The 2020 Durham, NC Event is going vitual.


The 7th Annual North Carolina Run For Resilience Ostomy 5k will be held on Saturday, October 3, 2020 as a Virtual Event. Run, walk, or roll safely at your own favorite place and celebrate Ostomy Awareness Day (OAD) on October 3rd. All proceeds benefit the United Ostomy Associations of America, Inc (UOAA) charity, a 501(c)(3) organization. Donations are tax deductible. (

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. 

Your local Race Directors, Lara Leininger and Angela Richardson, 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.


To ensure you receive the unique Ostomy Awareness Day Race T-Shirt size you ordered, please register by Friday, September 11th. We will do our best to provide you with the T-Shirt size you ordered or a similar size, however, this is not guaranteed after September 11th.


♦  Run, walk or roll a 5k (3.1 miles) route or distance of your choice where you feel safe and can abide to the 6-feet social distancing guidelines.  Ask your family and friends to join you, and create your own ‘safe’ mini-event.  You can even run/walk on a treadmill!

♦ Take pictures of yourself doing your virtual race and email them to us or tag us on your social media accounts. Hashtag your photos #RunforResilience and we may repost on Twitter or Instagram.

♦  Promote ostomy awareness and education to your family, friends and community on Ostomy Awareness Day. Post your experience on the UOAA or Run For Resilience Facebook pages!

♦  Fundraising is an important aspect of our Run for Resilience Ostomy 5k. Funds raised help UOAA continue to provide resources, educational materials, advocacy and support to the ostomy and continent diversion community.


We invite you to set up your own Personal or Team Fundraiser when registering to participate in the event, or through our DONATE button at the top of the registration page. You can create a unique Fundraiser Name and URL address, personalize your fundraising message, and direct your friends and family to your page to join your team or sponsor you in your fundraising goal.


Your commitment to fundraise and support the ostomy and continent diversion community is no small endeavor, and we appreciate your dedication and hard work.

> “Empower” Fundraisers who raise $200 or more will receive a unique gift that will be announced soon!

> “Champion” Fundraisers who raise $400 or more will receive a unique gift that will be announced soon!


UOAA supports, empowers and advocates for the estimated 725,000 to 1 Million people who are living with an ostomy or continent diversion across the country. Your generous donation helps us to raise awareness of this life-saving surgery and continue our mission of promoting their quality of life. You can easily donate to this Run for Resilience Ostomy 5K by clicking ‘DONATE’ at the top of this page, or mail a check to UOAA, PO Box 525, Kennebunk, ME  04043, and put in the Memo Line – “Donate to (Durham) Run for Resilience”

ll proceeds benefit the United Ostomy Associations of America, Inc (UOAA) charity, a 501(c)(3) organization. Donations are tax deductible.

We hope to see you in October, 2021 for our next in-person event!

Grassy knoll in front of HHGregg at 8160 Renaissance Pkwy, Durham, NC 27713

The race will be held near the Southpoint Mall area of Durham. The race will take participants on the scenic American Tobacco Trail (ATT) over the new I-40 bridge extension.  The out-and-back course will start and finish at the parking lot on the grassy knoll next to the ATT located off of Renaissance Parkway in Durham, NC.  The turn-around will be on the ATT, just before where the trail crosses Dunhill Drive. This 5K course is flat except for one uphill section on the ATT just south of the I-40 bridge.  This course is a USATF certified timed race.

Prizes for the top three overall female/male winners, age group winners, top three female/male stroller runners, and top three ostomate runners.

Race bags will have a variety of race/sponsor promotional items, ostomy education materials, and most importantly an ostomy pouch.  We encourage healthy participants to wear a pouch for the race to improve awareness and empathy for the challenges faced by the ostomate population. How do I apply the Pouch?

  1.  Identify the flattest part of your abdomen.  Do not place the pouch in the middle of a fold or crease.
  2. Remove the backing paper from the wafer adhesive (middle portion)
  3. Apply the pouch to abdomen, making sure the tail is positioned straight down
  4. Remove the remaining backing adhesive strips if applicable
  5. Cover the pouch with your hand for 5 minutes which activates the adhesive and “melts” the wafer onto the skin.

There will be a pouch filling station at the event with substances like applesauce and pudding for more adventurous participants. This will give an even more authentic pouch-wearing experience.  Let’s support our ostomates and wear a pouch for the WWO 5k race!  


If you are interested in sponsoring the race, please contact us at!

Local Supporters

15% of the proceeds from this event will be set aside to provide Sandi McBride CARES scholarships to assist individuals in the Raleigh/Durham area who would like to attend UOAA’s National Conference.  UOAA’s Sandi McBride CARES program provides scholarships to people who have had surgery within the year before conference, are attending a National Conference for the first time, and who would be unable to attend without financial support.


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