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Updated Nov 16, 2012 - 11:38 am

Weekend underwear run to support colon cancer fight

People participate in the Undy 5000 5K. (Photo: Colon Cancer Alliance)

It may be getting chilly outside, but that won't stop an expected 1,500 people from running in their underwear on Saturday to stop colon cancer.

Terry Baack with the race said this year's event is raising funds for both research and to help those who can't afford screenings.

"(Colon Cancer Alliance) also do a lot of outreach and education, because colon cancer is a little bit of an uncomfortable subject," she said. "That's why we kind of do this lighthearted event where we get out in our undies and get people talking about it."

Baack said 50 percent of the funds raised will remain in Arizona.

Online registration is closed but there is still time to sign up on-site at the State Capitol after 7 a.m. Saturday. The 5K run begins at 9 a.m.

Free boxer shorts will be made available.

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Martha is the traffic controller in the KTAR newsroom. Her full time role is that of Assignment and Breaking News Editor of KTAR News. She oversees daily Breaking News planning and over-the air execution, and puts together the elements that make it happen. She gathers and distributes daily news assignments to reporters and editors. She also reports on a daily basis, anchors news afternoons 1-2p and fills in as anchor occasionally during other time slots. She began working at KTAR in the winter of 2012 as Desk Editor and was promoted to oversee Assignments and Breaking News in 2014. During that time, she received two awards as a journalist. The first was the 2013 APTRA Awards, where she took home 2nd place for Best Serious Future in the "Recycled Orchestra." The second was a 2014 Edward R. Murrow Award for her collaboration in KTAR's Voice for a Better Arizona Series: Immigration - seeking solutions. In her piece, Martha profiled two Arizona sisters looking for the DREAM. Martha was born in Mazatlan, Mexico. She moved to Arizona in 1996 with her parents and younger sister and has lived here since. She attended Barry Goldwater High School in Phoenix and graduated from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communications at Arizona State University in Tempe. Prior to working at KTAR news she worked in news and production at Univision Arizona in Phoenix. She also supervised the marketing, catering and public relations department at Hotel Araiza, 5-star hotel in Mexicali, Mexico. She has also been a personal trainer and aerobics instructor. When she isn't in the newsroom or behind the microphone Martha is an avid gym-goer and marathoner. She trains for two races a year and enjoys taking group exercise classes, such as kickboxing, indoor cycling and weight lifting. Martha is married and lives in Surprise, AZ with 2 dogs, Tasha and Elsa, and a cat, Sammy.


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