GENESEO – For the first time in its 6-year history, the bigger and better than ever Strollin’ for the Colon 5K will not be at Village Park but away from Main Street at Highland Park.
Members of the Geneseo Village Board said that the change is due to the event’s scheduling conflict with SUNY Geneseo’s graduation ceremonies which occur the same day, May 13. Tina Cottone, a main organizer of the event since its beginning, says that the stroll has more hype and more interest this year than ever before.
“Our race coordinator is creating a new route as we speak. We had a new route last year too,” said Cottone. “Everybody is excited, more than usual. We have a few people coming back who have been there since the beginning, but a lot of people coming from out of town. We have a few surprises this year…not saying yet what they are…and want to remind everyone that colonoscopies save lives.”
Cottone also reminds attendees that any donations made to Strollin’ are used to support local, trusted and transparent colon cancer research in the region.
“We like people to know that when they donate to us, we never send money to support research if we don’t know what is being done with the money,” said Cottone.
Besides Strollin’ rapidly becoming one of the area’s favorite annual fitness events, Cottone said it is important to understand the colon cancer awareness that underpins the whole affair.
“We are seeing more people under age 50 are getting colon cancer,” said Cottone. “While it’s scary, it is critical to know your family history, and colonoscopies really do save lives.”