Omaha Residents Get Ready to Run in Their Boxers

Boxer500.jpgThe Omaha Running Club will be teaming up with the Douglas/Sarpy County Colon Cancer Task Force to present the Boxer 500 5K Run/Walk to raise awareness about colorectal cancer.  Participants are encouraged (but not required) to draw attention to the issue of colorectal cancer by wearing boxers during the run.


This year’s Boxer 500 will take place at 8:30 a.m. on Sunday, August 9th at Walnut Creek Recreational Area, located on 102nd and Schram Rd. in Papillion.  Online registration is available at until Wednesday, Aug. 5.  Day of registration will also be available. 


“Sunday’s Boxer 500 will be a fun way for area runners and walkers to show their support for a cause that doesn’t often gain much attention,” commented Kelli Sweet, one of this year’s event organizers.  “We have had an outstanding response with registrations and sponsorships and are looking forward to even more people signing up this week.  It will be a great way for everyone to come experience a unique running event.


The entry fee for all pre-registered participants is $25. Any entries received on the day of the race will be $30. Packet pickup times are: Thursday, August 6th from 5-7 p.m. at Peak Performance on 78th and Cass St or race day from 7-8 a.m. at Walnut Creek.  The event will be held on the paved trail around Walnut Creek starting at the West parking lot (near the boat ramp). Parking at Walnut Creek us limited, please carpool where possible.


The Pancake Man will be on hand preparing breakfast the morning of the run.  Breakfast is included with the registration cost for runners and is $5 for those not registered.


Sponsors for the inaugural Boxer 500 are: The Colonoscopy Center: Colon & Rectal Surgery, Nebraska C.A.R.E.S., Nebraska Colon Cancer Screening Program, Oncology Associates, Omaha Gastroenterology Consultants, PC, Alegent Health, National Cancer Institute’s Cancer Information Service, Nutrition & Activity For Health, The Nebraska Medical Center, MGI, Dr . John J. Ferry, Hy-Vee, Waste Connections, Inc., Wal-Mart, Peak Performance and No Frills Supermarket.


For more information about the Boxer 500, call 402-38GORUN anytime or email the race director, Kelli Sweet at