Scope It Out 5K raises colon cancer awareness

The message board at the Scope It Out 5K. (WTOP/Laurie Cantillo)
WTOP at the scene of the annual Scope It Out 5K Run/Walk

wtopstaff | November 15, 2014 2:00 am

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WASHINGTON — Thousands of people hit the pavement in downtown D.C. Sunday morning to help raise money for colon cancer research and Team WTOP was among the crowd.

The Scope It Out 5K Run/Walk supports funding for the second leading cause of cancer deaths for men and women combined. Colonoscopies not only discover cancer, but can also stop cancer, according to the Scope It Out website.

WTOP supports the cause and its own morning editor Mike Jakaitis who beat colon cancer and participated in this year’s race.

The 5K course starts and ends at Freedom Plaza taking runners and walkers up Pennsylvania Avenue to the U.S. Capitol with the intent of bringing the Scope It Out message to the doorstep of lawmakers, according to the event website.

Race organizers anticipated at least 4,000 participants in the 2014 race.

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