Run For Resilience Ostomy 5k

The 2020 Events are Going Virtual and Coming to You! Join us on Ostomy Awareness Day Saturday, October 3, 2020 wherever you live.

Celebrate Ostomy Awareness Day on October 3, 2020 with the Worldwide Virtual Ostomy 5k or support a local virtual event near you and help us spread the message that “Ostomies Are Life-Savers!” The Ostomy 5k events are key fundraisers to support the programs and services of United Ostomy Associations of America, Inc. (UOAA)

Run, Walk or Roll in your own neighborhood or park (or inside on a treadmill) in support of ostomy awareness. Ask your family, friends or support group to join or donate to your own virtual team.

Worldwide Virtual Walk/Run 

Register for this Virtual Event to have this year’s 10th Anniversary Ostomy Awareness Day t-shirt mailed directly to you if you don’t have a local virtual event near you. 

Register for a state event and you’ll connect with local virtual race directors who will coordinate t-shirt and packet pick-up locations in:

Alabama (Birmingham)

Arizona (Phoenix)

Idaho (Boise)

North Carolina (Durham)

Michigan (Mailing statewide)

Pennsylvania (E. Stroudsburg) 

Washington (Vancouver)

Save up to $5.00! Register by 9/11/20 to participate at the ‘early’ registration rate.

We know how much the ostomy community looks forward to getting together to raise awareness and celebrate Ostomy Awareness Day. However, since we’re unsure of what’s ahead with COVID-19 leading into the Fall, UOAA and our dedicated Race Directors have decided it is better to create a safe and social distancing environment to celebrate and spread the message that “Ostomies Are Life-Savers”. Therefore, our local Ostomy 5k events across the country will be held Virtually within their communities rather than in-person this year.

What does that mean for you, your family and friends?  With your registration for your local Virtual Run/Walk, you will receive a unique 10th Anniversary Ostomy Awareness Day Race T-Shirt. We encourage you to wear it at your favorite place to run, walk or roll in your community while raising awareness. Or, if you feel more comfortable staying at home, hop on your treadmill or take a stroll through your neighborhood.

If you select a local city event as opposed to the worldwide Virtual 5k the local Race Director will make arrangements for T-Shirt pick-ups in advance of the event at a safe location with staggered times to avoid groups of more than 10. You will also be able to print and wear your Race Bib on the day of the event. More information regarding these plans will be communicated to you as we get closer to the event.

As this is a critical fundraising event for our nonprofit organization, we encourage you to start a Personal or Team Fundraiser when you register, and ask your family and friends to join you to help support UOAA and our mission.

All events benefit United Ostomy Associations of America, Inc. (UOAA), a 501(c)(3) charitable organization.


  •  Raise funds for the UOAA cause of ostomy awareness, education and support
  • Increase awareness about ostomy and continent diversion surgery in the US and abroad
  •   Encourage positive dialogue
  •   Generate excitement and hope
  •   Encourage those who have had ostomy or continent diversion surgery to get involved in events and organizations that make a difference in their lives