Pop-up 5K in Dallas for colon cancer awareness

Raw video of a speech given by organizers before a 5K run near the Trinity River in Dallas Tuesday night.

Two organizations teamed up for a pop-up five-kilometer run Tuesday night in Dallas to raise awareness for colon cancer and its effects on all age groups.

Kiel Colon Cancer Foundation and We Run The Trinity partnered for the event at the Ron Kirk Pedestrian Bridge in honor of Colon Cancer Awareness Month.

The run was aimed at promoting a healthy lifestyle -- something the Kiel Colon Cancer Foundation says is part of addressing the disease.

“We place a great focus on prevention and do so by attacking the modifiable risk factors of colon cancer – namely physical inactivity, obesity and diet – by overall encouraging a healthy lifestyle to our target audience – young male and females in between the ages of 18-35,” the foundation’s website reads.

Dozens of men and women turned out for Tuesday’s pop-up 5K.

We Run The Trinity, an organization that says it has grown to over 200 members, runs the same route -- from Sylvan Avenue, across the pedestrian bridge to Riverfront Boulevard -- every Tuesday and Thursday night. Four running groups participate in each run to “suit the needs of all its members.”

Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths among men in the United States, and third among women, according to the American Cancer Society. The ACS estimates over 50,000 people will die of colorectal cancer in 2017.

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