Great Prostate Cancer Challenge 5K run/walk

Event Details

Date(s) & Time(s)::

September 7, 2013 at 9:00 AM

Location: Portage Middle School, 3521 Taylor Street, Fort Wayne, IN 46802

Link: http://www.zeroprostatecancerrun.org/fort-wayne

Event Description

August 9, 2013 Updated Aug 9, 2013 at 10:58 AM EDT

The Summit City continues to move to the forefront in its efforts to build awareness and raise money for the fight against prostate cancer. The Third Annual ZERO Prostate Cancer Run in Fort Wayne will take place at 9 a.m. on Saturday, September 7th, 2013. Northeast Indiana Urology is again hosting this 5K and 5 Mile run/walk along with ZERO, a national organization, whose Mission is to reduce deaths from prostate cancer to zero.

All funds raised through the ZERO Prostate Cancer Run will go to ZERO to be used for research, free prostate cancer screenings and advocacy. More than half of the proceeds from the Fort Wayne run/walk will remain in the community. Some of the proceeds from prior year’s events were used to fund a day long prostate cancer screening, using the ZERO mobile screening bus. Some 80 men had a free digital rectal exam and PSA test to screen for prostate cancer.

“We see this event as a tremendous opportunity to build awareness and promote early screening and detection,” said Dr. Ted Wagner, a urologist with Northeast Indiana Urology and the ZERO Prostate Cancer Run race medical advisor. “Not only are we able to provide support for those individuals who have been affected by this disease, but we also celebrate those who have been successfully treated.”

According to the latest estimates from the National Cancer Institute, one in six men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime. And nationally, four men die from prostate cancer every hour. But there is hope; education about prostate cancer risk and access to screenings can save countless lives. Supporters are being invited to join hundreds of others from the area who have been impacted in one way or another by prostate cancer.
Registration is available on the event website, zeroprostatecancerrun.org/fort-wayne. Race day registration will also be available beginning at 7:30am at Portage Middle School, 3521 Taylor St. The entry fee includes a timing chip, technical shirt and pancake breakfast following the race.

Event organizers are excited to offer a 5 mile course this year in addition to the 5K course. Both courses begin and end near Portage Middle School and lead participants through the historic and scenic Wildwood Park neighborhood and Rockhill Park. This route is a unique opportunity for those who are avid runners as well as those who just enjoy a morning stroll in the park. Kids activities will also be offered before and after the run/walk.

Awards will be given to the top three prostate cancer survivors and top three male and female overall finishers as well as the top male and female finishers in each of 7 different age groups.
The NEIU team includes nine board-certified physicians and five board-certified, mid-level providers who care for patients throughout northeastern Indiana and northwestern Ohio. It excels in the area of prostate cancer detection, diagnosis and treatment. NEIU has the largest urology research program in the area and many of its clinical trials have focused on medications and devices associated with prostate cancer. NEIU also holds quarterly free prostate cancer screenings.

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