of our virtual race community and post a picture of you in your bib as you run the race. Be sure to use #MTGS5k in your post.
How can I be more involved in the 2021 event?
It takes a village to spread awareness of colon cancer and preventative measures and we want to have as many people as possible on our side. We welcome anyone who would like to see colon cancer stopped to join us in our virtual 5K or on race day! Here are a few things you can do to support MTGS and colon cancer awareness:
- Share a picture or video on social media, use #MTGS5k and tag @MarchtoGetScreened (Facebook) and/or @MTGS5K (Twitter)
- Wear blue, the official color of colon cancer awareness, and share with others why you are wearing blue
- Donate! www.MarchToGetScreened.com is open and available for donations. All proceeds will benefit the Borland Groover Foundation and provide free colonoscopy vouchers for people that need one but are not able to afford it. Likewise, the Borland Groover Foundation has formed a financial assistance program to support those diagnosed with colon cancer by providing funds to help with medical-related expenses. More information on these programs can be found here.
- Get the family involved! Colon cancer doesn’t discriminate, and all ages and races are affected by this horrible but, in many cases, preventable disease. Have the family run the virtual race together, get “dressed to the nines” in blue, have a blue party, make blue-colored treats, and spread the word that preventative colonoscopies take one afternoon but can save your life!
I have other questions. Who should I contact?
If you have any other questions about the virtual race, feel free to contact us at email@example.com or call 904-265-6416.
Together, let’s wipe out colon cancer!