About Scope It Out 5k
The 9th Annual Scope it Out 5K Run/Walk for Colon Cancer Awareness will be held Sunday, March 23, 2014 in heart of Washington, D.C. The race course starts and ends at Freedom Plaza and will take runners and walkers up scenic Pennsylvania Avenue to the U.S. Capitol, bringing the Scope It Out message to the doorstep of our nation’s decision makers. We anticipate 4,000+ people will participate in the 2014 race.
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 awareness 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 might still be alive if he had had a routine colonoscopy at age 50. The race name is an attempt to be both direct and humorous -- to encourage others to talk about the need to be scoped.
The race continues to be a community awareness effort, hosted by the Chris4Life Colon Cancer Foundation, a Virginia based 501(c)(3). A Scope It Out 5K is also held in Inverness, FL. 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!
The race continues to grow each year with a 2014 goal of $400,000 in race proceeds which will be donated to Chris4Life. Scope It Out 5K is one of the fastest growing races in the region and one of the largest annual colon cancer awareness events in the country.