The Jay Dix Challenge to Cure is a 5K Walk/Run and 10K Run originated in 2003 by the Columbia Multisport Club in honor of one of its members, Dr. Jay Dix. As the County Medical Examiner and an associate professor at the University of Missouri, Jay kept very busy.
No matter how busy he was, he always found time to exercise four to five times per week. He was an inspiration to many, even before his bout with cancer, in his commitment to wellness. This event celebrates what Jay loved to do – to run and share enthusiasm for fitness and competition.
The Challenge to Cure continues today as a celebration not only for the life Dr. Dix, but also for every person within our community who has battled this disease. We hope to continue to raise awareness about annual cancer screening and prevention and help to further the life changing research happening every day at Ellis Fischel Cancer Center.
More About Jay
Jay graduated from the University of Missouri School of Medicine in 1977. From 1980-1989 he worked as the Medical Examiner for Boone and Callaway County.
In 1989, he left Missouri and took the position as Deputy Chief Medical Examiner of New York City. Missing Missouri, he returned one year later, resuming his duties as Medical Examiner. He additionally returned as Associate Professor of Pathology and Chief of Forensic Pathology at the University of Missouri. He was a member of many state, county, campus, medical school, and University Hospital committees. Jay wrote many academic journal articles, computer programs, educational books, and even a novel. He was a noted consultant throughout the U.S. on forensic pathology and death investigation. He was instrumental in the organization of the Child Death Review policies for the State of Missouri. He was a member of the National Association of Medical Examiners and the Academy of Forensic Sciences.