GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — This year, why not start your St. Patty’s Day celebration with the Irish Jig 5K Race! Now in its 37th year, the Irish Jig 5K is a great way to kick off your running season, while raising awareness for colorectal cancer and screenings.

The event seeks to raise funds and awareness for colorectal cancer prevention, treatment and diagnostic services.  

Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death among men and women combined in the United States. There will be an estimated 140,250 new cases of colorectal cancer in 2019. One in 20 people will be diagnosed with colorectal cancer.  

The Spectrum Health Cancer Center offers West Michigan’s leading program for diagnosing and treating anal, colon and rectal cancer.

You can register to run online until Friday, March 20. However, you can also register onsite at EGR High School up until the time of the race. Please visit to learn more about registration. 

On Wednesday, February 26 from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Stop at Carolina Lowcountry Kitchen, located at 2213 Wealthy St. in East Grand Rapids, to enjoy $3 off any new registration and/or check-in for your event so you can take your bib and participant shirt home that night!  Plus, Carolina Lowcountry Kitchen will give 20% off food orders (dine in or take out) to anyone who registers or check-ins that night.

Remember, if you have been diagnosed with cancer and would like a consultation or second opinion, call 1.855.SHCANCER (855.742.2623). 

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