May 19, 2024

2024 Get Off Your AAS Fitness and Wellness Challenge – Run, Cycle or Sponsor a Team and Support the AASF!


This year, AAS Foundation’s 4th annual Fitness Challenge is transforming to incorporate wellness and highlight social connection, mindfulness and hydration in addition to physical fitness. 

Participants can ride, run, row, swim, or new this year; practice mindfulness, read and hydrate to help raise money to support academic surgery! You’ll also be supporting the AAS Foundation in its mission to advance surgical care by providing resources and education to young surgeon scientists.


The Fitness & Wellness Challenge has Concluded!

Winners will be announced at the 2024 Academic Surgical Congress.



Those that register can participate by:

  • Workouts: Engage in physical activities to boost your fitness and well-being. Log your running, hiking, walking, swimming, and cycling in miles, and rowing in kilometers to earn points. Points are allocated based on the distance covered in each activity, encouraging a healthier, more active lifestyle.
  • Wellness activities: Prioritize your well-being by participating in various wellness activities. Earn points for staying hydrated (number of 16oz bottles of water consumed), fostering social connections (number of phone calls, coffee breaks, or meals share with friends and family), and practicing mindfulness (minutes spent meditating, doing yoga, deep breathing, reading/audiobooks, journaling, video games, listening to podcast, or whatever hobby brings you joy). These diverse activities contribute to a balanced and healthy lifestyle, promoting overall wellness.


  • For residents (members and non-members), the minimum donation is $50 per person.
  • Attending physicians (members and non-members) can join the fun with a minimum donation of $100 per person.
  • Family and friends can also participate with a minimum donation of $100 per person.

Each participant will receive an email in January with their teammates’ names and email addresses as well as a link to an online form for logging their daily activities. Registration closes on January 9, 2024 at 12pm Pacific Time.

Also new this year: give above and beyond by donating to the AAS Foundation at checkout!


Winners to be announced at the 19th Annual Academic Surgical Congress in Washington DC, February 6-8, 2024. 


Winning individuals and teams will also receive personalized #GetOffYourAAS! sweatshirts and water bottles with their teams’ names.


Everyone can purchase swag and support the AAS Foundation! (A portion of the sale proceeds go to the AAS Foundation)

We will post updates on the AAS & AASF websites and Twitter using the hashtag #GetOffYourAAS!

Help raise money for academic research with your participation! Or sponsor a participant to show your support.

The 2024 ‘Get Off Your AAS!’ Fitness and Wellness Challenge is hosted by the AAS Foundation. All participant support will be considered a donation to the AASF and is tax-deductible.