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Race for a Cause at the Boxer Brief Battle This Saturday at Rocketts Landing

Post Date: 06-03-2014
At Rocketts Landing, we always love when fun events with a good cause bring people together for a day along the James River. And this weekend, we're preparing for the 2nd Annual Boxer Brief Battle to run its way through our community and bring with it a heck of a good time!

Organized by local nonprofit Hitting Cancer Below the Belt, the Boxer Brief Battle invites participants to raise funds in a 5k run/walk. All proceeds will help them achieve their mission of "raising awareness and funds for local efforts in cancer prevention," with a specific focus on "below the belt" diseases, such as colon cancer. And if their first race last year is any indication, we're certain everyone's in for a great event.

Families come together for a day of racing and honoring loved ones.

The race takes off at 9:00 a.m. this Saturday morning, where racers will wind their way from Rocketts Landing through Fulton Bottom (our neighboring community) and Gillies Creek Park, and then finish back at our community. In addition to the race, the Boxer Brief Battle will have DJ Mr. Beach Steve Leonard onsite playing music starting at 8:00 a.m. and Inclusive Racing and United Athletics will also join the event to work with the assisted athletes competing in the race. New this year is the Strolling Colon exhibit, where everyone can walk through a large replica of a human colon to learn more about its function within the body — and overall importance in our health!

Wigs and underwear over your clothes? No problem! The Boxer Brief Battle is full of fun.

As a race, Hitting Cancer Below the Belt Founder Mindy Colkin says they hope to have over 500 participants and raise over $50,000 for colorectal cancer prevention. The Boxer Battle Brief also invites everyone to stop by their tribute garden and honor all the loved ones lost to colon cancer.

"Not only are we raising awareness and funds for colorectal cancer prevention," says Mindy, "but we're honoring those who have passed away due to this disease. It's not over; we continue our efforts to prevent the country's second-leading cancer killer because of the energy left behind by others who have left us."

Sharing a very RVA moment with Nutzy the Squirrel!

The event also brings out the fun in everyone! From rainbow wigs to costumes to briefs worn over pants, the Boxer Brief Battle ensures we all have a good time celebrating life while raising awareness for a very important cause. Whether you're racing, volunteering or cheering, we hope to see you right around the river at Rocketts Landing this weekend!

  • What: Boxer Brief Battle
  • When: Saturday, June 7, 2014
  • Time: Event begins at 8:00 a.m. with the race starting at 9:00 a.m. (8:55 a.m. for assisted athletes)
  • Register: Today (June 3) is the last day for online registration, $25! Onsite registration is available at three different locations before race day and costs $35.
  • Learn more: You can get all the race details (including onsite registration locations) by visiting the Boxer Brief Battle's website.