Lace up the running shoes for cancer research

The Challenge 5K Walk and Run at Purdue University supports Purdue's Center for Cancer Research. (WLFI Photo)
The Challenge 5K Walk and Run at Purdue University supports Purdue's Center for Cancer Research. (WLFI Photo)

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – The fight to beat cancer begins with research. Now, people can help researchers learn more about cancer just by lacing up those running shoes and getting outside.

Dr. Tim Ratliff, the director of the Purdue University Center for Cancer Research, stopped by News 18 at Noon to discuss The Challenge 5-K Walk and Run.

The seventh annual Purdue Challenge is a 5K run/walk benefiting the Purdue University Center for Cancer Research. The event will take place on Saturday, April 12. The race starts and ends at Ross-Ade Stadium and kicks off at 8:30 a.m.

Ratcliff said last year’s event netted more than 2,000 participants, making it the largest 5K race in Tippecanoe County. Since its beginning in 2008, the event has raised more than $315,000 for cancer research.

The race is open to the public. Registration costs are $20 for students and $25 for adults.

Ratcliff said there is another option for those who don’t want to run. Participants may choose to “Sleep-in for the Challenge” and receive the same benefits as racers without running in the race. Registration cost is a little more and sits at $30, but may be completed online at the Purdue Challenge website.

There is also an option to register as a fundraiser. This option allows a person to create or join a team in competition. Awards will be given to those who raise the most money. For more information on the fundraiser option, click here.

Watch Dr. Ratcliff’s full interview on News 18 at Noon for more details on this year’s Purdue Challenge. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, off topic, or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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