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 move March to Get Screened 2020 to a Virtual Race. We will continue to raise funds through www.MarchToGetScreened.com that 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 JUNE 15, 2020.
I’ve already registered for March to Get Screened. What will happen to my registration packet and shirt?
People who have registered (as of March 12) may still pick up their race packet, including race bib and t-shirt at the 1st Place Sports location that was selected at the time of registration. All packets and materials will be available at the selected location.
In compliance with Mayor Curry’s order, packet pickup on April 9th-11th has been postponed, until further notice. 1st Place Sports will be closed to the public for packet pickups, until the City of Jacksonville has been cleared.
We are extending the race deadline to June 15th for those who wish to run with their MTGS race shirt and bibs.
We apologize for the inconvenience. Please stay safe at home and thank you for increasing colon cancer awareness!
Will I still get my medal?
Medals will be at 1st Place Sports for all current registrants (as of March 12).
How do I track my 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 2020) between March 29-June 15, 2020, and 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. However, all participants that have registered prior to the March 12 registration cutoff date will receive a medal when they pick up their race packet.
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.
If I don’t want to do a virtual run, can I use my ticket for the 2021 MTGS race?
We hope that everyone will want to be involved this year and will flood #MTGS5k and @MarchtoGetScreened (Facebook) and @MTGS5K (Twitter) with participation photos! However, we understand that under the circumstances some people may not wish to participate. If that is the case, please email us now at email@example.com and reach back out once registration is open for the 2021 event.
I haven’t registered yet but still want to be involved. What should I do?
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. Even though official registration is now closed for MTGS 2020, we welcome anyone who would like to see colon cancer stopped to join us in our virtual 5K! 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 still 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 904-265-6416.
Together, let’s wipe out colon cancer!