Local colorectal cancer awareness non-profit teaming up with D.C.-based 2Unstoppable to raise awareness and funds for local outreach efforts ~ Johnson to lead post-race stretch and Q&A
RICHMOND, Va. — For the seventh year in a row, boxer brief-clad runners, joggers, and walkers will be descending on Stony Point Fashion Park in the name of colorectal cancer awareness.
This year’s Boxer Brief 5K — or “The run to save buns!” as organizers refer to it — is being held on Saturday, June 8, and is the largest educational, fundraising, and awareness event organized by Richmond-based Hitting Cancer Below the Belt .
Participants have one more incentive to reach the finish line this year: a post-race stretch led by personal trainer Bryant Johnson , best known for designing Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg ’s personal fitness regimen.
Johnson, who was featured with Justice Ginsburg on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert , will be at the event representing 2Unstoppable , a non-profit that partners women diagnosed with cancer with other women to encourage and support physical and emotional fitness during and after cancer treatment. Besides the post-race stretch, Johnson will also be answering any fitness- or Ginsburg-related questions after the race. Though he will not be selling copies of his book The RBG Workout , he will be happy to sign any copies brought from home.
“The Boxer Brief 5K is a great event that lets people step outside their comfort zone, have some fun, and start the important conversation about colorectal cancer,” said Mindy Conklin , founder and executive director of Hitting Cancer Below the Belt. “A lot of people still think this is an old man’s disease, but that is NOT true. Fifty percent of people diagnosed with colorectal cancer are women and diagnosis rates are rising in the 20-34 year old population.”
Last year’s Boxer Brief 5K brought more than 650 participants, hundreds of spectators, and 45+ volunteers to the racecourse around and through Stony Point Fashion Park to raise funds for HCB2’s efforts and direct services to prevent colorectal cancer in our community.
This year’s Boxer Brief 5K will be on Saturday, June 8, 2019 with the 5K starting promptly at 8 a.m. Beforehand, there will be a free “Caped Colon Crusader” half-mile dash that is free and open to childreneight years old and younger. The event will also feature a “Butt Imprint Art” station and the Whats On Tap band jamming along the race course.
Colon & Rectal Specialists, Gastrointestinal Specialists, Inc., and Bon Secours are back once again as major sponsors of the Boxer Brief 5K, as well as Meadows Urquhart Acree & Cook CPAs, Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute at Henrico Doctor’s Hospital, Olympus, Wawa, and many more.
There are additional sponsor and volunteer opportunities still available. For more information about the Boxer Brief 5K, please visit https://hcb2.org/boxer-brief-5k/ or contact Hitting Cancer Below the Belt at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Participants can register for the race at https://runsignup.com/Race/VA/Richmond/BoxerBrief5K