A Healthy Challenge to Promote Colorectal Cancer Screening Starting at Age 45 for March Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

ACG now recommends age 45 to begin colorectal cancer screening for all average risk adults, as incorporated in the updated 2021 Clinical Guidelines on Colorectal Cancer Screening (Shaukat, et al.)

About “Ride or Stride for 45”

In this virtual challenge, Co-Chairs Dr. David Greenwald and Dr. Seth Gross invite the entire GI community, your patients, families and friends to bike, run or walk 45 miles in March (or 45 minutes per day during the month) to show your support and enthusiasm for preventing colorectal cancer beginning at age 45 for all average risk adults.

The American College of Gastroenterology urges you to get some exercise, share the message of colorectal cancer prevention, and connect via social media during this monthlong observance. Proceeds of this event will benefit the ACG Institute for Clinical Research & Education.

Your Call-to-Action

  • Put your commitment to colorectal cancer prevention to the test and bike, run or walk 45 miles total in March….OR 45 minutes per day during the month!
  • Celebrate your success and urge your patients, families, and communities to get screened for colorectal cancer starting at age 45.
  • ACG reminds everyone that: “You Can Prevent Colorectal Cancer. Don’t Let COVID-19 Stop You!” Even during COVID-19, colorectal cancer screening is essential and should not be delayed.

How it Works

In this virtual event, you register online and then bike, run or walk on your own, take photos in race “swag” (tee shirts and race bibs) and celebrate via social media during March. Don’t forget to log your activity and upload photos on the event webpage HERE!

On social media, please share photos of your rides, walks or runs, tag the College @AmCollegeGastro, and include the hashtags #RideOrStride45 #Ridefor45 #Stridefor45 #ColorectalCancerAwarenessMonth.

Register NOW!

The event registration is hosted by goneforarun.com and there is a special registration web page to sign up, order a tee shirt, and download the race bib, plus access a website to share your miles and upload your photos.

Logistics: There is a nominal registration fee of $21. Tee shirts arrive via Fed Ex and the bib can be downloaded. As an option to track your progress, the goneforarun.com site links with your personal data from FitBit, Strava or MapMyRun.


Go the Distance! 5K for Ride or Stride for 45

On Saturday, March 27th, add 5K to your 45 mile goal for March Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month “Ride or Stride for 45” challenge in honor of colorectal cancer screening starting at age 45 for average risk individuals. Invite a team! Challenge your friends! Post your photos and tag @AmCollegeGastro #RideOrStrideFor45


ACG Peloton Group Ride

Peloton Group Ride Saturday, March 13th If you missed this group ride, we understand it’s available on demand via the Peloton app. Look for Hannah Corbin (Pop Ride) Saturday, March 13th. Hannah recognizes March CRC Month with shout outs during the ride. Thank you Dr. Seth Gross and Dr. Neena Abraham for organizing this community event that raised awareness of colorectal cancer screening starting at age 45. Peloton Tag: #ACGRide45ColonCancer


Race Co-Chairs

David A. Greenwald, MD, FACG, ACG President

Seth A. Gross, MD, FACG

Race Committee

Co-Authors of the ACG Clinical Guidelines: Colorectal Cancer Screening 2021

Aasma Shaukat, MD, MPH, FACG
Charles J. Kahi, MD, MSc, FACG
Carol A. Burke, MD, FACG (Invited)
Linda Rabeneck, MD, MPH, MACG
Bryan G. Sauer, MD, MSc, FACG (Invited)
Douglas K. Rex, MD, MACG (Invited)

Race Committee Social Media Ambassadors

Neena S. Abraham, MD, MSc, FACG
Anita Afzali, MD, FACG
Tauseef Ali, MD, FACG
Sophie M. Balzora, MD, FACG
Aline Charabaty, MD, FACG
Darrell M. Gray, II, MD, MPH, FACG
Jordan J. Karlitz, MD, FACG
Millie D. Long, MD, FACG
Amy S. Oxentenko, MD, FACG
Mark B. Pochapin, MD, FACG
Brennan M. R. Spiegel, MD, FACG


