About Scope It Out 5k
The Scope It Out 5K Series was started by Charlotte Kraenzle Peña in honor of her father, Charles A. Kraenzle, the inaugural race was held in 2005 and drew more than 700 participants. In four years, Charlotte and her team of volunteers grew the race to 2,900 participants and raised over half a million to further colorectal cancer awaråeness and research. She named the race 'Scope It Out' in an effort to call attention to the colonoscopy, the only test that can not only detect, but also prevent colorectal cancer by removing polyps before they become cancerous. Her father had received a routine colonoscopy at age 50 he might still be alive. The race name is an attempt to be both direct and humorous -- to encourage others to talk about the need to be scoped.
The races continue to be a fundraiser and community awareness effort, hosted by the Colon Cancer Alliance, a Washington DC based 501(c)(3). To date, the Scope It Out 5K has donated more than $1,000,000 to further colorectal cancer research and awareness, and more importantly, through its education and encouragement efforts, has saved lives. The race is dedicated to the men and women who have courageously battled this disease and their loved ones who aren’t afraid to tell everyone how important it is to Scope It Out!