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2022 Run For Your Buns 5K - Colon Health Awareness

April 23, 2022

Downtown Johnson City

6:30 p.m.

$20  until March 1

$25  March 2 – April 20

$30  April 21-23 (during packet pickup)

April 21-22, 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. at The Sophisticated Goose Consignment Sale

April 23, 4:30-6:15 pm. near the start/finish line.

**This year you can choose boxers or a t-shirt. Boxers are adult sizes only(small – 2xl). T-shirts are youth small – 3xl. Please be aware of this at registration.**

To print off a paper registration, please click here.

To print registration form, please click here.

 The American Cancer Society’s estimates for the number of colorectal cancer cases in the United States for 2021 are:

104,270 new cases of colon cancer

45,230 new cases of rectal cancer

You may have a loved one or friend who has suffered from a colon disease or colon cancer.  Or, maybe you’ve experienced it yourself.   The Gentle Move Colon Foundation knows there is a growing need for education on the importance of early colon screening, which can save lives.

In an effort to bring awareness to colon health in our community,  The Gentle Move Colon Foundation is hosting the 5th annual Run For Your Buns 5K.  We would like to take this opportunity to invite you to come join us and learn more about how easy it is to have a colonoscopy.  And while you’re here, we’d like to encourage you to visit our free health fair.  We’ve invited local health ambassadors to come and provide information about the best diets for your colon and education on probiotics.

Please join us as we run, walk or stroll our way to a healthier colon!  All runners will receive a runner’s bib, choice of boxers or a t-shirt and a finisher’s medal.  If you are unable to join us, we do offer a “virtual run” option. NO BIB = NO MEDAL. All finishers will receive a medal IF they have a bib. If you do not have your bib on race day, please go to packet pickup prior to the start of the race.

This year you can choose boxers or a t-shirt. Boxers are adult sizes only (small – 2xl). T-shirts are youth small – 3xl. Please be aware of this at registration. 

Boxers sponsored by John Lawson Group.

This is a dog friendly event…

Canine participants are welcome and must be well socialized and on a leash. All dog owners are responsible to clean up after their dogs.

Post-race health fair:

There will be a health fair at the finish line outside on the lawn (weather permitting). A variety of vendors will be set up to provide you with health information!

Course Map & Information

Please follow the course starting with green and ending with blue.

Although we will have arrow signs, volunteers and police officers for you on the course, we also thought the following course breakdown would be helpful as well. Please familiarize yourself with the course prior to the event. 

The Start/Finish is located at the Great Lawn entrance of Founders Park on Commerce St. The race starts by running straight on Commerce St. then turning left into the Renasant Bank parking lot and then turn right onto King St. Runners will cross N. Roan St. and stay straight on King St. At the end of King St., turn left onto Elm St. then right onto Fairview Ave. At the end of Fairview Ave., turn left onto Hale St. then left again on Myrtle Ave. At the end of Myrtle Ave., turn left onto Oak St then turn right on to Fairview Ave. Cross N. Roan St. staying straight on Fairview Ave. At the end of this road, turn left onto Montgomery St. then left onto King St. where runners will cross over the ‘JC’ on the ground at King Commons Park. Runners will then turn right into the Renasant Bank parking lot then a right turn back onto Commerce St. The runners will follow Commerce St. back to the finish line. 

Male & female awards

Top three over all and First place – Masters & Grandmasters

Top three age groups (9 & under, 10-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70 & over)


To be a positive force for awareness and prevention of colorectal disease and cancer.


A world in which those experiencing the impacts of colorectal disease and cancer have access to educational resources and healing pathways.

Core Values:

              Awareness – being mindful of how we nourish and treat our bodies

              Humor – colon disease is no laughing matter but humor helps us to talk about it

              Support – you are not alone, together we can overcome this

              Bravery – do not give up, be the bravest in your battle

Music provided by


$20 per entrant (until March 1)
$25 per entrant (March 2 – April 20)
$30 per entrant (April 21-23 at packet pickup)
Registration must be received by April 2, to guarantee supplies of participation items.
Please make checks payable to: Gentle Move Colon Foundation

Volunteers Needed!

Want to volunteer? Not able to run the race but want to help out? Need community service hours? Know someone who falls in any of these categories? Click the link below to get signed up!

The inflatable colon will be set up at the race for you to walk through and explore for educational purposes. Be sure to check it out after you run your buns off!

Honoring Hailee Jean Conrad

Hailee Jean Conrad was someone who could light up any room with her infectious smile and uplifting personality. At 19 years old, Hailee unexpectedly passed away on December 14th, 2017. Although it was not the cause of her death, she suffered from Ulcerative Colitis for many years. Through her strong faith, Hailee never let this illness hinder her ability to live life to the fullest,and she clearly displayed this courage each and every day. Whether it was singing in the SHHS choir with some of her closest friends, volunteering with her AOII sorority sisters at the University of Kentucky, spending time with her family, or doing gymnastics with girls who were like her sisters, Hailee showed such bravery in everything she did and never let anything stand in her way.
To honor Hailee, we challenge everyone, including those with Ulcerative Colitis and other colorectal illnesses, to Be Brave!
With the help of Hailee’s family, a t-shirt has been designed to encourage others to Be Brave..just as Hailee lived her life.

Custom Blue Be Brave T-shirt

Click HERE to fill out the order form.

We are offering these shirts again prior to the race. You will NOT be able to get one made at packet pickup. Due to such high demand, we aren’t able to accommodate everyone in such a short period of time. However, you can order in advance and pick it up at packet pickup with your race bib and race t-shirt.

This shirt will be $20 blank on back or $25 customized on back. Customization will not include specific names rather than mom, dad, nice, uncle, friend, etc.


Past Honorees

Ron Renfro

Ron Renfro was a beloved trainer at The Wellness Center in Johnson City.   While battling Colon Cancer, he continued to encourage the staff, his clients and the community with his “can do” attitude.  He was and continues to be an inspiration.

Shelia Trent