Ex Officio Members of the Race Committee

ACG Public Relations CommitteeACG Board of GovernorsACG Board of Trustees
Tauseef Ali, MD, FACG, Chair
Manal F. Abdelmalek, MD, MPH, FACG
Jessica R. Allegretti, MD, MPH
Sophie M. Balzora, MD, FACG
John D. Betteridge, MD
Amanda C. Cheung, MD
Austin L. Chiang , MD, MPH
Maithili V. Chitnavis, MD
Reezwana Chowdhury, MD
Robin L. Dalal, MD
Mohamad El Zein, MD
Katie A. Falloon, MD
Esteban J. Figueroa, MD
Adam J. Goodman, MD, FACG
Danny Issa, MD
Ankur Jain, MD, FACG
Allon Kahn, MD
Leo C. Katz, MD, FACG
Jonathan S. Kung, MD
Adam C. Lessne, MD
Benjamin H. Levy, III, MD
Scot M. Lewey, DO, FACG
Dana J. Lukin, MD, PhD, FACG
Lisa B. Malter, MD, FACG
Maen Masadeh, MD
Sajan Jiv Nagpal, MD
Samantha Nazareth, MD, FACG
Jose M. Nieto, DO, FACG
Francisco C. Ramirez, MD, FACG
Mark W. Russo, MD, MPH, FACG
Shabnam Sarker, MD
Shawn Shah, MD
Pooja Singhal, MD, FACG
Joshua A. Sloan, DO
Christopher D. South, MD, FACG
Ellen M. Stein, MD, FACG
David W. Victor, MD, FACG
Patrick E. Young, MD, FACG, Chair
Dayna S. Early, MD, FACG, Vice Chair
Zaigham Abbas, MD, FACG
Kenneth Adams, DO, FACG
Alyn Adrain, MD, FACG
Mohammad Al-Haddad, MD, MSc, FACG
Tauseef Ali, MD, FACG
Joseph Anderson, MD, FACG
Ayse Aytaman, MD, FACG
Robert J. Bailey, MD, FACG
R. Martin Bashir, MD, FACG
Michael Bay, MD, FACG
David Beswick, MD, FACG
Somasundraram Bharath, MD, FACG
Mark R. Borgaonkar, MD, FACG
Brian P. Bosworth, MD, FACG
Randall E. Brand, MD, FACG
Qiang Cai, MD, FACG
Wilson R. Catapani, MD, FACG
Joseph Cheatham, MD, FACG
Sita S. Chokhavatia, MD, MACG
Russell D. Cohen, MD, FACG
Walter J. Coyle, MD, FACG
Silvio W. de Melo, Jr., MD, FACG
Adam B. Elfant, MD, FACG
Mohamad A. Eloubeidi, MD, FACG
Andrew D. Feld, MD, FACG
Harish Gagneja, MD, FACG
Edoardo G. Giannini, MD, PhD, FACG
Mahesh K. Goenka, MD, FACG
Nalini M. Guda, MD, FACG
Tomas Hinojosa, Jr., MD, FACG
Ronald K. Hsu, MD, FACG
Prasad Iyer, MD, M.S., FACG
Ankur Jain, MD, FACG
Alex John, MD, FACG
Timothy D. Johnson, MD, FACG
Jordan J. Karlitz, MD, FACG
Joyann Kroser, MD, FACG
Justin T. Kupec, MD, FACG
Anthony J. Lembo, MD, FACG
Jimmy K. Limdi, MD, FACG
Susana I. Lopes, MD, FACG
Mark Mailliard, MD, FACG
Luis Marsano, MD, FACG
Nahum Mendez-Sanchez, MD, FACG
Mike O. Mills, MD, FACG
Jose-Miguel Moreno, MD, FACG
Baharak Moshiree, MD, FACG
Kazunari Murakami, MD, PhD, FACG
Jeffrey A. Murray, MD, FACG
V. Raman Muthusamy, MD, FACG
Jeffry L. Nestler, MD, FACG
Jose Nieto, DO, FACG
Mojtaba S. Olyaee, MD,
Shireen A. Pais, MD, FACG
Nikila Ravindran, MD, FACG
Vonda G. Reeves, MD, MBA, FACG
Richard J. Saad, MD, FACG
Lawrence J. Saubermann, MD, FACG
Alison Schneider, MD, FACG
Stephen M. Schutz, MD, FACG
David A. Schwartz, MD, FACG
Michael J. Sossenheimer, MD, PhD, FACG
Christopher D. South, MD, FACG
Andreas Stefan, MD, FACG
Keith S. Sultan, MD, FACG
Brian F. Sweeney, MD, FACG
Sapna V. Thomas, MD, FACG
Gary A. Thomas, MD, FACG
Anne G. Tuskey, MD, FACG
Rajeev Vasudeva, MD, FACG
Willie Vazquez, MD, FACG
Rakesh Vinayek, MD, FACG
Darrell D. Wadas, MD, FACG
George R. Winters, III, MD, FACG
Jay Yepuri, MD, FACG
Neena S. Abraham, MD, MSc, FACG
Jean-Paul Achkar, MD, FACG
William D. Chey, MD, FACG
Dayna S. Early, MD, FACG
David A. Greenwald, MD, FACG
Immanuel K. H. Ho, MD, FACG
Sunanda V. Kane, MD, MSPH, FACG
Costas H. Kefalas, MD, MMM, FACG
Caroll D. Koscheski, MD, FACG
Paul Y. Kwo, MD, FACG
Brian E. Lacy, MD, PhD, FACG
Jonathan A. Leighton, MD, FACG
Amy S. Oxentenko, MD, FACG
Daniel J. Pambianco, MD, FACG
Irving M. Pike, MD, FACG
Mark B. Pochapin, MD, FACG
John R. Saltzman, MD, FACG
Samir A. Shah, MD, FACG
Nicholas J. Shaheen, MD, MPH, FACG
Brennan M. Spiegel, MD, MSHS, FACG
Neil H. Stollman, MD, FACG
Renee L. Williams, MD, MHPE, FACG
Patrick E. Young, MD, FACG

ACG’s Commitment Colorectal Cancer Prevention during Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

ACG CRC Community Education Toolkit

The ACG’s ongoing commitment to colorectal cancer awareness includes helping physicians educate their patients and communities about the importance of screening. These CRC awareness efforts are highlighted every year during March Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month and include a CRC Community Education Toolkit containing a wealth of resources, key messages, tips, and downloadable materials.

Educational Information for Patients

Colorectal screening is essential and lifesaving. You Can Prevent Colorectal Cancer. Don’t Let COVID-19 Stop You!

In the United States, colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer, yet it is one of the most preventable types of cancer. It is highly treatable and is often curable when caught early. Even during COVID-19, colorectal cancer screening is essential and should not be delayed.

The American College of Gastroenterology is dedicated to the early detection and prevention of colorectal cancer. Our experts know that colorectal cancer screening tests can save lives.

For all the facts about colorectal cancer, screening options for patients and recommendations for prevention, visit gi.org/coloncancer.