April 3, 2018

11th annual 'Challenge' 5K supports Purdue cancer center research

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — The 11th annual Purdue Challenge 5K run/walk, which benefits the Purdue University Center for Cancer Research, will begin at 8:30 a.m. on April 14.

The race, which is open to the public, begins at the north end of Ross-Ade Stadium and ends in the south end zone of the football field. Registration is $30. Participants may register online or in person at the north end of Ross-Ade from 4-6:30 p.m. April 13, or from 7-8 a.m. April 14, the day of the race. Participants also may opt to "Sleep-in for The Challenge,” or be a team member and create a personalized fundraising page without running in the race.

The Challenge attracts more than 800 participants annually. Since 2008, it has raised more than $715,000 toward cancer research and affords the opportunity to present Purdue researchers with a grant that allows them to make an impact through innovation and discovery.

This year’s award winners are professors Graham Cooks, David Thompson and Tim Bentley for their research on brain cancer. For a list of projects that have received The Challenge grant, visit the Center for Cancer Research's website.

This year marks the first time the race route will finish on the football field. Registration includes a T-shirt, pizza from Arni’s and a beer for participants ages 21 and above.

The honorary emcee will be Purdue football coach Jeff Brohm, who will open the race. LeRoy Keyes will present the Cuonzo Martin Challenge Award, honoring former men's basketball player and coach and cancer survivor Cuonzo Martin. The honor will go to a student organization with the most donations. The Community Challenge Award also will be given to any group not classified as student, faculty or staff with the highest donation total. The Leroy Keyes Faculty/Staff Challenge award will be presented to a faculty/staff team. The top individual fundraiser also will win a prize package from local businesses and a miniature Hammer Down Cancer helmet.

The Purdue Center for Cancer Research sponsors the Challenge, with support from others, including Purdue Federal Credit Union, Indiana University Health Arnett Cancer Care, Summit Financial Group, the Purdue Alumni Association, Dowell Automotive Repair Inc., Arni's Restaurants, Parkwest Fitness, Basham Rentals, and Bob Rohrman Subaru.

For more information and a complete list of sponsors, visit The Challenge website or the Center for Cancer Research's Facebook and Twitter accounts and use the #PurdueChallenge hashtag.

This year’s event celebrates 40 years as a National Cancer Institute designated cancer center, one of only 67 designated centers nationally. 

Contact: Jasmine Moisides, director of development operations for the Purdue University Center for Cancer Research, 765-494-1109, JRMoisides@prf.org


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